SATURDAY SPORT – Poppies pick up first win, Steelmen held and Diamonds denied at the death

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Kettering Town secured their first win of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division season as they claimed a 3-2 victory over Merthyr Town at Latimer Park.

Brett Solkhon grabbed Marcus Law’s side’s first goal of the campaign to give them the lead on 24 minutes when he headed home Will Grocutt’s cross.

But the Martyrs drew level six minutes before half-time when the unmarked Ryan Green headed home from a corner.

Kettering regained the lead four minutes into the second half when Solkhon squared for Elliot Sandy to side-foot home.

And the win was completed seven minutes from the end when summer signing Courtney Baker-Richardson scored after his initial shot had been saved.

There was still a few nervous moments at the end when Merthyr were awarded a penalty, which Ryan Prosser converted.

But Kettering saw things out to send the majority of the 579 crowd home happy.

Corby Town maintained their unbeaten start to the Vanarama National League North season as they drew 2-2 with Chorley in front of 759 at Steel Park.

The visitors drew first blood when captain Dale Whitham rose highest to head home Darren Stephenson’s cross from the left.

But the lead last just two minutes as Kabongo Tshimanga laid the ball into the path of Sammons who fired into the corner.

And it was Sammons who put Corby in front for the first time when he brilliant curled a free-kick into the top corner on 34 minutes.

However the visitors drew level before the break when Josh Hine headed in at the far post after James Dean had sliced his shot from 15 yards.

There were no further goals in the second half as Adam Roscoe hit the bar for Chorley while Aaron Brown went close with a header for the Steelmen.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds were denied their first win of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central season in cruel fashion.

They seemed to be heading for victory thanks to Claudiu Hoban’s first goal for the club.

That came on 23 minutes when skipper Richard Bunting, making his first appearance of the season, found Hoban on the left and he skipped past his marker and smashed into the far corner from 15 yards.

Diamonds looked to have done enough but Ware struck in the third minute of stoppage-time after the visitors had failed to clear their lines.