Match Report - Leiston

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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Leiston: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Aaron O Connor 45

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Leiston: 0

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Match Report

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central

Saturday 30thMarch 2019   3:00pm

 

 

Leiston

 

 

Kettering Town

 

1

 Marcus Garnham

 

1

 Paul White

 

2

 Harry Knights

 

12

 Dion Kelly-Evans

 

3

 Seb Dunbar

 

16

 Craig Stanley

 

4

 Robert Eagle

 Off 93

15

 Declan Towers

 

5

 Joe Jefford

 

5

 Gary Stohrer            

 

6

 Tom Bullard (Capt)

 

7

 Lindon Meikle          

 Off 79

7

 Byron Lawrence

 

6

 Michael Richens (Capt)        

 

8

 Noel Aitkens

 

11

 Rhys Hoenes

 Off 79

9

 Matt Blake   

 Off 86 

10

 Ben Milnes 

 Off 46

10

 Kyle Hammond

 

8

 Aaron O’Connor

 

11

 Dominic Docherty

 Off 78

9

 Dan Holman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Josh Cheetham  

 On 93

3

 Ben Toseland   

 

14

 Will Davies     

 On 86

4

 Brett Solkhon

 On 46

15

 Christy Finch

 On 78

16

 Luke Graham

 On 79

16

 Josh Hitter

 

17

 Ben Bradshaw

 

17

 Matt Rutherford

 

18

 Lathaniel Rowe-Turner 

 On 79 

 

    Referee:  Oliver Morris-Sanders          Assistants Ashley Smith and Paul Stearman

With Marcus Kelly suffering from a thigh injury a space in the starting eleven was open for the return, after suspension, of Aaron O'Connor. Gary Stohrer moved from midfield into the left back spot. Luke Graham was added to the sub's bench.  Having left Kettering under clear blue skies and warm sunshine the travelling contingent were met with hazy sunshine and grey skies threatening showers.  The playing surface looked in pristine condition which would suit a passing game played on the floor.  The surface was firm though and it was decided to water the pitch before kick-off using the integral sprinkler system. This was to cause some of the players to slip during the first 45 minutes. 

With Leiston playing in all blue, like their near neighbours Lowestoft, Kettering turned out in their red and black shirts playing the first half into a light breeze. Leiston were first on the attack after three minutes with Dominic Docherty attacking down their left. Despite being well placed for a shot he decided to play the ball inside to Matt Blake. He was quickly closed down and the ball cleared but only as far as Seb Dunbar but his low ball into the box from the left was too close to Paul White. Kettering's first attack was two minutes later and was initiated by Dan Holman who robbed Robert Eagle of possession in midfield. He advanced down the centre of the pitch and played Aaron O'Connor in on the left side of Liston's box. Marcus Garnham kept his shot out with his feet at the cost of Kettering's first corner. Ben Milnes delivery was immaterial as  the referee blew his whistle penalising Kettering for an offence within the area. 

Kettering's next attack again came through the middle on the floor. Lindon Meikle received the ball in the middle of the park and Eagle swooped in to attempt a tackle. Lindon turned smartly with the ball and watched the Leiston man rush by him similar to a matador with a bull. Meikle advanced into the vacated space and pushed the ball wide to Hoenes whose move into the box was halted at the expense of a second Kettering corner which was cleared by Leiston's defence. 

A O'C was having a frustrating day with the referee oblivious to perceived fouls committed on him and was verbally expressing himself.  Mr Morris-Sanders did take objection to a challenge by Michael Richens after eighteen minutes and awarded the hosts a free-kick about 25 yards from Kettering's goal in a central position. Despite taking time to set up for the kick it was wasted by Leiston when Kyle Hammond struck it straight into the wall. Kettering broke quickly through Dan Holman but lacking support managed to secure a corner. Milnes corner kick was easily caught by an unchallenged Garnham who quickly dispatched the ball down field but Hammond's attempt at goal was high and wide. Leiston next ball forward was met by a poor defensive header by Craig Stanley but Dion Kelly-Evans compounded the error by slicing his clearance up into the air. Stanley calmed any nerves by putting the ball out for Leiston's first corner which was unproductive. 

Michael Richens who was having his usual combative game was on the receiving end on twenty-five minutes when he was caught late by Noel Aitkens leaving the Kettering player in some pain an requiring treatment. The referee lectured the player and saw fit to call the Leiston captain over to take part in the discussion but no caution was issued. Kettering then enjoyed their best spell of the first half. AO'C chased the ball into Leiston's box and thinking he had done enough to earn a corner allowed the ball to go out of play and was most annoyed to see a goal kick awarded by the linesman. His complaints earned him a word or two from the ref. Despite this Kettering forced two corners in the next two minutes, the first being punched clear by the keeper and the second met by Richens head, who rose highest, but his effort went wide. 

With just over ten minutes before half-time Hoenes broke down the left wing. Stretching the defence he pulled the ball back inside to Gary Stohrer but his shot was too high. Leiston were resorting to playing high balls over the top but were not taking account of the wind and most were carrying all the way to Paul White. On thirty-five minutes on just such a ball White rolled it out to Declan Towers who picked out Stohrer on the left. Gary advanced almost the length of Leiston's half and played it into Holman in the penalty area. Dan pivoted and shot but it was deflected behind for a corner which was again punched clear by Garnham. Kettering were having most success probing down the flanks and a Richens overlap a minute later gave Kettering their best chance as his low cross passed across the face of the goal but no-one was on hand to apply a final touch.  With five minutes to go Leiston had their best chance of the half. With Kettering committing men forward they were caught on the counter attack with a Leiston break down their right. With the Kettering defence being drawn over the ball was played towards the advancing Dunbar who had plenty of space. Paul White was alert to the danger and raced out of his area to close the player down. Dunbar tried to play the ball past the keeper but White had done enough and the ball trickled safely past the post.  

Half Time: Leiston  0   Kettering Town 0

Kettering were awarded a free kick in the first minute of the second half and it was played into the box where it was headed on by Stohrer to have its flight arrested by a Leiston arm. A few Kettering players appealed for a penalty but it smacked of desperation as it would have been an extremely harsh decision if given.  The very next minute Leiston spurned a good chance in a fast incisive move. A Paul White clearance was headed forward by Knights to Blake who quickly switched the ball out to Docherty who came in from the flank but he put his shot wide of the post with White rooted to the spot. It was an end to end game at this stage with Kettering having the next attack with Hoenes chasing a ball played over the top outpacing the defender. Milnes looped around him and Rhys played the ball out to him but his dangerous looking cross was deflected behind for a poorly taken corner which was easily defended.

Aitkens gave away a stupid free kick in midfield when he tried to pull Richens back by grabbing his out stretched arm which everyone in the ground could see. The game was turning into a copy of the second half of the St Neots game that after a brief attacking flurry at the start of the second half Kettering appeared to slip into neutral content to coast until the end of the game. The main difference being that in the St Neots game KTFC were two goals to the good.  Leiston were having their best spell of the match taking advantage of the visitor’s lack of dynamism.  On nine minutes a quick Leiston break down their left saw the ball played across the edge of Kettering’s penalty area to Atkins who hit a firm first time shot which unfortunately for Leiston was straight at White who caught it comfortably. A free kick by Leiston was played down Kettering’s left and the forward produced a good cross which passed across the face of the goal but met by no-one and needed to be chased down by DKE wide out by the touch-line.  On twelve minutes Aitkins repeated another pull with an outstretched arm pulling down White who was in possession of the ball trying to set up a quick counter-attack. The referee finally lost his patience and issued a caution for persistent fouling.  AO’C was also testing the referee’s patience and received a talking to by the ref for his persistent moaning even after afree-kick had been awarded in his favour. Leiston were still pushing forward and on sixty-three minutes Blake will be disappointed that he could only put the ball the wrong side of the post from close range when he managed to find himself in space at the near post with a ball played in from Kettering’s left.

In order to rouse Kettering from their lethargy the management team made two changes with twenty-five minutes to go. Milnes and Meikle were withdrawn in favour of Solkhon and Rowe-Turner.  Lathaniel moved into the left-back spot with Stohrer advancing into a midfield role. The substitutions solidified midfield and quelled Leiston’s attacking spell but it did not inspire any attacking creativity from Kettering and the game appeared to be running down to a goalless draw. 

Kettering had a brief flurry of attacking intent with fifteen minutes to go when they won two corners in quick succession but were competently defended by Leiston.  On seventy-eight minutes Docherty was replaced by Finch for the hosts. Two minutes later the referee issued his second caution of the game when Knights caught Holman late in a genuine attempt to get the ball and was a result of tiredness of the defender rather than any malice. In the final two minutes of the half Leiston replaced Blake with Davies signifying their acceptance of the draw. Kettering were still being awarded a string of unproductive free-kick with the majority of offenses being committed by Atkins. The referee had a final word with the player emphasizing that he would be booked for any further indiscretions and thereby receive his second yellow card by miming the act of showing a card to impress upon him the tightrope he was walking.  With two minutes to go Leiston won a free kick in a central position some thirty yards out but wasted the chance by hitting it well over the bar. At this stage news of Stourbridge’s home draw was conveyed to the players on the pitch in an attempt to inspire them to one final effort.

With ninety minutes showing on the clock and no indication being made as to how many additional minutes would be played but with only three substitutions and no significant injuries or time wasting it was expected to be of a minimal nature.  Two minute into additional time Leiston made their third substitution in order to run down the clock but the referee showed no inclination to call a halt to procedures. One wonders if Mr Morris-Sanders  had officiated the Coalville game whether an additional quarter hour would have been played. With ninety four minutes on the clock Richens was in possession deep in Leiston's half out on Kettering’s right. He played the ball forward to DKE who drew the defender towards him but fed the ball back to Michael who had space to play the ball low into Dan Holman on the near post. Dan tried to turn the ball goal wards but it caught the heel of his marker which diverted it towards AO’C waiting on the edge of the goal area where he swept it home from six yards out giving the keeper and defender on the line no chance and send the travelling poppies behind into raptures of joy. Aaron ran out to the corner where he was met by the whole of the Kettering team and bench apart from Paul White to celebrate another added time winner.  It was all too much for the home players who slumped dejectedly to the ground. Aitkins expressed his unhappiness verbally at the referee which prompted the referee to issue the Leiston player with the promised yellow card resulting in his dismissal. Kettering saw out the final moments of the game against a broken home side to extend their advantage at the top of the table to 13 points and set up a potential Championship winning home game against Alvechurch on the first Saturday in April.

Full Time: Leiston 0   Kettering Town 1

Kettering: Yellow: None

Leiston: Yellow: Knights – foul  Aitkens-persistent foul play. 2ndYellow/Red Aitkens - Dissent

Man of the match. Aaron O’Connor / Gary Stohrer

Attendance: 328 (Approx 100 Poppies)


Team Sheet

Location: Away (Away)
Kick Off: 30th Mar 2019
Kettering Town FC

Captain:
0 Aaron O Connor
Leiston

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