Sandy hits a treble in Poppies’ friendly success

Poppies manager Dean Thomas
Poppies manager Dean Thomas

Elliot Sandy hit a hat-trick as Kettering Town claimed a 5-2 success over United Counties League side Huntingdon Town in a behind-closed-doors friendly.

The match, which was played on the 3G surface at the Buccleuch Academy in Kettering, was organised after the Poppies’ Calor League Division One Central clash at Chertsey Town was called off on Friday.

The Poppies took the lead after just three minutes when Sandy tapped home from Josh Moreman’s pull back.

Sandy grabbed his second of the game just past the half-hour mark when he finished well from the edge of the box after some good build-up play.

And the forward completed his hat-trick six minutes before half-time after more good work from Moreman.

There was still time for Moreman to add a fourth before the break when he beat the offside trap and beat the visiting goalkeeper.

Huntingdon pulled a goal back five minutes into the second half when Declan Rogers scored from the penalty spot after Tommy Hull was penalised for handball in the area.

And they brought themselves right back into the game just past the hour when Chris Jones tapped home after a cross had come back off the post.

However, Kettering added their fifth of the game with 16 minutes to go when substitute Ash Fuller scored after a flick on by Henry Eze.

That completed the scoring and Dean Thomas’ side will now be hoping the weather improves as they are due to return to action on Tuesday night when Potters Bar Town are the visitors to Latimer Park in the Calor League Division One Central.

Poppies chairman Ritchie Jeune, meanwhile, confirmed through his Twitter account that former player Brad Piercewright has agreed to head up the club’s new youth section.

Poppies starting line-up: McAlindon, Clifton, Eze, Hull, Kinniburgh, Logan, Gooding, Sandy, Thorpe, Moreman, Jepson.

Goals: Sandy (3 mins, 1-0), Sandy (31 mins, 2-0), Sandy (39 mins, 3-0), Moreman (45 mins, 4-0), Rogers pen (50 mins, 4-1), Jones (62 mins, 4-2), Fuller (74 mins, 5-2).