Thursday August 9th, 7.30pm
KETTERING TOWN 2
Jamie Griffiths 1
Gele Pacome 51
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2
Louis Moult 40, 61
Kettering: Ben Gathercole, Alisan Ann, Oscar Radford, Ben Gerring, Ed Palmer, Sean Bonnett Johnson, Ryan Hervey, Omar Beccles, Jamie Griffiths, Danny Voigt, Gele Pacome.
Cobblers XI: Dean Snedker, Jordan Chambers, Claudio Dias, Harry Mattock, Lewis Hornby, Ishmel Demontagnac, Paul Turnbull, Jake Robinson, Henoc Mukendi, Lewis Wilson, Louis Moult (trialist)
Subs: George Craddock, Ben Heath, David Moyo, Yas Hussain, Connor Roberts
Referee: Mr C Henry
A Northampton Town XI travelled to Nene Park on Thursday evening for a pre-season friendly with Kettering Town.
The Cobblers side, containing a number of young players, found themselves behind in the first minute. A cross from the Poppies right saw the ball come through to the back post, and although Gele Pacome seemed to have his boots high against Harry Mattock as the Poppies striker tried an overhead kick, play was allowed to continue and Jamie Griffiths supplied a powerful finish from 15 yards.
Dean Snedker did well to save with his legs when a shot came through a crowded penalty area on the half hour mark, while seven minutes before half time Lewis Wilson tested Kettering keeper Ben Gathercole, but the Poppies stopper made a good low save.
Five minutes before the break the Cobblers were level, trialist Louis Moult finishing with aplomb when played in one on one with keeper Gathercole.
Ishmel Demontagnac curled a free kick just over the bar in the final action of the first half.
The Poppies regained the lead on 51 minutes, Dean Snedker racing out of his area to try and clear ahead of Gele Pacome, but the keeper’s clearance rebounded against the striker from point blank range and rebounded into the empty net.
Moult pulled the Cobblers level again on 61 minutes, providing a superb lobbed finish as he latched on to Mukedni’s flick.
Mukendi himself went close on 74 minutes, firing a shot just wide from a long throw in, while a Kettering free kick was just wide with 10 minutes to play.
Both teams made a host of changes as the final match of the pre-season campaign drew to a close.
KETTERING MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 5
CORNERS: (1) 6
FOULS: (8) 12
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 3
CORNERS: (1) 2
FOULS: (5) 11
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 2