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Experienced told in the end as Kettering Town sealed a convincing victory at Compton Park on Tuesday night.


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The Cooks continued their pre-season last night with a game against step-3 Kettering Town and with a number of players trying to impress, the Poppies ran out 5-0 winners on the night against a very young home team.

The Cooks made a good start with Dalton Leon firing over from 20-yards. But the Poppies went ahead with a peach of a free-kick netted from 25-yards out by trialist 40 with 9 minutes played, the same player doubled the lead on 17 with another good finish from a few yards closer to goal and then trialist 18 made it 0-3 on 24 minutes with a powerful low strike that Jack Galatis got a hand to but couldn’t keep out. Alex Parkes picked out Dylan Wilson just outside the box and he turned sweetly before firing in a shot that forced Billy Johnson into a decent save.

The evergreen Kelvin Langmead rose beyond the far post to head back a corner that trialist 15 met with a powerful first time shot to add to the scoring on 53 minutes, then Jamie Hall forced Johnson to dive to his right to parry a 25-yard effort. The Poppies hit the post and had ‘goal; ruled out for offside, while a great effort from Jack Connor on the volley from 18-yards flew just wide of the post. Stan Channell battled hard to make a shooting opportunity from the left side of the box, but his effort was blocked by a defender, then Channell sent over a great cross that just wouldn’t fall right for Connor to meet in the middle. We nearly had the goal of the night when Wilson turned and tried to chip the keeper from wide on the left, but Daniil Lee just managed to get his fingers to the ball as he stretched skywards to keep his goal intact. The final goal of the game came in the 89th minute when Sam Bennett did really well inside the box on the right and drilled a low ball across the face of the goal for Lewthwaite to bury from close range.


The Cooks are back in action on Thursday night when they play Cory Locos on the back pitch with the game kicking off at 7pm. This will be mainly trialists that Biff wants to take a look at, so hopefully there might be a few gems on show.

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