Match Report - Rushall Olympic

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Matthew Stevens 17

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Lindon Meikle > Rene Howe52

Rushall Olympic: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 5

Goals

Ben Milnes 48
Rhys Hoenes 52
Brett Solkhon 58
Matthew Stevens 83

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Rushall Olympic: 0

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Match Report

IN A NUTSHELL: The Poppies won their last public friendly today at Evo-Stik Northern Premier team Rushall Olympic, scoring five times without reply. Matty Stevens opened the scoring in the first half and second half goals from Ben Milnes, Rhys Hoenes, Brett Solkhon and Stevens, again, completed the scoring. THE KETTERING SQUAD: Paul White and Dom Langdon were unavailable. Ollie Thorne injured and some of the youngsters were due to get 90 minutes in an under 21 game at Latimer Park earlier in the day. On trial keepers, Justin Greatorex and Jordan Worth were in the squad as was returning Rene Howe. Aaron O’Connor, on suspension next week, was rested. Team Line-ups: Rushall Olympic: 1 Jono Brown 2 Will Hancox 3 Ciaran Best 4 Sam Whittall 5 AJ Adelekan 6 Joe Hull 7 Charlie Duke 8 Liam Lawrence (Captain) 9 Zak Lilly 10 Stan Mugisha 11 Kartel O’Neil-Martin Subs Used:Liam Sharpe;R’Mar Murry;Lewis Probert;Danny Waldron;Rumenio Valadi Barai;Jayden McCalla. Unused Subs:None Yellow Cards:None Kettering Town: 1 Justin Greatorex (Jordan Worth,70) 2 Durrell Berry (Michael Morrow,60) 3 James Brighton 4 Brett Solkhon (Captain) 5 Gary Mulligan 6 Michael Richens 7 Gary Stohrer (13 Liam Bateman,46) 8 Matty Stevens 9 Munashe Sundire (12 Rene Howe,46) 10 Nathan Hicks (15 Ben Milnes,46) 11 Lindon Meikle (16 Rhys Hoenes,46) Unused Subs:None Yellow Cards:None HOW THE MATCH UNFOLDED: An early and nasty looking shoulder injury to Joe Hull meant a long stoppage and substitution and we wish the player well as he went to hospital. It was a lovely sunny day after a deluge of rain and the pitch was in good nick as Kettering looked to play their fast flowing football. They took the lead in the 14th minute as Lindon Meikle broke clear on the left and squared for Matty Stevens to finish easily. Stevens then had a header saved and Michael Richens saw his firm shot saved by Jono Brown in the home goal. The Pics first threat came on 24 minutes and Gary Mulligan was in the right place to clear the danger away from the goal line. Nathan Hicks 38th minute shot was saved by Brown and, a couple of minutes later at the other end, Justin Greatorex made a confident catch from a dangerous cross. Kettering tended to dominate possession and created the better chances in the rest of the half. Munashe Sundire saw his shot saved and Richens tried an audacious free kick from the halfway line which was wide of goal although Brown was alert to the danger. On 35 minutes Richens’ header from Brighton’s free kick was very well save by Brown. Greatorex made a fine reflex save on 43 minutes to maintain the lead and, finally in the half, Stevens was down in the penalty area as he forced his way through and the defender got a foot on the ball to deny the shot. Half Time: Rushall Olympic 0 - 1 Kettering Town Both teams brought on fresh players at the start of the half as Kettering forced two early corners. From the second the ball was played short by James Brighton to an unmarked Ben Milnes who fired in from 18 yards to double the lead. It was 3-0 on 52 minutes as a well worked move saw Milnes put in Rhys Hoenes who clipped the ball over the advancing keeper. Greatorex saved well from Stan Mugisha a couple of minutes later and immediately at the other end, Liam Bateman set up Rene Howe but the shot was saved off the keeper’s legs. Greatorex made another decent save from Mugisha’s header and from the resulting corner, Sam Whittall header just over the bar. On the hour it was 4-0. Brett Solkhon, up for a corner, saw his first shot blocked and he netted from the rebound. Stevens then had a clear chance as Howe played him in but the substitute keeper made a great save. Mulligan headed wide from a free kick and then Stevens turned well but fired just too high, as Kettering looked well in command. It was all Kettering now as the game reached the last quarter. Richens’ 30 yarder was over and Stevens’ shot was well saved. The home keeper then excelled with a great save from Hoenes and Stevens headed marginally wide from a corner. Rushall striker, Zak Lilly tried to relieve the pressure as he fired wide from a good chance but the final minutes belonged to the visitors. Stevens saw another shot saved before he completed the scoring pouncing on a poor clearance on the left to fire into the far corner. Stevens had a great chance of a hat trick on 88 minutes as Howe’s deep cross from the right gave him an unchallenged heading chance – but the effort cleared the bar. Next Saturday sees the start of the league season and a first and very difficult league game away at one of last season’s top five – Slough Town. Full Time: Rushall Olympic 0 - 5 Kettering Town Attendance: not given (Poppies fans estimated at 25) Poppies Man of the Match: Matty Stevens


Team Sheet

Location: Away (Rushall)
Kick Off: 05th Aug 2017
Kettering Town FC
Red/Black
Captain:
1 Justin Greatorex
2 Durrell Berry
3 James Brighton
4 Brett Solkhon
5 Gary Mulligan
6 Michael Richens
7 Gary Stohrer
8 Nathan Hicks
9 Munashe Sundire
10 Matthew Stevens
11 Lindon Meikle
12 Rene Howe
14 Liam Bateman
15 Ben Baker
16 Rhys Hoenes
17 Ben Milnes
Rushall Olympic
yellow/black
Captain:
1 Jono Brown
2 Will Hancox
3 Ciaran Best
4 Sam Whittall
5 Aj Adelekan
6 Joe Hull
7 Charlie Duke
8 Liam Lawrence
9 Zak Lilly
10 Stan Mugisha
11 Kartel ONeil Martin
13 Liam Sharpe
14 R mar Murry
15 Lewis Probert
16 Danny Waldron
17 Rumenio Valadi Barai
18 Jayden McCalla