Kettering Town vs Weymouth – A Match Review


It’s that man yet again!

For the second time in a week, the bearded wonder Stewart Yetton came
up with a crucial goal to help the Terras secure only their second away
day success of 2015, with a gritty, hard fought 1-0 victory at
Kettering Town.

But the Terras captain nearly didn’t play at all.
After five hours sitting on a stuffy, sweltering coach with no air
conditioning, the striker came over all light headed after the warm up,
and he certainly didn’t look himself for the first few minutes. But
after scoffing a couple of kindly donated chocolate bars from Josh and
Annaliese he was soon back to his old self – covering every blade of
grass and putting in a true captain’s performance.

In truth there was very little to write home about in the first half.  

Brown & Saul Williams both had efforts fly narrowly wide for the
Poppies, whilst Yetton and Evans went close for the Terras. Level
pegging at half time was about right.

It was the type of game
where the first goal was always likely to prove decisive, and right at
the start of the second half it came.

The hosts were caught out
by a quick thinking Jordan Copp who took a quick throw-in to Mark
Cooper, and he hit a superb pinpoint cross onto the head of Yetton who
made no mistake – steering the ball away from the despairing reach of
the keeper into the bottom corner of the net to put the Terras ahead –
and bring delight to around 50 Terras fans who made the trip.  

Kettering were stunned, and now you could see the confidence flowing through the Terras’ veins.  

They nearly doubled the lead when the ball fell to Jordan Copp on the edge of the D, but his shot flew inches over the bar.  

Baldwin was then forced off through injury, to be replaced by Wells,
and Kettering very nearly pulled themselves level when a header at the
far post from a corner struck the post before bouncing away to safety.

came the moment where every Weymouth fans heart stopped. Yetton tried
to chase a long ball forwards, but he suddenly pulled up clutching his
hamstring/calf. He got up after a minute or so, but he was clearly in
some discomfort. Nobody would’ve been surprised had he gone off.

incredibly, he played on through the pain,  and the Terras were a
kitten’s whisker away from doubling their lead when Mark Molesley’s
scuffed shot from the edge of the box struck the corner of the goal,
much to the relief of the keeper who was well beaten.

the hosts threw the kitchen sink at Weymouth for the final twenty
minutes, but the Terras defence held firm, and saw the job through in a
professional manner to secure a fantastic victory and a massive three

It’s most certainly a game we would’ve lost last season,
but we look a million times better defensively. We kept our shape and
discipline, defended as a unit, frustrated Kettering, and got our just
rewards. Two straight victories, and even better – three straight clean
sheets. The first time we’ve done that since the first three games of
the 13-14 season. Hopefully it doesn’t all go to pot like it did that

Early days but plenty of cause for optimism. Well done Terras! 

TERRAS: Matthews 7.5, Cooper 9, Wannell 9, Evans 8.5, Baldwin 8.5, Brooks 8.5, Kelly 7.5, Rigg 7.5, Yetton 9.5, Grant 7.5, Copp 7.5

Subs: Wells 7.5 (for Baldwin), Molesley 7.5 (for Copp), McPhee 7 (for Grant), Buse, Lowes


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