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Kettering Town 4 Leigh RMI 0

By Matt Lawton
October 16 2005

Leigh RMI's recent poor run of form continued as they crashed to a comprehensive 4-0 defeat at Kettering Town on Saturday afternoon. In the second of three consecutive away games for RMI, Andy Nelson's young side were looking to make up for their 2-1 defeat in the FA Cup at Conference North rivals Gainsborough Trinity on Tuesday night, while opponents Kettering were on a high after hammering St. Albans City 4-0 in their own cup replay.

If RMI were going to make up for that disappointment, they made the worst possible start when Ollie Burgess, who scored a hat trick in the Reds' midweek victory, linked up well with strike partner Neil Midgley, allowing former Ipswich striker Midgley to tap the ball in to the net past John Lamb with barely eleven minutes on the clock.

RMI posed very little threat going forward, and certainly created nothing that Kettering's strong defence couldn't deal with, whilst the hosts dominated much of the proceedings and could've got a couple of more goals before half-time if it wasn't for some wasteful finishing and decent goalkeeping from Lamb.

After putting more heavy pressure on the RMI goal, Burgess was rewarded for his hard work up front for Kettering and doubled the lead of the home side after twenty minutes of the second half, converting from the penalty spot after Midgley had been brought down.

Midlgey was again involved, this time laying on a pass for Kettering captain Jamie Paterson to chip Lamb to give his side a three goal lead, before the score reached rout proportions with eight minutes left when Midgley's heels were clipped in the area before he dusted himself off to score from the spot and collect his second goal of the afternoon.

Eight goals in two home games for Kettering suggests they will have a good season to look forward to, while RMI must do plenty of soul-searching to try to reclaim their confidence ahead of Tuesday night's trip to Alfreton Town.

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