Match Report - Stratford Town

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

Rhys Hoenes 00
Brett Solkhon 00

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Stratford Town: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 5

Goals

Rhys Hoenes 45
Aaron O Connor 45
Craig Stanley 45

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Stratford Town: 1

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Kian Williams 45

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Match Report

Kettering Town v Stratford Town

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central

Saturday 27th April 2019   3:00pm

 

Kettering Town 

Stratford Town

 1

 Paul White

 

 1

 Rajan Shergill

Off 50

12            

 Dion Kelly-Evans

 

 2

 Cody Fisher

 

18

 Lathaniel Rowe-Turner

 

 3

 Louis McDonald

 

19

 Craig Stanley

 

 4

 James Fry  (Capt)

 

 14

 Marcus Kelly

 

 5

 Jack Coates

 

4

 Brett Solkhon  (Capt)        

 

 6

 Thomas Fishwick

 

10

 Ben Milnes            

 Off 19

 7

 Kian Williams

 

 7

 Lindon Meikle

 

 8

 Roman Faulkner   

 

5

 Gary Stohrer            

 

 9

 Robert Singer     

 

11

 Rhys Hoenes

 

10

 Daniel Creaney

 

8

 Aaron O’Connor

 Off 46

11

 Kai Williams

Off 60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

 2

 James Brighton

 

12

 Lewis Wilson

 

 3

 Ben Toseland     

 On 80

13

 Ross Etheridge       

On 50

6

 Michael Richens       

 On 19

15

 Will Grocott     

 

17

 Ben Bradshaw              

 On 46

16

 Christopher Cox    

 

20

 Joe Massaro

 

17

 Owen James

 On 60

 

Referee:   Oliver Mackey                     Assistants: Gary Lord and Minesh Gupta

 After limping off in the Easter Monday derby clash with a hamstring injury it was no surprise that Dan Holman was missing from the starting line-up. Declan Towers was also not available but the Kettering side was a strong side with only Michael Richens starting on the substitutes bench. With Stratford looking ahead to the playoffs they fielded much weakened side with several key players being rested and the team sheet filled with three academy players making their first team debut for the Warwickshire side.

What a difference seven days made the previous Saturday a four figure crowd were enjoying the game in t shirt weather under a hot sun. This game would be played under an overcast sky with a cold strong wind blowing across the pitch which, despite some rain during the week was still very firm and looking rather threadbare and in need of its summer break.

Kettering kicked off but it was the blue shirted Stratford which had the first chance after two minute. From a throw just about on the half-way line the visitors moved the ball quickly out to the opposite wing where Kian Williams played a dangerous ball into the goal area. Fortunately for Kettering the chance fell to academy player Rob Singer and experience counted as Craig Stanley closed quickly and dispossessed him before he had registered that he had the opportunity to make a dream debut and continue Kettering's poor run of conceding an early home goal. Kettering came straight back and a long ball was played over the top for Hoenes to chase. Rajan Shergill was alert to it though and came out of his box well to clear the threat.

A minute later Rhys had another run at the defence probing down the right wing but his cut back to Brett Solkhon was cleared the ball came straight back though and Kettering won their first corner. The corner was headed behind by Jack Coates for a second corner but this was cleared by the defence. The next attack was instigated by Craig Stanley who played a ball down the right wing for Gary Stohrer to run on to. Gary cut the ball back inside to Solkhon who chose to take a touch onto his right foot before shooting only to see his on target effort kicked away by Shergill.

On ten minutes Ben Milnes took a firmly struck ball straight into the face right in front of the referee who immediately stopped the game to allow him to receive treatment. Stratford's next excursion forward earned a free-kick by the corner flag following a foul by Dion Kelly-Evans. Kian Williams did not take account of the strong wind though and his kick sailed over everyone and went out for a throw-in on the opposite side of the field. Just after the quarter hour Lathaniel Rowe-Turner hooked a ball away from his own penalty-area the ball was nodded on by Milnes over the advancing right back onto Hoenes who found himself unmarked and played onside by the central defender. He controlled the ball with his chest running forward took one touch with his right foot and then from inside the penalty area unleashed a rasping left foot shot which gave Shergill no chance. 1-0 Kettering 16 mins.

It was Ben Milnes' last contribution to the game as shortly after the restart, still feeling groggy from being hit by the ball trudged off the pitch to be replaced by Michael Richens. Stratford's Singer was presented another opening after twenty-two minutes following a mistake by Gary Stohrer but LRT taking his chance to show his capabilities as a centre back closed the forward down and shepherded the ball back to Paul White. Michael Richens was looking to be in end of season mind when he attempted a long range shot which went well wide off the goal but nearly succeeded in knocking photographer Peter Short of his stool. Stratford were having their best spell of the match and Dan Creaney attempted a long range shot but was directed straight at Paul White. He got another chance four minutes later when LRT was penalised for some perceived offense on the edge of the penalty area. After forcibly pushing Kian Williams away from the ball Creaney struck the ball over the wall but didn't manage to get the ball to drop in time to pass over the bar with Paul White beaten. With ten minutes to go before half time Hoenes was again probing down the right wing. He easily beat his marker McDonald running by him. The defender tried to slow him down by pulling Rhys back by his shorts right in front of the referee. Play continued But Rhys' cross was cut out for a corner. The referee having seen no advantage had been accrued should have awarded a penalty kick but instead had words with Hoenes for questioning his decision.

Two minutes later justice was done and Kettering increased their lead. Following a throw-in close to the corner lag neat inter-passing between Stohrer and Hoenes led to the ball being fed forward to Michael Richens deep inside Stratford’s penalty area. From tight on the by-line he lifted the ball over towards Solkhon at the far post. The ball was behind Brett but he retraced his steps and pushed the ball back to O’Connor. Aaron lifted the ball over a defender onto Brett who chested the ball down and passed the ball with his left foot past Shergill into the net.  2-0 Kettering 37 mins.

As the half moved into its final five minutes Lindon Meikle lifted the ball into the penalty area for AO’C to chase. Faced with two defenders he flicked the ball into the path of the advancing Hoenes whose powerful shot struck Coates in the midriff and went behind for a corner. The corner taken by Marcus Kelly picked out Richens who rose unchallenged but his powerful header crashed against the bar with the keeper beaten and the rebound was bundled away to safety.

Half Time: Kettering Town 2 Stratford Town 0

Stratford made a perfect start to the second half when after two minutes academy player Roman Faulkner lifted the ball over Stohrer to allow Kian Williams to run in behind. Gary ran back to cover but wary of conceding a penalty did not commit to a full blooded challenge. The forward advanced into the area and poked the ball past Paul White who kicked the post with some venom in frustration at conceding. 2-1 Stratford 47 mins.

Kettering reacted perfectly and were awarded a free-kick some forty yards from goal following a push on Solkhon. Marcus Kelly took the kick and assisted by a following wind the ball sailed towards the far post where an unmarked Craig Stanley had the simple task of nodding the ball into the empty net. 3-1 Kettering 50 mins

As the ball came across Rajan Shergill was injured in a coming together with his own defender. Stratford were obviously resting their physio for the play-offs as Rachael the Kettering physio needed to give him treatment with no other Stratford player showing the least concern about his injury. The keeper required help to leave the pitch and was replaced by their first choice keeper Ross Etheridge. 

Eight minutes later Kettering further increased their lead. Brett Solkhon just inside his own half played a ball forward for Hoenes to run on to. Rhys’ pace took him clear of the covering defenders. As the McDonald came across to cover Rhys cut to his right and hit a powerful right footed shot across the keeper into the far corner. A clinical finish past Stratford’s number one keeper. 4-1 Kettering 58 mins.

A minute later Brett played another ball forward for Hoenes to chase. This time Kian Williams managed to get a touch on the ball but after allowing it to go out for a corner Hoenes took it quickly to Stohrer while most of the players were filing back. Geary fed it back to Hoenes who faced with two defenders took them both on and squeezed by them tight on the touch-line. He fired in a low cross towards Solkhon at the near post. Brett got a slight touch to it but before it could cross the line or be cleared AO’C showed a true strikers instinct and pounced to apply a final touch it home from a yard out. 5-1 Kettering 59 mins.

Stratford’s response was to withdraw Kai Williams and replace him with youngster Owen James making his first team debut. The game was effectively over with the Kettering players resorting to shooting at every opportunity with few of them actually being on target.

With fifteen minutes to go Kettering made a double substitution with James Brighton and Joe Massaro replacing Kelly and Stohrer. The game ran down to its inevitable conclusion and an indication of Kettering’s dominance was that Stratford won their first corner after seventy-seven minutes with Paul White no having to extend himself to make a save all match thus increasing his frustration at conceding such a soft goal earlier in the half.

Full Time: Kettering Town 5 Stratford Town 1.

Kettering Town yellow cards:  None

Stratford yellow cards:  None

Attendance: 660

Elgoods Brewery, Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Rhys Hoenes

Rhys’s first goal was scored in the BGBET time zone.


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 27th Apr 2019
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 Aaron O Connor
0 Rhys Hoenes
0 Rhys Hoenes
0 Brett Solkhon
0 Craig Stanley
Stratford Town

Captain:
0 Kian Williams