Poppies had ‘one of those days’

Josh Moreman can't believe it as another chance goes begging for Kettering Town in their 1-1 draw with Marlow at Latimer Park. Pictures by Tony Waugh
Josh Moreman can't believe it as another chance goes begging for Kettering Town in their 1-1 draw with Marlow at Latimer Park. Pictures by Tony Waugh
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Dean Thomas accepted it was “one of those days” for Kettering Town as they were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with Marlow in the Calor League Division One Central.

The Poppies created numerous chances, hit the crossbar twice and were continually denied by impressive visiting goalkeeper Erno Bostyan at Latimer Park.

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Kettering Town v Marlow NNL-140803-173422001

And their long unbeaten run was in jeopardy when Jon Bennett stunned the home crowd when he put Marlow in front. But the Poppies kept plugging away and eventually ensured their unbeaten run was extended to 16 games when Andy Gooding converted a penalty 13 minutes from full-time.

It was an afternoon of frustration but Thomas insists no-one should get too despondent as the Poppies now prepare for four away games in a row with trips to Chertsey Town on Tuesday and local rivals Daventry Town on Thursday being followed by a clash at Beaconsfield SYCOB next weekend.

“We have done everything apart from score goals,” the Poppies boss, whose team are nine points off the play-off places but with games in hand, said.

“It was untidy at times but we have created eight or nine clear chances and their goalkeeper has made some wonderful saves.

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Kettering Town v Marlow NNL-140803-173459001

“We put the effort in and we worked hard. The conditions were tough but credit to Marlow because they dug in and defended well and they have scored from chance one or two chances they had.

“It wasn’t quite our day. In the last few games things have gone our way and everything we have hit has gone in but it didn’t happen for us this time.

“But I can’t fault the effort and determination from the lads to go and win a game of football.

“For the morale of the team, it was important to take something from it and they showed the will to keep going.

“We have got a point, we wanted three but we are on a magnificent run and I don’t think it is time for people to get despondent, worried or concerned.

“We have said all along that it will be hard and it is a tough journey we are on. We are going to be chasing all the way.”

Thomas, meanwhile, is confident Ben Ford will be an “asset” to the club after rejoining from St Neots Town.

Ford came off the bench in the second half on Saturday after re-signing for the club he opted to leave before this season started.

And Thomas said: “We needed to bolster the squad and Ben has wanted to come back.

“He is a talented player. I have sometimes questioned his effort in the past but he has gone away, worked hard and he enjoys it here.

“No-one has ever doubted his ability and it’s great to get him back on board.

“He is coming into a good side so he has to step up to the plate. I am sure he will be a big asset for us.”