Match Report - Alvechurch

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

Goals

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Alvechurch: 1

Goals

Jamie Williets 00

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Craig Stanley 45

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Alvechurch: 2

Goals

Mitch Botfield 45

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Match Report

Kettering Town  v  Alvechurch

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central

Saturday 6th April 2019   3:00pm

 

 

Kettering Town

 

 

Alvechurch

 

 1

 Paul White

 

 1

 Dan Crane

 

12             

 Dion Kelly-Evans

 

 2

 Tom Tonks

 

15

 Declan Towers

 

 3

 Zack Foster

Off 92

19

 Craig Stanley

 

 4

 Kyle Morrison

 

 14

 Marcus Kelly

 

 5

 Jamie Willets  (Capt)        

 

 6

 Michael Richens  (Capt)        

 

 6

 Ash Carter

 

11

 Rhys Hoenes            

 

 7

 Dave Belis

 

 7

 Lindon Meikle

 Off 74

 8

 Tom Tyrton    

 

5

 Gary Stohrer            

 Off 74

 9

  Aaron Lloyd     

 

 9

 Dan Holman

 

10

 James Roberts

 Off 85

8

 Aaron O’Connor

 

11

 Josh Marsh

 Off 77

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

 2

 James Brighton

 

12

 Andre Landell

 On 85

 3

 Ben Toseland     

 

14

 Kieran Cook           

 

 4

 Brett Solkhon         

 On 74

15

 Mitch Botfield      

 On 77

10

 Ben Milnes                

 On 74

16

 Taylor Morrison     

 On 92

18

 Lathaniel Rowe-Turner  

 

17

 Charlie Price

 

 

Referee:   Ritchie Watkins                        Assistants: Ian Croston and Matthew Jackson

With Marcus Kelly returning after missing the Leiston game through injury Gary Stohrer moved from left back into midfield with Ben Milnes dropping to the bench. Luke Graham and Ben Bradshaw made way for Milnes and James Brighton on the sub's bench.

Under dark overcast skies with a light wind blowing Alvechurch in all green kicked off attacking the Tin Hat end in front of a large expectant crowd. Alvechurch obviously had not read the script and set about crashing the party.  In the first minute Alvechurch were awarded a free kick mid-way inside their own half. It was lifted high towards Kettering's penalty area where it was nodded forward by Aaron Lloyd into the path of James Roberts who had got ahead of Craig Stanley. Fortunately for Kettering Marcus Kelly was reading the game and came across and managed to get his body onto the ball before Roberts could fashion a shot and bundle the ball behind for a corner. Tom Tonks took the corner from Kettering's right and exposed what has been one of Kettering's few weaknesses this season an inability to confidently defender corners and this was no exception. As Jamie Willets ran forward to make an unchallenged powerful header that gave Paul White no chance. 0-1 Alvechurch 2 mins.

Kettering came straight back and four minutes later Gary Stohrer lifted a ball forward from the half way line for Aaron O'Connor to run onto. AO'C's first touch took the ball inside and away from the big centre-half in close proximity his second touch fooled the next defender leaving Aaron space to take a low left foot shot which Dan Crane managed to push around the post at full stretch. The resulting corner was poor and was easily cleared. Six minutes later Kettering won another corner which fared better with the Alvechurch defender opting for safety first and heading it behind for another corner. This corner was another poor effort failing to clear the first player and Gary Stohrer managed to get a boot in and tap the ball back to Hoenes who in turn played it back to Marcus Kelly who hoisted the ball into the goal area where Declan Towers was still in place from the corner. Declan's goal bound header was well saved by Crane who palmed the ball away but only in the direction of the unmarked AO'C. It came at an awkward height though and in a situation where if he had shinned it the ball would have gone in he made too good a contact and managed to clear the bar from about three yards out.  Kettering forced another two corners in as many minutes but were always going to struggle to convert them into a goal due to Alvechurch's overwhelming height advantage with only Towers coming close to being as tall.

On twenty minutes Paul White was called into action when a ball was played forward by Alvechurch towards Josh Marsh. With his back to the goal he let the ball go through his legs to Lloyd who was just in front of him. The Alvechurch man pushed it back to Marsh who’d turned and fired off a first time shot from outside of the penalty area. It was on target however almost straight at White but it still required Paul to touch the ball over the bar. The resulting corner was cleared by a Towers header. Shortly after Alvechurch broke down their right and Roberts showed good skill in controlling the ball on his chest to advance menacingly into the box where he unleashed a powerful low shot which was well saved by White low down to his left covering his near post. The rebound fell to Roberts who lifted a cross to the far post where Marsh was closing in quickly. It was just too high though and the ball bounced of the top of Marsh’s head for a goal kick. 

With just under twenty minutes of the half left Dan Crane made his only error in what would turn out to be a match winning performance.  A ball was played back to Willets who was closed down quickly by Hoenes, the defender quickly passed it back towards his goalkeeper. Rhys continued his chase and Crane swung at the ball intending to launch it downfield. He completely sliced his kick though and the ball ended up spinning behind him and conceding a corner. Ten minutes later a goalkeeping kicking error at the other end almost increased Alvechurch’s lead. Paul White advanced out of his penalty area to reach a through ball being chased by Roberts White won the race to the ball but his clearing kick was straight to Marsh who tried an audacious lob from more than thirty yards out. The ball fell just short of the goal and thanks to the recent dry spell bounced high enough to hit the bar and bounce back into play where it was dealt with by Towers. 

With thirty –seven minutes on the clock Roberts picked up the only caution of the game when he petulantly threw the ball away after a free-kick was awarded against him. The game, important for both teams was played in a good manner with the referee having little to do and for the most part unnoticed and therefore giving a good performance. 

Kettering’s next attack saw AO’C get the best of the big centre back marking him but his only option was to run across the face of goal drawing two defenders with him his clever back heel left Stohrer in space and he drove towards the by-line where he cut an inviting ball back into the middle but it was put behind by Tonks before it could reach the lurking Hoenes. The corner was punched clear by Crane. Inside the last five minutes Paul White ensured that Kettering would go into the half time only one goal in arrears. A break down Kettering’s left saw Lloyd play the ball towards Roberts. Dion Kelly-Evans had drifted across into the middle and was out of position he reacted quickly to correct himself but Roberts showed good skill to send DKE past him and closed in on goal. White was alert to the danger and made himself big on the six yard line and smothered the ball and held it much to Roberts’ frustration. The referee added two additional minutes mostly due to Alvechurch gamesman ship but nothing of note happened.

Half Time: Kettering Town 0  Alvechurch 1

Kettering were first on the attack at the start of the second half and Michael Richens picked out Dan Holman just outside the visitors penalty area. He lofted a dangerous ball towards the far post where Hoenes ghosted in to head goal-wards only to see Crane make another good save and the ball hacked clear by Willets.

Five minutes in and Mr Watkins could have had further words with Roberts when the player went down with a theatrical cry and tumble following a challenge by Richens in an obvious attempt to win a free kick but the referee was having none of it and waved play on. Two minutes in and Kettering were level. Marcus took a corner from the stand side into the crowded goal area where a Alvechurch helped the ball on its way but Stohrer was waiting just beyond the far post and he lofted the ball back towards the other post where Holman headed back into the middle where Craig Stanley still sitting on the floor from the initial action was on hand to nod the ball home despite two defenders in close order.  1-1 Kettering 52 mins.

The home crowd came to life and started generating some noise. Kettering won a couple of corners but couldn’t repeat the trick. After sixty-five minutes a fine flowing move involving Holman, AO’C ended with Stohrer shooting just wide. With just over fifteen minutes to go Stohrer lobbed the ball over the top for Hoenes to run onto beating Kyle Morrison to the ball. Rhys steadied himself and hit the ball towards the corner of the goal. Morrison however had not followed the ball and had positioned himself on the line and cleared the ball behind. It was Gary Stohrer’s final act as before the corner was taken Solkhon and Milnes replaced him and Lindon Meikle. The game seemed to be meandering to a draw with Alvechurch looking happy to settle for a point making two substitutions and Kettering unable to find a way past the tall Alvechurch back four persisting with high balls played forward.  

With three minutes to go a ball was played out of defence to Holman on the halfway line. There was a suspicion of handball by the Kettering man but pulling of Holman’s arm by the defender more than made up for it allowing the ball to run to Belis who advanced with the ball. He threaded the ball through to Landell who had plenty of space and enough time to steady himself and square the ball for Botfield who was again left in space and his weak shot went through Towers’ legs and more importantly White’s left for a goal. 1-2 Alvechurch 87 mins

In the remaining minutes bolstered by an indicated additional five Landell tested White with another full blooded shot which drew a good save from White.  Alvechurch managed to make a final substitution with Morrison replacing Foster in the slowest substitution of the season. The referee was well aware of Alvechurch’s game and resolutely refused to be swayed by the loud protestation from the visitor’s bench to end the game. Kettering got one final chance with a corner deep into stoppage time. Paul White came up for it to try and make amends for his earlier error but displayed why he wears the gloves when he ran into his opposite number in the melee causing the referee to award a free-kick against him. Shortly after the final whistle blew and the champagne was put away to wait for this Saturday and a trip to Halesowen when only a point is required due to Stourbridge drawing at Needham Market. 

Full Time: Kettering Town 1 Alvechurch 2.

Kettering Town yellow cards:  None

Alvechurch yellow cards:  Roberts – Dissent

Attendance: 1567

Elgoods Brewery, Kettering Town ‘Man-of-the-Match’ chosen by sponsor Pacesetter– Craig Stanley.

Klondike winner £270 won by Craig Smith.


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 06th Apr 2019
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 Craig Stanley
Alvechurch

Captain:
0 Jamie Williets
0 Mitch Botfield