Kettering 1-3 Stockport

Stockport bolstered their survival hopes while sending Kettering closer to relegation with a comfortable victory.

Danny Hattersley converted Andy Halls' cross to put the visitors in front.

Sean Newton doubled their lead with an 18-yard free-kick before Poppies player-manager Ashley Westwood headed in from Charlie Wyke's centre.

But Kettering's hopes of launching a comeback were dashed when Cameron Darkwah drilled in a spectacular last-minute effort.

Westwood's side are now nine points adrift of safety in the Blue Square Bet Premier with just five games of the season remaining.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Kettering Town caretaker manager Ashley Westwood told BBC Radio Northampton:

"I'm as disappointed as I've been throughout my career at the minute.

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Westwood at his 'most disappointed'

"We were 2-0 down and well beaten in the first half. We weren't winning second balls or holding the ball up front and we were constantly on the back foot.

"We were the better team in the second half, but they weren't going to throw the kitchen sink at us with a 2-0 lead.

"We're going to fight all the way. (I need) a reaction, some desire and passion. We'll be trying to do the fans justice and make them proud of us for what we'll show in the next five games."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Kettering

  • 31 Jack
  • 03 Davis (Mills - 46' )
  • 05 Sangare
  • 06 J Ifil (York - 69' )
  • 15 Westwood Booked
  • 17 Ralth
  • 23 Noubissie
  • 10 Van Engel (Ford - 74' )
  • 11 Kelly Booked
  • 25 Wyke
  • 29 Gray

Substitutes

  • 20 Bridges
  • 26 Ford
  • 34 York
  • 18 Mills
  • 30 Joyce

Stockport

  • 28 King
  • 16 Newton
  • 17 Halls
  • 22 Pierg'nni
  • 32 Connor
  • 06 Rowe (Rowe - 83' )
  • 14 Sheridan
  • 19 Mainwaring
  • 23 Turnbull
  • 10 Hattersley Booked (Darkwah - 46' )
  • 20 Elliott

Substitutes

  • 12 Ormson
  • 02 Rose
  • 08 Nolan
  • 13 Darkwah
  • 18 Rowe
Ref: Robert Merchant
Att: 1,281

Match Stats

Shots

9 17

On target

6 13

Corners

4 4

Fouls

16 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:26 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +4:08

Djoumin Sangare is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Lewis King.

90:00 +3:38

Short corner worked by Marcus Kelly, The ball is swung over by James Gray, clearance by Carl Piergianni.

90:00 +2:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Westwood on Tom Elliott. Free kick taken by Sean Newton.

90:00 +0:17

Carl Piergianni provided the assist for the goal.

90:00 +0:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Cameron Darkwah - Kettering 1 - 3 Stockport Cameron Darkwah grabs a goal from just inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Kettering 1-3 Stockport.

88:49

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Sean Newton from the right by-line, Carl Piergianni has a drilled shot. Kelvin Jack gets a block in.

88:15

Ben Ford challenges Sam Sheridan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Lewis King.

87:39

A cross is delivered by Max York, clearance by Carl Piergianni.

86:52

Corner taken by James Gray from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Carl Piergianni.

86:16

The referee blows for offside against Cameron Darkwah. Kelvin Jack takes the indirect free kick.

85:00

Unfair challenge on Tom Elliott by Djoumin Sangare results in a free kick. Sean Newton produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Kelvin Jack.

84:02

The ball is swung over by Matty Mainwaring, Djoumin Sangare makes a clearance. Corner taken by Sam Sheridan.

83:29

Danny Rowe takes a shot. Blocked by Kelvin Jack.

82:19 Substitution

Substitution Danny Rowe on for Danny Rowe.

81:45

The ball is delivered by Sean Newton, save by Kelvin Jack.

79:46

Sean Newton takes the direct free kick. Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Elliott on Djoumin Sangare. Max York takes the free kick.

79:46 Booking

Booking Ashley Westwood goes into the referee's book.

79:31

Ashley Westwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Elliott.

77:33

The ball is delivered by Marcus Kelly.

76:55

The assistant referee signals for offside against Danny Rowe. Max York takes the indirect free kick.

75:34

The assist for the goal came from Charlie Wyke.

75:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Ashley Westwood - Kettering 1 - 2 Stockport Ashley Westwood finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Kettering 1-2 Stockport.

73:57

Foul by Charlie Wyke on Paul Turnbull, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Sean Newton.

73:11 Substitution

Substitution John Van Engel leaves the field to be replaced by Ben Ford.

72:37

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James Gray from the left by-line, save by Lewis King.

68:21 Substitution

Substitution Max York replaces Jerel Ifil.

65:43

Foul by Andy Halls on Marcus Kelly, free kick awarded. Ashley Westwood takes the indirect free kick.

63:42

Danny Mills produces a cross.

62:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrick Noubissie on Andy Halls. Free kick taken by Lewis King.

61:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Connor on Charlie Wyke. Marcus Kelly crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Carl Piergianni.

60:32

Long range shot from James Gray misses to the left of the goal.

58:14

Lewis King takes the indirect free kick.

58:14 Booking

Booking Marcus Kelly receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

57:43

Marcus Kelly challenges Paul Turnbull unfairly and gives away a free kick.

57:36

Centre by Nathan Ralph, clearance made by Joe Connor.

57:13

Cameron Darkwah challenges Marcus Kelly unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ashley Westwood takes the indirect free kick.

54:38

The ball is delivered by Nathan Ralph, Shot from close range by John Van Engel clears the bar.

53:07

The ball is sent over by John Van Engel, Andy Halls manages to make a clearance.

52:43

Danny Rowe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Kelly. Ashley Westwood takes the indirect free kick.

50:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Sheridan by John Van Engel. Joe Connor takes the indirect free kick.

47:32

Unfair challenge on Tom Elliott by Jerel Ifil results in a free kick. The ball is sent over by Sam Sheridan, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Danny Rowe misses to the right of the target.

47:00

The ball is crossed by Djoumin Sangare, clearance made by Carl Piergianni.

46:19

The ball is delivered by Cameron Darkwah.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Cameron Darkwah replaces Danny Hattersley.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Sol Davis goes off and Danny Mills comes on.

45:00 +3:04 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +1:51

Ashley Westwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Elliott. Strike on goal comes in from Danny Rowe from the free kick.

45:00 +0:49

Marcus Kelly takes a shot. Joe Connor gets a block in.

44:43

The assist for the goal came from Tom Elliott.

44:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Sean Newton - Kettering 0 - 2 Stockport Free kick scored by Sean Newton from 18 yards. Kettering 0-2 Stockport.

43:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jerel Ifil on Tom Elliott.

41:43

Sean Newton challenges James Gray unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jerel Ifil restarts play with the free kick.

40:20

James Gray concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Rowe. Sean Newton restarts play with the free kick.

39:54

James Gray has an effort at goal. Save by Lewis King.

37:02

Djoumin Sangare crosses the ball, Carl Piergianni manages to make a clearance.

35:38

Danny Rowe takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Carl Piergianni challenges Ashley Westwood unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Kelvin Jack.

35:15

Matty Mainwaring delivers the ball, Djoumin Sangare gets a block in.

34:10

Unfair challenge on James Gray by Sam Sheridan results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Sol Davis.

33:51

Unfair challenge on Djoumin Sangare by Tom Elliott results in a free kick. Ashley Westwood restarts play with the free kick.

32:29

Shot by Marcus Kelly. Save by Lewis King.

31:26

Danny Hattersley is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Kelvin Jack takes the indirect free kick.

28:18

The assist for the goal came from Andy Halls.

28:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Hattersley - Kettering 0 - 1 Stockport Danny Hattersley fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Kettering 0-1 Stockport.

26:46

The ball is sent over by Djoumin Sangare, Matty Mainwaring gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by James Gray, Charlie Wyke takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Carl Piergianni gets a block in.

25:30

John Van Engel sends in a cross, Carl Piergianni makes a clearance.

23:20

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Ashley Westwood.

21:44

Danny Rowe takes a shot. Kelvin Jack makes a save.

20:55

Effort from outside the penalty box by Sam Sheridan goes wide right of the goal.

19:05

Tom Elliott takes a shot. Ashley Westwood gets a block in. Danny Rowe produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

17:35

James Gray has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

15:18

Djoumin Sangare gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Sheridan. Strike on goal comes in from Danny Rowe from the free kick. Sean Newton takes a shot. James Gray gets a block in.

14:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Hattersley on Jerel Ifil. Kelvin Jack takes the free kick.

12:28

James Gray takes a shot. Save by Lewis King.

11:23

Unfair challenge on Carl Piergianni by Charlie Wyke results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Lewis King.

10:32

Foul by Marcus Kelly on Paul Turnbull, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Andy Halls.

10:03

Shot by Danny Rowe from 20 yards. Save by Kelvin Jack.

7:21

James Gray produces a cross, save by Lewis King.

5:48

The assistant referee signals for offside against Tom Elliott. Kelvin Jack takes the indirect free kick.

5:16

Danny Hattersley is ruled offside. Ashley Westwood restarts play with the free kick.

3:26

Kelvin Jack restarts play with the free kick.

3:26 Booking

Booking Caution for Danny Hattersley.

2:56

Danny Hattersley challenges Ashley Westwood unfairly and gives away a free kick.

1:21

Paul Turnbull takes a shot. Marcus Kelly gets a block in. Corner taken by Sean Newton from the right by-line, Danny Hattersley has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

0:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Sheridan by John Van Engel. Joe Connor takes the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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