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Hereford FC v Kettering Town minute by minute updates

By Ben Goddard

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  • HIGHLIGHTS
  • Hereford 1 Kettering Town 0
  • 26) Owen-Evans straight from the free-kick and a tight angle. He fires it low and and the goalkeeper is helpless
  • Hereford 2 Kettering Town 0
  • 48) From one side of the field to the other.
  • Owen-Evans to McLean and then Lloyd before pulling it back to Jaanai Gordon who is on hand to fire home for Hereford.
  • Hereford 3 Kettering Town 0
  • 54) Dan Smith runs at the Kettering defence before playing through Owen-Evans to fire past the goalkeeper
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  • ROLLING MATCH REPORT
  • Visitors Kettering were looking for success from set pieces and Luke Ward headed wide from a corner inside the opening minutes.
  • The long throw of Rhys Sharpe was an asset for Kettering and from one Gerry McDonagh saw his deflected header fly just wide.
  • Dan Smith saw his 22nd minute goal disallowed after a lovely one-two from Levi Andoh and Ryan McLean before the former found Smith who slotted home but is off-side.
  • The Bulls look an unlikely 26th minute lead when Tom Owen-Evans' free-kick from a tight angle was fired low and caught goalkeeper Rhys Davies napping who could only help the ball home.
  • Kettering remained an aerial threat at Alex Brown found Jordan Crawford whose headed effort was just wide.
  • Bulls defender Krystian Pearce was tested in the first half by a physical Kettering attack and but in an excellent block to deny Crawford an effort seconds before the break.
  • Three minutes after the break Hereford should have doubled their lead after Gordon shrugged off his marker before volleying over.
  • However, on 48 minutes Gordon did find the net after McLean pulled his cross back for Ryan Lloyd and then the Bulls striker to fire home.
  • Gordon was a striker full of confidence running through the Kettering defence before seeing his effort from a tight angle saved by Davies.
  • On 54 minutes the Bulls were three goals ahead with Dan Smith running at the defence before threading through Owen-Evans to fire home.
  • Kettering defender Alex Brown was next to deny the Bulls a fourth heading off the line as Owen-Evans looked certain to score after McLean had broke through the visitor's defence again.
  • The Bulls fancied more goals and defender Jared Hodgkiss was next to try his luck from range with a curling effort saved by Davies.
  • With four minutes remaining Owen-Evans came with an inch of his hat-trick rattling the outside of the post after substitute Victor Sodiende before fizzing his cross into the box.
  • Moments later substitute Yan Klukowski was played in on goal but saved at his feet by goalkeeper Davies.
  • Kettering's best effort came in stoppage time when Luke O'Neil's direct free-kick was comfortably saved by Hall.
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  • TEAM NEWS
  • Hereford: Hall, Hodgkiss, Haines, Pearce, McLean (Ismail 74), Owen-Evans, Andoh, Lloyd, Kouhyar, Smith ( Klukowski 84), Gordon (Sodeinde 78)
  • Subs: Vincent, Bennett
  • Two change for the Bulls from Saturday with Dan Smith and Maziar Kouhyar come in for Zeli Ismail and James Vincent as the hosts aim to stand up to the physical challenge of their visitors.
  • Owen Bennett is the latest to earn his spot on the Bulls bench for tonight's game.
  • He played in the Bulls' 2-1 win over Westfields last Tuesday night and seems to have played for Rugby Town recently and Solihull Moors before that.
  • Kettering Town: Davies, O'Neil, Brown, Stower, Ward, Smith, Powell, Kenneddy, McDonagh, Crawford, Sharpe
  • Subs: Barrett, Stones, Cooper, Ofosu, Perry
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  • PRE-MATCH
  • HEREFORD FC host Kettering Town this evening looking to build on their record of four league wins on the bounce.
  • A win for Josh Gowling's side in the re-arranged match would see them pull level on points with the National League North play-off positions.
  • A single point separates the two sides coming into today's game with Hereford in 13th and Kettering a place lower, but having played two games less.
  • The Bulls will be looking to bounce back from their defeat in the FA Trophy on Saturday which saw them knocked out on penalties after a 1-1 draw with Kidderminster Harriers.