Match Report - Bishops Stortford

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 5

Goals

Matthew Stevens 17
Aaron O Connor 23
Matthew Stevens 24
Brett Solkhon 37
Aaron O Connor 42

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Bishops Stortford: 0

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Joe Robinson 14
Mark Hughes 34

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Marvel Ekpiteta 36

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 6

Goals

Orrin Pendley 66

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Bishops Stortford: 0

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Match Report

TODAY’S MATCH SPONSOR: THE STIRRUP CUP TODAY’S MASCOTS: LEON AND LUCAS BRACE IN BRIEF: The rampant Poppies were 5-0 up by half time and Bishops Stortford were down to 10 men after a sending off. The second half was something of an anti-climax with the visitors looking more solid and only one Kettering goal was scored. The scorers were Matty Stevens 2;Aaron O’Connor 2; a Brett Solkhon penalty and Orrin Pendley. The unfortunate red card was given to Marvin Ekpiteta in the 36th minute. . THE KETTERING SQUAD: Tom Marshall returned, as the formation changed again, and Rene Howe dropped to the bench. Kettering were again without the injured trio of Durrell Berry, Ben Milnes and James Brighton with Michael Richens still away in New Zealand. THE TEAMS: Kettering Town: 1 Paul White 2 Kalern Thomas 3 Ben Toseland 4 Brett Solkhon (Captain) (14 Ben Bradshaw,59) 5 Gary Mulligan (12 Liam Bateman,63) 6 Orrin Pendley 7 Lindon Meikle 8 Aaron O’Connor (9 Rene Howe,74) 10 Tom Marshall 11 Rhys Hoenes 15 Matthew Stevens Unused Substitutes: 17 Callum Snow 18 Gary Stohrer Yellow cards: None BISHOPS STORTFORD: 1 Tyler McCarthy 2 George Casey 3 Tom Clifford 4 Mark Hughes (Captain) 5 Marvel Ekpiteta 6 Joe Robinson 7 Dean Ager (12 Jordan Westcott,46) 8 Jack Thomas 9 Afolabi Akinyemi 10 Jamie Cureton (17 Freddie Oakman,63) 11 Darren Foxley Unused Substitutes: 14 Max Brassington 15 Chad Cruise 16 Alex Rogers Yellow Cards: Robinson,14;Hughes,34; Red Card: Ekpiteta,36 HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED: For once a pleasant afternoon at Latimer Park greeted the teams and the pitch, although still heavy in places, was in decent condition. Kettering swept the Blues away in this half with a powerful display. However, it was veteran Jamie Cureton, for the visitors who put a snapshot over the bar within 30 seconds of the kick off. Kettering soon attacked with Brett Solkhon sending Rhys Hoenes off down the right. The low cross found Aaron O’Connor but he scuffed the great chance wide. Still only on 4 minutes, Ben Toseland’s cross from the left saw Matty Stevens’ diving header go wide of the far post. Hoenes set O’Connor up again on 7 minutes but the shot was poor. O’Connor then got clear down the left and his left foot shot hit the side netting. The first goal came in the 17th minute. Stevens got on the end of a through ball and keeper Tyler McCarthy came out quickly to save. As the ball rolled loose neither keeper nor his defenders got to the ball and Stevens skilfully turned it in. Kettering’s O’Connor was causing all sorts of trouble with his runs and pounced on a loose ball on 20 minutes only to mis-kick in front of goal. Stevens was also causing problems for the visiting defence with his powerful runs, and on 23 minutes he set up the second goal with a precise low cross from the right which O’Connor turned in. Within a minute it was 3-0. This time Rhys Hoenes crossed from the right and Stevens got to the ball before Marvel Ekpiteta to drill the ball in. Finally Bishops Stortford got another shot in and Afolabi’s 30 yarder was held by home keeper, Paul White. The Blues then won a corner on the left and Joe Robinson headed down for White to collect. Kettering went 4-0 up in the 37th minute. Hoenes wriggled clear and shaped to shoot with only McCarthy to beat. Akpiteta pushed him over from behind and was red carded. Brett Solkhon stepped up to fire home the penalty. Five minutes later it was 5-0 as the impressive Kalern Thomas put in a great cross from the right and O’Connor headed in. Just before the break Darren Foxley fired wide for the visitors. Half Time: Kettering Town 5 - 0 Bishops Stortford The second half was to prove an anti-climax- at least as far as Kettering were concerned -and for Bishop’s Stortford a half to rebuild – even with 10 men. In fact there was little action to report as Kettering seemed to take their foot off the pedal and Bishop Stortford played deliberately deeper. McCarthy was out to smother a Kalern Thomas through ball and Lindon Meikle saw a shot blocked. The sixth goal on 66 minutes saw Orrin Pendley head home a Meikle cross with the defence appealing in vain for an offside. Tom Marshall headed a Toseland corner wide and McCarthy saved Toseland’s free kick. Bishops had a little spell with White sharply off his line to clear from Jack Thomas. Then Akinyemi got through. This time White got a slight deflection on the shot which shaved the outside of the left upright and went for a fruitless corner. Rene Howe got a run out, replacing O’Connor, and headed Meikle’s cross wide from a great position. In the final minutes, Stevens saw a shot blocked and Toseland fired over. Kettering now have two tough away fixtures at Tiverton this Tuesday and Chesham next Saturday before returning to Latimer Park on Saturday 3rd May to entertain Dorchester Town. Full Time: Kettering Town 6 - 0 Bishops Stortford Attendance: 558 Klondike: Pete Spence wins £190 with ticket number: 23569 Elgoods Brewery Poppies Man of the Match selected by Sponsor, The Stirrup Cup: Ben Toseland


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 17th Feb 2018
Kettering Town FC
Red/Black
Captain: Brett Solkhon
1 Paul White
2 Kalern Thomas
3 Ben Toseland
4 Brett Solkhon
5 Gary Mulligan
6 Orrin Pendley
7 Lindon Meikle
8 Aaron O Connor
9 Matthew Stevens
10 Tom Marshall
11 Rhys Hoenes
12 Liam Bateman
14 Ben Bradshaw
15 Rene Howe
16 Gary Stohrer
17 Callum Snow
Bishops Stortford

Captain: Mark Hughes
1 Tyler McCarthy
2 George Casey
3 Tom Clifford
4 Mark Hughes
5 Marvel Ekpiteta
6 Joe Robinson
7 Dean Ager
8 Jack Thomas
9 Afolabi Akinyemi
10 Jamie Cureton
11 Darren Foxley
12 Jordan Westcott
14 Max Brassington
15 Chad Cruse
16 Alex Rogers
17 Freddie Oakman