Match Report - Hitchin Town

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 4

Goals

Michael Richens 00
Dan Holman 00
Brett Solkhon 00
Brett Solkhon 00

Yellow Cards

Red Cards

Substitutions

Hitchin Town: 0

Goals

Yellow Cards

Red Cards

Substitutions


Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 5

Goals

Brett Solkhon 45

Yellow Cards

Red Cards

Substitutions

Hitchin Town: 0

Goals

Yellow Cards

Red Cards

Substitutions


Match Report

Kettering Town  v  Hitchin Town

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central

Saturday 22ndDecember 2018   3:00pm

 

 

 

KETTERING TOWN 

 

 

 

HITCHIN TOWN

 

1

 Paul White

 

 1

 Michael Johnson

 

12             

 Dion Kelly-Evans

 

 2

 Jack Green

 

4

 Brett Solkhon

 

 3

 Noah Chesman

 Off 56

16

 Luke Graham 

 

 4

 Jay Dowie

 

5

 Gary Stohrer

 

 5

 Dan Webb   (Capt)           

 

7

 Lindon Meikle          

 

 6

 Lewis Ferrell 

 

6

 Michael Richens  (Capt)        

 

 7

 Michael Cain                   

 

14

 Marcus Kelly             

 Off 72

 8

 Josh Bickerstaff   

 

11

 Rhys Hoenes 

 

 9

 Ezra Forde     

 Off 72

20

 Adam Cunnington 

 Off 77

10

 Issac Galliford  

 

9

 Dan Holman

 Off 72

11

 Alfie Cue

 Off 63

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

        Substitutes

 

3

 Ben Toseland      

 On 72

12

 Scott Belgrove     

 On 72

8

 Aaron O’Connor

 On 77

14

 Matt Nolan 

 On 63

 

             

 

15

 Dessie Da Silva   

 

10

 Ben Milnes 

 On 72

16

 Craig Packham    

 

18

 Lathaniel Rowe-Turner

 

17

 Vladislav Burse

 On 74

 

Referee: Samuel King    Assistants: Paul Buck and Gareth Williams

Team selection. Gary Stohrer started at left back. Luke Graham and Brett Solkhon were paired at centre back and Rhys Hoenes was also restored to the starting line-up. Aaron O’Connor and Lathaniel Rowe-Turner reverted to the bench. Missing from the squad were Declan Towers and Durrell Berry.

On a perfect afternoon for football, with Kettering defending the Tin Hat on a heavy, sticky pitch, which cut up during the teams warm-ups, Hitchin in all green kicked off. Kettering were first to attack an in the first minute a clever back-heel by Adam Cunnington to Lindon Meikle gave him time and space for a shot at goal. The shot lacked power and was directed straight at Michael Johnson giving the Hitchin keeper an early touch of the ball. Rhys Hoenes showed he was going to make the most of his starting opportunity and two minutes later showed good close control when in possession in the box and his turn allowed him to shoot but the ball was over the bar.

Hitchin's first attempt at goal was after thirteen minutes but Issac Galliford's shot was well over the bar. Two minutes later a fine cross field ball was played to Rhys on Kettering's left wing, he found himself in acres of space and advanced into the box and took a pot-shot but it was blocked by a defender.  The ball rebounded back into the path of Gary Stohrer who was following up and from the angle of the penalty area fired in a fierce shot which was carefully watched by Johnson as it thudded into the side netting. Another two minutes later Kettering won their first corner when Hoenes pressurised Lewis Ferrell into conceding it. The kick was played out by Hitchin for a second corner from the other side. 

Hitchin won their first corner on 22 minutes but obviously hadn't done their homework on Kettering's frailties defending set pieces and wasted the chance by trying a short corner routine. Five minutes later they were punished for spurning their chance when Kettering struck.  Kettering played a high ball towards Cunnington but Dan Webb rose higher and headed the ball away.  It went directly to Lindon Meikle though who took a few strides forward and then unleashed a shot from twenty yards. Johnson flung himself across the goal at full stretch but the shot was unstoppable and flew into the top right hand corner. 1-0 Kettering 27 mins.

Kettering had the next goal attempt when the ball was switched out wide to Dan Holman who played the ball into the middle to Cunnington who was swiftly closed down by a defender who caused the ball to fall to Hoenes who drew another save out of Johnson. This led to an extended spell of pressure from the visitors. Paul White had to be strong to punch away a ball into the box under close attention from a forward. Brett Solkhon also needed to be on his game to get in a timely defensive tackle when Dion Kelly-Evans was caught out of position.  Just as the board was being prepared to display the additional time to be played at the end of the half Michael Richens produced an almost identical goal to Meikle's with another twenty yard screamer.  Johnson tried to get across to it but was slowed trying to extract his feet from the clinging mud in the goalmouth.  2-0 Kettering 45 mins.

Half Time: Kettering Town 2  Hitchin Town 0

Kettering attacked straight from the kick-off and Gary Stohrer linked up with Hoenes who drove forward into the box but ran out of pitch before he could get a shot off.  Hitchin's half time team talk had had the desired effect and they were on top for the first quarter hour of the second half. Alfie Cue put a shot past the post but showed good skills on his approach work to get his shot off.  Hitchin although dominating possession were posing no serious threat to White's goal. Both defences were wary of challenging advancing players with the surface placing caution above flair before committing. On seventeen minutes Hitchin had a good break straight through the middle of Kettering's defence the ball was fed through to Ezra Forde who found himself with only White to beat. Paul made himself big and stood up well and denied the chance. Straight after Hitchin made their first change with Matt Nolan replacing the effective Cue. Before the change could alter the flow of the game Kettering did.  Slightly against the run of play Hoenes broke forward played a cross field ball Marcus Kelly who played it towards Cunnington who dummied it and let it run through to Holman who produced a clinical left foot shot to comprehensively beat Johnson from the edge of the penalty area. 3-0 Kettering 64 mins.

On 67 minutes Adam Cunnington picked up the first caution of the game which seemed rather harsh as he had been having a battle with Dowie and Webb all afternoon with give and take on both sides. As the game entered the final twenty minutes DKE was penalised for allowing a Hitchin player run into him whilst stationary.  The free kick was lifted into the box but Nolan will be disappointed that he put his header well over the bar. Kettering then made their first changes with Ben Milnes replacing Holman and Ben Toseland, Marcus Kelly. Hitchin joined in and swapped Scott Belgrove for Forde.

Hitchin were still looking to get something out of the game and Paul White took a cheap shot when he went up with both hands to catch the ball over his head but was knocked to the floor by an onrushing Hitchin player who ran into the keeper leaving him winded only for the ref to wave play on. Paul was called into action moments later when a low ball was played into the box. White bravely dived at the feet of Nolan and grabbed the ball to preserve his clean sheet.

With thirteen minutes to go Aaron O'Connor  replaced Cunnington and the referee couldn't resist a final dig at Adam by objecting to the speed of his departure from the pitch. As the game entered the final ten minutes the ever eager Hoenes made another penetrating run into the box. This time he ran past a couple of defenders before being brought down with the referee immediately pointing to the spot. Solkhon stepped up and planted the ball firmly to the keepers right sending him the wrong way. 4-0 Kettering 81 mins.

Four minutes later it was five. Michael Richens fed the ball through for Rhys to run onto when he was hauled back by Webb who was booked. Johnson managed to get to Brett's kick but such was it's power that he could not prevent it hitting the back of the net. 5-0 Kettering 85 mins.

Full Time: Kettering Town 5 Hitchin Town 0

Kettering got off to a perfect start for a critical Christmas period.  Championships are not won at Christmas but they can be lost. Marcus has shuffled his pack and for this game pulled out a couple of aces with the 110% performance from Rhys and the other players making the most of their chance to impress the manager. 

Kettering Town yellow cards:  Cunnington – foul.

Hitchin Town yellow cards:  Webb – foul. 

Attendance: 650

Elgoods Brewery Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Rhys Hoenes

Klondike winning ticket- 2845 – Chris Watkins - £200


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 22nd Dec 2018
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 Brett Solkhon
0 Brett Solkhon
0 Lindon Meikle
0 Michael Richens
0 Dan Holman
Hitchin Town

Captain: