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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Jan 21, 2017 4:36 am

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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Jan 21, 2017 7:43 am

Team.
Davies
Davies Tancock McDonald Barrow
Richards Evans Reffell
Traylor Prosser McLaggon

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Watkins Williams patten Copp Jenkins.
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:09 am

1 up 5mins. McDonald header from corner. Our first attack!
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Post  Paul Thomas on Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:17 am

2-0 , Richards with the 2nd.

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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:17 am

2 up 12mins! Elliot with a great finish! Hope he hasn't injuried himself. Good football.
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:43 am

Absolutely magnificent save by the home keeper - tipping it onto the crossbar 38mins
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:45 am

H/t 0-2
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Post  GordonTheGopher on Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:54 am

Banbury 1 StNeots 1
King's Lynn 0 Weymouth 3
Redditch 0 Biggleswade 2
StIves 1 Kings Langley 0
Slough 0 Chippenham 0
All HT
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Post  GordonTheGopher on Sat Jan 21, 2017 9:25 am

1-2 now Mad
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Jan 21, 2017 9:26 am

1-2 controversial goal 65mins
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Post  GordonTheGopher on Sat Jan 21, 2017 9:30 am

2-2 Mad Mad
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Jan 21, 2017 9:35 am

1-3 Corey Jenkins 74mins clean through!
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Jan 21, 2017 9:36 am

Nope Gordon - we scored!
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Post  GordonTheGopher on Sat Jan 21, 2017 9:37 am

Sorry
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Jan 21, 2017 9:53 am

F/t 1-3! get in!!
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Post  GordonTheGopher on Sat Jan 21, 2017 10:09 am

FT
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King's Lynn 1 Weymouth 6
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Post  Merthyr Imp on Sat Jan 21, 2017 10:37 am

All other games in the division postponed today.

Slough drop out of the play-off places but have games in hand.

Excellent result for us, although Kettering do have a poor home record.
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Jan 21, 2017 12:42 pm

Kettering 1-3 MERTHYR

Well, what to say…
A result that warmed the cockles of the heart on a bitingly cold day!

A game that ebbed and flowed… Poppies started the brighter, and had a couple of attempts off-target. Then – with five minutes gone – we took the lead, with our first attempt on goal. A good corner was tipped on for Curtis McDonald to power a header home to open the scoring. The goal seemed to wake us from our slumbers, and seven minutes later a move of great quality saw Eliot Richards finish with aplomb. 12 minutes on the clock and we lead by the dreaded 2-0 scoreline. At two up, Wolf started demanding the ball was taken to the corner flag at every opportunity, and even Twiggy was momentarily struck without having anything to complain about!

The pattern of the game was set, with each team enjoying 5-7 minutes being on top, before the tables were turned. Kettering had a few pot-shots, however the nearest to a further goal was on 38minutes, when a superb shot, which was heading into the top right corner was tipped by a one-handed save by the home keeper onto the corner of crossbar and post, before luckily rebounding into his grateful grasp. Save of the season as far as I’m concerned.

H/t 0-2.

With no doubt the manager’s choice half-time team talk ringing in their ears, as was expected the home side started the second half at pace, enjoying a 10 minute or so spell of possession, with several waves of attacks. However, the Martyrs defence – marshalled by the magnificent Curtis McDonald – held firm, repelling each attack. And on the odd occasion when they were breached, Davies in the Merfa goal was in sterling form. The game then resumed its rhythm of the first half, with Merthyr looking dangerous every time they broke.

Around midway through the half a double substitution for the visitors saw Corey Jenkins and Patton enter the fray, replacing goal scorer Richards and Kayne McLaggon, who I thought was having a good game. Strange decision I thought – and so it proved to be, with Kettering pulling one back a few minutes later. The goal was mired in controversy – and one that earned a couple of Merthyr players yellow cards for their protests. I’ve heard handball and ball not crossing the line as the reasons, however being the other end of the ground I can’t comment. From the kick-off it nearly got worse, as Kettering pushed forward and somehow contrived to miss what looked a guilt-edge chance – bit of a let off for the travelling faithful! Thankfully, this change of events allowed DJ to crank up the moaning!

We all felt another goal was needed to be secure, and so it proved. With about 15 minutes remaining Jenkins – who had looked lively since coming on - picked the pocket of a Poppies defender, and kept his head to calmly finish a one-on-one against the keeper. Game over.

The home fans then turned on beleaguered manager Marcus Law, and the mighty Martyrs held on – despite over 5 minutes of extra time (no idea where that came from!) to record an excellent 1-3 win against their promotion rivals.

Crowd well in excess of 400 was swelled by I’d reckon about 50-60 travelling fans, all of who should return home happy (except the usual one – you know who you are!)
Great result lads! Keep it up – and keep it Black and White!
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Post  douggolfer on Sat Jan 21, 2017 12:43 pm

3 points better to have the points on the board then games in hand !!!good away result, well done all

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Post  Bigbri on Sat Jan 21, 2017 7:59 pm

From the Kettering web site

HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED:
It was a cold day at Latimer Park with the pitch holding up well after the frosts, but it was a heavy surface.
Kettering started the brighter of the two teams with Rene Howe and Liam Canavan setting up a chance for Matthew Barnes-Homes but the shot was too high. Then James Brighton’s shot was an easy take for visiting keeper, Oliver Davies.
Merthyr’s first foray into Kettering’s half saw a corner won on the left. From the kick they scored as Curtis Macdonald headed in unchallenged at the near post through a group of players.
Another set piece on 12 minutes also threatened the Kettering goal but the ball was cleared.
It was 2-0 after 16 minutes. Ryan Prosser controlled a long throw and neatly laid the ball back for Eliot Richards to fire past Paul White.
The Poppies were shocked and the Martyrs took control of the game, leaving men behind the ball, and the Poppies struggled to make any immediate impression.
It wasn’t until the 26th minute that Kettering threatened as a good move set up Nathan Hicks for the shot and Davies saved with his legs.
The game continued in the same pattern with Merthyr only interested in containing the game and getting 10 men back and relying on the break. And it was working.
Brighton’s 38th minute free kick was headed over by Barnes-Homer and Kettering’s first half was summed up as Wilson Carvalho made a complete hash of a corner making it into a goal kick.
A rare Merthyr break almost got them a third goal after 42 minutes. Richards’ excellent shot saw an equally excellent save as White, at full stretch, pushed the ball against the bar and picked up the loose ball.
Half Time:
Kettering Town 0 - 2 Merthyr Town
The Poppies came out with more resolve and within two minutes Barnes-Homer had the ball in the net but was offside.
Liam Canavan’s 48th minute shot was saved by Davies and Brighton’s searching low cross was deflected away for a corner. From the cross Dom Langdon’s header was low to the keeper’s left and he saved well.
The Poppies continued on the offensive and Howe set up Canavan, but the shot was just past the post.
The game settled for 10 minutes with Merthyr happy to sit back and rely on any breaks possible.
It was in the 66th minute that Kettering scored. Wilson Carvalho got a cross in from the right and Howe poked the ball goalwards. Both a defender and keeper,Davies, struggled with the ball near the line and the Referee signalled a goal with a reluctant flag from the Assistant. Scott Tancock was yellow carded for protesting.
With a couple of minutes, Kettering worked a good move with Canavan getting the ball on the left. His cross-shot came off the bar and was cleared.
Merthyr had to regroup and Keyon Reffell may have done better as a corner fell to him- but he could not control the ball.
Rene Howe’s low 25 yard shot on 71 minutes almost squirmed past Davies, who recovered to collect.
The Kettering suicide button was pressed on 76 minutes as James Haran failed to clear and Langdon mishit a back pass allowing substitute Corey Jenkins to run on unchallenged to stroke past White.
Merthyr’s hold on the game was completed as they saw the game out comfortably with only Howe providing any threat- but his 80th minute shot soared over the bar.
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sun Jan 22, 2017 3:45 am

Very good summary I'd say.

From memory, Kettering also had a couple of goals chalked off for offside.
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Post  Merthyr Imp on Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:16 am

This interview includes Kettering's goal and our third one - good work by Corey Jenkins hassling the defenders into an error then taking advantage of it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OXNX7WVcJ8&t=2s
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Post  Chepstow on Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:06 am

Kettering v Merthyr

Merthyr achieved a fine 3-1 away win against Kettering Town on Saturday, dealing a blow to the home side's ambitions to reach the play-offs while consolidating their own position in the pack chasing leaders Leamington.

Jarrad Wright was unavailable, and was replaced by Curtis McDonald, returning after suspension. The starting eleven was as follows: Oliver Davies in goal; a back four of Adam Davies, Scott Tancock, Curtis McDonald and Scott Barrow; a very fluid mid-field of Eliot Richards, Ashley Evans, and Keyon Reffell; with Ian Traylor, Ryan Prosser and Kayne McLaggon up front.

Subs: Ben Watkins; Gavin Williams; Kyle Patten; Kyle Copp; Corey Jenkins.

The match was played on a very sticky pitch, which surprised anyone who thought that ice and frost might easily cause another postponement.

After a very early foray into the Kettering half, Merthyr conceded most of the possession in the first few minutes. Then after eight minutes Eliot Richards forced a corner down the Merthyr left, and took it himself, driving the ball at chest height into the six yard box. Kayne McLaggon got a touch and Curtis McDonald bundled the ball over the line for Merthyr's opening goal.

Kettering again came forward positively without causing any real discomfort at the back, then the man of the first half Eliot Richards struck again after 16 minutes. A throw-in down the left from Scott Barrow was held up, then laid off inside the box by Ryan Prosser to Richards, who chested down and volleyed into the net with no apparent thought of risk to life and limb in a crowded area.

Kettering continued to have territorial advantage, but there was a real determination throughout the ranks to keep them at a distance. Matthew Barnes-Horner did work himself some space to force a smart low save by Oliver Davies with his legs, but otherwise the threat was confined to corners dealt with reasonably comfortably. Moments of trademark skill from Reffell and Traylor reminded us that Merthyr could always pose a danger, while at the other end McDonald also showed his colours by taking a boot on the head with minimum fuss. For the neutrals, who included some homeless-for-the-day Bolton Wanderers fans, the highlight of the half was surely an outstanding 30 yard volley from Richards, which was met by a flying save from keeper Paul White who pushed the ball on to the junction of bar and post. Throughout the half, Prosser was keeping the Kettering defence very busy, without always getting the breaks.

With Kettering chasing the game with new vigour in the second half, Merthyr needed full concentration. Barnes-Horner's offside effort found the net, and Davies had to make two smart saves, but Merthyr were also breaking well on occasions.

After 65 minutes, Eliot Richards was replaced by Kyle Patten, making a welcome return folowing a long lay-off, and Kayne McLaggon (christened by Kettering as Wayne McLageron) was replaced by Corey Jenkins.

The dreaded happened however in the 66th minute when a scramble at the Merthyr end resulted in Rene Howe contesting the ball with Oliver Davies, and helping the ball over the line, Merthyr claiming a foul and the linesman at first seeming to agree. Scott Tancock found his way into the referee's notebook, and the Martyrs faced a potentially very hostile last quarter of the game.

In the following ten minutes, Kettering had one clear effort at goal from Rene Howe, clutched at the second attempt by keeper Davies. As time went on however, the feisty Kettering crowd were displaying increasing frustration at their own side, particularly when after loose play near the touchline the ball broke to Corey Jenkins, free in the middle of the pitch and clear on goal just inside the Kettering half. One thing was certain – no one was going to catch him – and he delivered the killer blow, slipping the ball past the advancing keeper White in a replica of his FA Cup goal at Portchester.

This knocked the stuffing out of the home side, in truth, and all the hard work put in by the Martyrs in the previous 75 minutes brought rewards in the last fifteen minutes of the game. On the day, our excellent defence, counting Ashley Evans with the back four, started to have time on the ball going forward. Adam Davies' season is back on the rails, Scott Tancock is cool beyond his years, and Scott Barrow must be a nightmare to play against. Ben Watkins came on for Traylor after 82 minutes to shore the middle up further, but by now Merthyr were running the clock down, winning corners, and keeping Kettering a long way from causing danger. This was a very good TEAM performance.



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