Match Report - Kings Langley

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

Rhys Hoenes 24
Aaron O Connor 37

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Substitutions

Kings Langley: 1

Goals

Mitchell Weiss 07

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 5

Goals

Aaron O Connor 83
Matthew Stevens 86
Matthew Stevens 92

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Rhys Hoenes 50

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Substitutions

Ben Milnes > Liam Bateman65
Lindon Meikle > Gary Stohrer72

Kings Langley: 2

Goals

Gareth Price 80

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Dean Hitchcock 49

Substitutions

Sam Tring > Josh Coldicote Stevens64
Emmanuel Folarin > Ollie Cox70


Match Report

IN A NUTSHELL: Both teams had not been behind in any league game this season, and it was Kettering who did fall behind to a deflected Mitchell Weiss strike in just the 6th minute. By the break, the Poppies were 2-1 to the good with goals from Rhys Hoenes and Aaron O’Connor. A 50th minute red card for home player,Dean Hitchcock seemed to inspire Kings and Gareth Price equalised in the 80th minute. However, Kettering responded with three goals in the final minutes through O’Connor again, and a brace from substitute Matty Stevens. THE KETTERING SQUAD: Aaron O’Connor made his first start of the season, with Matty Stevens dropping to the bench. Team Line-ups: Kings Langley: 1 Kyle Forster 2 Gary Connolly 3 Sam Tring ( 15 Josh Coldicott-Stevens,64) 4 Dean Hitchcock 5 Jorell Johnson (Captain) 6 Emmanuel Folarin (16 Ollie Cox,71) 7 Lee Stobbs 8 Callum Adebiyi 9 Mitchell Weiss 10 Gareth Price 11 Kieran Turner (12 Brendan Ochran,56) Unused Substitutes: 14 Jack Waldren 17 Steve Ward Yellow Cards:None Red Card: Hitchcock,50 Kettering Town: 1 Paul White 2 Durrell Berry 3 James Brighton 4 Brett Solkhon (Captain) 5 Gary Mulligan 6 Michael Richens 7 Rhys Hoenes (15 Matty Stevens,78) 8 Aaron O’Connor 9 Rene Howe 10 Ben Milnes (14 Liam Bateman,64) 11 Lindon Meikle (16 Gary Stohrer,73) Unused Substitutes: 12 Ben Baker 17 Munashe Sundire Yellow Card: Hoenes,50. HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED: A very pleasant day welcomed the two unbeaten teams onto the field today at Kings Langley. Kettering were first to show and in the early stages, Rene Howe stole the ball from a defender setting up Rhys Hoenes, but Jorell Johnson made a great saving tackle to deny the shot. The home team scored in just the 6th minute. The prolific Mitchell Weiss controlled the ball well and shot from 20 yards. A wicked deflection off a defender curled the ball wide of Paul White’s right hand and in at the left upright. Kings created another chance within a minute – but Emmanuel Folarin fired well over from 25 yards. Immediately Kettering broke with Rene Howe setting up Aaron O’Connor and the shot was deflected wide by a defender. Lindon Meikle’s 11th minute shot from outside the penalty area was over the top and, for Kings, Kieran Turner cut inside from the left and White saved the shot comfortably. Kettering were really trying to find the equaliser and Ben Milnes’ free kick shot off a defender’s head and flew just wide of goal and Hoenes saw his firm right foot drive cannon off a defender on 20 minutes. Five minutes later saw Hoenes on the right. He crossed to the far post and the ball eluded keeper,Kyle Foster and flew in at the far top corner to equalise. Forster was in action again as he took a dangerous looking cross from Meikle. Kettering were still in the ascendancy as the half hour mark was reached, and Hoenes drifted in from the left- but his shot was poor. A 34th minute Kettering corner saw Aaron O’Connor diving for a header at the far post but just failing to make contact. As Kings broke away it was Hoenes who somehow raced back into defence to deny Weiss a good shooting chance. The Poppies went into the lead on 38 minutes. Howe’s header on saw defender Johnson muscled out of it by O’Connor, who stretched to fire the ball under Forster. Four minutes later, James Brighton’s corner on the right was met by Howe’s header at the far post and with Forster beaten, the ball was hacked off the line by a defender. Kings responded and could have equalised right on half time but somehow White stopped a Gareth Price shot and the loose ball saw another attempt at goal which was scrambled clear. In added time in the half, Kettering could have scored a third as Howe went clear on the left- but his left foot shot was across goal rather than at it. Half Time: Kings Langley 1 - 2 Kettering Town Forster was soon in action for Kings as he smothered a loose ball which either Howe or O’Connor could have put in as they ran through. A 48th minute free kick in a good central position saw home skipper, Johnson, fire well over the bar. On 50 minutes the game changed. Milnes was rightly penalised for a foul on Dean Hitchcock. Hitchcock saw red, however, as he kicked out at Milnes causing a cut eye. Hoenes was cautioned for his part in an unseemly aftermath involving both teams. Far from phasing the home team, they began to take some control of the game, with Kettering seemingly happy to sit back. Milnes eventually had to leave the field and was replaced by Liam Bateman. Hoenes saw his shot saved on 62 minutes, but in truth it was Kings who looked the more threatening at this stage, Substitute Josh Codicott-Stevens saw his 67th minute free kick drift wide of the left upright and a 70th minute corner saw Callum Adebiyi head marginally wide at the right post. For Kettering, Brighton saw his accurate shot saved by Forster, who then took a Liam Bateman cross. On 80 minutes Kings equalised. The ball was worked across goal from the left and Price had time to fire a firm shot past White. To be fair it was what their play had deserved as they threw four men up. The Poppies woke up and Brighton ran in on goal from the left, only to see his shot deflected over for a corner. From the corner the ball glanced off a head and O’Connor guided the ball over the line for Kettering to re-take the lead. The Poppies then went 4-2 up as Bateman’s left foot cross was perfect for substitute, Matty Stevens to head down and past Forster. With the game effectively won, the home team were naturally fatigued and Brighton’s 90th minute free kick found O’Connor with a free header- which went wide. Then substitute Gary Stohrer raced clear down the left channel and his right foot shot went just wide of the right post. O’Connor, still looking for his hat trick, saw a shot blocked. In the third minute of added time Stevens scored his second and Kettering’s fifth as Michael Richens effort was partly blocked, with Stevens pouncing on the loose ball to plant it past Forster. Bank Holiday Monday sees a home game and ‘local derby’ with St Neots Town, kicking off at 3pm. Full Time: Kings Langley 2 - 5 Kettering Town Attendance: 261 (Poppies fans estimated at 125 ) Poppies Man of the Match: Aaron O’Connor


Team Sheet

Location: Away (Kings Langley)
Kick Off: 26th Aug 2017
Kettering Town FC
Blue/White
Captain:
1 Paul White
2 James Brighton
3 Durrell Berry
4 Brett Solkhon
5 Gary Mulligan
6 Michael Richens
7 Rhys Hoenes
8 Aaron O Connor
9 Rene Howe
10 Ben Milnes
11 Lindon Meikle
12 Ben Baker
14 Liam Bateman
15 Matthew Stevens
19 Gary Stohrer
20 Munashe Sundire
Kings Langley
White/Black
Captain:
1 Kyle Forster
2 Gary Connolly
3 Sam Tring
4 Dean Hitchcock
5 Jorell Johnson
6 Emmanuel Folarin
7 Lee Stobbs
8 Callum Adebiyi
9 Mitchell Weiss
10 Gareth Price
11 Kieran Turner
12 Brendan Ocran
14 Jack Waldren
15 Josh Coldicote Stevens
16 Ollie Cox
17 Steve Ward