Match Report - Stourbridge

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

Lindon Meikle 00
Michael Richens 00

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Stourbridge: 1

Goals

Greg ills 00

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 4

Goals

Dan Holman 45
Marcus Kelly 45

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Stourbridge: 2

Goals

Luke Benbow 45

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Match Report

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central

Tuesday 20th November 2018   7:45pm

 

 

 

Kettering Town

 

 

Stourbridge

  1

 

Paul White

 

 1

James Wren

12             

 

Dion Kelly-Evans

Off 50 

 2

Aaron Hayden

  2

 

Durrell Berry

 

 3

Jordaan Brown

15

 

Declan Towers

 

 4

Paul McCone (Capt)   

18

 

Lathaniel Rowe-Turner

 

 5

Aris Christophorou   Off 53

  6

 

Michael Richens  (Capt)        

 

 6

Aaron Forde 

  7

 

Lindon Meikle

 

 7

Callum Powell            Off 68

10

 

Ben Milnes                

 Off 68

 8

Leon Broadhurst   

14

 

Marcus Kelly

 

 9

Luke Benbow     

  8

 

Aaron O’Connor

 

10

Rob Thompson-Brown  Off 77   

  9

 

Dan Holman

 Off 84

11

Greg Mills  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

  4

 

Brett Solkhon         

 On 84

12

Kaiman Anderson   On 77         

  5

 

Gary Stohrer            

 On 50

14

Stuart Pierpoint      

11

 

Rhys Hoenes            

 On 68

15

Chekaine Steele    On 68         

13

 

Lewis Elsom

 

16

Darryl Westlake     On 53

16

 

Luke Graham  

          

GK

Niall Maher

 

Referee: Scott Tallis   Assistants: 

Expecting a different test to the weekend’s excellent win at Royston, Marcus Law made some subtle tweaks to the starting line-up, but such is the strength of the squad this season that such fine tuning doesn’t weaken the overall team quality.  Lathaniel Rowe-Turner was a straight swap at left-back for Gary Stohrer and Ben Milnes returned to the starting XI replacing Rhys Hoenes to present a more conventional 4-4-2 formation 

A large crowd, which would’ve been substantially larger if played on a Saturday, gathered on a cold and clear evening to witness Kettering’s second first v second top of the table clash of the season. Barwell away was the first. Kettering on a soft playing surface kicked off attacking the Tin Hat end with Stourbridge in yellow shirts and blue shirts looking like Brazil, who ironically were playing the same time at Stadium MK wearing blue.  With the fans still swapping ends, Kettering were awarded an early free kick which was played forward to Dan Holman whose opportunistic shot deflected off a defender for a corner.  The first corner was cleared behind for another corner on the opposite side as was the second. The third corner after a spell of head tennis found its way back to Marcus Kelly whose dipping shot brought the first good save from James Wren in the Stourbridge goal tipping the ball over the bar for a fourth consecutive corner which this time Stourbridge manage to effectively deal with to stop the sequence. It was now Stourbridge’s turn to generate a series of corners.  The first was cleared off the line by a Kettering defender and the second by Declan Towers beating Luke Benbow to the ball to safely head behind.  At attempted overhead kick by Aaron Hayden briefly relieved the pressure by going wide but Stourbridge swiftly won another corner which found its way into the possession of Benbow on the edge of the penalty area with his back to the goal.  With two defenders in close proximity the situation seemed to be under control but the striker showed great skill in turning and making space for himself to get off a shot which needed a good save from White at the expense of another corner to keep the scores level. The resulting corner was punched clear well by White despite close attention from Benbow.  All this within the first fifteen minutes. Stourbridge were mixing up their attacks and a long ball over the top needed White to be alert to the danger and he was quickly out of his area to effectively clear the threat.  It was not one way traffic though and on eighteen minutes a probing ball into the box was saved at close range by Wren with a flurry of flailing arms and legs. On twenty four minutes Stourbridge were awarded a free kick just inside Kettering’s half and their tall players from the back came up to take advantage.  The free kick was cleared by Kettering but the ball came straight back and Aaron Hayden still up from the free kick managed to get on the wrong side of Lathaniel Rowe-Turner and manoeuvre into a position for a shot.  LRT closed him down quickly though and did enough to put Hayden off and cause him to put his shot well over the bar.  The breakthrough came on the half hour when a ball was played across towards Benbow at the far post with Durrell Berry in close attention.  Benbow appeared to lose his balance with the slightest of contacts from Berry and despite making an impressive display of trying to retain his balance fell to the floor causing Mr Tallis to award a penalty.  Greg Mills the league’s top scorer stepped up confidently and succeeded in sending Paul White the wrong way but it was hit with such power it would be doubtful if White would’ve had a chance of stopping it even if he gone the right way.  0-1 Stourbridge 30 mins.  Cue choruses from the away supporters of “We are top of the League”.  Stourbridgepushed home their advantage and forced another series of corners with Dion Kelly-Evans clearing one of the line and Towers blocking a second.  Somewhat against the run of play eight minutes later Kettering were level with a goal out of the top drawer. Berry bringing the ball out of defence passed the ball inside to Lindon Meikle who was just on the arc of the centre circle in plenty of space.  Stourbridge had plenty of defenders between him and the goal but nobody closed him down as he advanced ten yards towards goal before unleashing a half volley from 35 yards which dipped and swerved and beat Wren with its flight. 1-1 Kettering 38 mins.  The pendulum had now swung the other way and Kettering were forcing the play with Marcus Kelly played a good ball into box cleared away by a defender.  Following a speculative penalty claim waved away by the referee Kettering forced another corner which Wren came to collect but failed to hold onto the ball fell to Meikle but the Stourbridge keeper redeemed his mistake by producing a good save from the shot.  He could do nothing a minute later when Kettering took the lead. DKE played the ball down the right hand side to Holman with his back to the goal and two defenders near to him. He retreated a few paces turned and  delivered a perfectly weighted ball into the area with his left foot where Michael Richens out-muscled the defender to get to the ball and steer it past the rooted Wren. The visitors claimed that their player had been fouled but the referee saw things differently and awarded the goal. 2-1 Kettering 42 mins.  Before half time DKE and Benbow contested a ball in midfield.  DKE went down injured and required treatment. The referee saw something in the tackle by Benbow that warranted a yellow card which he swiftly flourished but the incident left DKE hobbling for the rest of the half. 

Half Time: Kettering Town 2  Stourbridge 1

Stourbridge started the second half the better of the two teams having edged the first half and but for a 5 minute spell in which they conceded two goals could have considered  themselves to have had a good first half. An early free kick was scrambled away by Kettering to maintain their lead.  After five minutes of the half Kettering made their first substitution with DKE still feeling the effects of his first half knock being replaced by Gary Stohrer in a straight swap. Kettering made their first attack of the second period with a fast break down the right when a mistake by a defender let Aaron O’Connor advance well. He checked his run and fed the ball back to Holman who played the ball sideways into the middle where Meikle picked his spot and side footed the ball goal-wards, unfortunately with the keeper beaten his aim was inaccurate. Stourbridge then made a change bringing on Darryl Westlake for Aris Christophorou.  A lofted ball towards Kettering’s goal was contested for by a Stourbridge player and Declan Towers who got an inadvertent arm to the face for his troubles, damaging his nose  and causing it to bleed profusely. After a period of treatment on the pitch the referee exiled him to the touchline to continue treatment. Stourbridge seemed to be determined to take advantage of the extra player and pressed forward.  Kettering got a lucky break when Greg Mills raced past Berry in the box. In attempting to regain position on Mills, Berry cut over behind him and in passing clipped his heels and sent the forward crashing to the floor. To the relief of the home fans and anger of the visitors the referee merely signalled for a goal kick. Mills was especially incensed and ran some twenty yards after the referee to protest.  It was fortunate that the ref has his back to Mills as his actions could easily  have warranted a caution for dissent.  At the other end Paul McCone brought down AO’C right on the edge of the box earning a free-kick in a dangerous position but Kelly’s attempt was easily caught by Wren. Towers was still having treatment off the pitch with the physio trying to stem the flow of blood and wash enough of it off to allow him to resume. Just as Towers signalled he was ready to return to the fray Stourbridge moved forward again. The referee saw Towers but didn’t allow him onto the pitch whilst the attack was in progress.  Stourbridge played the ball over the top and the fired up Mills ran onto it and lashed an unstoppable shot past White to equalise. 2-2 Stourbridge 60 mins.  As in the first half Stourbridge pressed home their advantage after scoring with a view to regaining the lead.  Callum Powell had a good attempt from distance but his effort was just over the bar.  Kettering tried to relieve the pressure by playing the ball out from defence and Holman while moving forward with purpose on the counter attack was brought down by Leon Broadhurst who received a caution for the cynical nature of the foul rather than for any malice.  Stourbridge went close again but Berry saved Kettering with a goal-line clearance.  Kettering seemed to be losing the midfield battle and so on 68 minutes Kettering made a tactical change replacing Ben Milnes with Rhys Hoenes.  Stourbridge made their second change at the same time with Powell being replaced by Chekaine Steele.  Stourbridge were still on top but a fine passing play from Kettering moves the ball from one end of the pitch to the back of the visitors net in a beautiful flowing move.  It was started by Stohrer deep in his own half moving forward and passing to Meikle who linked with  Hoenes who played it forward to AO’C who, having had his shot rebound back to him, picked out Kelly behind him on the edge of the D who fed it onto Holman on the opposite side of the penalty area who wrapped his right foot around the ball to send it on a beautiful curving trajectory to beat the diving full length Wren at the far post. 3-2 Kettering 71 mins.  Kettering were getting back into the game now with Stourbridge having to commit more players forward in order to get something from the game.  Kelly brought another good save out of Wren with a curling shot from 18 yards and directly after Stourbridge made their final substitution with Kaiman Anderson replacing Rob Thompson-Brown. Just as the game entered its final five minutes of normal time Brett Solkhon came on to replace Dan Holman who left the field with a goal and an assist to his credit. Stourbridge were still looking to get forward  and a fast moving attack swept them up the field and presented Aaron Forde with a shooting opportunity however he sent the ball way over the bar.  Kettering made the game safe with normal time nearly expired. Meikle advanced diagonally across the pitch with four defenders in front of him strung across the pitch holding a line with Kelly in the centre forward position. With Lindon looking like he was shaping up to have a left-footed long range shot he played a delicate reverse pass into Marcus who had measured his run to ensure that he was in line with the right-back and lifted the ball over the advancing Wren  to go in off the post with the four defenders all standing with their arms raised claiming off-side.  4-2 Kettering 89 mins.  McCone carried on disputing the referee's decision claiming that Kelly was offside and pushed Mr Tullis's patience too far and earned himself a booking for dissent. With six additional minutes to be played Kettering saw out the game with no undue alarm.

 Full Time: Kettering Town 4 Stourbridge 2.

In a game which was worthy of the top of the table billing Stourbridge will be disappointed that they left Latimer Park with nothing to show for all their endeavour and at times dominance.  However Kettering were clinical with the opportunities offered to them and scored four outstanding goals. A comparison of the two goalkeeper's nights will show that James Wren was the busier of the two and made several impressive saves to keep The Glassboys in the game. With a string of home games coming up after Saturday's trip to Rushall, Kettering will hope to convert the games in hand into points on the board and open up a meaningful gap at the top of the table to dishearten the chasing pack. 

Kettering Town yellow cards:  None

Stourbridge yellow cards:  Benbow- foul, Broadhurst-foul  McCone- dissent.

Attendance: 701

Elgoods Brewery, Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Michael Richens.

Klondike winner - Ryan Ferguson - £170.


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 20th Nov 2018
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 Michael Richens
0 Michael Richens
0 Lindon Meikle
0 Lindon Meikle
0 Marcus Kelly
0 Marcus Kelly
0 Dan Holman
0 Dan Holman
Stourbridge

Captain:
0 Greg ills
0 Greg ills
0 Luke Benbow
0 Luke Benbow