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17:02 29th August 2009


The Hatters extended their unbeaten run to six games in the Blue Square Premier and in the process kept their third consecutive clean sheet.

But it could have been a different story as for the second week running the Town were indebted to goalkeeper Mark Tyler for fantastic point-blank save to deny Kettering striker Damien Spencer's first half header.

The Poppies - marshalled by former Hatters centre-half Ian Roper - often relied on the long throw-ins of giant defender Exodus Geohaghon who threatened the visitors all afternoon with his huge throws.

Hatters had chances themselves most of which came as result of poor defending from the hosts when Roper twice presented chances to his former employees either side of the break.

The best chance of which fell to Tom Craddock shortly after the interval when he failed to get on the end of Roper's backpass to make contact and covert the chance.

Kettering's best chances came in the first half with Roper having a header cleared off the line as Geohaghon's huge throw-ins continued to cause havoc.

The second period was just shaded by the visitors but the Town failed to seriously test Lee Harper in the Poppies goal and it landed up all square.

Final score

Kettering Town 0

Luton Town 0


FULL TIME whistleIt's all over here, and it's finished all square. Still unbeaten...We'll have action and reaction as soon as we have it here at Rockingham Road. We hope you've enjoyed the updates...

90 mins sub - A late change from Mick as Jake Howells replaces Adam Newton who has done well this afternoon coming back from injury so soon. I make it about time now.

90 mins - Just as three added minutes are indicated by the fourth official Nicholls tries his luck with a volley from 25 yards. It's well hit as the skipper picks the ball out the sky following Gallen's pass and it only just flashes past Harper's left-hand post.

88 mins - Rockingham Road is rocking. Still goalless but the Poppies fans are really getting behind their side creating a right racket.

84 mins - Don't worry we're still here but it's still goalless. Not much else to report on as it stands here at Rockingham Road.

80 mins - A straight swap from the bench by Mark Cooper as striker Spencer is replaced by Gareth Seddon.

77 mins - Another effort from Gallen outside of the Kettering area and again this one is easy for Harper.

76 mins - Cries of handball from the Hatters faithful as Roper sticks an arm out to prevent Donnelly from latching onto a fine pass from Murray.

73 mins - sub It's the second change for the Town and Mick's introduced George Donnelly on in the place of Craddock.

73 mins - Change for Kettering - their leading marksman Jean-Paul Marna is on and there's activity on the Luton bench.

66 mins - Tyler again called into action but it's nothing serious as he deals with James Jennings' left-footed daisycutter of a free-kick from 25 yards.

64 mins - Good interplay between Jarvis and Gallen sees the veteran striker shoot straight down Harper's throat with an effort from 18 yards.

62 mins - Another missile from Exodus finds Dempster free to head goalwards from six yards which is held onto by Tyler.

60 mins - Keane's in trouble with the referee after needlessly barging Thomas down the left-flank after the Poppies winger had beaten him for pace and is booked for his troubles. As a dangerous free-kick is floated in a combination of Pilkington and White clear the ball.

57 mins - Keane finds Newton down the right to roast Roper and wins a corner but Roper does well to clear Murray's left-wing corner.

56 mins - Another good chance for Town. Craddock skips down the left-flank and into the penalty area and finds Gallen. A first time shot as he goes to ground flashes just over the bar. The Hatters are finally getting a foot-hold in proceedings now but can they make the breakthrough?

54 mins - As the Town prepare to take a free-kick an airplane display distracts most people in the ground. Gallen fires the free-kick but Lee Fowler is adjudged to have closed down to early from the wall and is booked by referee Coote. Gallen's second effort is blocked by the Kettering wall and the hosts clear the danger.

51 mins - A terrific pass from Exodus finds Boucaud free down the right but his cross-cum-shot aimed for Spencer flies over Tyler's crossbar and the chance for a decent opportunity for the hosts goes begging.

48 mins - Oh what a miss! And it's from Craddock, Roper and Harper collide following the defender's backpass but as the goal gapes the Town striker can't get enough purchase on the ball and a tame shot goes the wrong side of the post. Unbelievable! But a brigher start from the Hatters, hopefully Mick's had a word or two.

47 mins - I've just been handed the attendance: 3,266 including 1,838 from Luton...

46 mins - The teams are back out on the pitch ready for the second half. No changes from either Mick or Mark Cooper as the Town kick-off...Come on you Hatters!

HALF TIME whistle Not the greatest of halves of football from the Town but thankfully the score remains goalless. It so could have easily been Kettering going in at the break two or three goals in front. Let's hope for a better second half. We'll see you in 15 minutes...

44 mins - Well we're nearly at the end of the half and Kettering can count themselves unlucky not to be ahead. The fourth official has just indicated we're going to have one additional minute at the end of this half.

41 mins - Let off for Kettering this time as Roper decides to pass straight to Craddock on the edge of the penalty area. The Town striker isn't expecting it so doesn't react well enough in time and as he deflects the ball into the path of Gallen the linesman raises his flag for offside.

39 mins - Another long-range effort from the Poppies. It's Thomas this time who tries his luck from 25 yards but his effort is easy for Tyler. Mick doesn't look best pleased down there.

36 mins - sub Burgess hasn't recovered. Another one to add to the injury list then. Shane Blackett is his replacement.

36 mins - Two great chances for Kettering in the space of a minute. Firstly from a right-wing corner Roper sees his header cleared off the line by Keane and then Tyler does superbly to tip Boucaud's drive from outside the area around the post. Great save. It's all Kettering at the minute. They should be ahead.

32 mins - Burgess does well to win the ball but can't pick out Gallen with his pass. Burgess goes down with what looks a nasty injury and is assessed by Harry-Scott Stackman. The Town are down to 10 men for the minute...

29 mins - Nimble footwork from Burgess skins two Kettering would-be markers. The third, Kettering's John Dempster, doesn't like that and throws himself towards the winger bringing him down just outside the area. From the resulting free-kick Nicholls' effort curls wide of Harper's left-hand post and the chance is lost.

25 mins - The Hatters are doing well to weather this storm and they are indebted to Tyler again to fling himself to his left to keep out Patrick Noubisse's header from 10 yards.

24 mins - It should be 1-0 Kettering. Tyler came to Town's rescue last week against Chester and he's at it again today. He pulls of a stunning point-blank save to deny Spencer's header. It came from another Exodus long-thrown, this time on the left-flank. Headed on by Roper and then across goal by Green the ball was met by Spencer who must have thought - like everyone else - that should have been the opening goal. A top, top save.

22 mins - Two more aerial long-throw bombardments from Exodus dealt with by the Hatters.

21 mins - Best move of the match as far as the Town are concerned. Rossi Jarvis plays a neat pass into the feet of Craddock who finds Gallen. He scampers down the right-flank to cross for Craddock who can just about reach the cross. He heads goalwards but his effort isn't as powerful as the striker would like and it lands up as comfortable catch for Harper.

15 mins - That wasn't so good by Geoghagon. A long ball by Burgess looking for Gallen looks like it will be comfortable for Harper but miscommunication from Exodus (shall I just call him that from now on?) sees the defender nod it past the advancing goalkeeper and concedes a corner. Luckily it doesn't cost him as Harper catches Nicholls' resulting flag-kick.

14 mins - Geoghagon has been watched by a number of League clubs and no wonder. The centre-half goes on a mazy run through midfield and is about to bare down on Tyler's goal. However, it was one man to many for the defender as his shot is wonderfully blocked by Pilkington flinging himself at the shot. Great defending.

12 mins - Great opportunity for the Hatters to take the lead as a Burgess swings in a searching low cross across the box. Roper and Geoghagon get in a pickle and leave the ball for each other which presents the ball to Adam Newton but the midfielder is unable to profit from the gift sending a weak left-foot shot straight at Lee Harper in the Poppies goal.

7 mins - The Town break away down the other end of the pitch immediately and Andy Burgess has the visitors' first effort. The ball falls to the winger on the left-hand edge of the penalty and attempts a delicate lob aiming for the top corer. It looks like it's heading in but at the last minute it swerves away behind for a goal-kick. Unlucky.

6 mins - George Pilkington has been in impeccable form at the back for the Town so far this season and he gets across Damien Spencer to turn behind a danger left-wing cross from Danny Thomas.

4 min - Quiet beginning here in Northamptonshire but is the shape of things to come? Big centre half Exodus Geohagon launches a long throw into the Hatters box but the Town clear the danger. Bright opening from the hosts though.

1 min - It's the hosts that kick-off, kicking towards the massed ranks of Town supporters behind Mark Tyler's goal.

14:58 - The two sides are out on the pitch - The Town are sporting their white away strip while the Poppies are in their traditional red and black. We're almost underway! Come on you Hatters!

14:43 - The away is filling up now with Hatters fan. Almost 1,900 have bought tickets to be here this afternoon. Fantastic support. Just to put that into perspective for Kettering's two home games so far have seen attendances of 1,746 (against AFC Wimbledon) and 2,240 (against Oxford)...

14:38 - Ian Roper starts for the Poppies, who have yet to register a victory at Rockingham Road this season. Ropes is named as captain by Mark Cooper against the defenfer's former side.

14:28 - TEAM NEWS

Mick Harford makes three changes to the Town side that drew 0-0 against Chester City last weekend.

Keith Keane and Adam Newton return from injury and Freddie Murray returns at left-back.

That means Shane Blackett and Steve Basham drop to the bench where there is also a place for George Donnelly signed on-loan yesterday from Plymouth Argyle.

Good afternoon loyal readers of our text updates service as the Hatters are at Rockingham Road, the home of Kettering Town, this afternoon.

Luton Town: Tyler, Keane, White, Pilkington, Newton, Nicholls, Craddock, Burgess, Jarvis, Gallen, Murray.

Substitutes: Blackett, Gore, Howells, Basham, Donnelly.

Kettering Town: Harper, Jennings, Roper, Dempster, Green, Fowler, Spencer, Noubissie, Boucaud, Thomas, Geohaghon.

Substitutes: Wrack, Marna, Taylor, McPike, Seddon.

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The lads are looking for three points and to stay unbeaten! Come on you Hatters!

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