Match Report - Lowestoft Town

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Aaron O Connor 00

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Lowestoft Town: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 3

Goals

Declan Towers 45
Marcus Kelly 45

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Lowestoft Town: 0

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Match Report

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central

Saturday 7th December 2018   3:00pm

 

 

 

 

 Kettering Town                                              Lowestoft Town

1

 Paul White

 

 1

 Elvijs Putnins

 

12             

 Dion Kelly-Evans

 

 2

 Armani Schaar

 

2

 Durrell Berry

 

 3

 Jack Wilkinson

 Off 31

15

 Declan Towers

 Off 76

 4

 Connor Deeks

 

18

 Lathaniel Rowe-Turner

 

 5

 Rossi Jarvis            

 

7

 Lindon Meikle          

 

 6

 Adam Tann

 

6

 Michael Richens  (Capt)        

 

 7

 Henry Pollock

 

14

 Marcus Kelly             

 Off 80

 8

 Andrew Fisk

 Off 22

5

 Gary Stohrer 

 

 9

 Shaun Bamment   

 

8

 Aaron O’Connor

 Off 56

10

 Adam Smith    

 Off 90

9

 Dan Holman

 

11

 Matthew Brown  

 

 

Substitutes

3

 Ben Toseland      

 On 76

12

 Luca Vega

 On 31

4

 Brett Solkhon 

 On 80

13

 Andrew Reynolds  

 

10

 Ben Milnes  

 

14

 Cion Wren          

 On 90

11

 Rhys Hoenes

 On 56

15

 Fletcher Hedge    

 

16

 Luke Graham 

 

16

 Ben Fowkes

 On 22

 

Referee: Scott Chalkley     Assistants: Ian Cruston  and Scott Hamilton

Two pleasant suprises for the Poppies faithful on reading the team sheet. Firstly the inclusion of Dan Holman after the successful appeal against his straight red card from the St Ives game with the video evidence provided by Poppies TV proving pivotal in ensuring that justice was done. Secondly the return of Declan Towers after injury. He has been a significant signing for the club and a fully fit Declan has been a towering presence at the heart of Kettering defence. With recent home results being disappointing the starting line-up containing only two recognised strikers with Gary Stohrer being introduced to a reinforced midfield.  Lindon Meikle was preferred ahead of Milnes, but the heavy playing surface would be more suited to his more industrious style than Ben's creativity.  Luke Graham, Ben Toseland, Brett Solkhon and Rhys Hoenes completed an experienced and capable looking subs bench.

On a chilly but surprisingly dry afternoon and a stiff wind blowing diagonally across the pitch. On  a heavy pitch Lowestoft in a two tone blue shirt and shorts with white socks reminiscient of a Kerry Dixon era Chelsea strip kicked-off defending the BM Pallets end. Kettering applied pressure on the Lowestoft defence from the off and careful passing around the edge of the box found Lathaniel Rowe-Turner with space on the overlap to put an inviting ball across the six yard line which travelled all the way across to Dion Kelly-Evans the other full back whose shot was not as he would have wished and gave Elvijs Putnins an easy first touch of the ball. Kettering continued the pressure when a long wind assisted clearance by Paul White was nodded on by Aaron O'Connor to Dan Holman who advanced  forward but a swarming defence managed to smother the attack with no attempt at goal being made. On five minutes Matthew Brown showed good sportsmanship when he immediately put the ball out of play following an accidental clash of heads with Marcus Kelly which left the Kettering man stunned on his hands and knees but after a brief time could continue with no intervention from the physio.  Surprisingly Lowestoft were awarded the corner of the game when a long throw into the box was headed behind by Towers. With the fragility shown in defending corners displayed by Kettering in the previous two matches the home fans looked on anxiously as the visitor's tall centre-halves ventured forward.  The corner however was efficiently dealt with by White as he firmly punched the ball away in a congested area to clear any danger.  The game boiled up on ten minutes when a late challenge caught Holman solidly for the thump to be clearly heard.  A clearly irate Holman remonstrated with the perpetrator who if not for Dan's shin pads would have caused an injury leading to a general melee o pushing and finger pointing.  The referee, to his credit consulted with his assistant, before issuing the first caution of the game to Adam Smith despite the input of Andrew Fisk, council for the defence, or the home fans, council for the prosecution. Holman was more angry than hurt but the job of the officials would have been harder if he had indulged in the amateur dramatics which we all too often see. Kettering were still on the front foot and Meikle made a fine surging run forward fending off challenges but perhaps should have off-loaded the ball before losing possession to the fourth defender. The linesman got further involved on twenty minutes when he flagged for a foul on AO'C unnoticed by the referee.  It is pleasing to see a linesman getting more involved than just making easy decisions he did spoil his performance later in the half by flagging Holman as being off-side oblivious to the fact that he was being manhandled by Adam Tann at the time.  Kettering came closest to breaking to deadlock a minute later when a long ball out of defence was controlled by AO'C. He played the ball inside to Meikle who waited and then pushed the ball through into the penalty area for Stohrer to run onto, swivel and strike the ball across the goal towards the far post, Putnins was beaten but was relieved to see the ball roll past the post. Shortly after Lowestoft had to make their first substitution when Fisk who had gone down untouched and limped off gingerly to be replaced by Ben Fowkes. It was no doubt some relief to Mr Chakley who'd spent twenty minutes constantly hearing Fisk's voice questioning his every decision. Lowestoft were doing all they could to slow the game down intent on leaving with a 0-0 draw very rarely venturing into Kettering's half.  Good interplay between Stohrer and LRT set free the latter on another overlap and his ball into the middle was inviting a forward to stab it into the net from a yard out but no-one could get near it before it was hacked away by a defender.  Kettering for all their dominance did not earn their first corner until the 27th minute but it was cleared by Lowestoft tall centre back pairing. Kettering did manage to unlock Lowestoft's defence before half-time. It started from a goal kick from Putnins, who struggled with his kicking all of the first half with some going straight out of play conceding possession to Kettering.  This one stayed in bounds but was met with a firm header back by Michael Richens.  Tamm tried to shepherd the ball back to his keeper but AO'C was on his back and panicked the defender into playing the ball.  He contact was poor lacking power and direction.  AO'C was past him in a flash and closing on the ball the keeper was wrong-footed and if he made any attempt to stop the forward would had conceded a penalty and been sent off, Aaron had the simple task of following the ball and lashing it home from a yard out.  1-0 Kettering 38 mins.   Kettering were looking for a second before half-time which would kill the game off. A minute later a fast break by kettering saw  AO'C holding the ball in a central position and feeding Holman to his right 18 yards out. Dan tried a chip shot which beat the keeper but again it went agonisingly wide. More good wide work from LRT saw a dangerous ball into the box this time to Marcus Kelly but was crowded about by the defenders before he could apply a meaningful shot from the opening. In the last minute of normal play Kettering earned their second corner. It was contested by Richens and the defence and fell to AO'C about three yards out and his back to goal. He span and despatched a goal bound effort to see it blocked on the line by defender or keeper and pushed over for an unproductive corner.                                                       

Half Time: Kettering Town 1  Lowestoft Town 0

Kettering attacked from the kickoff of the second half knowing that Lowestoft were there for the taking.  AO'C had a attempt in the first minute when out on the right hand side a slip from the defender gives him an opportunity, seeing the keeper off his line he tried a cheeky lob that beat the keeper but also the cross-bar.  Two minutes later Mr Chakley makes a curious decision a poor header back to the keeper was going to fall short and mindful of the mistake that led to the first goal tries to shepherd it back to the fast approaching keeper with AO'C closing from behind. The defender and Putnins collide leaving the ball for AO'C at which point the ref blows for a foul by the forward obviously unbelieving that the Lowestoft players could be that clumsy. Whereas most of Kettering's attacks in the first half had gone down the left all the action this half was going down the right. A fine flowing move involving DKE, Stohrer and Kelly moved the ball from one end of the park to the other culminating in a hard driven cross by DKE just put over the bar by a diving header by Holman. On ten minutes AO'C was withdrawn after treatment from the physio after receiving attention from the defenders not spotted by the officials to be replaced by Rhys Hoenes. Lowestoft were showing more ambition this half knowing that defeat was staring them in the face and with the strengthening wind in their favour tried to push forward but Paul White remained untroubled.  The free kick count was rising with the visitors being penalised again when Holman was brought down again just outside the penalty on the right. Kelly took the kick but it hit the leaping man in the wall.  The ball was not completely cleared and was fed to Holman on the left who put the ball in the net but was adjudged to have been in an off-side position when he did it. Kettering's second came from a free-kick on the right but a bit further out.  DKE was advancing with the ball and passed it to Stohrer who fed it back to DKE who had continued his run to collect the return but was prevented from doing so by a cynical off the ball block by a Lowestoft player which was deserving of a caution due to it being the archetypical “professional” foul but Mr Chakley awarded only a free-kick.  Revenge was sweet though as a beautifully flighted kick by Kelly picked out Towers who rose above everyone to power home the second from 10 yards out. 2-0 Kettering 66 mins.  Within a minute it was three. A hopeful downfield punt by Lowestoft was kicked clear by White nodded onto Stohrer who made a surging run forward daring the defenders to challenge him. He flicks the ball to Hoenes who cooly back heels it to Holman who bewilders the stunned defenders further still by feeding it into the path of the advancing Kelly who slots under the keeper to secure the victory with just under half an hour to go. 3-0 Kettering 67 mins.  Lowestoft tried to respond and a free kick is headed over by Tann with White unconcerned and with eighteen minutes to go earn their second corner which comes to nothing. Kettering respond with Richens making a powerful run at the centre of the visitor's defence leaving four players in his wake before unleashing a powerful shot which screamed past the post. Straight after Towers is replaced by the lockless Ben Toseland, a sensible precaution with Declan having just returned after injury, a proving to be a key component of Kettering's solid defence. Ben went to his usual left back position with LRT moving into the middle. Kettering were denied making in four when Putnins made a good save from Stohrer who was let it  Meikle who turned well with the ball to throw off his marker. With ten minutes left Brett Solkhon replaced Kelly. Shortly after Richens picked up a caution for pulling an opponent which seemed harsh considering the constant awarding of free kick at the other end for persistant fouls. The ball was played high in the box and Paul White showed that he hadn't slipped off for a cuppa by rising high and imperiously claiming the ball. Almost straight after he had his hands warmed by a hard long range effort by Ben Fowkes but it was chest high and straight at him. Paul has hard harder games in which to keep another clean sheet. Kettering managed one more goal attempt before the end when Toseland was combative in winning a ball deep in Lowestoft's half and providing a chance for Dan but his powerful shot sailed over the bar.

Full Time: Kettering Town 3 Lowestoft Town 0

Normal service is resumed.  Lowestoft came with limited ambition looking for a draw but this is a question that Kettering will be asked many times before April. Marcus has adjusted the formation reverting to just two out and out forwards and today it produced the goods. The team possesses many capable midfield players who can provide match winning goals coming from a deeper position rather than relying only on goals scored by the forwards.  The wheels have not come off but needed balancing to correct a wobble but just as good teams do not become a bad one overnight one swallow does not a summer make.  Complacency is the daemon of the confident.

Kettering Town yellow cards:  Richens – foul.

Redditch United yellow cards:  Smith- foul. 

Attendance: 586

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Dan Holman

Klondike winner - Ticket Number - 2624 - Jeremy Bacon - £180


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 08th Dec 2018
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 Aaron O Connor
0 Declan Towers
0 Marcus Kelly
Lowestoft Town

Captain: