Saints 1 Fitzgerald 60
Kettering Town 3 Hamilton 15, Muzvimbiri 65, Joseph 90+5
Calor League Division One Central (Saturday 2 November)
A barnstorming final ten minutes that saw two outstanding saves by the Kettering keeper couldn't rescue Saints from their fourth success home defeat as The Poppies clung on to secure the win that keep Saints stuck near the bottom of the table.
With both sides scrapping for points to escape the lower reaches of the division, it was never destined to be a classic match and the gusting wind only made things more difficult. After 15 minutes with both sides scratching around for some rhythm, the visitors cut open the Saints defence with a long ball from wide on the right. Louis Hamilton was fastest off the grid and with Kevin Ayodele not clearing the danger, the speedster went clear to score the opener.
There was little to split the sides with both defences in control and clear chances few and far between. Then, on the hour Saints were back in the game with the best move of the day as Terrell Lewis was set free down the right. His backheel found Kevin Ayodele following up and his shot across goal picked out Scott Fitzgerald stealing in at the far post and the Saints top scorer made no mistake from a tight angle.
Saints have struggled to maintain momentum this season and things didn't look like changing as it took Kettering just five minutes to expose the Saints defence from a corner as Will Muzvimbiri was unmarked in the six yard box and headed into an empty net. Michael Power-Simpson was having a good afternoon until then and continued to make several crucial saves but the damage was done.
As the clock ran down Saints began to show an intensity that had been missing and suddenly the visitors defence began to shudder. A Scott Fitzgerald header was superbly pushed over the bar and Liam Fowler shot narrowly wide and with Saints pushing forward they were caught out by a Kettering counter attack long ball to substitute Keiron Joseph who coolly struck home past the stranded keeper to add to Chalfont's woes.
Saints: Michael Power-Simpson, Kevin Ayodele, Ronanyne Marsh-Brown, Gareth Paxton, Liam Fowler, Alan Hedley, Luke Brook-Smith (Danilson Vicente 78), Davis Haule (Alex Paine 67), Terrell Lewis, Scott Fitzgerald, Remmel Clarke (Romaine Walker 75).
Attendance: 111 Star Player: Liam Fowler
Courtesy of www.idesignandpublish.com, Pictures from the game can be found at http://kettering.idesignandpublish.com/#!album-18
And as a Novum, the match was broadcast live on Kettering Toen rdio, which meant that a certain fan in Switzerland was actually able to listen to the match live^.
Many thanks to you at Kettering.