Match Report - Alvechurch

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

Rhys Hoenes 01
Declan Towers 02

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Substitutions

Alvechurch: 0

Goals

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 3

Goals

Rhys Hoenes 45

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Alvechurch: 1

Goals

joe 46

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Match Report

Alvechurch   v  Kettering Town

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central

Saturday 29th September 2018   3:00pm

 

 

Alvechurch

 

Kettering Town

1

Matt Sargeant

1

Paul White

2

Josh Ezewele

RB

Dion Kelly-Evans

3

Zach Foster

CB

Luke Graham

4

Tom Turton        Off 80

CB

Declan Towers

5

Kyle Morrison

LB

Lathaniel Rowe-Turner

6

Jamie Willets  (Capt) 

MF

Durrell Berry

7

Dave Bellis                      

MF

Michael Richens (Capt)   Off 80                   

8

Danny O'Callaghan      

MF

Lindon Miekle

9

Aaron Lloyd                 Off 68

MF

Marcus Kelly 

10

Josh March

MF

Ben Milnes                       Off 53

11

Kieron Cook                 Off 49

FW

Rhys Hoenes 

 

Substitutes

 

Substitutes

12

Paul Evans           On 49

3

Ben Toseland

13

Theo Llewllyn                  

4

Brett Solkhon         On 53

14

Taylor Morrison          On 80

9

Edmund Hotter 

15

Luke Yates                   On 68

17

Andre Borg              On 80

16

Andrew Parsons

GK

Lewis Elsom

 

      Referee:    Simon Barrow                                 Assistants: Callum Boncock & Kurt Bartlett   

 

Kettering supporters attending this match were surprised by the non-apperance of Gary Stohrer from the team sheet when his performances so far this season have been of the highest order.  It transpires that an injury picked up in the first half against AFC Mansfield, following a mid-week scan, was a fractured tarsal (broken foot bone).  It is a measure of the grit and determination of the man that he didn't see fit to mention it at the time and his second half performance was at his usual high level.  Unfortunately for the club he will now spend 8 weeks healing.  His absence was mitigated by the return to the club of Luke Graham from Brackley Town.  Also making a welcome return from suspension was Dion Kelly-Evans eager to return to action. With Matty Foy's loan period expiring and Michael Shamalo released, the bench was a mixture of youth and experience. 

The Alvechurch ground is situated in beautiful countryside with rolling hills in the distance with the lush green pitch being located on one of the smaller ones with the a slope of about six feet from side-line to side-line with a similar drop lengthways along the pitch.  Kettering kicked off in their new pale blue away strip playing up the slope against the yellow shirts and black shorts of the hosts. Kettering got off to a dream start.  From a throw-in half way inside Alvechurch's half Rhys Hoenes received the ball and made a determined sprint into the box, he pushed the ball towards the by-line and Jamie Willets made an ill-advised half hearted move into Hoenes' path nowhere close to intercepting the ball but his contact was enough to cause the Kettering man to fall and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.  To their creit the defenders did not contest the decision with any gusto.  Hoenes took responsibility for the penalty and clinically  dispatched it.    0-1 Kettering 2 mins.  Alvechurch's first goal attempt came 5 minutes later from a confusing free kick.  The home team tried to take a quick free kick after Alvechuch's big number 9 Aaron Lloyd was adjudged to have been fouled. The kick was intercepted by Richens but the ref gave the attackers another chance but the kick was taken again with no whistle and with ref's back to the action. Kettering defence were awake though and conceded only a corner.  Lloyd is a player very much in the mould of Rene Howe in both stature and style  he was the focal point of most of Alvechuch's attacks but very rarely contested for the ball in the air and appeared to get the benefit of many decisions of the officials when a case could have been made for the attacker backing into the defender.  The corner was not defended well and was played short to an attacker who moved into space to get a shot off but it was about a foot over the bar.  Dion Kelly-Evans broke up the next Alvechuch with a fine covering tackle after reading the game and positioning himself well. The ball was passed forward by Kettering in a good flowing attack to end in a firm, confident shot by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner but was straight at Sargeant.  On the quarter hour Alvechuch got back into the game through a moment of generosity from Kettering's defence.  A high ball was played from the flank and Paul White called and came to collect however the lack of familiarity with Luke Graham playing his first competitive game with White was apparent. White caught the ball but on coming down Grahams head caused the ball to come free where  Danny O'Calaghan took full advantage and stroked the ball firmly into the unguarded net.  1-1 Alvechurch 16 mins.  Kettering tried to make an immediate response with Durrell Berry finding himself in Alvechurch's area but Sergeant saved well who then almost undid his good work with a poor clearance which went straight to Marcus Kelly who attempted to lift the ball over him back into the goal.  The keeper at full stretch managed to spare his blushes.  On 18 minutes Declan Towers was the first player to be cautioned for an innocuous looking tackle.  The referee throughout the game appeared to consider football as a non-contact sport.  On 26 minutes Kettering got their first corner but the good delivery was cleared by a solid defensive header.  DKE set up Kettering's next chance with his cross being met by Hoenes' head but went harmlessly over the bar it didn't matter however as the linesman had flagged for offside.  Moments later another chance went begging when another forward run by Hoenes led to the ball being fed towards the penalty spot but with no forward present to convert it into a goal.  On 32 minutes Turton's name was added to the referee's notebook  after being cautioned.  Two minutes later Turton almost got another entry into the referee's book when he struck a good effort at goal from a free-kick. White pushed the ball over the bar opting for caution first.  The resulting corner was delivered to the near post but was blocked well by the defenders.  In the minute added on by the referee at the end of normal time Kettering restored their lead.  A ball was played forward by Kettering and  Josh Ezewele looked to shield the ball out for a goal kick but Marcus Kelly gave chase and pressurised the defender.  The ball slowed up though with a combination of the slope and lush grass neccesitating the defender to play the ball Kelly was not to be denied and the defender lost his footing and could have penalised for obstruction whilst on all fours but the ref allowed play to continue and led to Kettering winning a corner.  Ben Milnes then delivered an inch perfect cross from the corner to be met with an unstopable header by Declan Towers.  1-2 Kettering 45 mins.  The action for the half was not complete though and there was time for a ruckus to erupt just in front of the Alvechurch bench.  DKE was moving forward with the ball as the half time whistle blew Josh March collided with him but not violently.  Ben Milnes took exception and marched over toward him, whilst on his way Kieron Cook unintentionally kicked the ball at him.  Milnes pushed March in the chest and then turned and did the same to Cook who responded by rasing his hand to make contact with Milnes around the neck area.  Milnes fell to the floor.  This initiated a pitch invasion by Alvechuch's bench but it was mostly just handbags except a premeditated stamp on Milnes whilst he was on the floor by a member of Alvechuch's bench. Marcus Kelly's response was the best, to walk straight past and down the tunnel and not get involved.  The referee cleared the pitch having taken no action. 

Half Time: Alvechurch 1 Kettering Town 2

The second half started with the referee issuing cautions to Cook and March.   Kettering's first chance of the second half came from LRT advancing on the left showing surprising pace he beat the defender and put in an inviting cross at knee height which lacked the final touch and travelled the full width of the pitch to go out for a throw in.  Alvechurch made the first change with Evans replacing Cook.  Kettering had come out with a purpose and pressed forward at every opportunity assisted by the slope.  A fine piece of interpassing between Milnes, Lindon Meikle and DKE with short accurate passes left Alvechurch chasing shadows.  DKE's cross into the box was met by a fully stretched Hoenes header but all it mananged to to was take the ball out of reach of the advancing Michael Richens behind him. It was Milnes last contribution to the game as he was replaced by Brett Solkhon shortly after. Alvechurch were still trying to play the ball out from the back but this was playing into Kettering's hands.  Richens pressurised a central defender in possesion and half won the ball but it span to the other central defender but Michael iwas determined and challenged again and won possesion to get in a shot, earned by determination and effort, but it was just over.  This type of pressure led to the third goal.  Kyle Morrison under pressure from Rhys played the ball back to his keeper who fluffed it allowing Hoenes to run past him and whack it home from three yards out. 1-3 Kettering 60 mins.   Hoenes wanted more and even though fouled on the edge of the area got past the defender and found himself with a clear view of goal but only heard the shrill of the whistle as the referee called the game back with a clear advantage cancelled out.  With the chance of a hat-trick Rhys took the kick but it was well over the bar.  On 68 minutes Lloyd was withdrawn from the Alvechurch attack and replaced byYates.  Aaron had spent the second half as a virtual spectator such was Kettering's dominance.  With 15 minutes to go Alvechurch made a rare foray forward but it was effectivly snuffed out by LRT conceding a corner.  If Alvechurch were to get anything from the game then this was the time to change the flow of the game. Graham picked up a yellow card conceding a freekick which was defended well by Richens putting the ball out for a corner which was dealt with by Berry clearing. Alvechuch's first second half goal bound attempt not cut out by the defence was an ambitious overhead kick which came down onto the stand behind the goal's roof.  With 10 minutes to go a couple of substitutions were made with Tom Turton being replaced by Taylor Morrison and Richens by Andrea Borg. A minute later Alvechurch got their first shot on target of the second half but it had no power and was directed straight at White.  In the final 5 minutes Foster was awarded the final caution of the game, the sixth, but it was not a dirty game by any measure, for a foul on Borg.  Borg made a few runs into the box and on one run was fouled but rather than go down and win a penalty persevered but to no reward. Just before the end Lindon Meikle displayed an exquisite piece of skill when a lofted ball was played  towards him from 35yards where he controlled the ball but catching in on the top of his foot. 

Full Time: Alvechurch 1 Kettering Town 3

Kettering get back to winning ways in the league.  After a lack lustre first half display, bookended by goals, the half time team talk worked wonders and the second half display blew Alvechurch away with a fine display of skill and determination.  Alvechuch's goal came from a defensive mistake which was due to a new player in the starting eleven and apart from that Paul White had a quiet day out in the country.

Yellow:  Kettering;  Towers  Graham 

              Alvechurch  Turton Cook March Foster

Attendance: 359  Poppies 100 .

Kettering Town: Man-of-the-Match - Rhy Hoenes.


Team Sheet

Location: Away (away)
Kick Off: 29th Sep 2018
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 Declan Towers
0 Declan Towers
0 Rhys Hoenes
0 Rhys Hoenes
0 Rhys Hoenes
0 Rhys Hoenes
0 Declan Towers
0 Declan Towers
Alvechurch

Captain:
0 joe