Kettering Town 2 : 2 St Neots Town FC
Match
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Kettering Town 2 : 2
St Neots Town FC
Tuesday 18 October, 2016 19:45

 

Southern League Premier Division

 

KETTERING TOWN       2        ST NEOTS TOWN       2      

 

For only the second time this season St Neots named an unchanged starting line-up and went very close to recording what would have been their second away victory of the season.  They deservedly led 2-0 at the break after a confident first half performance but with two changes made in their attack Kettering roared back and it was an injury to skipper Tom Ward after 50 minutes that proved crucial to the result.   He picked up a first half knock but took to the field after the break but lasted only five minutes before being replaced by Tom Wood.  He fitted in well but the lack of Ward’s aerial power was exploited by the home side as they pounded the St Neots defence.   The home substitutions were also to prove significant with one of their subs scoring their first goal and the other setting up the equalizer.   The point took St Neots further away from the foot of the table but with Cirencester winning at Cinderford, St Neots dropped a place to 22nd in the table.   The overall performance should have been good enough to boost confidence before Saturday’s visit to the Premier Plus Stadium of second in the table Leamington – one of the promotion favorites.   This was the third meeting of the two teams in just five weeks with each having won at St Neots – the home team in the League Cup and the visitors in the league.

 

The swirling wind was a factor in the early rather uneventful stages of the match with both sides struggling to master the difficult conditions.   The home side adopted an attacking formation with three in attack but St Neots were threatening on the break with Jonny Hall firing wide and brother James seeing a low finish comfortably gathered by Dean Snedker.  At the other end Alex Archer saved well from James Brighton and Spencer Weir-Daley got the ball in the net but was ruled offside.   The break-through came after 21 minutes when Tom Spark lifted a long ball over the defence to find James Hall wide left and he went past the final defender to send a curling shot over the keeper and under the bar at the far post.  Now St Neots seemed to grow in confidence and Micky Hyem had a shot deflected for a corner and an audacious chip by Jonny Hall was saved by the back peddling Snedker.   Kettering created little in reply although Weir-Daley who had scored a hat trick in the win at St Neots flashed a shot inches wide of a post.  A minute before the break St Neots doubled their lead to the delight of the travelling fans when a Declan Rogers free kick was won firmly in the air by Taylor Parr and his knock down was smashed into the net by Sam Mulready to record his fourth goal in as many games.

 

The introduction of substitutes Aaron O’Connor and Liam Canavan after half time clearly indicated Kettering’s intention to strike back.   James Hall did register the first goal attempt of the second half but his effort was too high just prior to the St Neots enforced substitution.   Then for a spell the home side dominated.   Rene Howe headed over the bar from a Brighton corner and after 58 minutes the home side were back in the match as Aaron O’Connor’s pace was too much for the retreating St Neots defence and he beat Archer with a low finish.   Two minutes later the same player was played clear by Canavan but Archer showed great anticipation to block with his legs.   A freak deflection off Peter Clark forced Snedker into a fine save pushing the ball over for a corner and then Archer again was the saviour of his side with a one-handed save to deny Weir-Daley.  However, fifteen minutes from time Jonny Hall mistimed a through ball from Canavan allowing Wilson Carvalho a clear run at goal and he levelled the scores.   In the closing stages Hyem had a volley saved and both Carvalho and O’Connor fired over the bar with Kettering’s final chances.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St Neots:  Archer, Smith, Jonny Hall, Hyem, Ward (T), Parr, Spark, Clark, James Hall, Mulready, Rogers

 

Subs:  Wood (for Wart (T) 50 mins),McGeorge, Heywood, Williams and Ward (C).

 

Cards:  Jonny Hall (Y – 86)

 

 

 

Goals:  James Hall (21), Mulready (44)

 

 

 

Kettering:  Snedker, Bateman, Langdon,Solkhon, Haran, Hornby, Carvalho, Weir-Daley, Howe, Hicks, Brighton

 

Subs:  O’Connor (for Weir-Daley 46 mins), Canavan (for Hicks 46 mins), Westwood (for Bateman 73 mins), Kinniburgh and McAlindon.

 

Cards:  none

 

 

 

Goals:  O’Connor (58), Carvalho (75)

 

Attendance: 374

 

Referee: Matthew Smith (Leicester)

 

 

 

John Walker