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Leigh RMI 0 Kettering Town 2


By Matt Lawton
February 12 2006

Kettering have rarely been out of the headlines this season, and they completed a league double over RMI with victory at Hilton Park, only their second away victory this season. On a bitterly cold day which saw League Two games in the local area at Bury, Rochdale and Macclesfield being postponed because of a cold snap overnight, the pitch survived a morning pitch inspection and was able to go ahead as planned.

RMI went in to the game on the back of a decent run of form that has seen them defeat high-flying Nuneaton at Hilton Park and claim a point from both Barrow & Workington in their past three games, and they certainly had a score to settle after crashing to a 4-0 defeat in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

It was the visitors who made the brighter start though, with RMI posing little threat in front of goal in the early exchanges. It was indeed Kettering who took the lead when after twenty five minutes Neil Smith, reverting back to centre back after a period of playing as a makeshift striker, pulled back Jermaine Palmer, with Neil Midgeley despatching the spot kick in to the net to put the visitors in front.

RMI could've equalised only a matter of minutes later when the impressive Chris Simm played in Stevie Settle, but his shot rebounded off the post and straight to a grateful Kettering goalkeeper.

The second half followed much the same pattern with Kettering dominating proceedings, and they had the game sewn up with less than twenty minutes remaining when David Theobald doubled the visitors' advantage, while RMI's misery was compounded with only a couple of minutes left when Neil Smith was sent off after being shown a second yellow card.

Although the defeat is obviously a setback after a few decent results recently, Andy Nelson's side can make up for it almost immediately when they travel to Worcester City on Monday night, a game rescheduled because of Worcester's FA Cup exploits earlier this season.

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