Match Report - Hitchin Town

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

Goals

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Hitchin Town: 0

Goals

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Rhys Hoenes 104

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Hitchin Town: 0

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Match Report

Hitchin Town  v  Kettering Town

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central

Saturday 11th August 2018   3:00pm

 

 

 

Hitchin Town

 

 

Kettering Town

1

 

Michael Johnson

 

1

Paul White

2

 

Macsen Fraser

 

2

Durrell Berry

3

 

Toby Syme

 

3

Ben Toseland    Off 45

4

 

Matt Spring  Off 65

 

5

Gary Stohrer

5

 

Daniel Webb (Capt)

 

7

Lindon Miekle

6

 

Lewis Farrell 

 

10

Ben Milnes

7

 

Jack Green    Off 81

 

11

Rhys Hoenes                    Off 77

8

 

Charlie Smith

 

12

Dion Kelly-Evans

9

 

Lucas Kirkpatrick  Off 74

 

15

Declan Towers

10

 

Elliott Bailey

 

16

Michael Richens (Capt)   Off 77

11

 

Josh Bickerstaff

 

18

Lathaniel Rowe-Turner

           

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

12

 

Trey Charles           On 81

 

4

Brett Solkhon         On 77

14

 

Kieran McCaffrey  On 65

 

6

Orrin Pendley

15

 

Ezra Forde

 

9

Michael Shamalo    On 45

16

 

Michael King         On 74

 

17

Andre Borg              On 77

17

 

Patrick Tshikala

 

20

Mason Rhiney

 

Kettering Town yellow cards:  Stohrer, Berry.

Referee: A List                                                Assistants: E Mills and R Allison

With the 11th hour defection of Craig Westcarr to Boston. The developing injury status of Aaron O'Connor, hopefully a prognosis will be made pending scan results early this week,coupled with the glacial swiftness of the Welsh FA in granting the required international clearance for Marcus Kelly, having previously played for Wrexham, left Marcus Law having to reshuffle his line-up from any strategies formulated on pre-season friendly performances. 3 defensively minded players of the starting 11 made their competitive debut's for Kettering's  Dion Kelly-Evans, Declan Towers and Lathaniel Rowe-Turner.

The game kicked off in near perfect  weather conditions with a cooling breeze of insufficient strength effect play on a green pitch which looked firm but with a true bounce.  KTFC playing in last season's white away strip started with 4-4-2 formation with Towers at right back, Berry and Rowe-Turner central and Stohrer at left back a midfield of Kelly-Evans,  Richens, Miekle and Milnes with Toseland and Hoenes furthest forward but split wide to the flanks left and right respectively.  Play started briskly with the ball being moved well by both sides but with no incisiveness.  Hitchin provided the first goal mouth action of note in the 10th minute when from their first corner brought a positive punch clear by Paul White but in doing so took an inadvertent knock which led to him going down injured and a visit from KTFC's physio.  Kettering replied in kind with a corner of their own 3 minutes later to no effect but with a positively diminutive forward line, they're all little, an aerial threat was not going to cause Hitchin any concerns. 9 minutes later the game got something the previous 2 corresponding fixtures failed to contain a goal.  Rhys Hoenes broke on the right and advanced to the  by-line where he cut the ball back hard across the goal in the hope that an advancing would convert the chance. Johnson, the Hitchin keeper, in attempting to cut out the ball only managed to deflect the ball up into the air where it looped over the top of him bounced once to evaded a retreating defender and nestled in the back of the net.  0-1 Kettering 22 mins.  Rhys will be credited with the goal but in honesty without Johnson's interference would have gone for a goal-kick or even a throw on the far side. The play was flowing from end to end a Hitchin worked a clever training pitch short corner that needed alert defending from Kettering to prevent an equaliser.  Stohrer had a shot on target blocked well by a Hitchin and Rowe-Turner struck a powerful shot which was well kept down but was lacking in accuracy and sailed harmlessly past the post.  The game was end to end in nature but seemed to breakdown before the involvement of both sides keeper.  On 40 minutes a quick break by Hitchin led to a temporary outnumbering of Kettering's defence and Gary Stohrer resorted to taking one for the team and committing a foul in order to break up the attack which was rewarded by the awarding of the day's first yellow card, more for the tactical cynicism than any malice in the attempted tackle.  The resulting free kick from 25 yards was struck well and had White flying across his goal at full stretch but accuracy was lacking and the ball sailed closely over the bar. 

Half Time: Hitchin Town 0 Kettering Town 1

Half time saw the first substitution of the game with Ben Toseland being replaced by debutant Michael Shamola less than 48hours after joining the club.  Ben did not have his best game for the club and was playing so high up the pitch he might have been experiencing altitude sickness.  His natural game seems to be moving forward from deep with the ball or overlapping.  He produced some good supply into the box but the experiment of him playing the point man did not seem to work. Kettering's supporters were unhappy at Hitchin's Green foul on White early in the second half flagged by the linesman but the referee was content with merely awarding a free kick with no regard to any opinion of the assistant much to the displeasure of the travelling Poppies, who felt it warranted a word if not something stronger.  Hitchin appeared to be more dominate in the second half with the majority of the second half being played in Kettering's half.  Kettering seemed equal to the pressure being applied with defenders blocking or frustrating the Hitchin attack's without White being called into action.  Hitchin made a couple of substitutions in an attempt to change the scoreline and their No2 Fraser made several runs at Kettering's defence who showed a worrying inability to prevent him coming forward unchecked.  On 75 minutes a second yellow card of the match was shown this time to Durell Berry for dissent after disputing the awarding of a corner after shepherding the ball out into touch.  Shamola who was occupying the central forward position was keeping the Hitchin defence honest but his mobility suffered after tacking a knock. A double Kettering substitution on 77 minutes  saw Brett Solkhon and new lad Andre Borg replace Hoenes and Richens. Hitchin started to display a more physical nature now with the frustration of failing to break down a resolute Kettering defence being expressed.  Lindon Miekle received one kick from a clumsy defender with the ball being well away from offence. A free kick was awarded but no additional admonishment of the perpetrator for the offence. Borg broke a couple of times from his own half showing incredible pace which helped relieve some of the pressure on the defence by way of a dangerous counter attacking player and with the benefit of better vision could have set Shamola up to seal the game but he's only a youngster and can only get better.  Stohrer was another recipient of a wayward challenge right at the end of the game whilst he and Milnes were seeing the clock out by Hitchin's corner flag but the referee played advantage which led to nothing but saw fit to take no further action.

To summarise a end to end game with resolute defending by Kettering to bring all 3 points back to Latimer Park with a fortunate goal but with the keepers being rarely called into action.

Full Time: Hitchin Town 0 Kettering Town 1.

Attendance: 470

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match - Dion Kelly-Evans.


Team Sheet

Location: Away (Hitchin)
Kick Off: 11th Aug 2018
Kettering Town FC

Captain:
0 Rhys Hoenes
Hitchin Town

Captain: