Tuesday 24th January 2017
Evo-Stik Southern Premier League
Kettering Town 4 Frome Town 1
Frome Scorers: Jackson (62)
Kettering Scorers: Howe (29), Hall (35),(79) Solkhon (45)
Star Man: Jon Davies
Entertainment Value: 4/5
With Frome’s match at Chesham having been postponed, this match was their first start since
putting eight past Redditch, but despite good periods at the start of each half, fortune failed to
smile on them, Kettering took their chances well and the result was a 4-1 win for the hosts.
Frome were again able to field a strong side, with the only real change being that Chris Gregan
came in at left back and Sam Teale moved into the centre back slot in place of the unavailable
Marcus Mapstone. With Kettering on a strong run of form and Frome unbeaten in nine, this promised
to be a good contest, but as so often happens, Kettering’s new signing James Hall from St. Neot’s
weighed in with a couple of goals on his debut.
As the match started, Frome were definitely on the front foot and early pressure led to a couple of
corners and a George Miller shot that cleared the bar, and chances fell to Ollie Knight who tried to
lob Paul White only for the Kettering keeper to punch clear and to Jon Davies who curled an effort
just wide from outside the box.
With Kettering struggling to get into the game in the first 20 minutes, they eventually started to
warm to the task and their first chance arrived in the 25th as a Rene Howe deflected shot flew just
past the reach of James Brighton at the far post, and a little aginst the run of play, they took the
lead three minutes later as Howe’s well placed volley from just inside the box found the back of
Howe was also instrumental in their second which arrived in the 33rd as he rose to head down a
free kick to Matt Barnes-Homer who had time and space to pass the ball across the face of the goal
to Kettering debutant James Hall who slotted the ball home from close range.
Frome tried hard to get something back before half time, but they conceded a third on the stroke
of half time as a free kick just inside the Frome half was won in the air by Brett Solkhon who scored
with an easy header to give Frome a mountain to climb in the second half.
However, Frome started the second half in the same way that they had started the firts, playing
neat attacking football and carving out chances, but the good fortune that led to the 8 goals
against Redditch all seemed to have been used up and the ball just refused to fall invitingly, but
they did pull one back in the 62nd minute as Jake Jackson continued his rich vein of form by
turning well inside the box and shooting home low into the corner to make it 3-1 to Kettering.
Heartened by the goal, Frome went looking for more and several free kicks and corners kept the
pressure on, but at the other end, Kettering were starting to make use of the gaps that Frome were
leaving as they pushed forward and with a shot from Hall being deflected for a corner, they very
nearly added another as Brighton’s shot was well saved by Kyle Phillips and as Howe followed up,
the shot went very close to the post indeed.
However, with the Kettering defence riding out the storm, the home side sealed the match in the
79th as Hall found himself totally clear and in a “one on one” with Phillips, he rolled the ball into
the net to make the score 4-1 to Kettering.
Despite the scoreline, Frome had periods in this match at the start of both halves where they took
the game to the hosts and were dominating proceedings, but goals win matches and tonight it was
all about Kettering taking their chances.
Jon Davies was awarded the H&B Tyres Man of the Match Award for another good performance
prompting and creating chances.