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Mens 1st XI - Match centre

Kettering Hockey Club
Loughborough Town 3
B Mills (29' ), A Sellers (62' )
Full time
A Player (18' , 31' , 43' , 70' )
Wed 20 Dec 19:15 - Cup Attendance 25

Kettering 2-4 Loughborough

Cup adventure halted by strong Loughborough outfit.

A large crowd witness a rare midweek fixture as Kettering hosted Loughborough 3rds in a rearranged Tier 3 EH Cup tie. Loughborough on the pitch looked significantly stronger than Loughborough on paper and so it proved as they bossed the early possession. Having not played or trained for two weeks due to the freeze Kettering looked a little short of match sharpness, their visitors having played on Saturday were straight up to match pace.
Kettering gave first team debuts to 15 yr old goalkeeper Matt Coe and 14 yr old James Hogg and having survived the early pressure Kettering grew into the game. First blood however was drawn by the visitors when a reverse stick shot was fired in. This rallied Kettering who then had their best period of the first half and scored with a Ben Mills short corner. Unfortunately the lead barely lasted a couple of minutes before a clever deflection restored the visitors advantage. Regrouping at half time Kettering continued to take the game to Loughborough but a lightning fast counter attack after Kettering turned over possession high up the pitch gave Loughborough a 3-1 lead. Not to be outdone Kettering kept coming back and,roared on by the biggest home crowd of the season, made it 3-2 when Andy Sellers dispatched another short corner with seven to go. Kettering threw everything Into attack and were unsurprisingly caught out with the last play of the game as Loughborough easily converted a 3 on 1 to ease out 4-2 winners.
Kettering will take many positives out of the game, especially having had 7 under 18s in their line up, and will be please how the younger players performed against very strong opposition. The loss means Kettering can now completely focus on the league where they sit in second place in 3NW with a game in hand.

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Key moments

18:00
Goal A Player scores for Loughborough Town 3
29:00
Goal Ben Mills scores for Kettering Hockey Club
31:00
Goal A Player scores for Loughborough Town 3
43:00
Goal A Player scores for Loughborough Town 3
62:00
Goal Andy Sellers scores for Kettering Hockey Club
70:00
Goal A Player scores for Loughborough Town 3

Highlights

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70:00 Goal 2 - 4
A Player scores for Loughborough Town 3
62:00 Goal 2 - 3
Andy Sellers scores for Kettering Hockey Club
43:00 Goal 1 - 3
A Player scores for Loughborough Town 3
End of period 1
31:00 Goal 1 - 2
A Player scores for Loughborough Town 3
29:00 Goal 1 - 1
Ben Mills scores for Kettering Hockey Club
18:00 Goal 0 - 1
A Player scores for Loughborough Town 3
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  • Kettering Hockey Club
  • Loughborough Town 3
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  • A Player Goal 18:00'
  • Ben Mills Goal 29:00'
  • A Player Goal 31:00'
  • A Player Goal 43:00'
  • Andy Sellers Goal 62:00'
  • A Player Goal 70:00'

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