Match Report - Slough Town

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Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Aaron O Connor 35

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Slough Town: 1

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Perry Coles 13

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

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Slough Town: 3

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James Dobson 50
James Dobson 70

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Match Report

IN BRIEF: It was heartbreak for the team and the 350 or so travelling fans tonight as two defensive howlers and a disputed penalty saw Slough move into the play-off final at Kings Lynn. Perry Coles gave the Rebels a 13th minute lead, but Kettering equalised on 35 minutes through Aaron O’Connor. A disputed 50th minute penalty from James Dobson was added to with a further penalty on 70 minutes from the same player. On the play, Slough had more of the ball overall, dominating especially in the second period, but Paul White had no real saves to make. Kettering,in fact, showed more goal threat with a Matty Stevens effort on 28 minutes ruled out for offside,an Aaron O’Connor chance saved by Jack Turner and Stevens missed a sitter when clean through,just on half time. After the break,Rene Howe saw two headers cleared off the line and Turner palmed a Stevens effort onto the outside of a post. THE KETTERING SQUAD: Brett Solkhon was ruled out by injury and Tom Marshall was on the bench. Rene Howe started in a largely four man attack. Team line-ups: SLOUGH TOWN 1 Jack Turner 2 Sean Fraser 3 George Wells 4 Matt Day 5 Mark Nisbet (Captain) 6 Lee Togwell 7 James Dobson 8 Scott Davies 9 Perry Coles (18 Manny Williams,78) 10 Chris Flood 11 Warren Harris (15 Matt Lench,88) Unused Substitutes: 12 Nathan Smart 14 Guy Hollis 16 Simon Dunn Yellow Cards:None KETTERING TOWN: 1 Paul White 2 Kalern Thomas (14 Gary Stohrer,88) 3 Ben Toseland 5 Gary Mulligan 6 Orrin Pendley 7 Lindon Meikle 8 Aaron O’Connor (10 Ben Milnes,68) 9 Rene Howe 11 Rhys Hoenes 15 Matthew Stevens (17 Wilson Carvalho,78) 18 Michael Richens Unused Substitutes: 12 Liam Bateman 16 Tom Marshall Yellow Cards: Richens,51;White,70 THE GAME: It was a lively start to the game with both sides committing to attack in what was to be a very open first half. The Kettering fans were out in force and gave great vocal support for the whole game. Kettering’s first effort came from a Rene Howe header which fell easily for home custodian, Jack Turner. Then on 11 minutes, Howe put in a low cross from the left and the ball fell just too far in front of Matty Stevens to poke past a static Turner. It was a great chance. Slough scored out of the blue. A poor defensive header by Orrin Pendley to keeper Paul White saw Perry Coles nip in to prod past White who was in no mans land. A shout of ‘away’ may have prevented the error. Home skipper, Mark Nisbet won a header at a set piece but it was straight into White’s hands. Pendley then got in three saving headers within a few minutes to prevent further goal attempts by the home team. On 22 minutes, Kalern Thomas fed Howe, who in turn fed Stevens who could just not swivel to get the shot in and the chance was gone. For Slough, Lee Togwell fired well wide after a corner was cleared to him. Kettering thought they had equalised in the 28th minute as Stevens converted a Thomas cross from the right – but he was ruled offside. Four minutes later, Lindon Meikle saw a shot blocked. From the rebound O’Connor’s shot cannoned off a defender and dropped just over the bar. With the players lining up for a corner, the Referee gave a goal kick. Togwell again shot wide after a corner clearance before Kettering equalised on 35 minutes. The ball came in from the right and Stevens and O’Connor found themselves unmarked with only Turner to beat and O’Connor scored. Slough protests for offside were waived away by the officials. Matt Day’s header from a corner was straight to White before Kettering had another chance. O’Connor robbed Day on the left and raced clear on goal down the left side and Turner saved at the expense of a corner. From the restart, Stevens’ shot on the turn was blocked out. The Poppies had a great chance to go in front right on half time. Howe sent Stevens clear on goal and the young striker failed to hit the target as he screwed a high shot wide of the right post. It was a potential game changing chance Half Time: SLOUGH TOWN 1 - 1 KETTERING TOWN Turner was soon out of his area to head away from the advancing O’Connor, and Michael Richens volleyed wide. Slough’s first chance saw James Dobson’s cross from the left scythed over his own bar by Pendley. The game did change on 50 minutes. Richens was adjudged to have fouled Coles who was closing in on goal, albeit that the Kettering man clearly won the ball. The resultant penalty was rammed home by Dobson. Richens was yellow carded. Kettering responded well initially as Howe set up Stevens near the left upright and the shot was parried onto the outside of the post by Turner. O’Connor saw a 61st minute shot blocked. Slough looked comfortable though and seemed to have the game under control as Kettering had to chase the game. O’Connor, who has been playing with an injury, unfortunately pulled up with his hamstring giving out and was substituted after 68 minutes. Paul White came for a couple of good ‘takes’ to give confidence to his defence at this stage. Kettering came closest to scoring though as Howe’s header from a Milnes’ corner on the left was cleared off the line. Unfortunately for Kettering further disaster struck on 70 minutes. The same White who had confidently held a couple of threatening crosses, inexplicably dropped an easy catch. As he tried to re-gather the ball, running out of the six yard box, he upended George Wells who was first to the ball. Dobson blasted home the penalty and White was cautioned. Kettering looked dejected and Dobson hit a free kick over the bar. Now into the last 10 minutes, Richens saw a shot deflected wide and from the corner, Pendley headed wide. Kettering had to throw men forward and the otherwise quiet Chris Flood saw his left foot shot on the break flash across goal and go well wide. Ben Milnes, on for O’Connor, fired a shot wide and on 89 minutes Howe had another header from a corner, hacked off the line. Slough played out the 6 minutes of added time and go through to Monday’s final. Kettering now play their last game of the season at Wellingborough Town next Thursday,10th May against Brackley Town in the NFA Hillier Senior Cup final. Full Time: SLOUGH TOWN 3 - 1 KETTERING TOWN Attendance: 1246 (Poppies fans estimated at 350 ) Poppies man of the Match: Gary Mulligan


Team Sheet

Location: Away (Slough)
Kick Off: 02nd May 2018
Kettering Town FC
Red/Black
Captain:
8 Aaron O Connor
Slough Town

Captain:
7 James Dobson
9 Perry Coles