Kettering Town v Leicester City 26th July 2008 -Photo Special
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Match Report from

Poppies v Leicester City
26 July 2008

Three times in four years during the latter half of the 1890s Kettering sent Leicester Fosse crashing out of the FA Cup. Today, more than a century later, the Fossils have become the Foxes and despite our clubs’ respective fortunes last season we find ourselves two leagues below City in football’s pecking order. A stern test was therefore anticipated for the Poppies this afternoon, and a stern test it proved to be in the sweltering sunshine as the Poppies went down 4-1, watched by a healthy pre-season crowd at the A-Line Arena.

The teams lined up as follows:

1. Lee Harper
2. Tom Kemp (Kevin Spencer 53)
3. Tommy Jaszczun
4. Darren Wrack
5. Guy Branston (c)
6. Luke Graham
7. Daryll Taylor (Chris Hanna 67)
8. Brett Solkhon
20. Gareth Seddon (Dwane Lee 46)
10. Jean-Paul Marna (Chris Beardsley 53)
11. David Galbraith (Jon Brady 67 – Ryan Collis 90)

1. Paul Henderson
2. Kerrea Gilbert
3. Joe Mattock
4. Jack Hobbs
5. Michael Morrison
6. James Wesolowski
7. Nicky Adams
8. Matt Oakley
9. Barry Hayles
10. Matty Fryatt
11. Lloyd Dyer

Att - 1622

The first chance of the afternoon fell to the Poppies on 4 minutes when Brett Solkhon headed over Daryll Taylor’s right wing cross; but just 7 minutes later Kettering were 2 goals down. Initially Fryatt converted a simple chance after the home defence failed to deal with a long ball, and then a pin-point cross from the left was met by the head of Adams at the back post, and Leicester were cruising.

The Poppies pulled one back on 19 minutes as Solkhon timed his run to perfection to convert David Galbraith’s corner from the right. J-P Marna then picked up the ball on the halfway line and fed Gareth Seddon, but his 20-yard shot went wide. However, the Foxes continued to look dangerous and just before the half-hour mark, following some good build-up play in midfield, Adams struck a low shot that beat Lee Harper from some distance.

The last 6 minutes of the half saw Solkhon volley over from just inside the area, Seddon send a back-header wide and then, after Marna had robbed a City defender wide on the left, it was Seddon again who hit a thumping shot that rebounded off the right-hand upright. Nevertheless, Kettering found themselves 3-1 down at half-time.

The introduction of Dwane Lee at the start of the second half saw a change of formation for the Poppies, which stemmed the flow of Leicester goals to a degree but also limited Kettering’s options up front, with the result that the home side failed to register a worthwhile attempt on goal during the second 45 minutes. City, on the other hand, had the strength in depth to change almost their entire team with a non-stop flow of substitutions.

And it was one of those subs that effectively killed off the game 10 minutes from the restart, when DJ Campbell chipped the ball over Harper’s head from inside the penalty area. Leicester’s Gradel looked dangerous down the right and a couple of Kettering players were spoken to by the referee after stopping him through means less than fair, Jon Brady finding himself substituted in the last minute after one such incident.

It was hot, the opposition was good, and in the end it was a 4-1 defeat for the Poppies. But it was an opportunity for Mark Cooper to try out different personnel and formations, and to that end it was another step along the way to 9th August when the real thing starts and results matter.










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