Match Report - Royston Town

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Dan Holman 00

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Royston Town: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

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Royston Town: 0

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Match Report

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central

Saturday 17th November 2018   3:00pm

 

 

Royston Town

 

Kettering Town

1

Joe Welch

1

Paul White

2

Gus Scott-Morriss      Off 59

RB

Dion Kelly-Evans     Off 87 

3

Harold Joseph      

CB

Durrell Berry

4

Spyros Mentis           

CB

Declan Towers

5

Sam Corcoran           Off 71

LB

Gary Stohrer

6

Dan Braithwaite  (Capt) 

MF

Lindon Meikle                 

7

Josh Castigilione       Off 59               

MF

Michael Richens (Capt)                     

8

Scott Thomas    

MF

Marcus Kelly

9

David Mooney                

FW

Aaron O'Connor      Off 88

10

James Potton

FW

Dan Holman                      

11

Rohdell Gordon    

FW

Rhys Hoenes            Off 70

 

Substitutes

 

Substitutes

12

Vance Bola                           On 59

4

Brett Solkhon          On 88

14

Adam Crowther                  

10

Ben Milnes        On 87

15

Jordan Norville-Williams     On 59

16

Luke Graham

16

Tyler Corlett                         On 71

18

Lathaniel Rowe-Turner      On 70

GK

Harry Smart

GK

Lewis Elsom

 

      Referee:   Jack Bloxham                     Assistants  Andrew Tregoning and Matthew Ball

With the mid-week tales of plague and pestilence sweeping through the Kettering camp it was with surprise and joy that the large travelling contingent of Kettering supporters learned of the starting line-up.  Whether it was a spot of gamesmanship, or not, the still suffering Marcus Law had a full squad to choose from with the only absentee being Andrea Borg on international duty with Malta.  Following forty-five minutes against Stamford Gary Stohrer completed his rapid re-habilitation from injury with a starting spot at left back. Ben Milnes was the midfielder who was relegated to the bench to accommodate a three man attacking force whilst Ben Toseland relinquished his place on the bench.                                                                                                                        Under a cloudless blue sky on a perfect pitch Kettering in all blue kicked off playing down the slope with Royston in their usual white shirts and black shorts. Kettering made the first attacking moves of the game and good interpassing led to the ball being fed out to Dion Kelly-Evans on the right driving a hard low cross into the box which was blocked behind for a corner.  The corner was headed clear by an unchallenged Royston defender but was straight to a Kettering player who laid it off to Lindon Meikle but his  shot was always going wide.  Two minutes later and a lofted ball into the left hand corner foxed the defender and left Stohrer in a promising position but a good sliding tackle by a covering defender stopped the attack dead. Shortly after Durrell Berry made an uncharacteristic error when bringing the ball out of defence and lost possession in the middle of the park but David Mooney's speculative long range lob was over the bar.  Berry was the source of Royston's next goal attempt.  Running the ball out of defence again, he lost control of the ball after, in his opinion being fouled, but the referee did not share his view and waved play on with the ball in Royston's possession.  The ball was played to James Potton whose long  range on target shot was well held by Paul White.  White was in acton again when Gus Scott-Morriss played a dangerous cross into the box from the right wing.  It was too high for White to catch but he palmed the ball on its way volleyball style to prevent it falling to any forward coming in at the far post.  Michael Richens was playing his 100% style and was both giving out and receiving physical attention.  On the quarter hour Sam Corcoran went down in close proximity to Aaron O'Connor with no apparent contact being made to earn Royston a free kick 25 yards out but Corcoran wasted the opportunity by hitting the ball straight into the wall.  At the other end a chipped ball into the box was chased by Rhys Hoenes but before he could control it he was brought down from behind. It was all academic though as the linesman had already raised his flag for off-side. On the half hour mark Marcus Kelly had a shot at goal which Joe Welch held onto with a forward ready to pounce on any mishandling mistake.  Two minutes later Royston won their first corner when a free kick into the box was headed behind by Berry.  The corner came to nothing. A fast break by Kettering quickly transferred the action down to the other end and a crafty back heel from Dan Holman left Hoenes in space but a quick reaction from a Royston defender did enough to foil the attack. Shortly after DKE became the first player to be cautioned when rising well to head the ball in the centre of the park.  It seemed rather hash as it was his first action of the game to draw the attention of Mr Boxham. He should have been swiftly followed into the referee's notebook by the Harold Joseph Royston's left back who cut out a through ball played down the wing to Meikle by DKE with an outstretched hand but a freekick was punishment enough according to the official. Royston's next chance came from a poor clearance by White which fell straight to Josh Castigilione but his effort was so high and wide that it was only the trees behind the clubhouse that prevented the ball leaving the ground.  White had another nervous moment almost immediately after when a long ball up the slope did not carry to the advancing White's penalty area necesitating him to head the ball clear but again his clearance went straight to a Crow whose ball into the box was headed behind by the covering DKE to White's relief. The corner was totally wasted with the taker playing the ball 15 yards down the sideline with no home player even close to the ball. As the game moved into the last five minutes of the half Kettering were awarded a freekick for another foul, one of many, on Hoenes about  twenty yards out on the right hand side.  Marcus Kelly delivered a curling left footed delivery to the far side of the box where three Kettering players outnumbered the defenders.  Declan Towers appeared to rise highest  to get the touch sending the towards the keeper's left hand post where Holman showed a striker's instinct to force the ball home from no more than two yards out. 0-1 Kettering 42 mins.   There was still time for some drama before the half came to an end.  Paul White collected a ball played into the box and raced forward holding the ball in order to launch a quick counter attack allowing Kettering to take advantage of the Royston defence being out of position. On nearing the edge of his area his lost his footing and fell to the floor retaining hold of the ball but being outside of the area.  The referee awarded a free kick to Kettering in the area, obviously, under the impression that nefarious means had caused White's tumble and not a misfooting.  This incensed the home players whose vociferous complaints meant that Potton's and Castigilione's names were entered into the referee's notebook.  Richens had a chance to double Kettering's lead just before half time when a mis-kicked clearance from Welch went straight to him 30 yards out but his effort went wide when an on target attempt would have seen the keeper stranded well out of position. Royston still had time to win one more corner but Potton finding himself with a easy header produced a weak effort straight at White.

Half Time: Royston Town 0 Kettering Town 1

The first ten minutes of the second half were instantly forgettable with neither side being able to produce any constructive play. The first talking point of the second half came after 58 minutes when fine work between Stohrer and Hoenes led to Rhys probing deep into Royston's penalty area down the left wing. He fired a cross directed towards the centre of the box only to see it cut out by the outstetched hand of Scott-Morriss but Mr Bloxham merely waved play on in what might have be seen as a balancing decision for the White “handball” incident at the close of the first half. Just before the hour mark the Royston coaching staff made a double substitution with  Scott-Morriss and Castigilione being replaced with Norville-Williams and Bola. Before they had a chance to touch the ball Kettering had a great opportunity to make it 2-0.  A looping ball played in from the right hand side was tantalisingly out of reach of Welch who had to check his advance with a view to collecting the ball. Kelly hit a first time shot sending the ball low towards goal. Welch falling backwards managed to deflect the ball away with a flailing left leg sending the ball shooting towards the closing Hoenes who didn't have a chance to react to swiftly moving ball to make meaningful contact six feet out.  Royston were still in the game though and a Corcoran freekick was met by Dan Braitwaite but his header was weak and easy for White to deal with. Mooney had a sharp turning shot but his aim was out and it passed safely across the face of the goal. As the game entered it's final twenty minutes the Royson manager made his final change with Corcoran making way for Tyler Corlett.  Spyros Mentis was lucky to escape a caution when a late challenge on Stohrer was only punished by a free kick in an incident that seemed to be more deserving of a card than DKE's first half offence. The game had now become an end to end affair with goal attempts from both sides. Another flowing move down the left involving Stohrer and Hoenes led to Rhys drilling the ball across the face of the goal with no-one there to apply the final touch.The next Kettering attack was down the right wing with DKE feeding the ball forward to Richens who played another inviting ball into the goalmouth where O'Connor's touch was blocked to Hoenes whose effort was well saved by Welch. A good counter attack led to Norville-Williams delivering a dangerous ball to the far post where a good defensive header by Towers cleared the danger. Kettering were defending deep and Royston looking for the equaliser.  Vance Bola tried his luck but his effort was easily saved by White to take more time off the clock.  Kettering were in match management mode now and less  than ten minutes remained when Hoenes was replaced by Solkhon. Three minutes later AO'C and DKE were substituted with Milnes and Rowe-Turner replacing them. With three minutes to go good work from Mooney set up Potton who leathered a goalbound shot from less than ten yards out. Paul White reacted with lightening fast reflexes to beat the ball away to the despair of the home team and supporters.  In the remaining three minutes and the additional four added minutes neither keeper was called upon to any extent.                                                                                       

Full Time: Royston Town 0 Kettering Town 1

A hard won victory against a determined team.  A league debut goal from Dan Holman and a great save by Paul White in the game's dying minutes meant that Kettering's fine away form continued.  A good all-round team performance with every player contributing means that Kettering will go into Tuesday's top of the table home game with Stourbridge full of confidence after inflicting a defeat on a team that will be challenging at the top of the table come the spring.  

Yellow:  Kettering Town:  Kelly-Evans foul 

             Royston Town:  Potton, Castigilione both dissent,

Attendance: 559  (Poppies fans 200).

Kettering Town -  Man-of-the-Match - Michael Richens.


Team Sheet

Location: Away (Away)
Kick Off: 17th Nov 2018
Kettering Town FC

Captain:
0 Dan Holman
Royston Town

Captain: