Match Report - Halesowen Town

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

Marcus Kelly 00
Brett Solkhon 00

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Substitutions

Halesowen Town: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

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Halesowen Town: 0

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Match Report

Kettering Town  v  Halesowen Town

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central

Saturday 18th August 2018   3:00pm

 

 

KETTERING TOWN

 

HALESOWEN TOWN

1

Paul White

1

Daniel Platt

2

Durrell Berry

2

Samuel Tonks                     Off 71

5

Gary Stohrer        Off 84            

3

Jack Kelly   

6

Michael Richens (Capt)

4

Germaine Agustien             Off 68 

7

Lindon Miekle

5

Daniele Bragoli  (Capt)

10

Ben Milnes         Off 64             

6

Asa Charlton

11

Rhys Hoenes                   

7

Matthew Baker                    

12

Dion Kelly-Evans           Off 79

8

Ivor Lawton

14

Marcus Kelly

9

Lee Hughes

15

Declan Towers

10

James Roberts

18

Lathaniel Rowe-Turner

11

Ahmed Ali                          Off 78

       

 

Substitutes

 

Substitutes

3

Ben Toseland        On 84

12

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake         On 78

4

Brett Solkhon       On 79

14

Jack Rae                             On 68

9

Michael Shamalo 

15

Enock Ekongo    

17

Andrea Borg         On 64

16

Aaron Gilpin                      On 71

20

Jahvan Davidson-Miller

17

Jordan Goddard

 

Referee: Ben Cooke                             Assistants Harley McKittrick and Richard Cutts

Marcus Law following the adage of not fixing something that isn't broke chose the same starting 11 which had prevailed over King's Lynn on Tuesday.  One change took place on the bench with a place for forward Jahvan Davidson-Miller replacing  Orrin Pendley, who departed in order to obtain a first XI spot at Rushall Olympic.  The game kicked off under an overcast sky with a inconsequential breeze.  KTFC wore their traditional red and black and lined up in the same formation as the previous two games. Halesowen modelled a grey ensemble with green trim with lurid bile green socks. Not to be out done in the fashion stakes Daniel Platt their goalkeeper worn a red outfit with a yellow leaf design on the front. He did not look happy wearing it and did not appear to appreciate the fashion critique offered by the Poppies faithful gathered behind the goal at the BM Pallets end.   

Halesowen showed the first attacking intent in the second minute with Sam Tonks dancing forward with the ball with Gary Stohrer backing off and conceding ground but the resulting shot was high and wide.  Three minutes later Halesowen were awarded their first corner when Dion Kelly-Evans under pressure from Lee Hughes conceded it as the lesser of two evils.  The corner was played to the far post where it was headed back across the box to Hughes who sent a goal bound shot which was smartly saved low to his right by Paul White and cleared by his defenders who were in close proximity.  On 10 minutes KTFC were awarded a corner which was partially cleared by Halesowen but only to Lathaniel Rowe-Turner on the edge of the box but his left foot cross cleared the bar by about a foot.  On the quarter hour Rhys Hoenes was in possession and was moving parallel to the edge of the penalty area when he was tripped but surprisingly did not go down but then he was outside of the box the ball fed left to a Kettering player who was promptly dispossessed but the referee who having played on seeing that no advantage had accrued called the game back for a free kick in a central position about 20 yards from goal.  Ben Milnes and Marcus Kelly stood over the ball but it was a poor attempt by Kelly, who showed his displeasure with himself, and did not trouble Platt.  Good work by DKE brought him room from his name sake Jack Kelly and his cross met by Hoenes' head was cleared by a Halesowen head at the expense of a corner.  A free kick awarded in Kettering's favour by the corner flag fell to the feet of Declan Towers but his shot was blocked by Matt Baker on the 6 yard line the ball was played long towards Hughes lurking unmarked by the half-way line who turned and started to advance goal wards.  It is a measure of the effort shown by all KTFC players so far this season that Hoenes chased back full pelt to challenge Hughes and contain him on the edge of the home team's penalty area whilst the rest of the defence reformed.  On the half hour a Halesowen corner evaded White's attempted collection, which happened a few times throughout the game, but this time it was adjudged that he had been fouled and a free kick awarded. Five minutes later the deadlock was broken the ball was advanced down Kettering's right flan and then worked across with neat passes to Kelly on the left hand corner of the penalty box where he drove towards the goal with the defender backing off.  He advanced 4 or 5 yards and then shimmed to the right which drew both the defender and keeper to their left anticipating a pass towards the penalty he transferred the ball to his left and unleashed a powerful shot which flashed past the defender and beat Platt at his near post.  1-0 Kettering 38 mins.  Just before half time neat inter-passing between Lindon Miekle, Hoenes and DKE forming nice little triangles led to an inviting cross into the area from DKE but with the continuing injury to O'Connor there was no-one there to convert the chance.   

Half Time: Kettering Town 1 Halesowen Town 0 

Halesowen started the second half like they did the first by initiating the opening attacks White had to bee swift off his like to come and collect a through ball before the advancing Halesowen forward could reach it and 7 minutes later Durrell Berry was fortunate not to penalised for handball close to his own penalty area much to the disgust of Hughes. Halesowen were enjoying their best spell of the game and a ball over the top caught LRT hesitating raising his arm to claim offside instead of playing to the whistle.  James Roberts took his chance and fired in a wicked shot only to see White touch it over the bar. This was to be the high spot of Halesowen's threat on Kettering's defence.  Kettering had subtly changed their tactics in the first half many ball's out from Kettering's defence were lofted forward in the second the ball was predominantly played along the ground and was proving to be effective in stifling Halesowen's offensive effectiveness.  3 minutes later those who witnessed  King's Lynn's McAuley foul on Hoenes on Tuesday who thought they had seen the most blatant red card offence ignored were to been even more amazed.  Miekle as he had done all game twisted away from a Halesowen player and had acre's of space in front of him and with the ball about 5 yards away and himself 2 yards clear was hacked down from behind by Ahmed Ali who had to throw himself at Miekle in order to make contact.  It is debatable who was more surprised  that it was only a yellow the player or the home fans. 65 minutes saw the first substitution of the game with Milnes being replaced by Andrea Borg.  Halesowen made a couple of substitutions in an attempt to change the scoreline with Agustien and Tonks making way for Rae and Gilpin. Halesowen were struggling to control Borg's pace and Charlton was booked for a foul on him.  Good running by Borg opened up Halesowen's defence and he found Miekle in space but his shot was blocked but Borg's hard running allowed him to pick up the rebound and was only dispossessed by another foul in a dangerous position.  Hoenes had a go at goal but his effort went straight into the arms of Platt.  It is a measure of Kettering's dominance that Halesowen's first incidence of offside occurred after 75 minutes. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake eventually replaced Ali who in most of the home fans opinion should have left the pitch some 15 minutes earlier, eventually as the linesman called him back three times to check his boots and find fault with his under-shorts.  It would be hard to say he appeared to be a shadow of is former self who terrorised defenders whilst wearing the colours of Wolverhampton Wanderers but fair to say he casts a much bigger shadow now. Brett replaced DKE after 80 minutes shortly followed of that rare event of a foul throw being penalised. With Kettering in full control and managing the clock Stohrer was replaced by Ben Toseland and Berry picked up his second caution of the season for time wasting. With four added minutes Kettering continued to attack and the advantage of having a natural left footed was demonstrated when Toseland hoisted a perfect parabolic cross into the far post to be met by Solkhon who rarely wastes such good chances to finally seal the game.  2-0 Kettering 93 mins

In summary.  Kettering dominated the game an were not flattered by the scoreline and with a recognise goal scorer would have won by a larger margin.

Bookings.

Kettering  Berry, time wasting      Halesowen  Ali, Charlton, both fouls.

Full time: Kettering Town 2  Halesowen Town 0

Attendance: 628

Elgoods Brewery, Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match - Marcus Kelly.

Klondike Winner - Chris Kirk.


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 18th Aug 2018
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 Brett Solkhon
0 Marcus Kelly
Halesowen Town

Captain: