Match Report - Banbury United

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Lindon Meikle 20

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Banbury United: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

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Banbury United: 1

Goals

Jefferson Louis 76

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Match Report

IN A NUTSHELL: It was a poor game tonight at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium. The home side,trying to recover some home form, played with one forward all game and the football was mainly midfield mediocrity. Kettering scored through Lindon Meikle in the 21st minute and did not really look like scoring again. The equaliser was a Jefferson Louis penalty in the 77th minute. THE KETTERING SQUAD: Ben Milnes dropped out in the afternoon with illness. Rhys Hoenes was restored to the starting line up. Only four substitutes could be named. Team line-ups: BANBURY UNITED: 1 Jack Harding 15 Jordy Ngathe 6 Tom Bradbury 19 Charlie Wise 14 Ricky Johnson (Captain) 13 Darren Pond (4 George Nash,87) 8 Jack Self 20 Jack Finch 9 Jefferson Louis (10 Conor McDonagh, 86) 16 Elliot Sandy 11 Tom Winters Unused Substitutes: 12 Leam Howards 5 Luke Carnell 7 Charlie Hawtin Yellow Cards: Pond,37. KETTERING TOWN: 1 Paul White 2 Liam Bateman 3 Ben Toseland 4 Brett Solkhon (Captain) (19 Munashe Sundire,75) 5 Gary Mulligan 6 Michael Richens 7 Gary Stohrer 8 Aaron O’Connor 9 Matt Stevens (9 Rene Howe,75) 10 Rhys Hoenes 11 Lindon Meikle Unused Substitutes: 14 Jhai Minors 17 CallumSnow Yellow Cards: None HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED: Ex Poppy Elliot Sandy started the game with energy and confidence and forced Kettering keeper to make a second minute save as he palmed a shot over the bar. Two home corners followed and from the second Sandy glanced a header wide. Then Tom Winters set up Sandy, who saw his low left foot shot saved by White. Banbury were playing with only one up top – Jefferson Louis, four in midfield and five at the back and the Poppies were finding it hard to find a way through. Their first chance on 12 minutes saw an off balance Rhys Hoenes fire over the bar from 18 yards. The Poppies nearly conceded from a corner on 17 minutes. The home side had clear height advantage at set pieces with six tall players against Kettering’s one- Gary Mulligan. From a corner White made a good save from a header and Hoenes was well placed on the goal line to clear the follow up shot off the line. The miss was to prove costly for the Puritans as Kettering took the lead four minutes later. Ben Toseland’s free kick into the six yard area seemed long but deflected off a defender. Home custodian, Jack Harding failed to gather the ball and Lindon Meikle managed to force the ball in. Meikle then slotted a ball through and the defence hurredly cleared for what was an unproductive corner. The Poppies seemed content to lob the ball forward and this was easy meat for the tall defenders as Matt Stevens and Aaron O’Connor battled gamely to get the ball. Despite this, Banbury were not getting anywhere near the Kettering goal. On 38 minutes, Kettering forced a chance from a free kick into the area. Home defenders threw themselves in to block two attempts on goal and Gary Mulligan’s final shot took a deflection and fell kindly for Harding. Kettering finished the half on the front foot with O’Connor’s shot deflected away for a corner and from the kick, Michael Richens headed over. Finally, Meikle came in from the left to create a shooting chance, but he overhit a ball through to O’Connor when a shot may have been the better option. Half Time BANBURY UNITED 0 - 1 KETTERING TOWN The second half failed to get going and in the first 15 minutes of the half saw very little action with only a Tom Winters’ cross zipping through the penalty area with no prospect of any home player getting a touch. On the hour, Kettering’s Stevens had a chance but miscued his shot wide. Banbury forced a couple of corners with no result and Darren Pond went over in the penalty area under a Stevens challenge – but no penalty was awarded. Kettering were not protecting the ball at this stage, nor was their passing accurate. Banbury still had just one up top and the game was not an attractive spectacle. Sandy fired wide again after a corner on 70 minutes. Brett Solkhon suffered an injury on 76 minutes and Richens dropped into defence with Munashe Sundire coning on in midfield and Rene Howe replaced Stevens. Within a minute, Richens upended Pond at the edge of the area and Jefferson Louis stepped up to convert the penalty and level the scores. Richens tried to atone for his error, going on a run down the left and into the penalty area in the 84th minute- only to send the cross straight at Harding. The Poppies did have two good added time chances. O’Connor’s free kick slammed into the defensive wall and Howe had a great chance with a poor clearance from a corner but fired high over the bar from a few yards out. That was a great chance to win the game. The Poppies are away, yet again, on Saturday at Frome, before three successive home games on December 5th (St Ives Town- 7.45pm).9th (Stratford Town- 3pm) and 12th ( Royston Town- 7.45pm). Full Time: BANBURY UNITED 1 - 1 KETTERING TOWN Attendance: 301 (Poppies fans estimated at 100) Poppies man of the Match: Gary Stohrer


Team Sheet

Location: Away (Banbury)
Kick Off: 28th Nov 2017
Kettering Town FC

Captain:
11 Lindon Meikle
Banbury United

Captain:
9 Jefferson Louis