Match Report - St Ives Town

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

Ben Milnes 04
Brett Solkhon 11

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St Ives Town: 1

Goals

Danny Kelly 02

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 4

Goals

Michael Richens 60
Brett Solkhon 68

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St Ives Town: 3

Goals

Danny Kelly 62
Danny Kelly 71

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Match Report

IN A NUTSHELL: St Ives scored within seconds of the kick-off through Danny Kelly. Kettering then equalised within 90 seconds with a goal from Ben Milnes and by the 10th minute were 2-1 up through Brett Solkhon. The second half saw four more goals in the gale force wind and rain, with Kettering going 3-1 up through Michael Richens only for Kelly to bring it back to 3-2. Solkhon also scored his second to make it 4-2 before Kelly completed his hat-trick to set up a tense finish, as Kettering held on to take the points. THE KETTERING SQUAD: Matt Stevens replaced Rhys Hoenes, who dropped to the bench and Liam Bateman replaced the injured James Brighton. Ben Toseland came onto the bench. Line-ups: ST IVES TOWN: 1 James Goff 2 Lewis Ferrell 3 Jordan Jarrold (15 James Hall,77) 4 Charlie De’ath (Captain) 5 Lee Chaffey 6 Tom McGowan 7 Ben Seymour-Shove 8 Peter Clark 9 Danny Kelly (17 Dubi Ogbonna,80) 10 Lewis Hilliard (14 Jimmy Hartley,84) 11 Phil Draycott Unused Substitutes: 12 Jamie Short 16 Matt Wright Yellow Cards: None KETTERING TOWN: 1 Paul White 2 Durrell Berry 3 Liam Bateman (20 Ben Toseland,55) 4 Brett Solkhon (Captain) 5 Gary Mulligan 6 Michael Richens 7 Matthew Stevens (14 Rhys Hoenes,65) 8 Aaron O’Connor 9 Rene Howe 10 Ben Milnes (15 Gary Stohrer,77) 11 Lindon Meikle Unused Substitutes: 12 Ben Baker 20 Munashe Sundire Yellow Card: O’Connor,85 HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED: It was windy to start with and as the game progressed the conditions were to worsen with strong winds and heavy rain. St Ives went forward from the kick off and with the Kettering defence backing off, Danny Kelly had plenty of time to send a sublime left foot drive into the top left hand corner within the first minute. Another 90 seconds went by and Kettering equalised. A long throw into the home penalty area was half cleared and Ben Milnes collected the loose ball and lashed his shot past James Goff. The game settled, but in just the 9th minute Kettering went ahead. A Kettering corner from the right saw Rene Howe head towards goal from the far post and Brett Solkhon steered his header into goal. These goals came from what were the first three attacking situations of the game. The wind was favouring the home side and Kettering were having to defend well to deny the hungry home players- which they managed to do to good effect in the next 15 minutes. Milnes’ 24th minute shot was blocked and Howe fired wide from a good position set up by Matt Stevens. Jordan Jarrold’s 31st minute shot was wild as St Ives struggled to make any impression. In fact, it was Kettering who nearly scored three minutes later. Howe set Stevens clear and, with a great chance, the striker opted for a blast at goal, rather than placement, and Goff saved at the expense of a corner. There was then a chance for St Ives on 37 minutes. A free kick from fully 35 yards by Phil Draycott was spilled by visiting keeper Paul White and Peter Clark fired wide as the ball ran loose. Soon another opening arose as Durrell Berry lost out to Lewis Hilliard- but the full back made a great saving tackle to deny a shot. White again had a fright as Hilliard’s 42nd minute free kick slipped out of his hands and fortunately the ball went just wide of goal for a corner. As the half came to a close. Kettering’s Michael Richens fired high over the bar and St Ives’ striker, Kelly,saw his shot blocked. Half Time: ST IVES TOWN 1 - 2 KETTERING TOWN The teams met worsening weather at the start of the half and the fans sought shelter from the rain. As the home team pressed the Poppies defence got in two good early blocks. Kettering though they’d scored a third as Aaron O’Connor headed neatly over Goff and into goal from Milnes’ cross – but the Assistant’s flag halted the celebrations. O’Connor then got away on the right and his low cross/shot was parried away by the diving Goff. Kettering went 3-1 up on 61 minutes. Stevens shot on the right to the near post was parried away for a corner by Goff. Milnes cross was headed home firmly by Richens. It was 2-3 within a couple of minutes as Kettering appealed for a penalty when Stevens was hauled down in the penalty area. The Referee saw no offence and St Ives broke for Hilliard to pounce on a loose ball in the Kettering penalty area. He set up Kelly, who made no mistake with a low shot past White. Kettering responded and Milnes’ 67th minute corner from the left saw Goff flapping and lucky to get away with it. The next minute saw Kettering score a fourth goal. Berry’s long throw from the right, into the penalty area, saw the ball headed on, across goal, and that man Solkhon was there at the far post to head in. Was there time to take a breath as you dodged the rain? No! Within three minutes Kelly completed his hat-trick for St Ives with a clinically finished header from Draycott’s cross from the left. The game became frantic, with a lot of errors, due somewhat to the conditions and somewhat due to the competitivenes of the players. For the neutral it was quite a game, but to the two sets of fans it was nailbiting time… Rhys Hoenes had replaced Stevens and was regularly on the ground as he was being singled out by the home team – albeit the Referee largely continued his policy of letting the game flow. There were few final chances. For Kettering, Ben Toseland got in a decent header from a corner, albeit straight at Goff and as two former Kettering strikers came on for St Ives, James Hall and Dubi Ogbonna- but both were denied any goal attempts. Seven goals will see both managers examining their team’s defending and Kettering were just about worthy of their win. The Poppies now face the prospect of four home games at Latimer Park: Saturday in the Emirates F A Cup against Kidsgrove Athletic. Next Tuesday in the Hillier Cup against Desborough (FA Cup replay permitting) Then Saturday 23rd in the league- Chesham United, followed by Banbury United on 26th. Full Time: ST IVES TOWN 3 - 4 KETTERING TOWN Attendance: 354 (Poppies fans estimated at 150) Poppies Man of the Match: Brett Solkhon


Team Sheet

Location: Away (Westwood Road)
Kick Off: 12th Sep 2017
Kettering Town FC
Blue/White
Captain: Brett Solkhon
1 Paul White
2 Durrell Berry
3 Liam Bateman
4 Brett Solkhon
5 Gary Mulligan
6 Michael Richens
7 Matthew Stevens
8 Aaron O Connor
9 Rene Howe
10 Ben Milnes
11 Lindon Meikle
12 Ben Baker
14 Rhys Hoenes
15 Gary Stohrer
19 Munashe Sundire
20 Ben Toseland
St Ives Town
White/Black
Captain: Charlie De ath
1 James Goff
2 Lewis Ferrell
3 Jordan Jarrold
4 Charlie De ath
5 Lee Chaffey
6 Thomas McGowan
7 Ben Seymour Shove
8 Peter Clark
9 Danny Kelly
10 Lewis Hilliard
11 Phil Draycott
12 Jamie Short
14 Jimmy Hartlry
15 James Hall
16 Matt Wright
17 Dubi Ogbonna