Match Report - Bedworth United

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

Adam Cunnington 00
Rhys Hoenes 00

Yellow Cards

Red Cards

Substitutions

Bedworth United: 1

Goals

Hancocks 00

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Substitutions


Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

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Substitutions

Bedworth United: 1

Goals

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Match Report

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central

Wednesday 26thDecember 2018   1:00pm

 

Bedworth United

 

 

Kettering Town

 

1

 Adam Harrison

 

1

 Paul White

 

2

 Bradley Maslen-Jones

 

12             

 Dion Kelly-Evans

 

3

 Luke Rowe (Capt)  

 

4

 Brett Solkhon

 

4

 Elliot Parrott

 

16

 Luke Graham 

 

5

 Mark Albrighton

 

5

 Gary Stohrer

 

6

 Tom Sharpe

 

7

 Lindon Meikle          

 

7

 James Hancocks

 

6

 Michael Richens  (Capt)        

 

8

 Barry Fitzharris

 Off 63

14

 Marcus Kelly             

 Off 67

9

 Montel Gibson           

 

11

 Rhys Hoenes 

 Off 76

10

 Alex Troke

 

20

 Adam Cunnington 

 

11

 Reece Blackmore

 

9

 Dan Holman

 Off 76

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Kai Tonge      

 

3

 Ben Toseland      

 

14

 Owen Story       

 

8

 Aaron O’Connor

 On 76

15

 Iyseden Christie         

 On 63

10

 Ben Milnes 

 On 76

16

 J'Cee Abraham

 

15

 Declan Towers

 On 67

17

 Jake Whitmore

 On 46

18

 Lathaniel Rowe-Turner

 

 

     Referee:  Richard Walker                   Assistants: Ashley Clarke and Aaron Ford

Kettering in all blue kicked off with the hosts wearing their usual all green strip. Bedworth were awarded an early free kick on Kettering's left. The kick lifted into the box was met by a Bedworth head but he was unable to put any power into the effort or direct it towards the goal. Kettering responded by an attack of their own as the ball was lifted over Bedworth's back line for Hoenes to run onto to give Rhys an early one v one with Adam Harrison. The Bedworth keeper stood up well and got enough on the shot to keep it out.  He could nothing with Kettering's next attack.  Lindon Meikle lifted the ball over from the left aimed towards the far post. Adam Cunnington slipped his defender enough to give himself space to slightly stoop and apply a glancing header with no power but perfectly placed just inside the post leaving Harrison to watch helplessly as Cunnington scored his first goal on returning to the club.  0-1 Kettering, 5 mins.

Bedworth responded well and were playing with a confidence belying their league position being more familiar with the artificial pitch. A neat inter-passing move allowed Alex Troke to overlap on Kettering's left but his cross was easily cut out by Paul White with his first meaningful touch of the ball. Bedworth were probing down the right as well and Luke Rowe put an inviting low cross which traversed  Kettering's penalty area with nobody capable of applying a touch to it. 

Just after the quarter hour Rhys Hoenes was breaking forward but his progress was impeded when he was forced to take evasive action in order to prevent being clattered by a reckless challenge by a Bedworth player. The referee awarded a free kick for intent as no contact was made but the attack had been disrupted with Rhys opting for self preservation over potential injury and allowed Bedworth to mass their players behind the ball.  The Bedworth bench fiercely contested the decision and a stricter official would have admonished the offenders both on and off the pitch. Dion Kelly-Evans sent the free-kick long into the box but Brett Solkhon with a flurry of legs couldn't apply a final touch.

On twenty minutes Bedworth played a long ball in from the left. White came to collect but failed in his attempt and was thankful to DKE who was covering behind him who cleared to safety as the ball was played goalwards.  From Bedworth's corner White was much more positive and collected the ball cleanly. Bedworth were having their best spell of the game a dangerous ball across the box by Parrott was again cleared by DKE.  A free-kick awarded just outside Kettering's area was played to  James Hancocks whose hard low shot took a deflection to give another corner.  The ball was played to the back post where there was a big penalty shout. The ball was played at either Kelly or Meikle who had their arms in front of their chest.  The ball struck the hands but no attempt was made to control the ball or block it. If the player had moved his arms away from his chest and the ball had struck them then a penalty and a card would have been the correct decision but as it was Mr Walker was correct in his opinion that the hand contact was unintentional and inconsequential as it did not cause the ball to be deviated or diverted.

Kettering had the occasional venture forward in this period with most being directed towards Cunnington with one nod on chased by Hoenes and Maslen-Jones. The defender won the race and blasted it behind for a unproductive corner with a mighty kick.  Rhys provided the next Kettering opportunity working down the right wing he cut the ball back to Dan Holman whose solid side foot was blocked as was the effort from the rebound and Michael Richens finally saved by the keeper.

With ten minutes left of the half another long throw by Bedworth into the box was only partially cleared and fell to Reece Blackmore but his powerful shot was wide of the target. Three minutes later Bedworth had their best chance of the half after a defensive mix up allowed Montel Gibson to receive the ball in space ten yards out. However instead of shooting immediately he took a couple of touches to steady himself. This gave White the chance to position himself and square up to the forward so when the shot did come Paul could extend his left leg and extinguish the chance. Half time arrived with Bedworth edging it in all areas apart from the vital one, goals scored.

Half Time: Bedworth United  0   Kettering Town 1

Bedworth made two substitutions at half time looking to capitalise on their positive play of the first half, however Kettering started the second half on the front foot. A ball played into Bedworth's box was hacked away but only as far as Meikle who tried a delicate lift over the keeper to increase the lead but an athletic leap by Harrison tipped the ball over. A minute later Harrison denied a shot on target by Holman with his save ballooning the ball up into the air but Cunnington's follow up header was over the bar. The Bedworth keeper couldn't keep Kettering out a third time. Meikle in possession just outside Bedworth's penalty area timed his pass to perfection drawing the defender and threading the ball through for Hoenes to run onto with the linesman perfectly positioned to adjudge that the Kettering forward was onside. Rhys took full advantage of his second 1v1 of the game and drove the ball firmly towards the goal, firm enough that even though Harrison got a hand to it, he could not stop the ball going past him. 0-2 Kettering, 57 mins.  

Blackmore tried to pull one back with a long range shot after ghosting past Meikle but White managed to get across to tip the ball around the post. Straight after Bedworth made their final substitution with Christie coming on. Kettering were starting to defend deeper but were still willing to push forward on the counter attack and DKE on a overlap almost made it three when, with everyone expecting a cross, he tried a cheeky shot towards Harrison's near post but it was batted away by the alert keeper.  Kettering made their first change two minutes later with Towers replacing Kelly. 

With seventeen minutes to go Bedworth were fortunate to keep eleven players on the pitch when Albrighton was guilty of a two-footed challenge on Richens.  The referee did not adjudge the challenge as bad as the Kettering contingent thought it and considered it worthy of the first and only yellow card of the game.

Kettering made a double swap by withdrawing Hoenes and Holman for Aaron O'Connor and Ben Milnes. With the game winding down the referee seemed determine to see Bedworth get something from the game with every decision going their way with many soft free kicks being awarded to the home team. With five minutes to go Bedworth pulled one back as the ball was moved across the pitch from the left wing to James Hancocks whose low volley passed a stationary White who must have been unsighted by his complete lack of movement . 1-2 Bedworth, 85mins. 

There now followed a tense seven or eight minutes with a neutral observer being unable to tell which side was second in the table and which rock bottom with Bedworth pressing for an equaliser. And they very nearly got it when in injury time Christie volleyed home from close range only, to the great relief of the travelling supporters team and management, for the linesman to raise his flag for offside disallowing the goal and allowing the visitors to hold on for the three points.

Full Time: Bedworth United  1   Kettering Town 2

Yellow - Kettering;  None 

               Bedworth Albrighton – Foul

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

Attendance - 404 


Team Sheet

Location: Away (Away)
Kick Off: 26th Dec 2018
Kettering Town FC

Captain:
0 Adam Cunnington
0 Rhys Hoenes
Bedworth United

Captain:
0 Hancocks