Match Report - Needham Market

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Aaron O Connor 00

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Needham Market: 1

Goals

Joseph Marsden 00

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 3

Goals

Aaron O Connor 45
Lindon Meikle 45

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Needham Market: 2

Goals

Joseph Marsden 45

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Match Report

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central

Saturday 2nd February 2019   3:00pm

 

 

KETTERING TOWN

 

 

NEEDHAM MARKET

 

1

 Paul White

 

 1

 Jake Jessup

 

5

 Gary Stohrer

 Off 63 

 2

 Jake Dye

 

19

 Craig Stanley

 

 3

 Callum Sturgess 

 Off 49

18

 Lathaniel Rowe-Turner           

 

 4

 Sam Squire

 

14

 Marcus Kelly

 

 5

 James Baker

 

10

 Ben Milnes      

 

 6

 Daniel Morphew

 

6

 Michael Richens (Capt)

 

 7

 Luke Ingram

 

7

 Lindon Meikle

 

 8

 Gareth Heath (Capt) 

 

20

 Adam Cunnington

 Off 59

 9

 Jamie Griffiths

 

9

 Dan Holman

 

10

 Reece Dobson

 Off 67

8

 Aaron O’Connor  

 Off 75

11

 Joseph Marsden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

4

 Brett Solkhon     

 On 75

12

 Jeremiah Kamanzi

 On 67

5

 Dion Kelly-Evans

 On 63

14

 Regan Pelling              

 

11

 Rhys Hoenes            

 On 59

15

     

 

3

 Tom Knowles       

 

16

 Adam Mills  

 On 49

16

 Luke Graham 

 

17

 Bradley Cook

 

 

Referee: Rubeyn Ricardo.   Assistants: Peter Crowe and Lewis Mountain 

With Declan Towers still feeling the effects of the injury which caused his withdrawal at Stourbridge Lathaniel Rowe-Turner continued his central defensive pairing with Craig Stanley.  Marcus Kelly midfield skills were sacrificed to fill in at left back. Adam Cunnington was awarded a starting spot with his place on the sub's bench being filled by the returning Dion Kelly-Evans. 

The determination and efforts of club officials and volunteers, much appreciated, ensured that an initially poor prospect of action was reversed and coupled with a large crowd guaranteed the club a financial victory before a ball was kicked.  

Under clear sunny skies Kettering kicked off on a heavy, sticky but thoroughly playable pitch with Needham Market defending the BM Pallets end in their dark blue with yellow trim strip. Kettering were on the attack from the first whistle and as early as the second minute a fine passing movement involving AO'C, Dan Holman and Lindon Meikle led to Ben Milnes being tee'd up for a shot which drifted just wide. A minute later Kettering won their first corner from which Milnes picked out Holman but his effort went over the bar.  Shortly after a ball out of defence was nodded on by AO'C for Holman to run onto to leave him with only the keeper to beat but it was all called back by a slow off-side flag.  Just after ten minutes Michael Richens took possession midway inside the Needham half and advanced to unleash a shot too hot for Jake Jessup to handle who could only parry the ball and had to scramble to clear the danger following a slight misunderstanding between him and a defender to deter the swiftly encroaching Adam Cunnington. A fine run by AO'C drew defenders and fed the ball back to Holman who tried a cheeky lob shot with the keeper unsighted but it cleared the crossbar.

On the quarter hour Kettering had their best chance to open their account. Meikle made a penetrating run down the left wing and on reaching the by-line cut inside and crossed the ball into the area. James Baker with his arm away from his body moved his whole body towards the ball in order to cut the ball out. The referee immediately blew for a penalty but surprisingly did not issue a card for deliberate handball. After much protestation from the visitors and gamesmanship from the keeper Dan Holman strode up confidently with a stutter step to strike the ball sending the keeper the wrong way but alas sending the ball the wrong side of the post. Kettering spurned another chance a few minutes later after being awarded a free kick following a foul on Milnes. Marcus Kelly delivered the ball onto AO'C's head who will be disappointed with his effort. Two minutes later Kettering delivered on the promise that they had showed in the game to that point. Craig Stanley picked up a Needham clearance on the half way line and played a forward high ball which was won in the air by Cunnington who nodded it back to Holman. Dan showed great vision and picked Stohrer out in plenty of space on the right hand side of the penalty area. Gary cut the ball back across the face of goal for AO'C to stab home from an acute angle two yards out despite Jessop's despairing attempt to keep it out. 1-0 Kettering 24 mins

Kettering carved out one more chance just before the half hour mark when Milnes found Meikle unmarked on the left wing but his cross evaded everyone. This seemed to spark Needham into life as they realised that if they were going to get something from the game they would have to get the ball into Kettering's half. They got a chance when Holman and Kelly failed to clear a ball from deep in their own half which led to the visitor's first goal attempt which Paul White watched go over the bar. Ten minutes later both Kettering players committed to covering the same Needham player which left a massive space at left back for the attackers to exploit. The ball ended up with Jamie Griffiths in a central position but with the whole of the goal to aim put his powerful shot too close to White who still had to produce a decent save to parry the ball behind. From this corner the ball was only partially cleared and ended up with Joseph Marsden whose curling shot had White flying across the goal to palm it away for another corner. Kettering didn't heed the warnings an only a minute later Stohrer drifted into the middle leaving Marsden in ample space to pick his spot for a curling shot of such quality White failed to keep out despite another flying dive. 1-1 Needham 44 mins.

Half Time: Kettering Town  1  Needham Market  1

Ben Milnes started Kettering's first attack of the second half with a fine long pass over the top to Holman who advanced into the area where he was closed down quickly though and Dan travelled across half of the area trying to make space to get a shot off. Having no success he passed backwards to Michael Richens whose shot into a packed area spooned up into the air and behind for a corner. Before the corner could be taken Callum Sturgess limped off to be replaced by Adam Mills.  

Ten minutes into the half Cunnington received the first caution of the game for challenging late for a loose ball in Needham's penalty area. Shortly after he was Kettering's first change being replaced by Rhys Hoenes having been troubled with a hand injury since late in the first half.    

On the hour mark Needham almost took the lead for the first time. A long ball out of defence caught Stohrer pressing too much forward an enabled Mills to take an advantage of momentarily being free. He moved forward and fired against White's near post. The rebound went straight  back to the substitute who tried his luck again but was denied by another great point-blank save by White to push the ball over. On 63 minutes Stohrer was replaced by Kettering's second substitute Dion Kelly-Evans.

Two minutes later Kettering had a penalty appeal denied. Further good work by Meikle down the left wing rolled the ball forward to Hoenes who made a penetrating run into the box. With his path blocked he fed the ball to Milnes who had his back to goal with Baker behind him who appeared to play through Ben to get to the ball which squirmed to AO'C who should have made the matter immaterial but side-footed over when well placed. It was all Kettering at this stage and a minute later Holman found himself in a shooting position on the edge of the area but his effort was close to the keeper who managed to parry it over for another corner. 

Needham made their second change after 67 minutes when Reece Dobson was replaced by the solid looking Jeremiah Kamanzi. A minute later Kettering won another corner following a free kick after another foul by the defence this time on AO'C. The corner was played short to Milnes who delivered a testing ball into the box which considering the size of the visiting keeper did not come to challenge for. After a couple of headers into the air the ball ended up at the feet of Stanley on the far side of the penalty area where he made a bee-line for the by-line but before he could get there the covering defender managed to tread on the back of his leg causing Craig to fall onto the ball. The defender then compounded his action by trying to kick the ball out from under the Poppy and was only halted when the referee awarded a free-kick for handball against Stanley.

Penalty claims were forgotten two minutes later when Richens on the half-way line played a high lob forward which was won in the air by Holman who nodded the ball forward for AO'C to run onto. Aaron's first touch was a nod with his head to push the ball forward to enable him to use his pace to gain more separation between him and the chasing Morphew and his second a sweet left side-foot to plant the ball wide of the rooted goalie and in at the far post.  2-1 Kettering 72 mins.  

It was Aaron's last contribution as three minutes later he was replaced by Brett Solkhon. Kettering this season have done things the hard way and the referee gave Needham a life-line by awarding them a soft penalty for a contact between Kelly and Kamanzi chasing a hopeful long ball forward. Kamanzi appeared to initiate contact with Kelly and contrived to lift both legs to give the impression of being fouled which the referee accepted. Joseph Marsden, Needham's best player by a country mile stepped up, sent White the wrong way and scored a clinically taken penalty. 2-2 Needham 80 mins

Michael Richens picked up a booking for dissent when Kettering were awarded another free kick questioning why no action was being taken to prevent the persistent fouling, which as captain he is entitled to do. The free-kick was played into the box and ended up with Rhys on the far side of the box with his back to the goal. He pushed the ball back but was then clattered into by the late arriving Luke Ingram sending Hoenes to the floor which the perfectly positioned referee just waved away. Rhys almost got his revenge in the perfect manner moments later when using is pace broke into the penalty area. He squared the ball back to Solkhon on the penalty spot who appeared to get the ball under his feet but managed to feed it on to Meikle who could only spoon the chance high over the bar.  With the game deep into the five added minutes Paul White launched a high kick down the park. It was nodded on by Brett to the feet of Meikle who drove forward into the box. He shimmied to throw off a defender then unleashed a powerful right footed drive giving the keeper no chance into the roof of the n

Unlike last week at Stourbridge there was time left for meaningful play after the restart and Needham were awarded a free-kick deep in Kettering's half. The kick was headed clear by Milnes, collected by Holman who played the ball forward for Hoenes onto and run the ball up into Needham's penalty area delaying long enough for Holman to join him in support and safely run down the last few ticks of the clock.

Full Time: Kettering Town 3  Needham Market  2

Kettering Town - yellow cards:  Cunnington -foul, Richens – dissent. 

Needham Market - yellow cards:  None                  

Attendance: 762 

Elgoods Brewery Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match- chosen by the Match Sponsors – The Knottley Crew – Paul White.

Klondike winner: Ticket No 5477 – Jamie Payne £210.     


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 02nd Feb 2019
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 Aaron O Connor
0 Aaron O Connor
0 Lindon Meikle
Needham Market

Captain:
0 Joseph Marsden
0 Joseph Marsden