Sandy’s dramatic strike ensures Poppies’ unbeaten run goes on

Poppies manager Dean Thomas
Poppies manager Dean Thomas

Elliot Sandy marked his first start for Kettering Town with a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser as they maintained their fine unbeaten run with a 1-1 draw at second-placed Rugby Town.

Dean Thomas made one change from the team that thrashed Leighton Town 5-1 last weekend with Elliot Sandy being handed his first start for the club as Ash Fuller dropped to the bench.

Rugby included former Poppies left-back Nathan Fox in their line-up and it was his corner, which led to the opening goal.

Kettering goalkeeper Denham Hinds’ poor punch spun up in the air and Mason Rowley headed home.

But the Poppies went on to enjoy the better of the opening half but they were unable to find way through the home defence with Josh Moreman, Steve Kinniburgh, James Jepson and Dubi Ogbonna all having good opportunities.

The Poppies continued to create chances after the break and hit a post while Rugby’s David Kolodynski had an effort ruled out for offside before also hitting the crossbar.

But Kettering secured a deserved point in the third minute of injury-time when Sandy struck to ensure the Poppies’ unbeaten run moved to 15 matches in all competitions.

Poppies: Hinds; Clifton, Crowie, Hull, Kinniburgh; Thorpe, Gooding, Jepson, Sandy; Ogbonna, Moreman. Subs: Logan, Bukasa, Newman, Hamilton, Fuller.

Goals: Rowley (12 mins, 1-0), Sandy (90 mins, 1-1).

Attendance: 773.