Match Report - Hednesford Town

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

Brett Solkhon 00
Brett Solkhon 00

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Hednesford Town: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 4

Goals

Brett Solkhon 45
Aaron O Connor 45

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Hednesford Town: 0

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Match Report

The Emirates FA Challenge Cup 3rdQualifying Round

Saturday 6thOctober 2018   3:00pm

Kettering Town

Hednesford Town

GK

Paul White

1

Josef Bursik

RB

Dion Kelly-Evans  

2

Callum Mendez-Jones         Off 54

CB

Declan Towers                  

3

Sam Griffiths  

CB

Durrell Berry

4

Joe Fitzpatrick           

LB

Lathaniel Rowe-Turner

5

Stef Galinski  (Capt) 

M

Brett Solkhon                 

6

Jermaine Hollis                   Off 65

M

Michael Richens (Capt)                   

7

Matt Curley              

M

Lindon Meikle           

8

Callum Coyle

LF

Marcus Kelly

9

Lewis Archer                         

RF

Ben Milnes       Off 67

10

Mike Howard           Off 60

CF

Rhys Hoenes    Off 80

11

Nathan Fox                          

 

Substitutes

 

Substitutes

3

Ben Toseland      

12

Sheridon Martinez                   

GK

Lewis Elsom

14

Dan Cockerline          On 54                    

9

Etse Hotter          On 80           

15

Dan Sweeney             On 60   

16

Luke Graham      On 86

16

Reece King                On 65     

17

Andrea Borg       On 67

17

Charley Edge

19

Mason Rhiney

18

Tyreace Brown       

20

Jahvan Davidson-Miller         

19

Owen Turner

 

      Referee: George Lafin                            Assistants Ian Pascu and Richard May

 

With Kettering lining up in a 4-3-3 formation, Declan Towers and Durrell Berry were preferred in the centre of defence with Luke Graham starting on the bench. With heavy rain falling in the Kettering area throughout the morning a sparser than envisaged crowd, swollen by a sizeable away support witnessed Hednesford in a white strip with black trim kicking off towards the Tin-Hat end. With little wind and steady rain, which would continue throughout the match, it was Kettering's fist match of the season on a soft surface. Kettering's first probe forward of the game was arrested when Ben Milnes, in possession, was pulled back with a clearly visible hand on top of his shoulder by Stef Galinski. It was this type of naïve defending which would ultimately be Hednesford's downfall.  Galinski's punishment was a good talking to by Mr Lafin who abstained from issuing a caution only six minutes into the match.  Hednesford should have been punished much more severely from the resulting free-kick.  Ben Milnes delivered a great lofted ball into the box and the on-rushing Michael Richens will be disappointed that with a virtually free header and the whole of the goal to aim at put a good chance past the post.  On ten minutes Hednesford won their first corner when a full blooded defensive clearance from the edge of their penalty area brushed past Lindon Meikle but still had enough power to go out for a corner at the Tin-Hat end. Kettering's defence was momentarily caught napping when a short corner from former Kettering player Nathan Fox was played to Joe Fitzpatrick whose on target shot was parried away by Paul White but only, via Richens head, back to Fitzpatrick whose follow up shot was blocked by Richens and that rebound put into the side netting by Fox. Kettering's next significant attack was on the counter attack.  Hednesford were on the break but an alert Dion Kelly-Evans tracked back well and stole the ball away from the attacker, the ball was fed via Brett Solkhon to Ben Milnes who lifted a ball over the defence into acres of space on the left wing where Lindon Meikle drove forward.  He reversed direction to get the ball onto his more dangerous right foot and was heading away from goal when Callum Mendez-Jones made a stupid lunge for the ball and caught Lindon on his far leg.  Lindon was unbalanced but kept to his feet and despite the defender's protestations he was nowhere near the ball and Mr Lafin on seeing no advantage had accrued pointed to the spot.  Step forward Mr Solkhon to deliver the perfect spot kick, and even though Josef Bursik chose the right way, any kick that grazes the inside of the post on its way in is unstoppable. 1-0 Kettering 14 mins.  Kettering were keeping the pressure on Hednesford and a mix-up between Hednesford’s two central defenders was pounced on by Milnes and he made a break into the box. Galinski was in close pursuit but he could not prevent Ben getting a shot off. Although it did not have the power Milnes would have liked the keeper needed a second bite of the cherry to collect the ball. Hednesford were still in the game and were awarded a corner when a ball flighted in from the left hand side was adjudged to have touched Solkhon on the way out of play.  At the corner Hednesford's forward in the box main pursuit appeared to be backing into Paul White so much so that as Paul manoeuvred himself to cover the cross the attacker ended up in the back of the goal entangled in the net. White's input was not needed though as the kick went straight out of play.  On the half hour Kettering won a throw in deep inside Hednesford's half on the stand side.  Meikle took the throw quickly to Rhys Hoenes taking two defenders out of the equation. Rhys made for the by-line and Fitzpatrick made a rash challenge and only succeeded in bringing the Kettering player down.  In a carbon copy of his first penalty Brett doubled Kettering's lead. 2-0 Kettering 31 mins. Two minutes later and the game could have been finished.  Hoenes was clear of the last defender and heading towards goal but a defender managed to get in a saving tackle.  The Kettering fans behind the goal and players appealed loudly for a penalty and were denied even a corner.  

Half Time: Kettering Town 2 Hednesford Town 0

Kettering had the first chance of the second half when Lindon Meikle found himself in space on the edge of the box.  His first touch was not what it could have been and instead of having a shot needed to move deeper into the box to get the ball under complete control again, this limited his options and resulted in him having to put the ball into the box but no-one was there to take advantage of the chance. Hednesford made two quick substitutions and one felt if they were going to get anything from the game it would have to be now. On 63 minutes Hednesford won a corner but Lathaniel Rowe-Turner made a good defensive header to take the ball away from the danger area for Declan Towers to finish the job with a long clearance downfield. Two minutes later Hednesford made their final substitution. Shortly after Hednesford had their best chance. Matt Curley played a deep ball into the box from the right hand side.  Paul White decided not to come to collect the cross and a forward headed towards goal only to see White palm the ball away with his right hand. The ball fell to a Hednesford player who tried a clever lob over the keeper but Paul scrambled back and palmed that effort onto the bar with his left hand with the closing striker’s effort going behind for a goal kick.  Straight after Andrea Borg replaced Ben Milnes who'd given another top drawer display.  Kettering's performance was very similar to last week's second half performance against Alvechurch.  Kettering were pressing hard and forcing Hednesford back at every opportunity with their defenders not being given time on the ball.  Kettering were awarded a free kick on the half way line for a foul on Kelly-Evans and everybody moved away from the ball with them all seeming reluctant to take it.  With Hednesford retreating DKE moved to the ball and passed it forward to Hoenes, DKE had continued running and Rhys played a great ball into his path on the overlap and into the penalty area. Dan Sweeney was following but had committed the defensive cardinal sin of letting the attacker get between yourself and the goal. DKE slowed up as he appeared to get the ball under his feet, Sweeney did not though and bundled Dion over.   It was a simple decision for the referee to make and cautioned the Hednesford man. Solkhon stepped up to the mark again, this kick was slightly different as it was not struck as hard as the first two but more accurately placed. Bursik got closer but still not close enough. 3-0 Kettering 73 mins. Hednesford had a few more efforts; one was a soft shot from the edge of the area straight into White's arms and a header from a corner well wide.  The fight had gone out of Hednesford and Kettering were in game management mode.  Fitzpatrick received a caution for a petulant foul and Hoenes and Durrell Berry were both replaced before the end to run the clock down.  Paul White was still concentrating and with five minutes to go came off his line well to stifle Hednesford's last attack.  Kettering were not through though and Meikle moved forward and played a great curving ball across the penalty area out of reach of the retreating defenders and the advancing keeper for Andrea Borg to slide in at the back post to put the final icing on the cake with his second goal in two games.  He wanted more though and in time added on he broke again past the last defender only to be taken down from behind by the Hednesford's skipper right on the edge of the box.  If there was anything left in the game it could have been red as he was last man but with the knowledge that it was so close to full time the referee merely issued a yellow.  Marcus Kelly took the final kick of the game and sent it harmlessly over the bar.

Full Time Kettering Town 4  Hednesford Town 0

Kettering dominated this game with Brett completing another hat-trick.  Hednesford only threatened for a short period of the second half but found Paul White making two good saves to preserve his clean sheet. An all-out effort from the whole team and rightfully in the hat for Monday's draw.

Bookings

Kettering: none     

Hednesford: Sweeney Fitzpatrick Galinski   foul

Attendance: 502

Elgoods Brewery Man-of-the-Match, chosen by our sponsors The Exiles - Brett Solkhon.

Klondike Winning no - 29228 for £160 claimed by Matt Farren


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 06th Oct 2018
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 Brett Solkhon
0 Aaron O Connor
Hednesford Town

Captain: