Coalville Denied All 3 Points By Stoppage Time Equaliser
The Ravens and Poppies fought out a great game with the visitors snatching an injury time equaliser
Kyle Perry's first 2 goals for the club looked like it would bring Coalville all 3 points against title favorites Kettering but Aaron O'Connor's stoppage time equaliser saw the 2 sides share the spoils in a 2-2 draw.
In the opening few minutes Coalville pressed forward and Tim Berridge crossed for skipper Steve Towers who hit the ball over the bar. Tom McGlinchey played a neat one two with Andrew Wright before advancing into the box, his low shot was saved by the feet of Paul White, Tim Berridge picked up the rebound and his attempted cross was gathered by White.
Dan Holman always looked dangerous for Kettering and he had the opening chance poking the ball just wide.
Coalville came close to the opener soon after as Luke Shaw's cross was met by Kieran Fenton in the box but his header hit the inside of the post and was collected gratefully by White.
A mistake by Ravens keeper Richard Walton saw his attempted clearance go straight to Holman who who was clear in the box but Walton redeemed himself with a save. He then had to make a smart save from Lindon Meikle.
The second half was just a frantic as the first first with Tom McGlinchey going close for the home side first, McGlinchey found Kyle Perry in the box who deftly touched the ball on back to McGlinchey who had advanced into the box but saw his attempted shot blocked away for a corner. before Rhys Hoeness had an effort ruled out for offside.
The post then saved Kettering for a second time, Luke Shaw's ball over the top was ran onto by Berridge as he out paced Craig Stanley and flashed a shot across the goal which hit the post and the rebound fell to Declan Towers who cleared away for a corner.
Moments later and Coalville took the lead as Andrew Wright floated a corner into the box which was met by Kyle Perry who gave White no chance heading into the far right corner.
The lead didn’t let last long though Rhys Hoeness spun past Tom McGlinchey on the right flank and then cut the ball back in the box to the arriving Dan Holman who fired a low shot past Walton.
Kyle Perry then got his and Coalville’s second of the game and it was an almost carbon copy of the first as he got his head on Wright’s corner to power it past White this time into the far left of the Kettering goal. Coalville could have then further extended their lead, Alex Dean's ball down the line was flicked on by Luke Shaw onto Berridge who was through on goal and his left footed shot was saved well by White.
Coalville were dominating and pushing forward but in the second minute of injury time Kettering hit back. Gary Stohrer advanced with the ball into Coalville's half and then picked out a pass splitting the Coalville defence which Aaron O’Connor ran onto and rounded Walton to slot the ball home.
Kettering had a late penalty shout when Scott McManus tangled with Hoeness in the box but the referee & linesman were both unmoved. The Poppies had a chance to snatch all 3 points in the 96th minute, Ben Milnes clipped the ball through to Hoeness who squared across goal but Dean Freeman and then Curtis Burrows scrambled the ball away for a corner before Aaron O'Connor could get a touch on the ball.