Match Report - Stratford Town
Kettering Town FC: 2
Elliot Sandy 00
Courtney Baker-Richardson 35
Stratford Town: 2
Richard Gregory 18
Tyrone Fagan 27
Kettering Town FC: 3
Steve Kinniburgh 83
Danny Harmon > Ben Baker71
Courtney Baker-Richardson > Blu McNiel90
Stratford Town: 3
Liam Francis 81
Emmitt Delfouneso > Edwin Ahenkoran53
Jamie Sheldon > Charlie Faulkner79
A strong home line up faced a Kettering side showing nine changes. In the end it was a 3-3 stalemate after 90 minutes and Stratford won the penalty shoot out 5-4 after 6 penalties per side.
It was an enterprising Kettering performance, taking a 1st minute lead through Elliot Sandy then going behind following goals from Richard Gregory and Tyrone Fagan. Courtney Baker-Richardson levelled before the break. It looked like Stratford would win the game when Liam Francis scored on 82 minutes only for Steve Kinniburgh to level two minutes later.
Only Craig Hill and Courtney Baker-Richardson remained in the starting line up from last Saturday. In came youngsters, Danny Harmon, Rafael Garcia-Krailing and Peter Sweeney in defence along with Steve Kinniburgh, Reubus Richard-Noel, Andy Gooding, Elliot Sandy and Saul Williams were in midfield and Silvano Obeng partnered Baker-Richardson up top.
Within the first minute Elliot Sandy swept the ball past young 6’8’’ keeper, James Cutts, to put Kettering into a surprise lead.
Stratford were shocked into action and Tyrone Fagan hit a left foot shot wide, with Liam Francis heading over the bar and then Fagan headed a cross wide from Richard Gregory.
Silvano Obeng’s 25 yard shot was held by Cutts and then Simeon Tulloch, for the hosts, came in from the right and shot over.
Richard Gregory equalised after 19 minutes as his first shot was well blocked and he then managed to force the ball past the prostrate Craig Hill.
Kettering responded and Andy Gooding’s drive was pushed round the post by Cutts.
There were then nervy moments for the visitors as keeper, Hill, spilled two crosses, but both loose balls were scrambled away.
Stratford took the lead on 28 minutes as Fagan met a free kick unchallenged and headed over Hill from 12 yards.
Gregory saw his low direct free kick saved by Hill, and then Kettering had a great chance to equalize as Baker-Richardson, in space, glanced his header wide from a great position from Obeng’s cross.
The two Kettering strikers did however combine on 36 minutes to create the equaliser as Obeng slipped the ball through for Baker-Richardson to slide the ball past the advancing Cutts.
The final moments in the half saw Gregory’s shot deflected just wide for a corner; Hill saved from Fagan and for Kettering, Baker-Richardson shot just wide of the left upright.
The second half was to contain less goalmouth action. Saul Williams saw his shot saved after 48 minutes and, at the other end, Tulloch fired wide.
Hill saved from both Fagan and substitute, Edwin Ahenkorah and for Kettering, Danny Harmon’s speculative shot went wide.
Stratford were the stronger team in the half as experience began to show. Kieren Westwood fired well over the bar and Fagan headed over as well. Fagan then brought a comfortable save out of Hill.
A free kick from Aaron Moses-Garvey bounced straight through at Hill, who palmed the ball over.
Stratford took the lead on 82 minutes as Liam Francis met a cross from the left unchallenged to head past Hill.
Just as fans started to move to the exits, the Poppies equalised two minutes later. A free kick was headed on by Baker-Richardson and poked in by skipper, Steve Kinniburgh.
Baker-Richardson then had to leave the field with a nasty looking leg injury.
And so straight to penalties as the game ended 3-3.
Successful takers were:
Startford: Moses-Garvey; Gregory; Ahenkorah; McGrath and Fagan.
Kettering: Williams; Kinniburgh; Ben Baker; Sandy.
Penalties: Stratford win 5-4 after six penalties each.
Attendance: 132 (Poppies Fans: Estimated at 20)
Poppies Man of the Match: Courtney Baker-Richardson