Cambridge City succomb to Kettering

PUBLISHED: 09:50 04 January 2017 | UPDATED: 09:50 04 January 2017

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Late goals are costly for Lilywhites

Cambridge City were undone by two goals in the last five minutes as they lost 3-2 against Kettering Town in Evo-Stik League Southern, Premier Division.

Ryan Sharman and Matty Stevens had scored within the first 15 minutes to put City 2-0 up, but Kettering pulled one back after 26 minutes.

And they went on to draw level after 85 minutes, before hitting the winner four minutes later.

“We had been outstanding up to 85 minutes, created numerous chances and had three one-on-ones where the keeper made some good saves,” said City boss Robbie Nightingale.

“We just picked the wrong options really. As much as there were players in better positions, you have to back the player to believe they can score and unfortunately for us, the keeper pulled off good saves.

“Enol (Ordonez, the keeper) hasn’t had a great deal to do which is positive from our point of view, but the goals are avoidable – he would have been disappointed with two of them and the third was an outstanding finish.

“There were lots and lots of positives to take from it though, against a very organised and experienced team.

“Matthew Barnes-Homer, Aaron O’Connor and Rene Howe are three ex-Football League players over the least 12 months.

“We played really well and always carry a threat going forward.”

Next up for City is a match at Hayes & Yeading on Sunday (January 8), a fixture that has been moved as the hosts share a ground with Beaconsfield SYCOB.

“They are all big games, it’s irrelevant who we’re playing,” said Nightingale.

“We have the same approach – we know we will cause teams problems with what we have in our team.

“If we cut out giving numerous free kicks and set pieces that allows teams to throw men forward, then we will stand a good chance of gaining the maximum points.”

With the match being on a Sunday, Nightingale said he and coaches Dave Theobald and Neil Midgeley will use the opportunity to scout future opponents and possible targets on Saturday.

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