Match Report - Redditch United

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

Lindon Meikle 00
Rhys Hoenes 00

Yellow Cards

Red Cards

Substitutions

Redditch United: 0

Goals

Yellow Cards

Red Cards

Substitutions


Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 4

Goals

Dan Holman 45
Rhys Hoenes 45

Yellow Cards

Red Cards

Substitutions

Redditch United: 1

Goals

Danico Johnson 45

Yellow Cards

Red Cards

Substitutions


Match Report

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central

Saturday 9thFebruary 2019   3:00pm

 

 

Redditch United

 

 

Kettering Town

 

1

 Reece Francis

 

1

 Paul White

 

2

 Jamie Ashmore

 

12

 Dion Kelly-Evans

 

3

 Sam Tye

 

16

 Craig Stanley

 

4

 Michael McGrath

 

18

 Lathaniel Rowe-Turner

 

5

 Andrew Parsons (Capt)

 

14

 Marcus Kelly            

 

6

 Robert Evans

 

7

 Lindon Meikle          

 Off 84

7

 Jack Downing

 Off 46

6

 Michael Richens (Capt)        

 

8

 Robbie Bunn 

 

11

 Rhys Hoenes

 

9

 Danico Johnson    

 

10

 Ben Milnes 

 Off 75

10

 Shaquille Leachman-Whittingham

 Off 46 

8

 Aaron O’Connor

 Off 75

11

 Richard Batchalor

 Off 80

9

 Dan Holman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Jordan Stoddart    

 

3

 Tom Knowles    

 

16

 George Washbourne     

 On 80

4

 Brett Solkhon

 On 75

15

 Michael Nelson

 

5

 Gary Stohrer

 On 75

18

 Harry Franklin

 On 46

15

 Declan Towers

 

17

 Leam Howards

 On 46

20

 Adam Cunnington 

 On 84 

 

    Referee:  Neil Pratt                 Assistants Lewis Mansfield and Paul Sparrow

Fortunately the strong winds blowing in Kettering during the morning had abated in the West Midlands and coupled with the artificial pitch external influences would have little bearing on the result. Due to the 4G surface it was decided to extend Declan Towers sabbatical leaving Lathaniel Rowe-Turner to continue his pairing with Craig Stanley.  Dion Kelly-Evans retained the right back spot after coming on as a substitute against Needham, Gary Stohrer replaced him on the sub's bench. Marcus Kelly continued at left back.

 

Redditch in red and black shirts and black shorts kicked off but Kettering in blue quickly assumed control of the game. Rhys Hoenes forced a corner within the first minutes running at the heart of Redditch's defence. Marcus Kelly's corner was not readily dealt with by Redditch with Reece Francis needing to clear the ball with his feet. A second corner a couple of minutes later did nothing to inspire the home supporter's confidence in their team's defensive capabilities. It was all Kettering at this stage with the host's being pressured continuously when in possession. Kettering's skillful ball players were reveling playing on a true surface leaving the home players looking that they were playing on a novel surface at times chasing shadows.  After twelve minutes Michael McGrath received a talking to by the referee after catching a Kettering player who was too quick for him.  The free kick was taken inside to Lindon Meikle who starting half way inside the Redditch half ran straight down the middle towards goal. The defender's appeared to be scared of challenging him and he strolled past a couple of defender to the edge of the penalty area where he just picked his spot and passed the ball into the back of the net leaving Francis helpless. 0-1 Kettering 14 mins.

Kettering kept their foot on the gas giving Redditch little time on the ball and flooding forward in numbers when in possession. The foul count against Redditch was climbing and Kettering were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area after twenty minutes when Ben Milnes was fouled. The free kick was lofted into the area but the clearance went straight to Marcus Kelly who picked out Hoenes in the box but his header went over the bar. Redditch then had their best spell of the first half. A long ball out of defence needed Paul White, despite having little to do in the match up to that point, to be alert and advance swiftly out of his area to beat Danico Johnson to the ball.  Shortly after the home side were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position. It was struck well by McGrath but White diving full stretch pushed the ball behind for a corner.  It was a brief respite from Kettering's dominance and the ball was quickly down the other end the ball with Hoenes advancing down the left wing. Drawing a defender with him he cut the ball back inside to Aaron O'Connor. Aaron steadied himself and let fly. Francis at full stretch managed to get a foot to the ball and divert it away from goal. The keeper scrambled after the ball but was beaten to it by another defender who put it behind for a corner. The corner was taken short to Milnes who played it onto Meikle but his long range shot went wide. 

There was a flash point after twenty-eight minutes when Milnes was on the receiving end again. This time it was a very late sliding lunge from the already talked to McGrath. The referee was surrounded by a host of Redditch players, when the only decision to be made was the colour of the card to be issued. McGrath survived with just a caution. 

Kettering were continuing to press the Redditch defence on the edge of their own area with Milnes, Rhys and   AO'C systematically closing down defenders causing them to play the ball sideways rather than down the pitch. It ended it up with Jamie Ashmore tight on the touch line. He was closed down quickly by Dan Holman who dispossessed him with ease and he played the ball inside to Rhys who advanced into the penalty twisting and turning tormenting the defender's. With the fan's behind the goal urging him to lay the ball off he ignored them and calmly stroked the ball home from five yards out through the keeper's legs. 0-2 Kettering 31 mins

Redditch responded well and created a couple of opportunities but showed why they had not scored in their previous three games with Paul White not being overly troubled. With five minutes to go the referee showed a second yellow card this time to Robert Evans. A long ball was played out of defence towards Holman standing with his back to goal and Evans in close proximity. Dan turned the defender with ease and was ready to advance goal wards but was cynically pulled back by the defender. Shortly after the home fans were baying for similar treatment to be meted out to Dion Kelly-Evans. DKE and Johnson were both stretching to reach a loose ball. DKE reached and played the ball first but both players momentum led to contact. The referee was ideally placed and saw no foul and Kettering put the ball out immediately to allow Johnson to receive treatment. In the two minutes added by the referee both keepers had simple saves to make from long range attempts.

Half Time: Redditch United  0   Kettering Town 2

At half time Redditch made a double substitution with Harry Franklin and Leam Howards replacing Leachman-Whittingham and Downing. Kettering had a chance to seal the game five minutes into the half when following another probing attack AO'C fond himself in space ten yards out but in trying to put the ball through the net sent it crashing into the cross-bar with the keeper beaten. Redditch's manager's half time talk seemed to have worked and they were more competitive and a nice flowing passing move led to Johnson shooting narrowly over. It was end to end stuff though and a long ball from Kettering was misjudged by a Redditch defender and was swiftly chased by Meikle who won a corner from nothing. The corner was played to the far post to AO'C who failed to hit the target with his effort. AO'C was set up again when DKE made  good overlapping run down the right wing but it looked like it was going to be one of those days for Aaron as his shot went over the bar. Redditch made the most of their reprieve and the ball was played forward to Johnson who finding himself with time and space in the box rifled home a shot into the roof of the net.

 1-2 Redditch 62 mins

Two minutes later Redditch had a free kick some thirty yards out in the middle of the pitch. McGrath's strike went just wide but Kettering were rocking and after another two minutes Redditch should have equalised when players were queuing  up at the back post to finish off a penetrating move but amongst them they somehow contrived to send the ball over the bar. The pressure was mounting though and DKE picked up a caution for a foul out wide.  The free- kick was eventually collected by White and with the majority of the Redditch team committed to attack launched a long kick downfield towards Holman.  He took one touch, turned the defender and ran free onto the ball. Francis advanced but with clinical finishing Dan hit a shot across the keeper and into the net. 1-3 Kettering 68 mins.

 

 The restoration of the two goal lead deflated Redditch and Paul White was alert to any danger. With Kettering looking so dangerous on the counter attack Redditch were being more cautious in committing to attack. With fifteen minutes to go Kettering made a double substitution with Solkon and Stohrer replacing AO'C and Milnes. With ten minutes to go Redditch made their final swap with Batchalor being replaced by Washbourne. Shortly after Redditch had their final chance to narrow Kettering's lead when Leam Howards found himself through and 1 on 1 with White. Paul came out well, made himself big and the Redditch man could only put his shot wide. With five minutes left Meikle was replaced by Adam Cunnington but Kettering were still looking to add to their tally. Gary Stohrer chased a ball into the area and somehow managed to screw the ball back into the net from an acute angle but the ball was adjudged to have crossed the touch-line and so did not count. With time running down another long ball was played forward to Holman who turned the ball perfectly into the path of Hoenes for him to outpace his marker. He executed his 1 v 1 with the keeper to perfection and slotted the ball home to round off Kettering's scoring. 1-4 Kettering 89 mins.

 

In the three minutes added by Mr Pratt, whose performance was one of the best witnessed this season, Kettering tried to make it five. Rhys had a chance for a hat-trick but seemed to get the ball caught under his feet and was denied and in the ninety-second minute Brett couldn't extend Kettering's injury time scoring sequence when his shot was stopped by Francis's legs. 

 

Full Time: Redditch United 1   Kettering Town 4

Yellow Kettering; Kelly-Evans – foul 

             Redditch: McGrath, Evans, Bunn - foul

Attendance: 379.

Kettering Town:  Man-of-the-Match – Dan Holman


Team Sheet

Location: Away (Away)
Kick Off: 09th Feb 2019
Kettering Town FC

Captain:
0 Lindon Meikle
0 Rhys Hoenes
0 Rhys Hoenes
0 Dan Holman
Redditch United

Captain:
0 Danico Johnson