Poppies finally claim their first league win of the season

Alan Doyle
Alan Doyle

Kettering Town claimed their first win at the 16th time of asking in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division with a 3-1 success over Chesham United at Corby Town’s Steel Park stadium.

The victory finally put an end to the club’s worst start to a season since 1891 following 15 games without success in what has proved to be an extremely difficult campaign both on and off the pitch.

The Poppies included newest signings Patrick Noubissie – making his return to the club – and defender Henry Eze in their starting line-up and they couldn’t have asked for a better start.

The game, watched by the 11th lowest ‘home’ crowd in the club’s history of just 253, was only two minutes old when Lewis Wilson, who is on loan from Northampton Town, fired the hosts in front. And it could have been so much better had a Noubissie shot gone in and not hit the crossbar.

But the second goal did arrive just past the half-hour mark when Michael King took aim from 25 yards and found the top corner with a curling shot.

Chesham did pull one back before half-time when poor defending from a free-kick allowed Andrew Fagan to head home.

The visitors brought on former Cobblers striker Scott McGleish at the break but it was Kettering who started the half the better.

And they restored their two-goal advantage two minutes in when Nathan Hicks exchanged passes with Wilson and found the net.

Dave Fotheringham went close for Chesham with a shot just over the bar while Hicks almost added his second of the game when a nice bit of skill gave him room for an effort that was tipped over by Shane Gore.

There were half-chances for both sides towards the end and Michael Chennells spurned a good opportunity for the visitors.

But the Poppies held on to secure their first league success of the season, although they remain a massive 21 points from safety at the bottom of the table.

They are back in action again on Tuesday night when they head to AFC Totton, who sit in mid-table but have been beaten just once at home this season.