Poppies held to a goalless draw at Leighton

Deqwon Ebanks made his debut for Kettering Town at Leighton after joining on loan from Tamworth until January 4
Deqwon Ebanks made his debut for Kettering Town at Leighton after joining on loan from Tamworth until January 4
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Kettering Town’s winning run came to an end as they were held to their first draw of the season in a 0-0 stalemate at Leighton Town.

The Poppies were looking to make it four wins in a row against the Calor League Division One Central strugglers but it proved to be frustrating evening and a scrappy affair.

Boss Dean Thomas did, as he had hoped, make an addition to his squad ahead of the game with striker Deqwon Ebanks joining the club on loan from Tamworth until January 4.

He went straight into the starting line-up with Will Muzvimbiri away with the Zimbabwe Under-20 team while Rob Foster was also recalled at the expense of Jake Newman.

Ash Fuller forced home goalkeeper Bradley Kirkwood into his first save with a long-range free-kick while Ryan Plowright shot wide at the other end.

Jonathon Thorpe saw an effort touched round the post while Charlie Horton was forced into a decent stop from Shane Bush just before the break.

The Poppies had more purpose about them in the second half and James Jepson shot wide under pressure soon after the restart.

Steve Kinniburgh was forced into a fine challenge to stop Ben Gallant from bursting through on goal while, at the other end, Foster almosts seized upon a mix-up between Kirkwood and a defender but the goalkeeper recovered to make a block.

There were few other chances as Gallant blazed wide for the hosts and Ebanks had a drive smothered by Kirkwood.

In the end, both teams had to settle for a point and the Poppies are now without a game until next Tuesday night when they head to Calor League Premier Division side Arlesey Town in the second round of the Red Insure Cup.

Poppies: Horton, Thorpe, Kinniburgh, Gooding, Eze, Hull, Hamilton, Jepson, Foster (sub Newman, 82 mins), Ebanks (sub Joseph, 86 mins), Fuller. Subs not used: Dent, Logan, Bukasa.

Attendance: 195.

Read the latest news from Latimer Park in this week’s Northamptonshire Telegraph – out on Thursday