Poppies another point closer after draw at Uxbridge

Poppies joint-managers Scott Machin and Thomas Baillie
Poppies joint-managers Scott Machin and Thomas Baillie

Kettering Town moved another point closer to the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central title after a 2-2 draw at Uxbridge.

The Poppies took an early lead through Elliot Sandy but then fell behind before David Kolodynski equalised.

With Aylesbury beating Bedworth United to move into second place, Kettering could yet claim the title next weekend when they travel to St Ives Town.

But if Aylesbury beat Egham Town in their game in hand on Tuesday evening, the Poppies’ champagne will have to remain on ice until at least the Easter weekend.

Joint-bosses Thomas Baillie and Scott Machin were forced into one change to their starting line-up with Tommy Hull replacing the suspended James Clifton at right-back.

The Poppies had the perfect start when Sandy was on hand to tap in Kolodynski’s cross after just four minutes.

Kolodynski had a shot blocked by home goalkeeper Rourke Pickford soon after but the hosts threatened when Richard Knight was forced into a fine stop from Danny Julienne.

And Uxbridge drew level on 18 minutes when Mitchell Wiseman was left unmarked from a corner to head home.

The Poppies had further chances before the break with Sandy shooting over while Andy Hall dragged an effort wide before being denied by Pickford.

Pickford was forced to save from his own captain Wayne Carter early in the second half but it was the hosts who took a surprise lead when Matt Woods beat Knight from Carter’s flick on.

However, Kettering hit back and they made it 2-2 when Kolodynski latched on to Hall’s pass and lofted the ball over Pickford.

It was end-to-end from there with substitute Dubi Ogbonna skewing an effort wide while Kolodynski was also off target.

In the end, there was to be no winner for either side but the point moves Kettering ever closer to the crown. It remains a matter of when, not if...

Poppies: Knight; Hull, Solkhon, Lee, Kinniburgh; Hall, Mulligan (sub Robinson, 86 mins), Jepson (sub Gooding, 66 mins), Moreman (sub Ogbonna, 66 mins); Sandy, Kolodynski. Subs not used: Richard-Noel, McAlindon.

Goals: Sandy (4 mins, 0-1), Wiseman (18 mins, 2-2), Woods (61 mins, 2-1), Kolodynski (72 mins, 2-2).

Attendance: 234