Poppies hit five, Steelmen draw but Diamonds are beaten

Silvan Obeng gives Kettering Town the lead during their 5-0 success over Bashley at Latimer Park. Picture by Jim McAlwane

Silvan Obeng gives Kettering Town the lead during their 5-0 success over Bashley at Latimer Park. Picture by Jim McAlwane

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Kettering Town made it two wins out of two in pre-season as they claimed a 5-0 victory over Bashley at Latimer Park.

The Poppies took control as they scored four times in a dominant first-half display as Silvano Obeng put them in front before Will Grocott made it 2-0 on the half-hour.

Brett Solkhon headed home number three and a fine opening period was rounded off when Saul Williams converted Andy Gooding’s through-ball.

The inevitable substitutions came during the second period but the crowd of 203 were sent home happy when Lance Allen made it 5-0 with eight minutes to go.

Corby Town, meanwhile, shared a thrilling 3-3 draw with a Wolverhampton Wanderers XI in front of 270 fans at Steel Park.

The Steelmen fell behind to Bradley Reid’s 16th-minute strike but turned things around to lead at the break.

Ash Sammons levelled six minutes before half-time and Greg Mills made it 2-1 after he was set up by Spencer Weir-Daley.

Reid brought Wolves level in the second period but Corby regained the lead when Kurtis Revan, who hit a hat-trick in a friendly against Newcastle United’s academy team earlier this month, struck from eight yards.

However, a cracking encounter ended in deadlock when Ryan Rainey completed the scoring with Wolves’ third goal.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds were beaten by a late goal as they went down 2-1 at Ryman League Premier Division outfit Enfield Town.

The hosts took an early lead when Corey Whitley scored from the penalty spot after he was adjudged to have been fouled by Elliott Lamb-Johnson.

Diamonds, who included former Corby Town players Delroy Gordon and Harry May in their squad, equalised late on when May played in Tom Lorraine who finished things off.

However, there was still time for Enfield to find a winner when Alex Cathline headed home the rebound after his initial effort had been pushed onto the crossbar by Rhys Redding.

All three clubs are back in action on Tuesday night.

Corby head to Harborough Town while the Poppies take on Luton Town at Latimer Park.

Diamonds are also at home at they face Biggleswade Town at the Dog & Duck.