Match report by: Nick Wilson
Basingstoke produced their best performance of the season to earn their first win and the 3-0 scoreline didn’t flatter them, as they kept Kettering at arms length for most of the match.
George Hallahan opened the scoring after a neat one two between Sam Deadfield and Marcus Johnson-Schuster freed the right back to cross low to the near post, where Hallahan turned the ball into the top corner for his second of the season on 20 minutes.
Hallahan was given the perfect chance to double his and his team’s tally 15 minutes later, as Robert Atkinson was bundled over in the box by Ben Stephens. Hallahan duly converted the penalty low to the left, despite Kettering keeper Paul Walker getting a hand to the shot.
Kettering rarely threatened throughout the first half, mustering only a couple of dangerous crosses that weren’t converted and a good chance for striker Spencer Weir-Daley, which was blocked by Matt Partridge.
Basingstoke continued to press until halftime, with Johnson-Schuster grazing the post from range, Sam Deadfield curling one just wide and Aaron Jarvis inches away from connecting with a cross from Hallahan at the far post.
Half Time: 2-0
Kettering came out early for the second half, hoping for a reaction but it was Basingstoke who extended their lead. Deadfield took a pass from Aaron Jarvis on the edge of the box before steadying himself and firing into the bottom corner with his left foot, after just 3 minutes.
Kettering pressed hard to get back into the game, pushing players forward but struggled to really threaten the Basingstoke goal. The home side meanwhile looked dangerous on break. Substitute Aaron Redford was always a threat and debutant, Romone Rose, went agonisingly close to a goal with a superb long range chip. Neither side were able to add to the score though, as the hosts claimed the win in fine style.
Full Time: 3-0
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