KETTERING TOWN 2 BASINGSTOKE TN 1
BASINGSTOKE’S poor run of form continued at Latimer Park against a Kettering side who hinted yet again of a late charge to the play-off places in front of their biggest gate of the season.
The visitors, clearly lacking in confidence, set up in a very defensive fashion and received several warning shots early on when Liam Canavan went close from distance and a Rene Howe header needed to be cleared off the line by David Ray.
Kettering broke the deadlock on 25 minutes when first Howe, then Matthew Barnes-Homer had efforts turned away before Paul Malone emerged from a frantic melee to knee the ball in. Howe scored his deserved goal on 43 minutes – receiving the ball on the edge of the area and sending keeper Alex Tokarczyk the wrong way.
A grandstand finish was set up with 19 minutes to go when substitute Aaron Redford broke free and powerfully ran into the area before firing home.
Paul White was forced in to action on 82 minutes when Aaron Jarvis shot at pointblank range. Dom Langdon was also called upon seconds later, using his body to smoother the ball and then hack clear to preserve the hosts’ lead.