Poppies are stung by rare home defeat

Kettering Town's hopes of securing a home play-off semi-final in the Evo-Stik South League Premier were dealt a devastating blow as they slipped to a 3-2 defeat to Tiverton Town at Latimer Park.

Wednesday, 25th April 2018, 7:23 am
Updated Wednesday, 25th April 2018, 7:41 am
Marcus Law watches on during Kettering Town's 3-2 home defeat to Tiverton Town. Pictures by Peter Short

The Poppies were without injured top scorer Aaron O’Connor and fellow striker Rene Howe but did take a 1-0 lead into half-time.

There had been little to write home about until Rhys Hoenes crossed from the right and Mathew Stevens was there to tap home.

Mathew Stevens celebrates after he he opened the scoring

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Brett Solkhon had a header cleared off the line early in the second half but the game changed on 73 minutes when Levi Landricombe fired a shot into the corner.

And the same player put Tiverton in front with eight minutes to go with a fine free-kick.

The game was up when Jordan Rogers slotted home after latching onto a ball over the top but Kettering did stage a mini fightback with Solkhon converting from the penalty spot after Stevens had been fouled.

And only another goal-line clearance denied them a dramatic late equaliser.

Rhys Hoenes in action for Poppies

Nonetheless, the Poppies were condemned to only their second league defeat of the season at Latimer Park and, after Slough Town claimed a victory at Royston Town, Kettering now sit in fourth going into the final day of the season meaning they could yet be away from home in the play-off semi-final next Wednesday night.

Mathew Stevens celebrates after he he opened the scoring
Rhys Hoenes in action for Poppies