SATURDAY SPORT – Poppies finally claim a home win, Mills’ first game with Corby ends in defeat while Diamonds draw

All the details from this afternoon's local football action
All the details from this afternoon's local football action
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It was ninth time lucky for Kettering Town as they finally claimed their first home win of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division season by beating Weymouth 3-1 at Latimer Park.

The Poppies had to come from a goal down at half-time but Aaron O’Connor levelled before late goals from Brett Solkhon and Liam Canavan ensured the wait finally ended.

Marcus Law handed a first senior start to youngster Ben Bradshaw while O’Connor was also included after scoring in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with St Neots Town.

Ben Stephens was back on the bench after injury but Liam Bateman and Lewis Hornby were not included in the 16-man squad while injured trio Paul Malone, Paul White and Gary Mulligan were still absent.

Canavan shot just over after only 22 seconds but it was Weymouth who opened the scoring on 14 minutes when debutant Brad Tarbuck seized on a defensive error before beating Dean Snedker.

Tarbuck went close again while Kettering forced visiting goalkeeper Dan Thomas into a couple of good saves before the break.

But the Poppies did level on 66 minutes when O’Connor grabbed his second goal in as many games.

And they grabbed the all-important winner with just five minutes to go when Solkhon was on hand to prod home after Canavan’s shot was cleared off the line.

And it was Canavan who rounded things off in the third minute of stoppage-time as Kettering’s wait for a home win finally ended.

Gary Mills’ first game in charge of Corby Town ended in disappointed as Nantwich Town maintained their unbeaten away record in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division with a 2-0 success at Steel Park.

The new manager handed a start to new signing Nathan Fox who rejoined the Steelmen on yesterday while James Jepson and Jake Jones, who also arrived at Steel Park following Mills’ appointment were among the substitutes.

Brad-Lee Gascoigne returned from injury as both Liam Marshall and Ryan Bell dropped to the bench.

The Steelmen started brightly enough and Nantwich were forced to scramble clear after Callum Ball sent a cross in from the left.

But the visitors took a grip on things and Aidan Grant had to be at his best to save from Tim Sanders.

However, Nantwich did take the lead on nine minutes when Osebi Abadaki cut in from the left and beat Grant with a fine strike that went in off the post.

Grant produced another good save with his legs to deny Abadaki before half-time but Corby were brighter after the break and both Ball and Danny Draper drew saves out of Dave Parton.

However, the visitors double their advantage with 20 minutes to go when substitute David Walker stabbed home after Corby failed to clear a corner.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Basford United in Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South as nearly 700 fans turned up for their Community Day at the Dog & Duck.

Andy Peaks made one change from the team that claimed a 4-1 victory at Belper Town on Tuesday with Jake Newman coming in for the injured Richard Bunting.

Nabil Shariff flicked an effort just wide and Nic Evangelinos saw a shot deflected over for Diamonds.

But it was Basford who opened the scoring just past the half-hour when Cory Grantham rounded off a good move with a decent finish past Matt Finlay.

However, Diamonds responded quickly and were level within seven minutes when they were awarded a penalty for handball and Shariff stepped up to score from the spot.

Sam Brown sent a fierce effort just wide but Basford regained the lead just before half-time when Grantham was on hand to score from the rebound after a good save from Finlay.

Taylor Orosz was denied by visiting goalkeeper Saul Deeney early in the second half but Diamonds did level on 73 minutes when Tom Lorraine powered home an Evangelinos corner.

And that was how it finished with neither side able to find a winner.