Match Report - Lowestoft Town

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Rhys Hoenes 00

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Substitutions

Lowestoft Town: 0

Goals

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

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Lowestoft Town: 0

Goals

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Match Report

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central

Saturday 2ndMarch 2019   3:00pm

 

 

Lowestoft Town

 

 

Kettering Town

 

1

 Elvijs Putnins

 

1

 Paul White

 

2

 Josh Curry

 

12

 Dion Kelly-Evans

 

3

 Jack Wilkinson

 

16

 Craig Stanley

 

4

 Connor Deeks

 

15

 Declan Towers

 

5

 Rossi Jarvis (Capt)

 

14

 Marcus Kelly            

 

6

 Adam Tann

 Off 65

7

 Lindon Meikle          

 Off 79

7

 Andrew Fisk

 

6

 Michael Richens (Capt)        

 

8

 Kyle Barker

 

11

 Rhys Hoenes

 Off 79

9

 Marcus Wilkinson    

 Off 72 

10

 Ben Milnes 

 Off 46

10

 Dylan Williams

 

8

 Aaron O’Connor

 

11

 Rio Douglas

 Off 76

9

 Dan Holman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Fletcher Hedge  

 

3

 Ben Toseland   

 

14

 Henry Pollock     

 On 76

4

 Brett Solkhon

 On 46

15

 Shaun Bammant

 On 65

5

 Gary Stohrer

 On 79

16

 Cion Wren

 

17

 Ben Bradshaw

 

17

 Ben Fowkes

 On 72

18

 Lathaniel Rowe-Turner 

 On 79 

Referee:  Abi Marriott                 Assistants: Warren Skoulding and Josh Nash

Under cloudy blue skies with a slight breeze the Amber Dew Stadium pitch looked in great condition. One was struck with how big the pitch looked with it being very wide. The main stand was a wooden 50's style construction oozing charm. The Kettering starting line-up was that which started the second half of the Rushall game. With Adam Cunnington unavailable Ben Brashaw made a welcome return to the first team squad with a place on the subs bench.

Lowestoft in all royal blue kicked off with Kettering in their home strip due to a potential colour clash. It was quite fitting that Kettering were in their home strip because in their last two away games, at Redditch and St Ives Poppies fans made up a greater proportion of the attendance. With Lowestoft being the longest away trip of the year at least 200 had made the trip to follow the team.  Lowestoft won an early corner but in this season of awards ceremonies it could quite easily qualify as worst corner of the year. It was played on the floor to an empty space just outside Kettering's penalty area despite a crowded box, where it was collected by the nearest player who happened to be Lindon Meikle who quickly turned defence into attack by playing the ball forward for Rhys Hoenes to give the home team an early demonstration of his pace. Fortunately for Lowestoft their Peterborough loanee Rio Douglas was on hand to cover and clear the danger. Three minutes later Kettering were in front. A ball played forward on the floor down Kettering's right was run onto by Aaron O'Connor. AO'C managed to keep the ball in and delivered a looping cross towards the far post. Putnins managed to get a slight touch on it at full stretch but merely managed to divert it away from the covering defender. Rhys Hoenes at the far post maneouvered himself well to meet an awkward thigh high ball and volley it into the net from close range. 0-1 Kettering 6 mins.

Rhys was back in action again three minutes later and for someone who was doubtful before kickoff due to flu-like symptoms caused the Lowestoft right back Curry to break out in a cold sweat running at him and turning the defender this way and that before delivering a cross to the far post where it was met by Ben Milnes' head to nod it back into the middle of the goal where it was hacked clear by the defence. Two minutes later Lowestoft had their best move of the game. A probe down Kettering's left led to the ball being crossed deep to Marcus Wilkinson. Declan Towers shepherded him away from goal but the forward managed to get a shot off which flashed across the face of the goal to go out for a goal-kick with Paul White watching it all of the way. 

The referee then had a funny five minutes. Barker was carrying the ball out of Lowestoft's half with Milnes in close pursuit who then tripped him. It was a pointless foul as it was still in the host's half inside the centre circle but Ms Mariott obviously saw more in it and promptly booked Milnes with no hesitation, preamble or lecturing. It was made more surprising as a couple of moments before Kettering had been awarded a free kick in their own half when Marcus Kelly had turned past a Lowestoft midfielder to make space for himself but was prevented from any further action by having his standing leg taken out from under him by a late challenge from the man in blue.  A minute later Kettering were on the attack with Rhys running forward in possession. He pushed it past a defender and was running into the space behind when he was clearly tripped with the contact being audible behind the goal at which the ref promptly blew her whistle and awarded a free kick to Lowestoft which even the Lowestoft keeper found amusing. To add insult to injury the official promptly booked Rhys for simulation. Why the Kettering player would voluntary fall in such a situation when he had everything in his favour with nothing to gain would be apparent to anyone who has ever played football. The card was out again two minutes later when another late challenge this time from Lowestoft debutant Williams caught Hoenes which would leave the Kettering man limping away.  Three yellow cards in the space of four minutes did not bode well for the chances of the match finishing with 22 players on the pitch. 

And so it was that on twenty-three minutes a red card was flourished. AO'C was in the centre of Lowestoft's area awaiting a cross closely marked by Fisk who manhandled the Kettering player to the floor. Aaron unwisely reacted casing Fisk to collapse to the floor, something he would do with regularity in the second half.  As happened with Meikle at Barwell earlier in the season the officials only saw the aftermath and not the preceding incident and Ms Marriot was justified in punishing AO'C retaliation. With just under seventy minutes to go, on a large pitch, Kettering's potential Champions credentials would be put to the test.  Up until that point Kettering's players had been harrying and closing down the opposition giving them no time on the ball. Obviously with a one player deficit this tactic would be harder to employ.  

Another probe down Kettering's left by Douglas saw the loanee's cross evade a despairing dive by Towers in an attempt to head the ball clear. The ball ended up with Jack Wilkinson who struck a hard shot on target. Paul White dived to his left and not only stopped the ball but caught it. He quickly distributed the ball by launching a long kick downfield towards Lowestoft's right back Curry. Turning to chase the ball he completely misjudged his header and ended up trying to control the ball with his arm sending the ball towards his own goal. Hoenes was onto the loose ball immediately but before he was able to take advantage of the mistake the referee blew the whistle to award a free-kick and thus enable the hosts to organise their tattered defence.

Lowestoft, when they came forward, played high balls into the box but Paul White was having a commanding day and efficiently controlling his area. coming to collect and catch any thing in the air. Kettering were not sitting back and would attack on the counter and on thirty-five minutes Milnes advancing with the ball was halted by being fouled. The free-kick was pumped into the box and played behind for Kettering's first corner. The dangerous delivery was palmed over the bar by the keeper for a second corner on the opposite side. Another good delivery was flapped at by the keeper and directed straight at Meikle who will be disappointed as he watched his goal attempt fly out of the ground.

With seven minutes to go before half-time Douglas made another advance down Kettering's left hand side. With Marcus Kelly in close company. The Lowestoft player then inadvertently stood on the ball causing him to fall and the linesman flagged for a foul by Kelly. The free-kick from a dangerous position was again dealt with by the defence in an exemplary manner. With three additional minutes to be played right at the close of the half Dion Kelly-Evans found himself down by Lowestoft's corner flag with his back to the goal. He was bundled over from behind by Jack Wilkinson and on attempting to regain his feet was pushed in the back again by the defender. The referee awarded a free-kick but if she had applied her previous draconian standards then a caution would have been deserved. The Kettering supporters in close proximity expressed their opinion on the incident to the officiating staff.

Half Time: Lowestoft Town  0   Kettering Town 1

At half time Marcus Law replaced Milnes who had a yellow card hanging over him for the experienced campaigner Brett Solkhon.

Six minutes into the second half Declan picked up a yellow card for kicking the ball away after a late flag for off-side was acted on by the referee after Declan had committed to clearing the ball.  Hoenes was still full of running and two minutes later chased after a long ball played out from defence. He took control of the ball and made towards goal. Support was not available to him but he persevered and twisting and turning managed to get a shot off which was deflected behind for a corner. It was played short to Dan Holman who fired in a fierce shot which took a good full length diving save from Putnins to stop Kettering from doubling their lead.  Rhys took the corner from the opposite side and played it short to Meikle but his shot lacked power and it was an easy collect for the home keeper.  

Lowestoft didn't appear to realise that they were behind and were not playing with any sense of urgency. Ten minutes into the second half Josh Curry miss-hit a cross into Kettering 's area and White opted for safety first and tipped it over for an unproductive corner. Lowestoft seemed to be devoid of ideas with Fisk resorting to falling over at every opportunity in order to kid the referee in order to win set-pieces as they seemed to lack the guile to break down an determined Kettering defence in open play. 

Twenty minutes into the second half Lowestoft made their first change withdrawing defender Adam Tann for Shaun Bammant. Shortly after Lowestoft won a corner but Connor Deeks could only direct his header well over the bar. Five minutes later Lowestoft made their second change with Marcus Wilkinson making way for Ben Fowkes. With Solkhon and Richens controlling the space in the middle of the park in front of Kettering's back four with steel and experience the host's were passing it across their back four trying to find a way through but many long balls were wayward and would end up as throw-ins to Kettering.  Kettering were not just sitting back absorbing the pressure with Hoenes and Holman running hard pressing Lowestoft's defenders.  

With fifteen minutes to go Richens picked up the ball in Kettering's half and strode forward with the ball. He imperiously went past two or three defenders cutting through the heart of the park. If the finish had matched the approach it would have been a wonderful goal but unfortunately it was well over. Almost straight after Lowestoft made their final change with their best player Douglas being swapped for Pollock. 

On seventy-seven minutes Lowestoft had their best chance of equalising. A corner from Kettering's left found Bammant in space but he put his free header over the bar. With just over ten minutes remaining Kettering made a double substitution with Hoenes and Meikle coming off to be replaced by Gary Stohrer and Lathaniel Rowe-Turner. LRT went to left back with Kelly moving into mid-field. With two minutes to go a long ball into the box flew past Bammant and his marker but Jack Wilkinson with glory beckoning blasted it over the bar. Kettering had three extra minutes to survive and with just one left when Fisk took another soft tumble to get awarded another free-kick by the ref. The kick was poor and went straight into the wall, rebounded and ended up with Dan Holman who took the ball deep into Lowestoft's half to run the clock down to the final whistle.

Full Time: Lowestoft Town 0   Kettering Town 1

Kettering: Yellow: Milnes – foul, Hoenes  – simulation, Towers – Kicking ball away

                      Red: Aaron O'Connor – Violent Conduct

Lowestoft: Yellow: Williams – foul.

Kettering Town Man of the match. Craig Stanley

Attendance: 644 (Approx 200 Poppies).


Team Sheet

Location: Away (Away)
Kick Off: 02nd Mar 2019
Kettering Town FC

Captain:
0 Rhys Hoenes
Lowestoft Town

Captain: