Match Report - Hitchin Town

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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Hitchin Town: 0

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Charlie Smith > Jay Dowie62


Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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Hitchin Town: 0

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Match Report

IN BRIEF: The two teams, who failed to score against each other in two games last season, repeated the feat again today. It was a keenly contested game with both defences on top and both keepers hardly had a save to make. Kettering did create the better chances, but failed to convert. THE KETTERING SQUAD: With Lindon Meikle out injured alongside James Brighton, Rhys Hoenes started. Team line-ups: HITCHIN TOWN: 1 Michael Johnson 2 Kevan Cotter 3 Toby Syme 4 Lewis Rolfe 5 Dan Webb (Captain) 6 Josh Bickerstaff 7 Elliot Bailey 8 Lucas Kirkpatrick 9 Connor Vincent 10 Jonny McNamara (12 Brett Donnelly,82) 11 Charlie Smith (14 Jay Dowie,46) Unused Substitutes: 15 Jimmy Hartley 16 Kevin Byrne Yellow Cards: Kirkpatrick,8; Vincent,32. KETTERING TOWN: 1 Paul White 2 Liam Bateman 3 Ben Toseland 16 Tom Marshall 5 Gary Mulligan (Captain) 6 Michael Richens 7 Gary Stohrer 8 Aaron O’Connor 9 Rene Howe (15 Matthew Stevens,89) 10 Ben Milnes (4 Brett Solkhon,75) 11 Rhys Hoenes (14 Kalern Thomas,66) Unused Substitutes: 12 Ibby Akanbi 17 Callum Snow Yellow Cards:Hoenes,8;Richens,47;Solkhon – after final whistle. HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED: Credit to Hitchin, who got the pitch playable, and the final frozen area in one goalmouth was treated to a cover and some heaters pre match. The pitch was naturally heavy and the bounce of the ball was not always going to be true-so, early on, the players had to get to grips with this. Kettering had a couple of early free kicks. The first saw the ball partly cleared and worked back in by Michael Richens to Gary Mulligan, but the shot was easy for keeper, Michael Johnson. The second from Ben Toseland was straight to Johnson. There was an unnecessary flare up on 8 minutes as Hitchin left back Toby Syme followed through on Gary Stohrer, who needed treatment. In the aftermath,both Hoenes and Hitchin’s Lucas Kirkpatrick were cautioned. The Referee let Syme off with just a brief word. Hitchin had a real chance on 12 minutes as Kevan Cotter crossed low from the right. Jonny McNamara reacted quickly at the far post but directed his shot well wide. Aaron O’Connor then met a Toseland corner from the right, and unchallenged, put his header well wide of the right post. Then it was Kettering’s turn to have a good chance to score. Rhys Hoenes saw a shot blocked and Rene Howe hit the loose ball straight at Johnson. On 26 minutes, Mulligan did very well to cut out another Cotter cross from the right. From a 30th minute free kick Howe had a great chance to score for Kettering. Finding himself at the back post and unmarked, but leaning backwards, he fired a right foot shot just over the bar. Hitchin’s Connor Vincent had a header from Charlie Smith’s cross but the effort sailed well wide and a Hitchin free kick saw Kettering keeper, White comfortably take a header. The teams both had chances before the interval, but Smith fired badly across goal for Hitchin and Kettering’s Aaron O’Connor created an opening – but the shot was anticipated by Johnson who collected. It had, in truth been an average half of football Half Time HITCHIN TOWN 0 - 0 KETTERING TOWN Both teams came out with purpose at the start of the half- but the game was marooned in midfield with neither team threatening a goal in the first ten minutes. Kettering’s Howe then won a free kick at the edge of the penalty area. Tom Marshall demanded the shot- which sailed high out of the ground! The game was really bogged down now and, on 64 minutes, White was out for a routine smother from the oncoming Vincent. Kettering attacked straight away and O’Connor rounded the keeper to put the ball in the net- but the Assistant’s flag was up for one of many second half offsides. The Poppies then created a good chance down the middle and into the penalty area- but O’Connor and Ben Milnes got in each others way to allow the defence to clear. Kettering were now having the better of the play. Toseland’s corner was cleared, then Stohrer’s corner on the right was cleared by a defender under his own crossbar and from that corner Richens headed wide. On 84 minutes, Stohrer fired wide and in added time Kettering had that chance to win the game. Toseland, playing now in an advanced position was played in on the left. He delayed the shot and then fired wide of the left upright- it was a great chance to claim the three points. The Poppies now have two home games. Firstly welcoming Hereford on Tuesday (7.45pm) and then Dunstable Town on Saturday (3pm) Full Time: HITCHIN TOWN 0 - 0 KETTERING TOWN Attendance: 469 (Poppies fans estimated at 100) Poppies man of the Match: Gary Mulligan


Team Sheet

Location: Away (Top Field)
Kick Off: 16th Dec 2017
Kettering Town FC
Red & Black
Captain:
1 Paul White
2 Liam Bateman
3 Ben Alibone
4 Brett Solkhon
5 Gary Mulligan
6 Michael Richens
7 Gary Stohrer
8 Aaron O Connor
9 Rene Howe
10 Ben Milnes
11 Rhys Hoenes
12 Ibby Akanbi
14 Kalern Thomas
15 Matthew Stevens
16 Tom Marshall
17 Callum Snow
Hitchin Town
yellow/green
Captain:
1 Michael Johnson
2 Kavan Cotter
3 Toby Syme
4 Lewis Rolfe
5 Dan Webb
6 Josh Bickerstaff
7 Elliot Bailey
8 Lucas Kirkpatrick
9 Connor Vincent
10 Jonny McNamara
11 Charlie Smith
12 Brett Donnelly
14 Jay Dowie
15 Jimmy Hartley
16 Kevin Byrne