|Matthews' men beaten as Poppies fight back
By Dorset ECHO
KETTERING struck three times in the second half to seal their
first home win of the season and end the Terras' unbeaten league
Goals from Aaron O'Connor, Brett Solkhon and Liam Canavan
ensured the Poppies fought back to pinch all three points
after Weymouth debutant Bradley Tarbuck had struck in the
Weymouth boss Jason Matthews made three changes from the
side that was thumped at Kidderminster in the FA Cup last
Mark Cooper came in at right-back in place of Ashley Wells,
who was left out of the squad completely.
Dan Smith replaced Jordan Copp on the wing and there also
was a place for new loan recruit Tarbuck in the starting XI,
he replaced Stewart Yetton, who scored the winner in the fixture
between the sides at Kettering last season.
Stuart Fleetwood, who came in on loan from Bath City the
previous day, was named on the Weymouth bench and there was
no place in the travelling party for Sam Jordan.
Hosts Kettering went into the contest as one of just two
sides in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division yet to win
The clash against Weymouth was their ninth chance to do so,
and with just four points secured from a possible 24 at Latimer
Park ahead of kick-off, Kettering boss Marcus Law was desperate
for three points at the Terras' expense.
Speaking to the Northants Telegraph ahead of the contest,
he said: I would like Weymouth to come here and batter
us for 89 minutes, miss everything and then I hope they make
a mistake and we score the winner and that will get rid of
it (the wait for a home league win).
Law also handed youngster Ben Bradshaw his first senior start
for the club but there was no spots in the 16-man squad for
Liam Bateman and Lewis Hornby.
It was the home side that had the first chance of the contest
inside the opening minute, Canavan firing over the bar.
With 10 minutes gone Weymouth's Jake Wannell got forward
from left-back and tried his luck with a strike at goal, but
it was charged down by a covering Kettering defender.
But with the visitors' next chance, it only took new Terras'
man Tarbuck 14 minutes of his loan spell to score his first
Weymouth goal. He capitalised on a defensive slip from Solkhon
and made no mistake in slotting home for 1-0.
After O'Connor was booked for the hosts, there was then a
yellow card apiece after Canavan was involved in a scuffle
with Weymouth keeper Dan Thomas.
Tarbuck then almost added to his earlier effort with an attempt
which just flew over the top of the bar before Thomas pulled
off a pair of sublime saves at the other end to keep it at
While the away side soaked up the pressure, Tarbuck seemed
to be instrumental to their attacking threat. He backheeled
to Smith, who set up Billy Lowes to strike at goal and force
Following a quiet start to the second half, one debutant
replaced another for the Terras as Tarbuck made way for Fleetwood
just past the hour mark.
But just after that switch, O'Connor drew the home side level
Weymouth's Ben Thomson was then involved in a nasty clash
of heads and had to receive treatment before Kettering hit
the hammer blow.
After his defensive mistake in the opening period, Solkhon
redeemed himself by finding a second on 86 minutes.
And as Weymouth pushed forward, Canavan struck a third to
give Kettering their first home league win of the season and
send Matthews' man home empty handed.