Match Report - Rushall Olympic

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Michael Richens 00

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Rushall Olympic: 0

Goals

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

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Rushall Olympic: 0

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Match Report

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central

Saturday 25th November 2018   3:00pm

 

 

 Rushall Olympic

 

 

 Kettering Town

 

1

 Joe Slinn

 

1

 Paul White

 

2

 Brian Smikle

 

RB

 Gary Stohrer

 

3

 AJ Adelekan

 

CB

 Luke Graham

 

4

 Sam Whittall

 

CB

 Declan Towers

 

7

 Danny Waldron

 Off 71

LB

 Lathaniel Rowe-Turner

 Off 64

8

 Dan O'Callaghan

 Off 71

MF

 Michael Richens (Capt)

 

10

 Ashley Sammons  (Capt)        

 

MF

 Marcus Kelly                     

 

12

 Tyler Lyttle

 

MF

 Lindon Meikle

 Off 74

14

 Simeon Maye                

 Off 70

FW

 Aaron O'Connor

 

18

 Orrin Pendley

 

FW

 Dan Holman                      

 

19

 Ben Lund

 

FW

 Rhys Hoenes 

 Off 78

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

5

 Joe Hull        

 

3

 Ben Toseland

 

6

 Kevin Monteiro          

 On 71

4

 Brett Solkhon        

 On 74

11

 Gurjit Singh          

 On 70

10

 Ben Milnes  

 On 64

15

 Edwin Ahenkorah

 On 71

17

 Andrea Borg              

 On 78

17

 Kieron Berry

 

19

 Bradley Kauzeni

 

Referee:  Ollie Williams                   Assistants Daniel Patterson, Ashley Devonport

Marcus Law was forced to make changes toTuesday's victorious team.  Durrell Berry was unavailable due to domestic commitments and Dion Kelly-Evans was injured from the Stourbridge game. Gary Stohrer came in at right back whilst Luke Graham took Berry's spot alongside Declan Towers in the centre of defence.  Rhys Hoenes started the game with Ben Milnes reverting to the subs bench with the team lining up in a 4-3-3 formation. Andrea Borg returned to the bench after missing the last two games due to international duties and was joined on his return by Ben Toseland and a debut appearance in the matchday squad for youngster Bradley Kauzeni. Rushall's pitch is very similar to Alvechuch's with a significant slope from side to side with a lesser one from end to end.  The playing surface looked in good condition but many bobbles were witnessed during the match.  Under a grey overcast sky in gloomy but dry conditions Kettering in all blue kicked off up the slope defending the clubhouse end with Rushall in their striking all black kit with 5 bright gold stripes on their chests.  Kettering were first onto the attack and were awarded an early free kick following a foul by former Poppy Orrin Pendley. Marcus Kelly's kick was floated in and put behind for a unproductive corner.  Almost straight after Lindon Meikle threaded a fine ball on the deck through the advancing Rushall back four for Rhys Hoenes to run onto but before he could do anything with it the right back had recovered quickly to force the Kettering forward wide and away from the danger area.  On ten minutes Hoenes linked up well with Gary Stohrer on the opposite wing who fed the ball down the sideline for Hoenes to carry the ball forward to about ten yards short of the byline were he checked his run and played the ball back to the following Stohrer. Gary cut into the box but  his left footed effort was too high.  Ashley Sammons the home captain produced the first Rushall attempt of note when he collected the ball deep and moved forward but his long range shot was also too high. On the quarter hour mark  the tall Pic's keeper Joe Slinn was called  into real action for the first time when he had to reach full stretch to palm away a dangerous cross from the left from Lathaniel Rowe-Turner.  Two minutes later Michael Richens made a determined run directly up the middle of the park using his strength to resist a couple of tackles, His final shot did not match the quality of the approach play and was off target. Rushall were having a few forays forward of their own but the final pass was letting them down.  On 24 minutes Stohrer chased a ball to the touchline which many would have given up on for a throw-in but managed to turn defence into attack by connecting with Meikle.  After some intricate inter-passing between Stohrer, Hoenes and Meikle, Lindon using telepathic powers played the perfect through ball down the line to the rapidly advancing Hoenes who found himself in acres of space with the nearest defender at least five yards away.  Rhys carried  the ball forward and then drove a wicked knee high ball into the goal area where after a bit of pin-ball like action including Aaron O'Connor, goalkeeper and possibly post was put behind by a relieved defender.  Kelly took the resulting corner and delivered a great ball towards the far post where Richens rose highest to send a forceful header goalwards. Slinn got a despairing hand to it but it was too powerful. 0-1 Kettering 26 mins.  Rushall responded well and enjoyed their best spell of the first half.  Dan O'Callaghan, their new signing, found Tyler Lyttle and his shot across goal took a deflection which could have gone anywhere with Paul White merely a spectator rooted to the spot. White had been under employed at this stage his work being confined to dealing with back passes and collecting overhit through balls but had kept himself and the spectators entertained by auditioning for the left back spot by displaying his outfield skills a couple of times in the first half. Rushall's first corner was headed behind by Richens as was their second. Rushall's third successive corner was eventually claimed by White after his initial attempt to grab the ball was less than successful but his concentration meant he quickly rectified his mis-handle. Joe Slinn didn't want to be outdone though and he too showed his out-field skills when he needed to leap high to use his head to deal with a long ball upfield outside of his penalty area.  With five minutes left in the half Pendley was awarded the first yellow card of the game for a clumsy tackle on Hoenes.  Rhys and the Kettering fans behind the goal thought he should have been awarded a penalty earlier in the game when he went down in the box but the referee saw no offence. Just before half time Kettering should have gone further ahead when another flowing passing move found Dan Holman with the ball at feet ten yards out in a central position.  Holman who had spent most of the first half playing in a deeper position behind the front two chose to play the ball forward for AO'C rather than take a goal attempt himself.  AO'C, perhaps feeling the effects of the previous two big games and only recently returned from a long lay off through injury, failed to convert the chance. 

Half Time: Rushall Olympic  0   Kettering Town 1

Rushall buoyed by the fact that they were close to parity with the league leaders started the second half with self-belief that a positive result from the game was achievable. In the first five minutes of the second half Ben Lund played a good ball by-passing Kettering's defence to pick out O'Callaghan who squandered the good opportunity by scuffing the ball wide.  Five minutes later AO'C gave away possession just inside Rushall's half who swept swiftly upfield.  Hoenes tracked back well and did enough to frustrate the attack which fizzled out with resulting in a goal kick. Shortly after a free kick from Rushall into the box was dealt with well by White whose firm punch cleared any danger. Kettering looked to relieve the mounting pressure by counter-attacking and Holman, playing in a more forward postion, found himself in possession but isolated, but such is his ability that he managed with a twisting and turning run to work his way into a shooting position but his attempt was blocked by Pendley. The next Kettering attack was blocked well by Sam Whittall and from the resulting Hoenes corner Richens will be disappointed that his header did not test the home keeper. On 64 minutes LRT went down with an injury and he quickly indicated that he would need to be replaced. It was with some surprise with a natural left back on the bench in the form of Toseland that the other Ben, Milnes was the replacement.  Marcus Kelly dropped back into defence but the change disrupted Kettering and Rushall appeared to take control of midfield.  Lund drew another good save from White with a shot across the goal followed up shortly after with a long range effort from Sammons who fired wide from distance. With 20 minutes to go Rushall rang the changes with Waldron, O'Callaghan and Maye being replaced by Singh, Monteiro and Ahenkorah in a two minute spell. With Rushall doing most of the pressing they were vulnerable to the counter attack and a flowing Kettering move swept the play from one end to the other but Holman's final shot on the turn went wide. With fifteen minutes to go Brett Solkhon replaced Meikle with a view to consolidation and game management. Almost directly after Sam Whittall athletically blocked a goalbound shot from Milnes to maintain the single goal lead. With the game becoming end to end Hoenes was replaced by Andrea Borg whose pace would serve to prevent th Rushall left back from pressing forward too much. With five minutes to go AO'C picked up yellow card for kicking the ball away after a free kick was awarded to the hosts. Both O'Connor and Holman were showing their experience in eating up the clock and frustrating Rushall's attempts to hurry the game along.  Milnes made a fine run into the box skipping past three defenders but the final ball was found lacking.  Borg was making a nuisance of himself with his probing runs causing Rushall to concentrate on containing him rather than going forward. In the final minute of normal time after some clever approach play Sammons's shot was straight at White along the ground. With no indication given as to how much time would be added the start of the additional time was marked by a caution for Kelly for a foul with the Rushall player appearing to start falling after tripping himself before Kelly arrived.  As the undetermined added time continued Luke Graham was caught out by Lund who cleverly back-heeled the ball into the path of  Ed Ahenkorah who wastefully put the ball well over.  With Rushall committing everyone to attack Kettering had a chance for a 2 on 1 break but were denied by a linesman's flag against AO'C running onto a through ball by Holman. The Kettering bench were incensed claiming AO'C commenced his run inside his own half.  The linesman had made a curious decision earlier in the half when Holman and AO'C both looked off-side but did not flag until the goalkeeper had caught the ball.  Right at the death Rushall had their best opportunity of the day when Kevin Monteiro sent a downwards header goal bound only to be thwarted by another game saving point blank reaction save by Paul White which was applauded if not appreciated by the home fans behind the goal.  No sooner had the ball been cleared from Kettering's penalty area the final whistle was blown. 

Full Time: Rushall Olympic  0   Kettering Town 1

After the superb feast of football that Kettering served up on Tuesday night one has to expect left-overs once in a while.  Kettering maintained their excellent away form with an efficient workmanlike performance against an equally workmanlike Rushall.  For the second Saturday running Paul White earned the club another 3 points by pulling off a magnificient save in a dying stages in a game that last season's Poppies would have let slip. 

Yellow: Kettering;  Kelly foul  O'Connor - kicking ball away 

             Rushall: Pendley - foul

Attendance 317  (Highest of season) Poppies 100.

Kettering Town - Man-of-the-Match - Marcus Kelly


Team Sheet

Location: Away (Away)
Kick Off: 24th Nov 2018
Kettering Town FC

Captain:
0 Michael Richens
0 Michael Richens
Rushall Olympic

Captain: