Two Ex-Poppies sink Town
17 September 2011
For the second away game on the trot, The Lambs visited a ground that was not necessarily that of the home team. Although Kettering had by rights moved into Nene Park many fans were still considering the ground the home of previous tenants Rushden and Diamonds which lent itself to a slightly strange feeling as they approached the stadium, wholly different to the set up at Rockingham Road.
And although Lambs boss Marcus Law was effectively returning to a previous home, along with some of his new squad, it didn't quite have the same feel as it might have done.
Law made just one change to the side from Saturday's victory over York City, with the injured Patterson replaced by Thomas.
Meanwhile the new Poppies boss Mark Stimson was welcomed onto the field for his first home game in charge.
The home side got the game underway, with Tamworth kicking towards the AirWair stand, although the travelling faithful were nestled in the corner and an early knock to Tait saw him needing treatment in the middle of the park.
Ashikodi wona corner on the left on 4 and Tait was back on the field to boot it clear before denying the same player with a brave header on the wing.
A foul by Smith on the left saw the home side send a deep freekick into the far post and Hedge punched clear and Green was on hand to twice deny the Poppies getting a clear sight on goal around the ten minute mark.
Marna then saw his shot from 18 yards deflected through 90 degrees on 12 and the ball went out for a corner on the right, but the flag kick was wasted.
At the other end Bradley pounced on a loose ball to fir right footed at Walker and the keeper made a fine left hand save low to his left for a corner, which came to nothing.
Koo-Boothe fired home low into the Lambs goal on 17 but it was disallowed for a push in the build up.
Smith was spoken to for a foul in the right channel and Cunnington stepped up but struck the wall with a driven effort and The Lambs cleared.
Marna cleared the bar with a right footed volley as the home side continued to press but on 29 The Lambs struck with some style on the counter attacked as Thomas made space for himself and unleashed a right footed drive from 25 yards into the far corner beyond the reach of Walker (1-0, 29 mins)
St. Aimie crossed from the left with the outside of his boot on 33 and Smith just missed getting a clean header on goal, instead the ball skimmed off his head and out for a goal kick.
The Lambs pressed on more around the 38th minute mark and a freekick from the right caused problems with St. Aimie ending the move with a shot that deflected out for a corner.
From the flag kick Walker dropped the ball at height but the referee had spotted an infringement and awarded a kick the other way.
Bradley hit a long range effort on 42 and Walker did well to parry it away while at the other end Cunnington's header was hooked off the line by Smith on 45 and two minutes added time was shown.
Tamworth started the second half with close-by thunder and lightning threatening to replace the sunshine and Marna missed his chance to level the scores in the first move from a right sided freekick, missing the ball as it whipped across the box.
Bradley struck a deflected shot forcing Walker to put it behind for a corner on 51and Walker had to tip a floated cross from the same player over the bar from the flag kick.
Mills put pressure on Walker and won another corner on 54 but Mills headed wide with a glancing header.
P. Ifil was booked for a push on Mills on 58 and on the hour J. Ifil put the ball over his own bar from a ball in from Tait.
There were a few muffled boos from the home terracing as Christie took to the field on 65 and Tait was booked for a foul on Ashikodi but despite the home side taking a quick freekick it eventually came to nothing as Habergham saw it out of play.
Poppies sub McKenzie almost made an instant impact, flicking a header just wide of the mark and Ashikodi hit a low right footed drive just past the right hand upright from the left of the box with Hedge at full stretch on 70.
Then after a spell of ‘nothing much to write home about' Christie got hold of the ball on the edge of the area, somehow found a gap through and prodded it into the back of the net in front of the Kettering fans on the Dale Roberts terrace. (2-0, 80 mins)
As the minutes ticked down Kettering went on one last look for something from the game and when Hedge punched clear Ashikodi let fly but missed the target by a good few yards as four minutes added time was shown.
The 116 Lambs fans burst into song shortly before the final whistle and duly celebrated when it blew after watching a fine performance to secure the three points.
Hedge, Tait, Habergham, Francis, Smith, Mills (Cain 71), St. Aimie, Thomas (McDonald 81), Green, Bradley, Shariff (Christie 65)
Subs: Collister, Valentim
Yellow Cards: Tait 66
Kettering Town Team:
Walker, Ifil P, Davis, Ifil J, Ashikodi, Marna, Taft, Bridges (Meechan 57), Koo-Boothe, Noubisse (McKenzie 68), Cunnington
Subs: Haxhia, Sangare, Sekajja
Yellow Cards: P. Ifil 58
Referee: T. Robinson