Kettering Town 4 St Ives Town 1
Man of the Match: Barney McLaughlin (St Ives Town)
The Poppies cruised to a 4-1 victory against a depleted Saints side
by Simon Clark
‘Blown away’ were one of the comments used after the match at Latimer Park as the Poppies ran out confident winners in front of yet another bumper crowd at Burton Latimer.
The Saints started the match with a number of key personnel missing from the squad and with limited resources on the bench this was always going to be a tough encounter, like the visit of Royston Town on Tuesday night at ProEdge Westwood Road. Man of the Match; Barney McLaughlin, who is on loan from Histon, was in impressive form from the outset denying both Dubi Ogbonna and Josh Moreman. Jonathon Thorpe’s effort, on 13 minutes, was met with an intake of air by the home faithful as many expected to see the net ripple for the opening goal.
Dan Banister and Jamie Thurlbourne went close but Alastair Worby saved with ease. The deadlock was broken on 29 minutes when James Clifton’s effort from 25 yards deceived everyone, including McLaughlin, and swerved into the bottom corner to give the home side a 1-0 lead. The Saints would have felt unlucky to have gone in at half time losing as they too had chances to equalise.
Many of the Saints supporters felt a case of De Ja Vu, like Tuesday night, when the Poppies turned on the style and capitalised on mistakes from the Saints defence. Former Saint; Ogbonna found space on 49 minutest to turn and fire home to double the advantage. Ogbonna’s impressive over head kick was just off target and Ash Fuller’s 30 yard effort was acrobatically tipped around the post by McLaughlin. On 61 minutes, an inswinging corner was met by Thorpe who flicked the ball into the far corner leaving McLaughlin no chance. The fourth goal came 3 minutes later and the match was most certainly out of site for the Cambridgeshire side when Josh Moreman blasted home at the second attempt.
The Saints were given a slimmer of hope on 70 minute when Avelino Vieira was felled inside the penalty area by the advancing Worby in the Poppies goal leaving the referee no choice but to produce the red card. Vieira stepped up and made no mistake from the penalty spot.
With an uneventful last 15 minutes, the Saints recorded yet another heavy defeat and with a tough trip to Daventry Town ahead of them on Saturday afternoon.