Match Report - Stourbridge

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

Goals

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Stourbridge: 0

Goals

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

Brett Solkhon 45
Tom Knowles 45

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Stourbridge: 1

Goals

Leon Broadhurst 45

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Match Report

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central

Saturday 26thJanuary 2019   3:00pm

 

 

STOURBRIDGE

 

 

KETTERING TOWN

 

1

 James Wren

 

1

 Paul White

 

2

 Darryl Westlake

 

5

 Gary Stohrer

 

3

 Jordaan Brown

 

15

 Declan Towers

Off 46 

4

 Paul McCone (Capt)

 

16

 Craig Stanley

 

5

 Stuart Pierpoint

 

18

 Lathaniel Rowe-Turner

 

6

 Aaron Forde

 

7

 Lindon Meikle          

 

7

 Callum Powell

 Off 60

6

 Michael Richens (Capt)        

 

8

 Leon Broadhurst

 

14

 Marcus Kelly            

 

9

 Luke Benbow    

 

10

 Ben Milnes 

Off 78

10

 Robbie Thompson-Brown

 Off 69

8

 Aaron O’Connor

Off 26

11

 Greg Mills

 Off 89

9

 Dan Holman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Brad Birch   

 On 69

3

 Tom Knowles    

On 78

14

 Kaiman Anderson     

 

4

 Brett Solkhon

On 46

15

 Bilal Yafai

 On 89

2

 Richard Lavery

 

16

 Aris Christophorou

 

16

 Luke Graham

 

17

 Niall Maher

 On 60

20

 Adam Cunnington

On 29

 

    Referee:  Jon Kenny                  Assistants Alec Bagguley and Jamie Howe

With leaden grey skies it was a question of when not if the forecast rain would start. The playing surface looked in pristine condition conducive to good football. After a false start, Stourbridge in red and white striped shirts and red shorts kicked off.  Kettering were in their usual blue away kit which was very close in colour to Stourbridge keeper James Wren's blue kit. Paul White got an early touch of the ball when Greg Mills went past Gary Stohrer down the left wing but his delivery into the box was straight at White. Stourbridge had started well and when Kettering gave the ball away cheaply on the edge of their own areaRobbie Thompson-Brown had a beautiful curling shot which just drifted wide. On twelve minutes Mills had further success down the left and his cross was put behind by Michael Richens for an unproductive corner.

Kettering were working their way back into the game and Ben Milnes was able to carve his way straight down the middle of the park which was encouraging for the visitors.  It wasn't until a quarter of an hour had gone by before Kettering had their first shot at goal but Dan Holman's effort was well over. Holman obviously re-calibrated his sights for his next effort five minutes later. Finding himself in space on the edge of the area with the minimum of back lift send a fierce drive crashing into the cross-bar with the keeper beaten. The rebound fell to Aaron O’Connor but he could only find the side-netting with his snapshot.  It was his last noteworthy action of the game as five minutes later he chased a high ball into the box Wren was coming for the same ball and AO’C pulled back from challenging hard to prevent himself from running into the keeper. Wren leapt to collect the ball and unintentionally caught Aaron on the point of his hip with his raised knee leaving the Kettering in a painful heap on the deck. Aaron was in some discomfort and after lengthy treatment limped to the side-line and back to the bench

Whilst playing with ten men Stourbridge won a free kick in a dangerous area just outside the left hand side of Kettering penalty area but the free-kick routine between Benbow and Thompson-Brown could stand for nomination as worst free-kick of the season.  Kettering accepted the inevitable that AO’C’s contribution to the afternoon was complete and Adam Cunnington joined the fray. On the half hour the first caution of the game was awarded to Ben Milnes who was showing a willingness to get stuck in to win the midfield battle.   As drizzle started to fall the home fans were encouraged as Luke Benbow passed a ball out toCallum Powell on the left and he played a dangerous low ball across the box inviting Leon Broadhurst to poke it home from close range but it was just out of his reach to go behind for a goal-kick.  The action went straight up the other end as Kettering won a corner. Marcus Kelly picked Cunnington out in the box but his header was over the bar. 

Just before half-time Stourbridge got the ball into the when a ball into the box was only partial cleared by an under pressure White whose punch clear was clinically dealt with by Benbow, however the pressure applied by Broadhurst on the keeper was deemed excessive and the goal was chalked off.  Three minutes of added time caused mainly by AO’C’s injury brought no further excitement. 

Half Time: Stourbridge  0   Kettering Town 0

At half time Brett Solkhon replaced Declan Towers who was suffering from a re-occurrence of the injury picked up against Royston. Lathaniel Rowe-Turner moved to centre-back with Marcus Kelly moving to Left back. Mills was looking dangerous down Stourbridge’s left and he managed to get past Stohrer to deliver a cross which was calmly collected by White. Some good inter-passing between Lindon Meikle and Holman led to Lindon being in range to try a pop at goal but the defenders crowded him out leaving a pass forward to Milnes but Ben was offside.

As the rain started to hammer down Broadhurst picked up a yellow card for high challenge. As in the first half after a brisk start by the hosts Kettering started to assume control of the game. Ten minutes in and a one, two between Cunnington and Holman led to Adam testing Wren with a shot which the keeper failed to collect cleanly but he managed to grab the ball before the advancing Kettering player could punish his mistake. A minute later Kelly struck a free kick from the arc of the D which went just over. On the hour Stourbridge made their first change with Anderson replacing Powell. The rain wasn’t affecting the quality of the game and Stourbridge had a nice passing build up but the final shot didn’t match the approach play and the shot was straight at White. 

Stourbridge made their second change with Birch replacing Thompson-Brown.  Wren’s handling wasn’t as assured as Whites and he could only parry a long range shot from Meikle but his defenders helped him out. 

Kelly was the second Poppy to enter the referee’s notebook for a poorly timed tackle on Anderson. There were some tough tackles being made but it was spirited competition and nothing malicious. The referee was the centre of attention with fifteen minutes to go when Brett Solkhon was fed the ball to his feet in the penalty area. He made a fine turn to completely flummox Stuart Pierpoint sending the defender chasing shadows but the defender managed to clip Brett as he went past sending Brett down. The reaction of the defender was that of a guilty man. The referee obviously thought it was Rhys Hoenes, who was standing in the stand behind the goal and waved play on. Stourbridge took advantage of Kettering’s hesitancy and played a long ball up towards Mills who managed to play a lofted ball into the goal area. Paul White had misjudged the ball and instead of punching clear or tipping it over merely diverted it’s trajectory to Broadhurst who gratefully accepted the gift. 1-0 Stourbridge 74 mins

Stourbridge were looking for the killer blow now and two minutes later Benbow hit a rising shot which grazed the bar as it went over. Kettering were pressing forward and Kelly cut out a ball destined for Anderson from a poorly played ball out of defence but it came to nothing. Marcus made his final change of the day replacing the tiring Milnes who had run his socks off and got stuck in to the physical game with debutant Tom Knowles with less than fifteen minutes to go. With less than five minutes to go Kelly cut out an almost identical pass attempt and advanced with the ball before playing it forward for Solkhon to run onto.  The run was timed to perfection and his finish likewise as with his left foot played the ball across the face of the goal having drawn the defender and keeper for the ball to go in at the far post.1-1 Kettering 86 mins

Stourbridge looked as if they had taken a body blow so close to clinching a vital win. Kettering were pressing for more feeding the ball forward for the fresh young legs of Knowles to chase.  He looked to have done McCone for pace but the defender took one for the team to stop the youngster receiving a caution for his efforts. Stourbridge looked to be settling for a draw and run the clock out when on 89 minutes the ever dangerous Mills was replaced by defender Bilal Yafai. Mr Kenny indicated that there would be three additional minute played and they were coming to an end when Kettering were awarded a free-kick on the left wing side of the penalty area. Stourbridge formed a two man wall an d Tom Knowles stood four paces away from  the ball rather than one of the seasoned pros on the field for Kettering.  He strode up to the ball, struck it sweetly and beat the flailing Wren to initiate joyous scenes in the stand behind the goal and render the goal of the month competition meaningless.  1-2 Kettering 93 mins.

There was barely time left for Stourbridge to restart the game and the final whistle led to more celebrations as a dejected and beaten home side trudged from the field. 

Full Time: Stourbridge 1   Kettering Town 2

Cards:

Yellow     Kettering; Milnes, Kelly – foul

                Stourbridge: Broadhurst, McCone- foul

Attendance: 1734 Largest of the season

Kettering Town:  Man of the Match – Michael Richens


Team Sheet

Location: Away (Away)
Kick Off: 26th Jan 2019
Kettering Town FC
All Blue
Captain:
0 Brett Solkhon
0 Tom Knowles
Stourbridge

Captain:
0 Leon Broadhurst