Poppies thrashed at Totton

Alan Doyle
Alan Doyle

Struggling Kettering Town crashed to a third successive defeat in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division as they were beaten 4-0 at AFC Totton.

Poppies boss Alan Doyle brought goalkeeper Yannick Nlate back into the starting 11 while Robbie Maddox and Michael King were also recalled at the expense of Troy Johnston and Ben Ford.

But it was Totton who dominated the first period after an even start with Jordan Chiedozie threatening twice early on before the hosts took the lead on 25 minutes.

Henry Eze over-ran the ball and Chiedozie crossed for Richard Gillespie to slide in.

And it got worse before half-time. Nlate saved well from Jonathan Davies and Chiedozie shot over the bar before Totton and Gillespie made it 2-0 as he hooked home after a corner had caused problems in the Poppies defence.

Kettering started the second half better with Nathan Hicks only being denied by a last-ditch tackle.

But Totton all-but ended the contest when Nlate’s poor punch fell to Luke Whitley, who made no mistake to make it 3-0.

Just four minutes later and it was four thanks to Chiedozie’s smart finish.

The Poppies had their best spell of the game towards the end with Will Muzvimbiri shooting over from 25 yards while Solomon Akinshade and Hicks both tested home goalkeeper Gareth Barfoot.

But the damage had already been done as the Poppies were well beaten. It means they remain 14 points adrift of safety ahead of Saturday’s trip to high-flying Cambridge City.

Poppies line-up: Nlate, Gyasi, Fox, Logan, Eze, Crowie, Maddox, Hicks, Griffiths, Turner, King. Subs: Talbot, Glen, Muzvimbiri, Ford, Akinshade.

Attendance: 229.