Match Report - St Neots Town

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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St Neots Town: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 3

Goals

Brett Solkhon 44
Rhys Hoenes 44
Marcus Kelly 44

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St Neots Town: 0

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Match Report

St Neots Town 0 - 3 Kettering Town

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central

Saturday 13thOctober 2018   3:00pm

 

 

St Neots Town

 

Kettering Town

1

Harry Reynolds

1

Paul White

2

Matt Miles

RB

Dion Kelly-Evans

3

Johnny Herd      (Capt)

CB

Durrell Berry

4

Harry O'Malley           Off 80

CB

Declan Towers

5

Tom Wood

LB

Lathaniel Rowe-Turner

6

Taylor Parr   

MF

Brett Solkhon                 Off 70

7

Diom Sembie-Ferris                      

MF

Michael Richens (Capt)   Off 87                   

8

Russell Short     Off 67

MF

Lindon Miekle

9

Nabil Shariff                

MF

Marcus Kelly             Off 88

10

Dylan Williams

MF

Ben Milnes                       

11

Claudio Ofuso    Off 67

FW

Rhys Hoenes 

 

Substitutes

 

Substitutes

12

Devante Stanley          On 67

3

Ben Toseland            On 88

13

Gary Wharton                  

9

Edmund Hotter         On 87

14

Dan Olaniran              On 67

16

Luke Graham

15

Kasey Douglas           On 68

17

Andrea Borg              On 70

 

 

GK

Lewis Elsom

 

Referee:   Abi Marriott                                  Assistants:   Abdul Kadir and Matt Paul

 

Marcus Law had the luxury of being able to name the same starting eleven which had ended Hednesford's cup ambitions the previous Saturday.  With Mason Rhiney and Jahvan Davidson-Miller missing from the reduced bench of only 5 substitutes with JDM having moved to Barwell.  The much anticipated arrival of a forward on loan from Oxford United had fallen through due to the player being injured at mid-week training. On non-league football day a large crowd watched Kettering in white shirts kick off on a good condition playing surface into a strong wind.  St Neots were playing in their usual Oxford and Cambridge blue quartered shirts. 

Kettering made the first attack of the game but it was halted when Rhys Hoenes was adjudged to have been fouled. Marcus Kelly's kick flew straight into the arms of Harry Reynolds. St Neots first goal attempt came from Claudio Ofuso but he didn't take the conditions into account and his effort was still rising as it passed over the roof of the stand behind Paul White's goal. Kettering were having to play the ball on the deck but with the calibre of players they have this season should have had no trouble playing in that style.  Marcus Kelly played a nice ball through on ten minutes which Michael Richens latched onto.  His angled attempt caught the St Neots' keeper flat footed but unfortunately was also wide of the post. Diom Sembie-Ferris on the right wing managed to get the better of Lathaniel Rowe-Turner and played a good ball into the box but  Russell Short squandered a good chance by putting his effort past the post.  St Neots did not seem to have the measure of the strong wind with the goalkeeper's out of hand kicks usually ending up as goal kicks to Kettering. On twenty minutes St Neots had their best chance of the game.  Dylan Williams advanced with the ball down the left hand side and launched a goal bound shot from twenty yards.  Paul White diving across the goal got a hand to it and tipped it over the bar. The resulting corner produced nothing. Six minutes later a mistake from LRT allowed Sembie-Ferris to deliver another good ball into the box but the other Kettering defenders closed down the St Neots players well and blocked and cleared any danger without White being troubled. On the half-hour LRT was penalised for heading the ball cleanly he rose above Sembie-Ferris who made no attempt to jump for the ball but the referee awarded the free kick for the most incidental of contact, a trait which would continue throughout the game.  The free kick was hit with too much power and flew behind for a corner having brushed a Kettering defender on the way through.  The resulting corner as with all its predecessors produced nothing with the majority being over hit.  Kettering had the occasional foray forward and Brett Solkhon chased a seemingly lost cause into the area of the left hand corner flag where he managed to dispossess Matt Miles and play the ball across the face of St Neots' goal where Hoenes just failed to make contact at the far post. St Neots had a good chance  after 36 minutes when a free kick about 5 yards out from Kettering's penalty area was taken quickly and the ball was fed through too Nabil Shariff  but former R&D player made a poor effort and put it wide of the target. The game was very even at this stage and Marcus Kelly showed a nice piece of skill to turn well with the ball shaking of his marker and giving himself enough room to get a shot off.  he keeper was alert though and made a easy catch. As the half entered it's last five minutes St Neots launched another long throw into the box, a tactic which with the wind behind them was proving an effective way to get the ball into the danger area.  Declan Towers was playing to his name though and proving to be tower of strength in the air and had won the aerial battle so far.  Shortly after Michael Richens received a yellow card for committing the same offence as LRT rising to head the ball as the St Neots player stood rooted to the spot.  The referee's charade informed the crowd that the caution was awarded for an accumulation of fouls but in no way was the game a dirty match.  Just before half time St Neots won another corner when a header aimed back towards White from Dion Kelly-Evans evaded the keeper.  St Neots changed their approach and played a low driven corner into the box where it was struck well but was prevented from reaching White by an effective block by Richens.  The subsequent corner was headed clear by Towers. 

Half Time: St Neots Town 0 Kettering Town 0

St Neots came out for the second half appearing to want to make amends for not taking advantage of the wind in the first half.  A ball from the right wing position was played across Kettering's penalty area and only a good header from DKE to help it on it's way prevented it from falling to one of the two forwards lining up behind him. On five minutes Rhys Hoenes broke clear of the last defender and only one man in the ground thought he was offside but that man happened to be holding the lineman's flag.  The defenders hadn't even appealed. Straight after that Kelly committed a foul but the referee was convinced that Richens was the perpetrator and left the Kettering player in no doubt that any further transgressions would lead to his dismissal despite Kelly's intercedents. Kettering were making the most of the wind and Hoenes received the ball on the left hand side of the penalty area and worked his way across the whole width of the area trying to find room to get a shot off but the defenders kept closing him down and forcing him wide to stifle the attack.  Shortly after though Rhys again beat the last defender, with no objection from the linesman, and raced into the penalty area. Harry Reynolds came to meet him and as Hoenes pushed the ball by him stepped across to send the Kettering player to the floor. Ms Marriott pointed immediately to the spot much to the disgust of Russell Short who argued with her decision and achieved nothing but earning himself a caution. Brett Solkhon hit the ball high to the keeper's left as he dived to his right and the ball brushed the inside of the post on it's way to the back of the net. 0-1 Kettering 57 mins. Sixminutes laterKettering had another chance when a floated free kick from Ben Milnes picked out Richens on the back post virtually unmarked.  He will be disappointed that he didn't make more of the chance.  St Neots tried to change things by substituting two players and with a mid-week game and cup-tie coming up the experience of Solkhon was sacrificed for the youth and pace of Andrea Borg.  In between these substitutions Taylor Parr was cautioned for a cynical foul on Lindon Meikle who was opening up the St Neots defence but running at the heart of it. Marcus Kelly took full advantage of the wind when on seeing the keeper a long way off his line attempted to lob him from the halfway line.  Reynolds had to turn and scramble back to try to cover it but his embarrassment was saved went the ball fell harmlessly wide of the goal. Kettering were in the ascendancy now and most of the action was taking place deep in the St Neots' half.  Hoenes tried a nice first time effort which was just over the bar.  With ten minutes to go the game was settled. With St Neots struggling to contain the pace of Hoenes the addition of Borg to the mix tipped the balance. Andrea received the ball down the left hand channel and just ran straight past Matt Miles who stuck a foot out as Borg went by him to trip up the attacker.  Another easy decision for Ms Marriott.  With Brett on the bench Hoenes assumed responsibility for the kick and sent the ball hard and low to the right sending the keeper the wrong way.  0-2 Kettering 81 mins.  Five minutes later it was three.  Borg showed good skill again advancing down the left hand channel. He played the ball inside to Meikle who fed the ball onto Borg who had continued his run into the box to receive the ball just by the penalty spot where his shot was blocked away by the keeper but only to Kelly who slotted the ball home.    0-3 Kettering 86 mins.   Andrea was enjoying himself now and in the final five minutes showed excellent skills running at defenders who appeared to be scared of tackling him in fear of giving away another penalty.  He probed again down the left hand side and ran the ball all the way to the by-line and finding his way blocked turned away from goal towards the corner flag with a defender in pursuit. He promptly reversed his course and took himself into the penalty area beating the defender with ease and dribbled the ball across the full width of the box trying to get a shot off much the same as Hoenes had done earlier. Unable to get a shot off he flicked the ball to Milnes who's attempt went wide. With his confidence high and well experienced with playing on artificial pitches in Malta he could play an influential role at Tamworth.  Kettering made a further two substitutions before the final whistle to run the clock down but there was still enough time left for Shariff to get booked for dissent questioning a referee's decision moments before the final whistle.

Full Time: St Neots 0 Kettering Town 3

Kettering keep up their fine away form. After weathering the wind in the first half thanks to a solid display by Kettering's defence and a good save by Paul White to give him another clean sheet enabling the team to go in level at half time. Persistence and patience paid off and the team was rewarded by a good away win.  St Neots had a fair amount of possession but having scored only six goals in nine games they never really looked like increasing that statistic against the league's tightest defence.

Bookings: 

KetteringTown:  Richens persistent fouls. 

St Neots Town:   Short dissent,   Parr professional foul,  Shariff dissent.

 

Attendance: 693.  Poppies 200. 

Man-of-the-Match: Rhys Hoenes.


Team Sheet

Location: Away (Away)
Kick Off: 13th Oct 2018
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 Brett Solkhon
0 Rhys Hoenes
0 Marcus Kelly
St Neots Town

Captain: