Match Report - Redditch United
Kettering Town FC: 1
James Brighton 00
Redditch United: 0
Kettering Town FC: 1
James Brighton 53
Liam Canavan > Brett Solkhon70
Dominic Langdon > Matthew Barnes-Homer81
Redditch United: 2
Apostocis Apostocopoucas 57
Max Loveridge 88
MATCH SPONSORS: LOAKE SHOEMAKERS
IN A NUTSHELL: Despite taking the lead in the first minute through James Brighton,the Poppies lost 2-1 as Redditch scored twice in the second half through Apostolos Apostocopoulos (58 minutes) and Max Loveridge three minutes from full time. Redditch had three shots on target all night and Kettering again had more possession- but only one goal.
THE KETTERING SQUAD: Lewis Hornby was again out injured,and James Brighton started. Matthew Barnes-Homer and Aaron O’Connor were on the bench, although, yet again, O’Connor broke down before the match and would not have been able to play.
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED: The pitch was in good condition on a decent night at Latimer Park, in front of a modest crowd. Kettering took the lead within a minute. Nathan Hicks crossed from the right, Spencer Weir-Daley headed back across goal where James Brighton volleyed past Bradley Catlow. Redditch right back Jordan Jones tried an early shot for the visitors but it was wide of the target and Liam Spink shot high over Dean Snedker’s bar. The visitors’ only recognised striker Danico Johnson had to leave the field after only 7 minutes with injury and was replaced by Ahmed Ali. Redditch keeper Catlow was soon in action again as he raced out to clear from the advancing Rene Howe as Kettering played some neat football. A free kick into the Kettering penalty area caused problems as the ball was headed across goal but it floated harmlessly out of play. The Poppies really got going and on 18 minutes Brighton set up Liam Canavan whose 20 yard shot was just wide of the target. A couple of minutes on there was a scramble in the visitors’ goalmouth and Spencer Weir-Daley looked to score but was play was stopped for an offence. Then Wilson Carvalho’s cross/shot was beaten away by Catlow. The game was stopped on 24 minutes as Referee Matt Smith sustained an injury. A local Referee agreed to help and the game was delayed for 30 minutes as Senior Assistant Michael Scriven took over in the middle. The restart saw Kettering try to carry on where they left off but the game was not as fluent as Redditch regrouped behind the ball- relying on breaks. Howe’s cross on 32 minutes was guided towards goal by Weir-Daley but landed on top of the net. Then a sweeping move saw Dom Langdon’s cross from the left well defended by Duane Courtney. On 39 minutes Hicks set up Weir-Daley- but the shot was just too high. Weir-Daley then hit the post as he latched onto a free kick and finally in the half Paul Malone’s header was blocked by Jordan Cullinane-Liburd.
Half Time: Kettering Town 1 - 0 Redditch United
The second period kicked off at 9.15 and was very slow to get going. Certainly Kettering were not attacking as in the first half and were creating nothing like the amount of chances. The only excitement was due to a back pass that the Referee deemed deliberate and Kettering had an indirect free kick in the six yard box. It was deflected over the bar for a corner. Hicks got forward on 56 minutes to fire wide- but Redditch equalized two minutes later. A ball down the middle could have been dealt with by either centre back. However, keeper Snedker came out of his area to clear, and between the three players, they made a complete hash of it to leave Apostolos Apostocopoulos a simple shot into the empty net. It was another defensive disaster. Redditch could not believe their luck. At the other end,Catlow was soon down to smother a through ball to deny Weir-Daley and Langdon set up Canavan but the effort flew across goal. On 65 minutes Malone’s pass set up Weir-Daley but he shot straight at Catlow. A few minutes later,Carvalho’s cross was met by Howe and Catlow made the save of the match. The resulting corner saw Malone head wide. Weir-Daley hit the post with a snapshot on 74 minutes as Kettering searched for a goal. Then Brighton’s free kick was saved by Catlow. Redditch had their second shot on target on 77 minutes as Apostocopoulos was given space- but he shot straight at Snedker. The Poppies had corners and from one Malone’s header was punched clear by Catlow. Redditch scored what was to be the winner on 87 minutes. The Referee missed a clear foul in the centre circle which allowed Redditch to attack. With Langdon in control of the ball, James Haran was adjudged to have fouled a Redditch player and was yellow carded for a free kick. Whilst the free kick was cleared, the ball came back and Max Loveridge waltzed past three poor challenges before turning and firing a neat left foot effort past Snedker. Kettering piled forward and almost got an equaliser as Malone’s header was just tipped over by giant keeper Catlow. The Poppies are at home again on Saturday when they entertain Dorchester Town at 3pm.
Full Time: Kettering Town 1 - 2 Redditch United
Sponsors, Loake Shoemakers, Poppies Elgoods Man of the Match: Paul Malone
Klondike (£120) Number 11515: Winner: To be claimed
Team line-ups: Kettering Town: 1 Dean Snedker 2 Nathan Hicks (12 Matthew Barnes-Homer, 82) 3 Dom Langdon 4 Gary Mulligan (Captain) 5 James Haran 6 Paul Malone 7 Wilson Carvalho 8 Spencer Weir-Daley 9 Rene Howe 10 Liam Canavan (15 Brett Solkhon,69) 11 James Brighton
14 Aaron O’Connor
16 Callum Westwood
17 Paul White
Yellow cards: Brighton,54;Weir-Daley,74;Haran,85.
Redditch United: 1 Bradley Catlow 2 Jordan Jones 3 Nathaniel Kelly 4 Max Loveridge 5 Duane Courtney 6 Jordan Cullinane-Liburd 7 Liam Spink 8 Simeon Cobourne 9 Danico Johnson (12 Ahmed Ali,7) 10 David McDermott (14 Clayton Macdonald,83) 11 Apostolis Aspostolopoulos (15 Jordan Brown 90+2)
Subs Unused: None
Yellow Cards: None