Kettering Go To Town In 2nd-Half To Race To Victory
Bedworth left Latimer Park with more questions than answers after top dogs Kettering race 5 points clear after win
After Saturday's loss in the FA Cup at The Oval United travelled down the A14 to take on 'form side' and league leaders Kettering Town, a task that proved too much for a Bedworth side who face a battle to regain some form after another confidence sapping performance.
Things started really well for The Greenbacks when Alex Troke played in Daniel Dubidat (pic) to cut inside and finish with a shot angled away from White(GK) in the home goal, the visitors in front after 4 mins.
Town soon responded but their equaliser came after 6 minutes when United lost possession some 15-yards inside Kettering's half, they broke smartly with Hoenes crossing for Kelly to finish well from inside the box.
Bedworth forced a couple of corners but with little impact, then Baldwin found by Trokes's pass managed to scuff his shot, his effort gathered in by White(GK).
The Poppies went ahead on 17 minutes, Rowe-Turner found time to deliver a cross which found the 'diminutive' Kelly-Evans free from his markers to head home.
Dubidat threaded a ball through to Baldwin who's shot from distance was well blocked by Stohrer, the home side looking for a third went close when Kelly was denied by a great sprawling save from Crane (GK).
Both sides had half-chances going into the latter stages of the first 45 minutes but United's best chance fell to Dubidat who got onto the end of a Whitmore cross only to slice his effort on goal. (HT 2-1)
Early in the 2nd-half Rowe saw his free-kick from 22-yards blocked by a strong Town defensive wall, then on 49 minutes came a major talking point after referee Mackey failed to award a free-kick for an obvious two-handed push on United defender Whitmore the ball broke into the path of Milnes to make it 3-1, even the home fans commenting on the 'miss' by the official.
The third goal proving to be the 'kick in the stomach' for the visitors who were now looking to break on a now confident Kettering, the home side playing with pace and determination.
Dubidat, Troke and Baldwin's interplay created Bedworth's best chance of the 2nd-period which ended with a Ryan Baldwin shot fading just wide of the goal.
The goal of the game came on 62 minutes when Hoenes from wide cut in sharply to unleash an unstoppable shot to make it 4-1, a deflated United conceding a fifth when Kelly saw a strong volley brilliantly saved by Crane but the rebound falling kindly to the same player to finish with aplomb.
United gave Tonge and Noon (subs) game time with Kai Tonge doing well out wide with two decent runs and crosses that provided some panic in the home defence.
As the whistle for full-time was blown it was the heavy-legged Greenbacks who trudged off Latimer Park with the knowledge that they have to somehow find the way to get their first victory.
M-O-M: Kettering Town Marcus Kelly