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Mens 1st XI - Match centre

Kettering 1
St Neots 1
L Pywell (16' , 30' ), G Carlin (25' ), J Bridges (28' ), A Sellers (51' ), P Cawley (65' Pen)
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A Player (23' , 61' )
Sat 28 Oct 14:30 - East Men's Hockey League - Division 3 NW

Kettering go top!

Shock defeat for Camb City 4 sees Kettering go top of the pile.

Two years ago Kettering drew 1-1 with Mansfield on the way to finishing bottom of East Mids 1. What a difference a couple of years makes! The development of young players is bearing fruit, quality players are being attracted and we are now top of East 3NW, a significantly higher level than the old East league.
Kettering were expecting a really tough game against mid table St Neots but fairly blew them away in a first half that saw the hosts dominate in every department. Kettering’s superior pace in midfield saw them tear into Saints and they had a number of good chances before Lewis Pywell fired in an unstoppable reverse stick shot. This should have been the cue to up the scoring but an uncharacteristic error by keeper Barry Coe saw a fairly innocuous shot sneak in the near post via his pad. In the past this would have crippled Kettering with doubt but it now galvanised them and for ten minutes they tore into St Neots scoring goals through Grant Carlin, Jack Bridges, with a diving finish after an initial shot struck the post, and Pywell again to see the hosts reach half time 4-1 ahead. Saints seemed more intend on discussing decisions and breaking play down and were reduced to ten, and then nine, men during the onslaught.
A new formation aiming to encourage more attacking gave Kettering the platform to attack at will. Their dynamic approach paid of when centre forward turned centre back Pat Cawley converted a penalty stroke after Ollie smith was illegally tackled in front of goal.
On a rare foray forward Saints pulled a goal back through a breakdown short corner but Kettering were not finished and Andy Sellers eventually converted one of Kettering’s many short corners.
Carlin was unlucky not to gain a further penalty stroke when he was unceremoniously dumped by the goalkeeper having already lobbed him and consequently being unable to reach the falling ball.
Although the second half didn’t produce the number of goals their attacking deserved Kettering were well pleased with a job well done against a potentially tricky opposition.
A defeat for Camb City 4s meant Kettering moved to the top of the table after 6 games and next week face a clash with joint leaders March.
Kettering will welcome back Ross Mathieson and Richard Lashbrooke but Ben Mills misses out due to work commitments.

St Neots version - don't get excited, it's literally just the score!!

Key moments

16:00
Goal Lewis Pywell scores for Kettering 1
23:00
Goal A Player scores for St Neots 1
25:00
Goal Grant Carlin scores for Kettering 1
28:00
Goal Jack Bridges scores for Kettering 1
30:00
Goal Lewis Pywell scores for Kettering 1
51:00
Goal Andy Sellers scores for Kettering 1
61:00
Goal A Player scores for St Neots 1
65:00
Penalty Flick Patrick Cawley scores a penalty flick for Kettering 1

Highlights

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65:00 Penalty Flick 6 - 2
Patrick Cawley scores a penalty flick for Kettering 1
63:00 Green Card
Andy Sellers receives a green card for Kettering 1
61:00 Goal 5 - 2
A Player scores for St Neots 1
57:00 Green Card
A Player receives a green card for St Neots 1
51:00 Goal 5 - 1
Andy Sellers scores for Kettering 1
End of period 1
30:00 Goal 4 - 1
Lewis Pywell scores for Kettering 1
28:00 Goal 3 - 1
Jack Bridges scores for Kettering 1
25:00 Goal 2 - 1
Grant Carlin scores for Kettering 1
25:00 Green Card
A Player receives a green card for St Neots 1
25:00 Yellow Card
A Player is yellow carded for St Neots 1
23:00 Goal 1 - 1
A Player scores for St Neots 1
16:00 Goal 1 - 0
Lewis Pywell scores for Kettering 1
14:00 Green Card
A Player receives a green card for St Neots 1
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Kettering 1
  • St Neots 1
  • 0
  • A Player Green Card 14:00'
  • Lewis Pywell Goal 16:00'
  • A Player Goal 23:00'
  • Grant Carlin Goal 25:00'
  • A Player Green Card 25:00'
  • A Player Yellow Card 25:00'
  • Jack Bridges Goal 28:00'
  • Lewis Pywell Goal 30:00'
  • Andy Sellers Goal 51:00'
  • A Player Green Card 57:00'
  • A Player Goal 61:00'
  • Andy Sellers Green Card 63:00'
  • Patrick Cawley Penalty Flick 65:00'

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League round up

Other Division 3 NW results

Cambridge City 4
3
4
Spalding 2
1
2
CoP 5
CoP 4
4
1
Cambridge City Vets
Bourne Deeping 2
4
0
Spalding 3
Leadenham 1
1
5

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Kettering 1 22 52
2. Bourne Deeping 2 22 50
3. Cambridge City 4 22 48
4. March Town 1 22 43
5. Ely City 1 22 41
6. CoP 4 22 34
7. St Neots 1 22 30

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