Match Report - St Neots Town

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

Rhys Hoenes 00
Declan Towers 00

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Substitutions

St Neots Town: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

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St Neots Town: 0

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Match Report

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central

Saturday 23rd March 2019   3:00pm

 

Kettering Town 

St Neots Town

1

 Paul White

 

 1

 James Philp

 

12

 Dion Kelly-Evans

 

 2

 Joe Hood

 

19

 Craig Stanley

 

 3

 Jordan Norville-Williams

 

18

 Declan Towers

 

 4

 Matty Miles

 

14

 Marcus Kelly

 

 5

 Dunnett

 

10

 Ben Milnes      

 Off 82

 6

 Stevan Shaw

 

6

 Michael Richens (Capt)

 

 7

 Reif Clarke

 

7

 Lindon Meikle

 Off 74

 8

 Mason Rhiney

 

5

 Gary Stohrer

 

 9

 Joe Rider

 Off 70

9

 Dan Holman

 

10

 Joe Sutton

 Off 77

11

 Rhys Hoenes 

 

11

 Harry Beckley

 Off 58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

2

 James Brighton    

 

12

 Prince Mutswunguma

 On 70

3

 Ben Toseland

 On 74

14

 Ben Yeomans

 On 77

4

 Brett Solkhon          

 On 82

15

 Leon Fulianty 

 On 58

17

 Ben Bradshaw       

 

16

 

 

18

 Lathaniel Rowe-Turner           

 

17

 

 

 

Referee: Steve Durnell                  Assistants: Simon Lane and Minrohan Anand

With Declan Towers being available he resumed his central defensive pairing with Craig Stanley replacing Brett Solkhon who reverted to the bench. Lathaniel Rowe-Turner also reverted to the bench with Marcus Kelly playing at left back. His spot in midfield was filled by Ben Milnes restored to the starting eleven. The substitute’s line-up was completed with James Brighton, Ben Toseland and Ben Bradshaw.

On a warm, sunny, spring afternoon, perfect for football St Neots in their distinctive blue quartered shirts kicked off on a good Latimer Park playing surface attacking the Tin Hat end. Kettering after last week’s disappointment at Biggleswade appeared to have responded in a positive fashion and tore into St Neots attacking at every opportunity. With a willingness to attack down the flanks the team was a million miles away from the flat performance seven days earlier. As early as the third minute St Neots had James Philp to thank for keeping Kettering out.  A probe down Kettering’s left saw the ball played across to the opposite side where Dion Kelly-Evans was picked out in space but his firm side-foot was well saved by the St Neots custodian. Two minutes later Kettering were awarded a free-kick about thirty yards out. Marcus Kelly played the ball into the box but it was met by a firm punch by Philp. It was immaterial though as the referee had adjudged that the keeper had been impeded in reaching the ball and awarded a soft free-kick against Dan Holman.  

Holman turned provider in the next attack and played a well disguised ball inside to Rhys Hoenes whose goal attempt was scrambled away for Kettering’s first corner. The corner by Ben Milnes took a deceptive flight and would have gone straight in if Philp had not been on his toes. The ball went back to Milnes who lifted the ball into the box where it was headed goal-wards by Michael Richens but was well held by the keeper. Milnes was making the most of his starting role and fed the ball onto Hoenes who advanced to the by-line and then cut the ball back to Ben whose shot was deflected behind for an unproductive corner.  

With less than ten minutes played it seemed that the whole of the game had been played in and around the St Neots penalty area and the young side was starting to show the pressure as when Hoenes was executing another overlap out wide to open up the defence he was unceremoniously pushed to the floor by Norville-Williams. Kelly’s free kick was eventually cleared by a nervous visitor’s defence.  On twelve minutes Craig Stanley set DKE loose on the right and his dangerous low ball into the box was put into the side netting by Dunnett. Kelly’s corner picked out Declan Towers and his powerful header was somehow clawed away by James Philp for a corner with the nearest KTFC players claiming the ball had crossed the line. With goal-line technology someway off from being implemented at Latimer Park the decision of the perfectly placed linesman had to suffice and no goal was awarded. 

On the quarter hour another thrust deep into St Neots half saw Dan Holman in possession on the left hand side of the penalty area. He struck a high up and under cross over to the other side of the area where Lindon Meikle and ex-poppy Harry Beckley were waiting for the ball to drop.  Beckley in turning lost sight of the ball and it came down to strike his outstretched arm taking the ball away from Meikle. The referee awarded a penalty which would have caused uproar in the crowd if awarded against the home side but was accepted without too much complaint by the visitors.  Rhys Hoenes took responsibility for the kick and confidently sent the keeper the wrong way.  1-0 Kettering 17 mins

Kettering were still pushing forward and after twenty minutes Hoenes broke clear again outpacing the defence but his shot was deflected behind for an unproductive corner.  Holman had the next half chance as a high ball into the box by DKE was nodded down by Richens into Dan’s path but the firm pitch caused the ball to bounce up to an awkward height which prevented the forward from making more of it.  On twenty-five minutes a long ball forward by Milnes was chased by Holman and Joe Hood who managed to get his head to the ball but Dan edged in front of him but was held back by the defender and then bundled over. The referee saw nothing amiss and waved play on having already awarded one penalty.  Five minutes later Kettering were passing the ball around well and DKE found himself in space on the right he crossed the ball over to Meikle who took on his marker, passed him and watched his shot be headed away by Stevan Shaw for another corner. 

With just over ten minutes to go to half time Holman from five yards deep in his own half threaded the ball through for Hoenes to chase.  Leaving Matty Miles in his wake Rhys ran towards the edge of the penalty area. Philp also advanced towards the ball but he was watching Hoenes more than the ball and Hoenes dummied him with a shimmy causing the keeper to follow him rather than move towards the ball which ran past him untouched. The Kettering man ran around the keeper ready to finish the move but Milnes had followed the ball and not the player and reached it first and put it behind for a corner.  Milnes took the corner towards the near post and despite a clear call from the keeper who was moving to the ball Hood headed the ball and only succeeded in looping the ball over Philp and straight to Declan Towers waiting at the far post and had the simple task of heading the ball into an open goal. 2-0 Kettering 35 mins.

Just before the half time whistle the St Neots bench got excited when ex-poppy Mason Rhiney lifted a ball into Kettering’s half. The ball was too high for Towers to reach and Paul White, a long way out of his area cleared the ball with a suspicion of hand ball. The referee who had a clear view, less than ten yards away saw no infringement of the rules to the disgust of the visitor’s bench.

Half Time: Kettering Town 2  St Neot's Town  0

Kettering continued where they left off and in the first minute of the second half a long ball forward from Craig Stanley was run onto by Holman. Dan moved inside of his marker and hit a hard shot that rattled the bar with the keeper beaten. Stohrer got to the rebound but his shot was blocked by a defender. Michael Richens had Philp frantically back pedaling two minutes later when he tried a long range lob but it sailed just over the bar. Kettering were playing the ball straight down the middle now with balls over the top rather than down the flanks like the first half. Holman was exploiting the inexperience of the defence and timed his run onto a long ball to avoid being flagged for offside but he only managed to blast his shot well over the bar. 

St Neots made their first substitution on fifty-eight minutes with Fulianty replacing Beckley and that seemed to signal the end of the game as a competition with Kettering appearing to take their foot of the gas with Philp not being unduly tested for the remainder of the game. Mid-way through the half Norville-Williams advanced into Kettering’s half before being dispossessed by Richens and promptly went to the floor. Michael mimed his opinion that the player had dived which the referee concurred with and waved play on. Other substitutions followed with Toseland making a rare appearance.  

With fifteen minutes to go St Neots made a rare excursion into Kettering’s penalty area with Norville-Williams but when he was tackled made a theatrical display of falling over to displease Mr Durnell enough to caution him for simulation.  With ten minutes to go Brett Solkhon made a cameo appearance allowing him to get one closer to Roger Ashby’s appearance record. In that time he managed to get in one shot after being set up by Hoenes but it deflected over the bar off the heel of a defender.  The game wound down to its inevitable conclusion and the joy of the home supporters was bolstered by the knowledge that a late Tom Knowles penalty for Royston had downed Stourbridge restoring the Poppies lead at the top of the table to eleven points. 

Full Time: Kettering Town 2  St Neots Town 0

Kettering Town: yellow cards:  None

St Neots Town: yellow cards:  Norville-Williams– Simulation.                 

Attendance: 894

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


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 23rd Mar 2019
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 Rhys Hoenes
0 Declan Towers
St Neots Town

Captain: