Match Report - Banbury United

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

Goals

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Banbury United: 1

Goals

Charlie Wise 00

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Dan Holman 45

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Banbury United: 4

Goals

Greg Kaziboni 45
Ravi Shamsi 45
Ravi Shamsi 45

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Match Report

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central

Saturday 15th December 2018   3:00pm

 Banbury United

                                                 Kettering Town

1

 Manny Agbola

 

1

 Paul White

 

15

 Eddie Odhiambo

 

RB

 Dion Kelly-Evans

 

3

 Matt Taylor

 

CB

 Durrel Berry

 Off 72

4

 George Nash

 

CB

 Declan Towers

 

9

 Ricky Johnson (Capt)  

 

LB

 Lathaniel Rowe-Turner

 Off 64

5

 Charlie Wise

 

MF

 Michael Richens (Capt)

 

16

 Greg Kaziboni

 

MF

 Marcus Kelly                     

 

6

 Ravi Shamsi

 

MF

 Lindon Meikle

 

10

 Steve Diggin           

 Off 85

FW

 Aaron O'Connor

 Off 72

12

 Amer Awadh

 Off 76

FW

 Dan Holman                      

 

18

 Giorgio Rasulo

 

FW

 Adam Cunnington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

13

 John Mills        

 

4

 Brett Solkhon

 

8

 Edmund Hottor          

 On 85

5

 Gary Stohrer       

 On 64

11

 Mark Bell          

 On 76

10

 Ben Milnes  

 

2

 Darius Browne

 

11

 Rhys Hoenes              

 On 72

17

 Harry Whitehead

 

19

 Luke Graham

 On 72

 

      Referee:  Oliver Mackey                   Assistants Thomas Burt and Sam Wesson

After shipping seven goals in two home games Marcus Law changed the formation and was rewarded by a return to the early season form with a welcome 3-0 win over Lowestoft. Ignoring the old adage about changing a winning side, in order, to accommodate new signing Adam Cunnington the team reverted to a starting line up containing three forwards. Gary Stohrer lost his place in the starting line-up replacing  Ben Toseland on the bench thus leaving no natural left sided player on the bench.

On a cold, overcast day necesitating the floodlights being on from the start, with a steady rain falling Kettering, in all blue, with a stiff breeze to their backs kicked off with the host wearing their usual all red with gold trim strip. Kettering were first onto the attack in the second minute and Adam Cunnington was advancing towards goal only for a defender to run in front of him with no intention of claiming the ball but tripped over the Kettering man to earn a free kick for the defence to halt the attack. Banbury set their stall out early and were content to take as long s possible over taking set pieces and thorw-ins and massing ten men behind the ball when Kettering were in possession. Banbury were always looking for the counter attack opportunity and on seven minutes a ball into the box led to a snap shot which was deflected behind for a corner.  This was effectively dealt with by Kettering and afforded the chance of a quick break by Kettering with the majority of Banbury's defenders out of position Marcus Kelly was looking to take advantage of the situation but was cynically pulled back by Eddie Odhiambo who should've had no complaints on receiving a yellow card on taking one for his team, but he did. Kettering then enjoyed a spell of prolonged possession but were unable to fashion any significant opening with the hosts quickly closing down the man in blue  in possession and slowing the game at every opportunity which led to Agboola being lectured by the ref for time wasting but with no card being issued.  

Banbury, when they did venture forward were more effective and Steve Diggin came close on 23 minutes when  free-kick on the left hand side is played sort towards the near post where Diggin darts forward losing his marker but lifts his attempt just over the bar. Almost straight after there were signs of panic in Kettering's box and Cunnington had to put it behind for a corner.  As the resulting corner came over both Cunnington and Paul White went for the ball but fortunately for them White got enough on the ball to push it away from the danger area to be cleared away to safety. For all their possession Kettering did not win their first corner until just before the half hour mark but it came to nothing.  On the thirty minute mark Kettering came closest to opening the scoring from an unlikely source.  Following another disrupting foul ten yards inside Kettering's half Paul White strode up and took the free kick and played a high ball deep towards the Banbury goal. The wind caught it and it had Manny Agbola back peddling to try and cut it out but to his relief the kick drifted just wide of the far post. A minute later and there was a loud penalty shout from the Kettering supporters and players as Charlie Wise took out Aaron O'Connor with a challenge that wouldn't have looked out of place at Franklin Gardens. Perhaps due to the conditions the referee gave the defender the benefit of the doubt putting it down as clumsiness rather than maliciousness.  Kettering next attack almost bore fruit as an excellent break down the right wing by Dan Holman led to a inviting cross field ball needing just a final touch with defender and keeper beaten, however Aaron O'Connor was about half a yard short of making contact.  Banbury respond by attacking and a break down the right feeds the ball forward past Durrell Berry who loses his footing to Diggin who although appearing to be offside got off a goal bound shot from six yards out.  White somehow managed to get enough glove on the ball to push it over for a corner which he comfortably claimed.  This was not the case on Banbury's next corner three minutes later  when a looping corner to the near post was met by Wise who managed to slip Towers his marker to steer an unchallenged header past White.  1-0 Banbury 38 mins.  

In the time leading up to half time Kettering had a chance to equalise as a through ball by Meikle was run onto by Cunnington who turned the ball back into the middle where Holman's effort was kept out but Agboola's knees.  Agboola who was taking every chance to waste time  was having to be pressed every time to pick the ball up to keep the ball moving was closed down by Holman. The keeper was complaining about the presence of Dan and reluctant to release the ball even though Holman was not moving. The referee gestured for the keeper to get on with it as as Holman turned to retreat Agboola kicked the ball at the forwards back at which the keeper was awarded a free kick which still required a discussion between the keeper' official and Banbury captain eroding more time from the clock which did not elongate the first half playing time. 

Half Time: Banbury United  1   Kettering Town 0

Kettering started the second half on the front foot looking for a way back into the match.  Wise was lucky to avoid punishment five minutes in when he managed to catch the stooping Cunnington in the head with a high boot.  The free kick in a promising position was wasted by being played straight into the walk.  Kettering were given a chance to get back into the five minutes later when George Nash unwisely stretched across the path of the advancing Marcus Kelly in the box.  The perfectly positioned Mr  Mackey adjudged that contact was made first with Kelly before the ball and did not hesitate in blowing his whistle and pointing to the spot.  Wise, pausing only to launch the loose ball downfield rushed the referee  in order to dispute the penalty award appearing to lay his hands on the ref. He continued his remonstration to the annoyance of the ref who issued his second caution of the game. Holman stepped up to take the kick and cooly sent the keeper the wrong way and stroked the ball in. 1-1 Kettering 54 mins.  

Kettering responded by withdrawing Rowe-Turner in favour of Stohrer's parity does not last long as five minutes later Banbury  win a corner and the in-swinging kick by Ravi Shamsi assisted by the strong wind was misjudged by the unchallenged White and went straight into the net. 2-1 Banbury 59 mins. Ricky Johnson followed the ball into the net and stooped to taunt Kettering keeper on his knees which wasn't taken too kindly by White who reacted.  This led to an extended lecture by the ref to both players but only a caution for the Kettering man.

Banbury were dominating now and two minutes later Shamshi received the ball wide out on the right hand touchline although shadowed by Berry he cut inside and shook off the defender he carried on running perpendicular to the touchline until he reached the middle of the field and then whilst clear of any Kettering player advanced unchallenged and unleashed  left footed shot from twenty yards out which bounced off the top of the bar. Kettering tried to respond  and a long ball down field by Kelly was run onto in the box by Cunnington who'd managed to get on the wrong side of Wise. The Banbury man turned and chased back and managed to make contact with Adam who managed to keep to his feet although unbalanced as Wise fell.  Cunnington continued his stagger and was falling backwards as he fired his shot over the bar.  It would have been interesting to see the referee's response if the forward had gone down at the intial contact.

Moments later it was three a cross field ball found Greg Kaziboni in acres of space he advanced to the edge of the box where he faced the retreating Berry.   Kaziboni did  couple of step overs and ghosted past Berry as if he wasn't there and then picked his spot to put it past the helpless White. 3-1 Banbury 63 mins 

Kettering responded by withdrawing LRT for Stohrer, but within minutes it was four. Stohrer pressing forward left plenty of space on Kettering's left.  Banbury played the ball into that space and it appeared that Berry coming across to cover had plenty of time to deal with the threat but for some reason failed to clear the ball. Diggin closing from distance took possession of the ball beat the retreating Berry on the by-line and crossed to the unmarked Shami on the penalty spot to convert the simple chance. 4-1 Banbury 70mins.

It was game over at this stage but White still had to make 2 good saves to prevent the result becoming totally embarrassing.

Full Time: Banbury United  4   Kettering Town 1

Kettering unwisely entered into the festive spirit and made a gift of this game to Banbury.  After being given a way back into the game via the penalty spot, non-exisitent defending threw away any chance of salvaging anything from this game. From being in a position of dominance in the league the team has in the space of four games seen their seemingly impregnable defence concede 10 goals and gain only four  points.  A festive period of four vital  games could determine whether the season will end in tears or glory.  Now is the time to consolidate and examine what led to the team's success at the start of the season and a return to the style of play which led to the team being top of the table. 

Kettering Town Man of the Match. Adam Cunnington

Yellow Kettering;  White unsporting conduct. 

             Banbury  Odhiambo Foul Wise Dissent

Attendance: 371 


Team Sheet

Location: Away (away)
Kick Off: 15th Dec 2018
Kettering Town FC

Captain:
0 Dan Holman
Banbury United

Captain:
0 Charlie Wise
0 Greg Kaziboni
0 Ravi Shamsi
0 Ravi Shamsi