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Kettering 4-5 Spurs XI

Summer arrivals Yago Falque and Cristian Ceballos made their mark on their debuts as our Spurs XI team fought back twice to beat Kettering Town on Wednesday night.

Summer arrivals Yago Falque and Cristian Ceballos made their mark on their debuts as our Spurs XI team fought back twice to beat Kettering Town on Wednesday night.

The Spanish youngsters scored two goals each as we came from 2-0 and 4-2 down to win 5-4 in Jean-Paul Marna's Testimonial at Nene Park, the former home of Rushden & Diamonds.

Blue Square Premier side Kettering were quick out of the blocks. Moses Ashikodi opened the scoring after six minutes and then Marna marked his night with a smart volley for 2-0.

Falque, on a season-long loan from Juventus, got us back into the game when his low strike cannoned home off Jerel Ifil.

And it wasn't long before Ceballos, formerly of Barcelona, raced through the middle and calmly lifted over advancing goalkeeper Aldi Haxhia for 2-2.

Chances came and went before the Poppies hit us with another quick one-two at the start of the second half with another fine finish from Marna fopr 3-2 and Robbie Dance on target for 4-2 in the 51st and 57th minutes.

Ceballos and Falque then combined to make it 4-3, exchanging passes to allow Ceballos to dink home one-on-one in the 64th minute.

Two minutes later and substitute John Bostock produced an unstoppable free-kick from the edge of the box to level it at 4-4.

Fittingly, one of the debutants had the final word as Kevin Stewart raced onto a pass down the left and cut the ball back for Falque, who worked a yard of space before drilling low across Nick Bussey and home.


80.55: Kane angled curler a yard wide from left edge of the box.

72.35: GOAL - SPURS. Stewart burst down the left and did well to reach ball on the byline, rolled back for Falque who worked a yard of space and drilled low past Bussey.
Kettering Town 4-5 Spurs XI

69.13: Chance as Ceballos broke down the left, looked for Bostock, would have been clean through but pass intercepted.

65.03: GOAL - SPURS. Falque blocked off on the edge of the box, clear foul. Bostock stepped up and curled free-kick from right of centre, 20 yards out, into top left corner.
Kettering Town 4-4 Spurs XI

64.01: SUB - SPURS. Pritchard for Lancaster.

63.21: GOAL - SPURS. The debutants combine to get us back into the game. Ceballos picked up the ball on the left, rolled pass into Falque and went for the return, perfectly delivered, before again dinking over advancing Bussey.
Kettering Town 4-3 Spurs XI

57.11: SUBS - SPURS. Barthram and Stewart for Fredericks and Olaya.

56.38: GOAL - KETTERING. Robbie Dance met Alnwick for a 50-50 on the edge of the box, the ball ran loose and Dance able to tap into an empty net.
Kettering Town 4-2 Spurs XI

50.11: GOAL - KETTERING. Noubissie played the ball through to Marna, left channel, managed to clip the ball over Alnwick and into the far corner.
Kettering Town 3-2 Spurs XI

48.37: OFF LINE - SPURS. Scramble from Ceballos' corner, Lancaster poked towards goal from six yards, ball hacked away by Ifil.

8.44pm: We kick-off the second half.

Half-time: SUB - SPURS. Bostock for Parrett.


42.09: Kane and Lancaster up for Carroll's cross, ball half-cleared to Fredericks, volleyed back on target and Lancaster just failed to wrap his foot around it 12 yards out.

37.45: SAVE - ALNWICK. Double save as Alnwick got down to his left to palm out Ashikodi's angled shot but then managed to get the slightest of touches on the ball to put off Bridges as he raced in to convert the rebound.

36.18: SAVE - HAXHIA. Carroll curler from 20 yards seen all the way by Haxhia, who claimed diving to his left.

35.46: SAVE - ALNWICK. Bridges low drive from right side of the box tipped away by Alnwick down to his right.

35.04: Quick break, Kane wide to Falque, he carried the ball to the edge of the box before a reverse pass played in Fredericks, blasted over.

32.14: Koo-Boothe looped header from Noubissie's corner onto the roof of the net.

24.57: Ceballos low drive from 25 yards straight at Haxhia.

21.55: GOAL - SPURS. It's a debut double! Cebellos latched onto Kane's flick through the middle, into the box and then cleverly lifted over advancing Haxhia.
Kettering Town 2-2 Spurs XI

19.34: GOAL - SPURS. Fredericks well forward from right-back, squared to Falque who drove inside and shot from the edge of the box deflected home off Ifil.
Kettering Town 2-1 Spurs XI

12.08: GOAL - KETTERING. Sangare cross from the right volleyed home in style by Marna from 14 yards.
Kettering Town 2-0 Spurs XI

5.25: GOAL - KETTERING. Ashikodi got onto a ball over the top, left side of box, Ekong got back to him but Ashikodi's shot flew through the defender's legs and left Alnwick with no chance.
Kettering Town 1-0 Spurs XI

1.42: SAVE - HAXHIA. Lively start from Falque, picked the ball up centrally and flashed in a 20-yarder that Haxhia did well to palm away.

7.43pm: Kettering get the match underway.

7.30pm: Welcome to Nene Park, the former home of Rushden & Diamonds and new home of Kettering Town. Teams currently out warming-up.

Kettering Town: Haxhia (Bussey, 46), Davis, Sangare, J Ifil, Ashikodi (Clapham, 46), Marna (Oyenuga, 66), Meechan (Taft, 46), Bridges, Koo-Boothe, Noubissie, J Dance (R Dance, 46). Unused sub: Prior.

Spurs XI (4-2-3-1): Alnwick; Fredericks (Barthram, 58), Ekong, Nicholson, Olaya (Stewart, 58); Carroll, Parrett (Bostock, 46); Falque, Ceballos (Archer, 75), Kane; Lancaster (Pritchard, 65).

Attendance: 874.