Match Report - BOSTON UNITED

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1



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Match Report


A game of little quality today at the Jakemans Stadium saw the Poppies and Pilgrims share the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Boston took the lead on 37 minutes with a Jaanai Gordon penalty and Kettering equalised in the second added minute of the first half through Ben Sault. A second Boston penalty in the first minute of the second half saw Gordon’s penalty saved by Kettering keeper, Cameron Gregory.


In came Rhys Sharpe after injury, Ethan Hill and Jordan Graham. Relegated to the substitutes bench were Ben Toseland, Keaton Ward and Andrew Oluwabori. The formation also changed with four at the back.

The teams lined up:


31   Sam Long

5    Lebrun Mbeka

6    Luke Shiels (Captain) (20 Jean Leroy Belehouan,26)

7    Scott Pollock

11  Joe Leesley

12  Keenan Ferguson

14  Will Atkinson

15  Jordon Crawford

16  Ben Pollock

18  Jaanai Gordon 

21  Colin Oppong (19 Micah Obiero,71)

Unused substitutes:

2    Ellis Myles

3    Alex Brown

17  Tom Solanke

Yellow Cards: Shiels,24; Crawford,69; Gordon,88; Belehouan,90+4


1    Cameron Gregory

2    Ben Sault

3    Harry Reilly (7 Andrew Oluwabori,65)

4    Lewis White

6    Brad Gascoigne

8    Gary Stohrer (Captain)

9    Jordan Graham (16 Andre Wright,85)

11  Rhys Sharpe

12  George Cooper

14  Ethan Hill

15  Sam Bennett (10 Keaton Ward,71)

Unused Substitutes:

5    Ben Toseland

20  Decarrey Sheriff

Yellow cards: Reilly,10;Ward,(90+4)


It was an excellent surface to play on as Kettering kicked off in overcast conditions.

The Poppies could have taken the lead after just three minutes. After a long throw into the Kettering penalty area from Lebrun Mbeka had been cleared, Jordan Graham collected the ball, and, on the counter attack, sent Sam Bennett racing through on the left. Unfortunately for Bennett, he lost control as he shaped to shoot inside the home 18 yard box and keeper Sam Long came out to smother the ball.

Kettering had started pretty well and a foul on Ben Sault allowed Rhys Sharpe to deliver a free kick into the danger area, but the home defence cleared easily. At this stage neither team were on top, as Harry Reilly collected a yellow card on just 10 minutes for a challenge in the centre circle.

Boston’s first goal threat came on 20 minutes. A hopeful long ball saw the Kettering defence hesitate, and with keeper Cameron Gregory in no mans land at the edge of his penalty area, Boston’s Colin Oppong could see the open goal, but his shot from 25 yards or so was poor and well wide.

On the half hour mark, another long throw into the Kettering six yard box missed everyone and bounced off ex Poppy, Jordon Crawford, straight to Gregory. The next minute and at the other end, Ben Sault took a tumble in the home penalty area chasing a ball from Gary Stohrer, but the Referee saw no infringement.

A mistake by Kettering’s Ethan Hill in midfield then gave a chance to the breaking Jaanai Gordon who shot harmlessly across goal. As Boston tried to ramp up the pressure, Oppong set up Crawford-but the shot was blocked.

Kettering finally got out of their own half and a long diagonal ball from the right by Lewis White saw Graham hit a crisp right foot first time volley which went well wide- albeit it was worth a try.

On 37 minutes the Pilgrims took the lead. Mbeka drifted in from the right into the penalty area and a horrible mistimed tackle from Brad Gascoigne brought him down for a clear penalty. Gordon duly sent Gregory the wrong way to open the scoring.

The goal lifted Boston and they had a purple patch. Gordon, on the left, came inside and hit a tremendous shot which came off the bar. The loose ball was taken by Scott Pollock and his goalbound shot saw a fantastic save from Gregory at the expense of a corner. The next Boston attack saw George Cooper and Gregory get in a mess in their penalty area, but Crawford poked the ball wide.

Kettering equalised in added time of the first half from the unlikeliest of sources. A long throw from the left by Sharpe was headed on by Harry Reilly past the back post and somehow Ben Sault squeezed a low shot from a narrow angle past Long.

Half Time:

BOSTON UNITED      1       -      1            KETTERING TOWN

The first action of the second period saw Boston awarded another penalty in just the second minute of the half. Offong, on the left, went down under a challenge from Lewis White. From the writer’s position Offong appeared to collapse his legs with White by his side- but Referee Mr. Thomas, from his position, pointed to the spot. Gregory this time saved from Gordon – his second penalty save in successive matches.

As the game deteriorated, the next half chance saw home substitute, Jean Leroy Belehouan head weakly at goal from a corner and Gregory collected.

Kettering’s George Cooper was next to go down in the opposition penalty area- rather like Offong had done-but this time no penalty ensued. The game as a spectacle had deteriorated badly with both sides struggling to make any impression.

Home substitute Micah Obiero poked a weak effort wide after a corner and Kettering substitute Andrew Oluwabori,on for Reilly, showed his defensive capabilities as he made a great tackle on Gordon to prevent the shot.

Now in the last 10 minutes, the game was still poor. A scramble in the home area saw both Graham and substitute Keaton Ward create chances but they could not get a shot in. A now rare Sharpe long throw was easily dealt with and as the game petered out Obiero fired badly over.

Boston forced two unproductive corners and Ward won a corner for Kettering – also unproductive - before he was yellow carded for a foul on Long and Belehouan received a similar card for an over boisterous response.

A draw was a reasonable result for the Poppies, with a number of Refereeing decisions going against them on the day.

Full Time:

BOSTON UNITED      1      -       1            KETTERING TOWN

Match Officials: Referee: Gareth Thomas; Assistants: Wagar Ahmad and Tom Hales

Attendance: 1848 (Kettering fans on the terrace 247 and seated in the stand and elsewhere estimated at 50)

Poppies Media Man of the Match: Cameron Gregory with mentions to two of last season’s stalwarts- Gary Stohrer and Rhys Sharpe

Forthcoming matches:


Saturday 10th September: Banbury United - kick off 3pm

Saturday 24th September: Kidderminster Harriers - kick off 3pm

Tuesday 27th September: Kings Lynn Town - kick off 7.45pm


Saturday 3rd September at Buxton - kick off 3pm

Tuesday 13th September at Leamington – kick off 7.45pm

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We join the Emirates F A Cup trail on Saturday 17th September in the 2nd Round Qualifying with the draw expected on Monday 5th September.

Team Sheet

Location: Away (AWAY)
Kick Off: 29th Aug 2022
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