Match Report - AFC Rushden & Diamonds - segregation

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

Goals

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AFC Rushden & Diamonds: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

Lindon Meikle 45
Rhys Hoenes 45

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AFC Rushden & Diamonds: 1

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Nathan Hicks 45

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Match Report

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central

Tuesday 1stJanuary 2019   3:15pm

 

 

Kettering Town 

 

 

AFC Rushden & Diamonds

 

 1

Paul White

 

 1

Ben Heath

 

12             

Dion Kelly-Evans

 

 2

Zack Reynolds

 

15

Declan Towers

 

 3

Sam Brown  (Capt)  

 

19

Craig Stanley

 

 4

Jack Westbrook

 

 5

Gary Stohrer            

 

 5

Alex Collard

 

 6

Michael Richens  (Capt)        

 

 6

Blaize Punter

 

11

Rhys Hoenes            

 

 7

Albie Hopkins

 

 7

Lindon Meikle

 Off 85

 8

Ben Farrell     

 

14

Marcus Kelly

 

 9

Tom Lorraine     

 Off 89

 9

Dan Holman

 

10

Ben Diamond 

 Off 91

20

Adam Cunnington

 Off 65

11

Nathan Hicks  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

 3

Ben Toseland     

 

12

Jack Bowen

 On 89

 4

Brett Solkhon         

 On 85

14

Joe Curtis                

 

 8

Aaron O’Connor

 On 65

15

Declan Rogers      

 On 91

10

Ben Milnes                

 

16

Matt Berry-Hargreaves     

 

16

Luke Graham  

 

17

Nathan Pickworth

 

 

Referee: Robbie Dadley   Assistants: Richard Cutts and Joe Clarke

Kettering in red and black kicked off defending the Tin Hat for the first ever league game against AFC Rushden & Diamonds, with the visitors attired in grey shirts and luminous lime green shorts as visually appealing as it sounds. Kettering attacked first with Dan Holman threading a ball through for Hoenes to run onto only for Rhys to be flagged offside. Rushden quickly moved the ball the length of the pitch and a ball from the left was headed goal wards by Ben Farrell but it was a routine catch for Paul White.  

Diamonds won the first corner after five minutes and a ball swung in from the right hand side picked out Jack Westbrook but his header was well over. The next minute there was a big penalty shout from the home side as Hoenes advanced into the visitors penalty area.  Zack Reynolds appeared to have the situation under control shepherding Rhys away from goal when a central defender decided to join him and appeared to contact the forward from behind and cause him to fall. The referee waved away any appeals.  Hoenes had the next Kettering chance but his final shot lacked any power after a incisive run forward and was easily collected by Ben Heath.  

Just before the quarter hour R&D launched a long throw into Kettering’s penalty area, a tactic that they would utilise many times in the match.  Farrell again got his head to it to nod it goal wards where White opting for caution tipped it over the bar for a unproductive corner.  Four minutes later Kettering were awarded a free kick deep in Rushden's half which was played into  the danger area where after pinging around was partially cleared to Declan Towers but his shot from the edge of the area was over.  Holman created Kettering’s next chance when on receiving the ball wide on the right nut-megged Sam Brown and moved forward before passing the ball inside to Hoenes who should have tested Heath instead of blasting the ball over the bar.

Kettering had made the better chances in the first twenty minutes but had been somewhat wasteful in front of goal. Rushden would be on top for the next twenty minutes but Kettering's defence led by Towers held firm. Tom Lorraine had the visitors best chance on thirty-two minutes when he found himself in possession less than ten yards out in front of goal. He was closed down quickly and will be disappointed that he put his effort wide. Five minutes before half-time whilst clearing the ball Michael Richens was caught late by Westbrook. This earned the Diamond's player the first caution of the game.  Holman was also in the wars and had to go of the pitch for treatment for a blood injury but Rushden could not capitalise on the one player advantage. 

Half Time: Kettering Town 0  AFC Rushden & Diamonds 0

Diamonds restarted the game and won an early corner but nothing came of it and Kettering responded with Lindon Meikle breaking swiftly down the middle before feeding Hoenes who again shot over when well placed. Sam Brown picked up the second yellow of the game when he stopped Holman running past him by putting a hand in the face of the Kettering man. Kettering were applying some pressure now and won three corners in quick succession with Diamonds defending well and Towers firing wide. 

Slightly against the run of play Rushden took the lead. A long ball out of defence was chased by the Rushden left winger with Dion Kelly-Evans in close order when the Rushden player went down for what appeared to be a soft free-kick. The ball was played towards the area but did not penetrate and was worked across the face of the box to the feet of Nathan Hicks faced by forward Adam Cunnington. Hicks ran by him as he wasn't there and fired a fine angled shot towards the far post and broke the deadlock.  0-1 AFC R&D 53 mins.  

Five minutes later Kettering had another chance to score. Meikle lifted a ball into the box towards Cunnington who nodded the ball down to Marcus Kelly but he put the ball the wrong side of the post. Rushden had weathered the storm and were settling in to confound their host's. Marcus Law made the first change bringing Aaron O'Connor on after 65 minutes for Cunnington, who even though had won a lot of aerial challenges had not created too many openings. 

Goalkeeper Ben Heath became the third Diamond to be booked after testing the referee's patience one time too many after ignoring warnings for time wasting.  It is refreshing to see an official issue such a caution relatively early in a game unlike the normal practice of issuing such a caution so late in a game it is pointless. Meikle who was covering lot of the pitch carved out an opening for O'Connor who left the fans unsure if his effort was a shot or a hard cross to the back post. Two minutes later as if determined to show the forwards how to do it Meikle, urged on by the home fans had a go himself from the edge of the box and Heath failed his first real test and the Tin Hat erupted as the ball found the back of the net.1-1 Kettering 73 mins.  

Kettering smelt blood now and three minutes later Hoenes received the ball in the  box but he wasn't able to get into position to get off a shot and the ball was fed back to Richens but his shot was wide. Three minutes later Diamond's chances of getting something from the game took a major blow when Westlake received a second yellow card for another foul on Holman. Within three minutes player parity was resumed when Richens received a straight red for a full bloodied challenge in midfield with Alex Collard who appeared to be giving as good as he got.

The game seemed to be winding down to an honorable draw and with seven minutes of the half left Rushden won their second corner of the half which was easily dealt with. Two minutes later Kettering made their second substitution with Brett Solkhon replacing the industrious Meikle. Solkhon's first meaningful action was in Rushden's box challenging for a ball played in from the left. He nodded it on to Stohrer whose first time strike was still rising as it left the ground.

Appearing to be settling for a draw and in order to run down the clock Tom Lorraine who had been largely invisible in the second half, was withdrawn for Jack Bowen and immediately after it was indicated that there would be three additional minutes Declan Rogers replaced Ben Diamond.

The game was not done though Gary Stohrer on the half-way line lifted the ball down towards the left hand corner of the Rushden box where it was chased and caught by Dan Holman. Blaize Punter was tight to him but he looked tired as Holman shimmied past him and lifted a ball deep to the back post.  The Rushden defender was guilty of waiting for the ball to come to him and was out jumped by Dion Kelly-Evans who attacked the ball and sent it across the face of the goal to the unmarked Rhys Hoenes six yards out with the easy job of nodding it home and entering into Kettering Town folklore. 2-1 Kettering 94 mins. 

Cue jubilant celebrations in the Tin Hat and amongst the players on the pitch including Paul White. Rushden managed to get the ball into Kettering's half from the restart and launch one final long throw into the box but it was not to be and Mr Dadley's whistle sparked more celebrations.

Full Time: Kettering Town 2 AFC Rushden & Diamonds 1.

Kettering Town - yellow cards:  none.  Red card: Richens reckless conduct

AFC R&D - yellow cards:  Westbrook, Brown fouls. Heath – Time Wasting. Red card: Westbrook second bookable offence - foul

Attendance: 2147 (591 Diamonds)

Elgoods Brewery - Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Declan Towers

Klondike winner– ticket number 3680. Winner – Neil Barratt £290.


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 01st Jan 2019
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 Lindon Meikle
0 Rhys Hoenes
AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Captain:
0 Nathan Hicks