Match Report - Halesowen Town

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Rhys Hoenes 00

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Substitutions

Halesowen Town: 0

Goals

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

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Halesowen Town: 0

Goals

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Match Report

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central

Saturday 13thJanuary 2019   3:00pm

 

 

Halesowen Town

 

 

Kettering Town

 

1

 Daniel Platt

 

1

 Paul White

 

2

 Enock Ekongo

 

5

 Dion Kelly-Evans

Off 31

3

 Sam Griffiths

 

15

 Declan Towers

 

4

 Ivor Lawton 

 

16

 Craig Stanley

Off 73 

5

 Kieran Morris (Capt)

 

18

 Lathaniel Rowe-Turner

 

6

 Callum Mendez-Jones

 

7

 Lindon Meikle          

 

7

 Samuel Dallow

 Off 65

6

 Michael Richens (Capt)        

 

8

 Aaron Birch

 

14

 Marcus Kelly            

 

9

 Jamie Molyneux    

 Off 66

11

 Rhys Hoenes

Off 70

10

 Kartel O’Neill-Martin

 

8

 Aaron O’Connor

 

11

 Jack Kelly

 Off 81

9

 Dan Holman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Samir Nabi   

 

2

 James Brighton

 

14

 Aaron Gilkin     

 On 65

3  

 Ben Toseland    

 

15

 Isai Marsella

 On 66

4

 Brett Solkhon

On 73

16

 Asa Charlton

 

  5

 Gary Stohrer

On 31

17

 Lee Hughes

 On 81

10

 Ben Milnes 

On 70

 

    Referee:  Ben Cooke                  Assistants Scott Postin and Joseph Larkin

The inclusion of Lathaniel Rowe-Turner at left-back was the only change to the side which didn’t manage to clinch the league title the previous weekend at Latimer Park. Marcus Kelly was moved into midfield with Gary Stohrer making way and starting on the substitute’s bench. With sunny skies the pitch looked in good condition apart from the expected wear shown by most pitches at this level. Halesowen Town in all blue kicked off with Kettering in their red and black home kit.  Kettering made the first attack in the first minute with a ball played over the top for Hoenes to chase but the tall Halesowen defender managed to get to the ball first and headed it back to his keeper.  Kettering won their first corner after seven minutes and a threatening corner by Hoenes was headed away by the bandaged Lawton from under the bar but only as far as Kelly who fed the ball back to Hoenes. Rhys faced by two defenders had an probe towards the penalty area but thought better of it and laid the ball back to Kelly who returned the pass to Rhys who ghosted past Ekongo and then feinted and turned to misdirect two defenders to give him a shooting chance which was deflected behind for another corner.  The corner was cleared and set up a quick break for the hosts but Dion Kelly-Evans was alert and quickly and coolly dealt with the attack.  Halesowen won their first corner on ten minutes but it was confidently collected by Paul White.

On thirteen minutes Kettering won a free kick when LRT advancing with the ball deep into Halesowen’s half played the ball towards Aaron O’Connor but he was impeded by a defender. The resulting free-kick was headed behind by Lawton for an unproductive corner.  LRT turned villain two minutes later when he gave the ball away cheaply in his own half.  He tracked back with Sam Dallow but could not prevent him crossing the ball into the box where it was firmly headed behind by Craig Stanley.  Again the corner was confidently claimed by White. 

On eighteen minutes Michael Richens broke up a Halesowen attack with a positive challenge just outside Kettering’s penalty area and fed the ball to Kelly wide on the left. Kettering were patient and the ball was passed across the field via Stanley to Declan Towers who played a measured ball diagonally through the gap between Halesowen’s centre back and left back where it was run onto by the overlapping DKE.  Dion played a beautifully weighted low ball which Hoenes reached ahead of his marked and he steered it past the outstretched hand of the diving Platt.  Their might have been a hint of the defender getting a significant touch but no-one would deny Rhys claiming his sixteenth league goal of the season. 0-1 Kettering 19 mins. 

The Kettering fans behind the goal that’d been in fine voice already raised the volume a couple of notches expressing their joy. Play was held up after twenty-one minutes when DKE needed treatment after receiving a knock in an accidental collision. Four minutes later Towers played an almost identical ball to that which led to the goal which Hoenes ran onto. Support was in short supply though and a corner was the best result the isolated Rhys could extract from the situation. The corner led to nothing. Kettering’s next attack with AO’C in possession on the edge of Halesowen’s penalty area was halted because of a head injury and the result was the ball ending up in the hands of White completely negating any advantage Kettering had. 

Just after the half hour DKE succumbed to his injury having failed to run it off in ten minutes. He was replaced in a straight swap with Gary Stohrer. Kettering were winning a stream of corners and AO’C was making a nuisance of himself in the box before the kick was taken pressurising the keeper and his minder. AO’C and the defender earned a talking to by the ref after Platt had theatrically reacted after he was stepped on by his own defender. As expected, when the ball was eventually delivered into the box a free kick was awarded to the hosts.

As the game approached half time LRT turned past a defender and delivered an inviting ball into the box where it was partially cleared but straight to Meikle who was about ten yards from the by line on the edge of the penalty area. Lindon advanced into the area and using a step over to throw the defender off to give him space to shoot at goal. Platt at full stretch to his right managed to keep out the low shot. 

In the two added minutes AO’C chased a deep ball and fed the ball back to Meikle on the edge of the area. Lindon moved inside along the eighteen yard line and once he reached the middle of the park unleashed a goal bound shot which was pushed away two handed by Platt. It ran away to Stohrer who was almost on the by-line. Gary lifted a looping cross towards the far post. Ekongo managed to get in a crucial clearing header as AO’C was lurking ready to strike just behind him. 

Half Time: Halesowen Town 0   Kettering Town 1

For the second half Kettering had changed from a 4-3-3 formation into a 3-4-3.  Five minutes into the second half Kelly took a lovely floated corner from Kettering’s right. Michael Richens rose highest a got a good connection but sent his header wide leaving the Kettering man kicking the ground in frustration. Two minutes later Kelly made a good break down the left but his good ball into the middle came to nothing as the linesman raised his flag for offside. Halesowen broke straight up the other end and won a corner but it was cleanly headed behind by Stanley and the follow up corner was claimed by White. 

On fifty-five minutes Halesowen were awarded a free-kick some 45 yards out and all their tall defenders trotted forward. They need not have bothered as the kick was over hit and was an easy catch for White.  Three minutes later a long ball was played forward for Hoenes to chase. Morris in the middle raised his arm claiming off-side unaware that there was a player behind him playing Rhys on-side. Hoenes held the ball up and then played a clever reverse pass to the overlapping Kelly who played an inviting low ball into the goal area. Holman pivoted and swung his left foot at the ball but got a poor connection and the ball trickled into the hands of Platt.  

Hoenes was staring to exploit space down the left and only a good saving tackle by Ekongo in the penalty area stopped the attack. The resulting corner was played deep to Stanley whose header went the wrong side of the post. Halesowen made their first change after 65 minutes with Gilkin replacing Dallow and one minute later Marsella replacing the limping Molyneux.  It looked like the referee was going to issue his first caution of the game to Birch as he tried to halt Meikle moving forward by holding his hand and pulling him back, the ref played the advantage but this was quickly lost when the Kettering attack was broken up on the edge of the penalty area and Halesowen broke through Birch. The attack came to nothing and the referee had words with the Halesowen man but no card was issued. 

With twenty minutes to go Ben Milnes replaced Hoenes with the forward receiving a good reception by the fans and Kettering adopting a 3-5-2. The referee issued his first caution of the game to Lawton after a heavy challenge on Kelly but the game was being played in a good spirit despite the importance of the result to Halesowen.   Brett Solkhon replaced Craig Stanley with seventeen minutes to go with Richens moving into the back three. 

With ten minutes to go Kettering had a chance to seal the match and the Championship. A free-kick was awarded about 30 yards out in the middle of the field. Kelly and Milnes stood over the ball and it was Ben who struck the ball over the wall to see it stopped by the diving Platt. Holman was quick to react and looked certain to nod the ball home from close range but Platt bounced up from the floor to manage to push the ball over the bar in a brilliant double save. 

Halesowen hadn’t thrown the towel in though and a long ball into Kettering’s penalty area was not dealt with cleanly by Richens and Kelly who managed to get in each other’s way and ended up with both of them on the floor. Gilkin looked to take advantage of the situation but fell over before Kelly reached him and tumbled to the floor to the disgust of Mr Cooke who booked him for simulation.

With less than ten minutes to go Lee Hughes brought himself on for Kelly. Inside the last five minutes Halesowen had their best chance of the ball with the ball being fed through to Gilkin but he blasted the ball over the bar when well positioned. Paul White was well placed though but he didn’t hold back on letting his team-mates know his opinion of their defending. 

In stoppage time Marcus Kelly had the chance to end the game in style when he was through 1v1 against Dan Platt but the Halesowen keeper made another fine save to keep the score unchanged to add to the list of fine saves he made but not enough to be named home man of the match by the sponsors. Shortly after the referee blew the final whistle to signal the end of the game and the start of the celebrations for the champions and their supporters.

Full Time: Halesowen Town 0   Kettering Town 1

Yellow     Kettering; None

                Halesowen:  Lawton – foul Gilkin - simulation

Attendance: 938

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Rhys Hoenes


Team Sheet

Location: Away (Away)
Kick Off: 13th Apr 2019
Kettering Town FC

Captain:
0 Rhys Hoenes
Halesowen Town

Captain: