Match Report - Banbury United

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Brett Solkhon 00

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Substitutions

Banbury United: 2

Goals

Giorgio Result 00
Giorgio Result 00

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 3

Goals

Aaron O Connor 45
Michael Richens 45

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Banbury United: 2

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Match Report

Banbury United  v  Kettering Town

Southern League Challenge Cup 1stRound

Tuesday 2ndOctober 2018   7:45pm

 

 

 

Banbury United

 

 

Kettering Town

 1

 

Jack Harding

 

 1

Lewis Elsom

 7

 

Charlie Hawtin

 

 5

Jack O’Connor     Off 79

 3

 

Marvin Martin

 

 3

Ben Toseland     

 4

 

George Nash      Off 74

 

 4

Brett Solkhon       Off 45

 9

 

Rickey Johnson  

 

16

Luke Graham

14

 

Lee Henderson   Off 92

 

 6

Michael Richens (Capt)   

20

 

Jack Finch

 

10

Ben Milnes          Off 85 

  8

 

Jack Self               Off 64

 

 9

Edmund Hotter

10

 

Steve Diggin

 

19

Mason Rhiney     

12

 

Amer Awadh   

 

20

Jahvan Davidson-Miller

18

 

Giorgio Rasulo

 

17

Andrea Borg            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 5

 

Charlie Wise

 

 2

Durrell Berry      On 45 

13

 

Carl Stewart           On 74

 

17

Lindon Meikle    On 79    

16

 

Greg Kaziboni      On 64

 

11

Rhys Hoenes     

19

 

Ryan Macdonald    

 

14

Marcus Kelly      On 85

15

 

Eddie Odhiambo  

 

13

Jacob Wood

 

Banbury United yellow cards:  Nash. Johnson.

Kettering Town yellow cards:  Hotter

Referee: Simon Brown  Assistants: Daniel Stokes and Ryan McIlravey

With an important and financially lucrative FA Cup tie to be played 4 days later Marcus Law picked a team in keeping with the nature of the competition with only 3 or 4 players ofstarting line-up being expected to start on Saturday.  It should be noted that Banbury’s team was very close to being at full strength having exited from the FA Cup. 

On an evening with perfect weather conditions on what looked like a very good playing surface Banbury kicked off in their usual strip of red with gold trim.  Kettering were playing in a mix and match strip of last season’s white away shirts and this season’s blue shorts in a 4-3-3 formation.   On Banbury’s first attack the ball fell to one of their forwards about seven yards out who unleased a powerful shot which struck Luke Graham standing less than a metre from him, who barely had time to turn his head let alone make any attempt to block the shot.  The referee immediately blew his whistle for a penalty considering that Graham had made a deliberate attempt to handle the ball, but did not book the player.  A harsh decision which even the home fans though fortunate for their side.  Giorgio Rasulo made no mistake from the spot with Lewis Elsom having no chance.  Banbury 1-0, 2 mins.On the quarter hour George Nash was given the first caution of the game when with Andrea Borg having shown him a clean pair of heels and starting to accelerate away from him was brought down from behind.  The resulting free-kick was played into the box and an effort at goal was put behind for a corner.  Ben Milnes provided a good delivery into the box but the attacker’s header was angled too much and passed the wrong side of the post. Shortly after a Kettering attack was initiated when there was a strongly contested tackle in midfield resulting in the Kettering player in possession and the Banbury player on the floor holding his leg. The attack petered out but before the ball went out of play the Banbury Physio raced onto the pitch in order to treat the injured player. The referee was not impressed and after the treatment was completed instructed the medic on his future conduct.   Just before the half-hour mark Kettering were back on level terms. A ball was played into the penalty area from the right-hand side and was nodded on in the air to find Brett Solkhon about 6 yards out with Jack Harding coming out to close him down.  Brett, rather than trying to angle his effort past him effectively lobbed him by sending the ball up and over him in a curving effort giving the keeper no chance.  1-1 Kettering 28 mins.  2 minutes later Milnes fashioned another Kettering chance picking out the advancing Jack O’Connor with 30 yard pass but the keeper was equal to the resulting shot. Banbury were playing a lot of long balls towards Kettering’s area and on one a loud call from Elsom was ignored by Graham with the ball coming off his head and going off for a throw-in. From the throw in the ball was player to a Banbury player who hugging the by-line dribbled towards the goal and then lifted the ball towards the middle of the goal but struck Solkhon in his midriff. Mr Brown saw it differently and when pressed by the protesting Kettering players offered the opinion that Michael Richens had handled.  The Banbury forward didn’t agree with that version of accounts but the ref was the man with the whistle and the Kettering players were running the risk of being booked by prolonging their protestations.  Rasulo dispatched his kick as clinically as his first. Banbury 2-1, 39 mins. Half time arrived with no further incident but left the Kettering contingent feeling aggrieved at suffering two debatable penalties.

Half Time: Banbury United 2  Kettering Town 1

At half time Durrell Berry replaced Brett Solkhon who had been hobbling from early in the game. Kettering had the first attack of the second half and after good penetration from Jahvan Davidson-Miller the ball came back to Richens who angled his body well to strike an awkward waist height ball with power.  He kept the ball down well but it flew past the post. On 4 minutes Rickey Johnson, usually a forward, but playing centre half was booked for accumulation of fouls, most involving Borg.  On 57 minutes Banbury almost extended their league when Lee Henderson made room for himself and hit a good shot from long range to be denied when it struck the angle of bar and post with Elsom beaten.  Edmund Hotter was next into the referee’s notebook again for accumulation of fouls.  On the Hour mark Borg was brought down again whilst running away from a defender with the ball.  This was a nasty foul by Jack Self with it being worthy of a red card but the referee showed leniency and only produced a yellow card.  Almost directly after the already cautioned Hotter made another rash challenge which in the opinion of the Banbury players who surrounded the ref demanding his dismissal. In light of his previous leniency he decided on clemency and limited punishment to a severe talking to, to the disgust of the hosts. With twenty minutes to go Banbury made their first change with Greg Kaziboni replacing Self.  A minute later Borg had the perfect riposte to the rough treatment he had received by equalising. Milnes played a great through ball for Borg to run onto he carried the ball forward a few yards and manage with a closing defender and advancing goal keeper lift the ball goal wards a determined effort by a defender to clear the ball away was overruled by the linesman who determined that the ball had crossed the line.  2-2 Kettering 69 mins.  Kettering next chance came from a good attacking run by O’Connor who drew defenders with him and played the ball inside to Mason Rhiney whose first time shot was just over.  Banbury’s George Nash was withdrawn to be replaced by the more attack minded Carl Stewart. With 15 minutes to go O’Connor went down injured with the Kettering defence holding firm despite being short-handed and Richens effectively cleared the ball.  With twelve minutes to go Kettering took the lead for the first time. Good pressure on the right hand side with JDM and Rhiney linking well fed the ball to Richens on the corner of the penalty area. He moved purposely towards jinking past 2 defenders and on approaching the third hit a fierce shot towards the corner of the goal. Harding managed to get a hand to the ball but such was its power that it was in vain. 2-3 Kettering 69 mins.  O’Connor was substituted by Lindon Meikle to prevent him aggravating his injury and Richens was moved to the right back position from where he still created a good chance for Kettering to increase their lead when on receiving the ball wide from a free kick delivered an inviting ball into the box but none of the forwards managed to apply the final touch.  Banbury were dominating possession now and were driving hard for the equaliser but the Kettering defence was holding firm with Berry getting in a great block on a goal bound shot. With 5 minutes to go Marcus Kelly replaced Milnes who had another impressive display.  Kettering supporters feared the worse when the experienced Steve Diggin received the ball only four yards out but an excellent blocking tackle by Richens stifled any goal attempt.  Banbury’s final effort came from Greg Kazibone who showed good skills to take the ball across the face of goal with the defenders reluctant to commit to a challenge to possible concede a foul.  The resulting shot did not match the quality of play to get the opportunity and the shot sailed over the bar.  

Full Time: Banbury United 2 Kettering Town 3.

For a competition regarded by many as pointless both sides competed hard in attempting to win the game in an entertaining match.  For all of Banbury’s possession and attacking Kettering’s defence was equal to it and Elsom didn’t have one save to make in the second half. A near to full strength home side was beaten by a resolute Kettering defence and a teamdetermined to overcome the adversity of conceding two debatable penalties

Attendance: 186

Kettering Town. Man-of-the-Match – Michael Richens.


Team Sheet

Location: Away (away)
Kick Off: 02nd Oct 2018
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 Brett Solkhon
0 Aaron O Connor
0 Michael Richens
Banbury United

Captain:
0 Giorgio Result