Match Report - AFC Rushden & Diamonds - segregation

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Lathaniel Rowe-Turner 00

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Substitutions

AFC Rushden & Diamonds: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

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AFC Rushden & Diamonds: 0

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Match Report

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central

Monday 22nd January 2019   1:00pm

 

 

AFC Rushden & Diamonds

 

 

Kettering Town

 

13

 Ben Heath

 

1

 Paul White

 

2

 Zack Reynolds

 

12

 Dion Kelly-Evans

 

3

 Sam Brown

 

4

 Brett Solkhon (Capt)        

 

4

 Jack Ashton 

 Off 79

16

 Craig Stanley

 

5

 Liam Dolman (Capt)

 

18

 Lathaniel Rowe-Turner

 

6

 Alex Collard

 

7

 Lindon Meikle          

 

7

 Joe Curtis

 Off 68

6

 Michael Richens 

 Off 46 

8

 Ben Farrell

 

14

 Marcus Kelly            

 

9

 Tom Lorraine    

 

10

 Ben Milnes

Off 70

10

 Jack Bowen

 Off 79

8

 Aaron O’Connor

 

11

 Nathan Hicks

 

9

 Dan Holman

 Off 28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Sam Johnson    

 On 79

2

 James Brighton

 

14

 Ben Acquaye     

 On 79

3  

 Ben Toseland    

 

15

 Declan Rogers

 

5

 Gary Stohrer

 On 46

16

 Ben Diamond

 On 68

 11

 Rhys Hoenes

 On 28

 

 

 

16

 Luke Graham 

 On 70

 

    Referee:  Scott Tallis                  Assistants:  Mitchell Cartwright and Mariusz Tomon

 

After the disappointing display against Barwell two days earlier the Kettering line-up showed a much more familiar look.  Declan Towers was unavailable for selection and his place at centre-back was filled by Brett Solkhon, who with his vast experience of this fixture was made captain for the day. Lathaniel Rowe-Turner started at left back allowing Marcus Kelly to complete a four man mid-field.  A twin striking force consisted of Aaron O’Connor and Dan Holman with Rhys Hoenes held in reserve on the bench. 

Under clear blue skies and a hot sun the good Bank Holiday weather would have affected the attendance figure. The pitch looked in fair condition suffering, like Latimer Park, the wear caused by two teams sharing the surface but judging by the bounce of the ball during warm-up that it was very hard caused by the recent extended dry spell. 

With the hosts deciding not to acknowledge Kettering’s Championship winning achievement by eschewing a guard of honour AFC in their white shirts and blue shorts kick-off playing down the significant slope attacking the end occupied by the Kettering supporters.  Just two minutes had been played when a long ball down the middle by the Diamonds was headed back toward his keeper by Brett Solkhon but it was a bit short and Paul White had to be sharp to grab the ball in front of the advancing Bowen who unintentionally makes contact with White conceding a free kick. 

Seven minutes later Kettering concede a free- kick following a foul on Reynolds. Ex-Poppy Joe Curtis curled the ball in aiming for the far post but White rises high to cleanly collect the ball and initiate a quick Kettering counter attack. Lindon Meikle fed the ball forward to Aaron O'Connor but the front man had strayed off-side.

On fifteen minutes Diamonds almost opened the scoring when a long ball down the middle led to some miscommunication between White and his defenders led to a hesitation in him coming for the ball. Jack Bowen had no hesitation and nipped in to lift the ball over the keeper but fortunately for the visitors it bounced onto the post and away Bowen was first to the ball again though and drove a low shot in which White smartly turned around the post low down for a corner. The corner from Kettering's right went straight to Jack Ashton for a free header but he squandered the chance and put it wide.

AFC were having the best of it at this stage and when a Kettering attack was broken up Sam Brown launch a Diamonds counter attack playing a long ball out from his own penalty area. As he was clearing it he was caught late by Michael Richens. It was noticed by the referee but he waved play on as Rushden had the advantage. Tom Lorraine bore down on Kettering’s goal going past a defender but decided on shooting himself rather than laying the ball off and blasted his effort well over the bar. The referee then went back up the other end to the prostrate Brown who required treatment and issued the first caution of the game to Richens as the other players took a needed drinks break. 

A Physio was required on twenty-seven minutes, this time for the Poppies. Richens played a ball over the top for Dan Holman to run onto but before he reached the ball he pulled up clutching the back of his thigh. From the moment it happened it was obvious that he would not be able to continue an after some treatment was replaced by Rhys Hoenes. 

The game seemed to be going though a quiet period the initial exuberance shown by Rushden seems to have worn off with the hot weather taking its toll and Kettering getting more possession but happy to pass it around with little penetration. Lindon Meikle made good forward run after thirty-two minutes and spread the ball out wide to Lathaniel Rowe-Turner but his attempted cross was poor. He made up for it just before half time though as he was played in down the left with a ball over the top by Marcus Kelly.  LRT advanced to the goal- line and played the ball to AO'C's feet in the box who cleverly back heeled it to Kelly. His shot was blocked but rebounded to LRT to slot home across the goalkeeper to score his first for the Poppies.0-1 Kettering 44 mins. 

In time added on for the injuries and substitution Lindon Meikle made another penetrating run forward he lays the ball off in good time to Dion Kelly-Evans who struck the ball firmly but it passes over the bar.

Half Time: AFC Rushden & Diamonds 0   Kettering Town 1

At half-time Kettering made a tactical switch with Gary Stohrer replacing the cautioned Michael Richens. It involved quite a shuffle of Kettering's  line up with Stohrer playing at right back DKE moving into midfield along with Solkhon. LRT moved into the middle of defence with Marcus Kelly back to left-back.

Rushden made the first attempt on goal of the second half after two minutes when Bowen down Kettering's left fired in a long range shot which Paul White has to beat away down to his right. It was now Kettering's turn to take advantage of the slope and move directly down field to win their first corner of the match which was unproductive. Three minutes later Kettering make a fine sweeping move starting from Stohrer at right back who fed the ball forward to Ben Milnes who picked out AO'C unmarked on Diamonds left with a long ball. From one penalty area to the other in a matter of seconds. Aaron cut inside but would have been disappointed with his shot which lacked sufficient power to trouble Ben Heath. 

Rushden then had their best spell of the second half but their attempts at goal were either off target, Nathan Hicks or straight at White and easy for him to deal with, Bowen and Curtis. Kettering were controlling the game and were content to let Rushden run around chasing the game in the hot afternoon sun. 

On sixty-eight minutes AFC made their first change with Ben Diamond replacing Joe Curtis. The tenacity of the hosts was starting to wane as the heat coupled with toiling up the slope seemed to be sapping their strength and Kettering were still playing well within their limits. With twenty minutes to go Kettering were awarded a free kick on their right when an advancing DKE was fouled by Brown. Kelly lifted the ball into the box where it was headed clear by Liam Dolman but straight to Meikle whose first time shot was blocked behind for a corner which was punched away by Heath.

Diamonds were still trying but they lacked the finish to any good approach work Liam Dolman was finding his way further forward in an attempt to find an equaliser. It was from just such an attack that broke down that Kettering launched a counter attack. Seeing his defence in tatters Alex Collard committed a foul to break up the play and was booked for his troubles not for any malice in the challenge but or its cynical nature.

With just over ten minutes to go AFC made their final changes with Bowen and Ashton being withdrawn in favour of Ben Acquaye and Sam Johnson. 

Kettering were still controlling the game and Gary Stohrer advanced well down the right and played a tantalising cross in for Hoenes. Rhys managed to get his head to the ball but did not make enough contact to send it goal wards and it skimmed of his head and out for a goal-kick. Stohrer turned villain thee minutes later when a mistake by him allowed substitute Acquaye to pounce and drive in a good effort. White much to the disgust of the locals behind the goal dealt with it with ease and initiated a quick break to the other end where Heath had to tip over an effort by Solkhon.

In the final two minutes of normal time DKE nearly capped an excellent second half performance with a cracking goal. In space some 35 yards out he drove in a stinging shot which had Ben Heath diving full stretch to bet behind for a corner. The keeper made  bit of a hash of the corner and instead of punching clear palmed the ball to Craig Stanley but his shot was weak and wide.

In time added on Tom Lorraine displayed his frustration by tripping AO'C right in front of the referee and became the third player booked in what was compared to the New Year's Day meeting a rather calm and tepid match.

Full Time: AFC Rushden & Diamonds 0   Kettering Town 1

Yellow:     Kettering; Richens - Foul

                AFC R&D:  Collard, Lorraine – fouls

Attendance: 1165

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


Team Sheet

Location: Away (Away)
Kick Off: 22nd Apr 2019
Kettering Town FC

Captain:
0 Lathaniel Rowe-Turner
AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Captain: