Poppies’ unbeaten run goes on with draw at Royston

Poppies boss Dean Thomas
Poppies boss Dean Thomas

Kettering Town extended their unbeaten run to 11 matches in all competitions after a 0-0 draw at Royston Town in the Calor League Division One Central.

Boss Dean Thomas restored Louis Hamilton to the starting line-up on the right side of a five-man midfield while Chimdi Akubuine wasn’t included in the squad after suffering concussion in the weekend win at Aylesbury.

The first chance of the night fell to Royston’s Kaan Fehmi, who shot wide while Ash Fuller forced Will Norris into his opening save at the other end.

Norris saved with his legs to deny James Jepson but the Poppies were given a warning when Mitchell Bryant’s effort was ruled out for offside.

The first half proved to be fairly even but Kettering and Jepson did have another good opening before the break when a decent move ended with Andy Gooding finding his fellow midfielder but he was unable to convert.

Dubi Ogbonna had a shout for a penalty waved away early in the second half after he was bundled over and the striker later curled a free-kick over the bar after he had been fouled on the edge of the area.

Denham Hinds comfortably saved a Bryant overhead-kick while Fuller’s shot beat Norris, who was at full stretch, but it also went wide of the far post.

However, further chances were few and far between with Ogbonna being crowded out at the near post after a good cross from substitute Jake Newman.

In the end, it was probably a fair result from a hard-fought game, which the Poppies just about edged.

They will be looking to further extend their unbeaten run when they take on North Greenford United at Latimer Park on Saturday.

Poppies: Hinds; Thorpe, Eze, Hull, Kinniburgh; Hamilton, Logan (sub Newman, 59 mins), Jepson, Gooding, Fuller; Ogbonna. Subs: Ebanks, Foster, Bukasa, Beckley.

Attendance: 234.

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