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Alvechurch 1sts - Match centre

Kettering Town
C Stanley (52')
Full time
J Willets (3'), M Botfield (88')
Sat 6 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Division Central

Kettering Town 1-2 Alvechurch


Church spoil party

Mitch Botfield's late winner extended Alvechurch's winning run to three straight game's and denied Kettering Town the chance to win the league title.

Both side's came into the game needing the three points, with Alvechurch pushing for a play-off place and Kettering knowing that a win would secure the league title.

However, Ian Long's side were superb throughout and got off to the dream start just three minutes into the game. Tom Turton's corner found Jamie Willets who headed home his fourth goal of the season brilliantly.

This led to Kettering creating two good chances of their own. Firstly Dan Crane got down low to superbly deny Aaron O'Connor, before saving from Declan Towers with O'Connor putting the re-bound over the bar.

Church however, continued to impress and twice should have doubled their lead. James Roberts went through on goal but saw his one-on-one shot saved by Paul White, before Josh March hit a 40 yard volley with White out of his goal, which unfortunately bounced off the turf and hit the crossbar. Roberts was then once again denied by White as Church went into half-time on top.

The second half proved an exciting half and it was Kettering who scored soon after the re-start. A corner wasn't cleared leading to the ball bouncing around and eventually reaching Craig Stanley who headed the ball into the net. Dan Holman was then denied by a brilliant Crane save as the home fans cheered their side on.

Church however, continued to match their hosts; with Roberts again creating another chance but he fired wide off the goal. They then had to rely on Ash Carter doing well to clear the ball of the line before the dramatic end. Dave Bellis won the ball back, played through Andre Landell and he pulled it back for Botfield whose strike squirmed through White's hands leading to a great celebration for the visitors.

Landell then had the chance to add the icing on the cake but saw his shot saved by White. However, this miss didn't matter as the referee ended the game to confirm a huge three points for Alvechurch. However, they will not be resting of their laurels as they welcome play-off rivals Coalville Town next week.

Key moments

Goal Jamie Willets scores for Alvechurch
Goal Craig Stanley scores for Kettering Town
Goal Mitch Botfield scores for Alvechurch


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90:00 Sub On
Taylor Morrison is substituted on for Alvechurch
90:00 Sub Off
Zack Foster is substituted off for Alvechurch
88:00 Goal 1 - 2
Mitch Botfield scores for Alvechurch
86:00 Sub Off
James Roberts is substituted off for Alvechurch
86:00 Sub On
Andre Carvalho-Landell is substituted on for Alvechurch
77:00 Sub Off
Josh March is substituted off for Alvechurch
77:00 Sub On
Mitch Botfield is substituted on for Alvechurch
75:00 Sub On
Brett Solkhon is substituted on for Kettering Town
75:00 Sub Off
Gary Stohrer is substituted off for Kettering Town
75:00 Sub On
Ben Milnes is substituted on for Kettering Town
75:00 Sub Off
Lindon Meikle is substituted off for Kettering Town
52:00 Goal 1 - 1
Craig Stanley scores for Kettering Town
End of period 1
40:00 Yellow Card
James Roberts is yellow carded for Alvechurch
3:00 Goal 0 - 1
Jamie Willets scores for Alvechurch
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Kettering Town
  • Alvechurch
  • 0
  • Jamie Willets Goal 3:00'
  • James Roberts Yellow Card 40:00'
  • Craig Stanley Goal 52:00'
  • Brett Solkhon Sub On 75:00'
  • Gary Stohrer Sub Off 75:00'
  • Ben Milnes Sub On 75:00'
  • Lindon Meikle Sub Off 75:00'
  • Mitch Botfield Sub On 77:00'
  • Josh March Sub Off 77:00'
  • Andre Carvalho-Landell Sub On 86:00'
  • James Roberts Sub Off 86:00'
  • Mitch Botfield Goal 88:00'
  • Taylor Morrison Sub On 90:00'
  • Zack Foster Sub Off 90:00'

Team selection

Kettering Town
  • 1. Paul White
  • 2. Marcus Kelly
  • 3. Michael Richens
  • 4. Lindon Meikle
  • 5. Gary Stohrer
  • 6. Craig Stanley
  • 7. Declan Towers
  • 8. Aaron O'Connor
  • 9. Dan Holman
  • 10. Dion Kelly-Evans
  • 11. Rhys Hoenes
  • 12. James Brighton
  • 13. Ben Toseland
  • 14. Brett Solkhon
  • 15. Ben Milnes
  • 16. Lathaniel Rowe-Turner

League round up

Other Premier Division Central results

King's Lynn Town
Halesowen Town
Hitchin Town
St Neots Town
Royston Town
St Ives Town
AFC Rushden & Diamonds
Rushall Olympic


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Kettering Town 42 94
2. King's Lynn Town 42 80
3. Stourbridge 42 78
4. Alvechurch 42 73
5. Stratford Town 42 72
6. Coalville Town 42 67
7. Biggleswade Town 42 66

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