Match Report - Stourbridge

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Ben Toseland 00

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Stourbridge: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

Rhys Hoenes 45

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Stourbridge: 0

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Match Report

The Buildbase FA Trophy 1st Qualifying Round

Saturday 27th October 2018   3:00pm

 

Kettering Town                                        Stourbridge

GK

Paul White

1

James Wren

RB

Dion Kelly-Evans  

2

Aaron Hayden 

CB

Declan Towers                  

3

Jordaan Brown

CB

Luke Graham  

4

Paul McCone

CB

Lathaniel Rowe-Turner

5

Aris Christophorou

M

Brett Solkhon  (Capt)  Off 58               

6

Aaron Forde         Off 54

M

Edmund Hotter      Off 45            

7

Darryl Westlake   Off 59

M

Ben Toseland          

8

Leon Broadhurst

LF

Andrea Borg          Off 58

9

Luke Benbow              

RF

Ben Milnes       

10

Rob Thompson-Brown   Off 68

CF

Rhys Hoenes    

11

Kaiman Anderson           

 

Substitutes

 

Substitutes

6

Michael Richens    On 58    

12

Greg Mills         On 68

7

Lindon Meikle       On 45

13

Niall Maher                     

9

Aaron O'Connor    On  58    

14

Brad Birch         On 54   

13

Lewis Elsom

15

Chekaine Steele On 59     

14

Marcus Kelly

16

Stuart Pierpoint

 

      Referee: Leslie Sinclair              Assistants Bradley Tonks and Alex Harris

 

With Marcus Law having previously stated that success in the league was his first priority and with the financial rewards being considerably less than those on offer in the FA cup it was no surprise when several changes were made from last week's cup-tie at Aldershot.  Luke Graham, Ben Toseland, Ed Hotter and Andrea Borg were elevated to the starting XI.  The substitutes bench had a very experienced line up.  After last week's shirt sleeve weather this game would take place in very different conditions.  On a chilly afternoon  under an overcast sky with the prospect of rain Stourbridge, in yellow shirts and blue shorts, kicked off attacking the Tin-Hat end. They started well and made the early running winning their first corner after five minutes following a mistake by Lathaniel Rowe-Turner but it was easily dealt with by Kettering's defence.  Six minutes later Edmond Hotter became the first player to be cautioned when an errant hand caught a Stourbridge player.  It was obviously accidental as if the referee thought that there was any intent involved then a red card  would have been shown.  Aaron Forde thought otherwise and his string of expletives directed towards Hotter could be clearly heard from the sidelines but was passed unnoticed by Mr Sinclair as his team mate received attention.  The resulting free kick was played dangerously into the box and three players coverged on it just inside the 6 yard box.  Paul White got the most significant touch and the ball spun up into the air from where Declan Towers cleared it to safety.  The Stourbridge forward had come off worse for wear and the visitor's physio made his third visit to the pitch to administer treatment.  Just before the quarter hour mark Kettering made their first attack of note down the left hand side.  The forward having drawn the defender with him played the ball back to Ben Toseland who steadied himself and struck a powerful shot from outside the angle of the penalty area.  The ball looked like it might pass the wrong side of the far post but such was it's power that the ball moved in the air leaving James Wren wrong footed  and comprehensively beaten. 1-0 Kettering 14 mins.  Stourbridge responded well as the expected rain began to fall, interspersed with some snowflakes and probed for an equaliser.  A good ball in from the right hand side looked to have beaten Paul White but Dion Kelly-Evans at the back post cleared away a goal bound effort.  On 27 minutes Forde played a good through ball on the floor for Luke Benbow  to run onto to find himself one on one verses White who pulled off a good save but the ball came straight back via another Stourbridge striker who saw his effort stopped again by White.  It was immaterial though as the linesman had flagged for offside.  Shortly after DKE was penalised for a very soft free kick awarded by Mr Sinclair who did nothing throughout the game to see him added to the home supporters Christmas card list.  The free kick resulted in an attempt on goal by Benbow but the power in his shot was at the expense of it's accuracy and it passed well over the bar and over the Tin-Hat.  Stourbridge were creating chances but they were not taking any of them being let down by poor final touches.  One effort that was on target was well blocked by Towers.  Leon Broadhurst wasted another chance when presented with a clear sight of goal on the edge of the penalty area but his half-volley, again, passed well over the bar.  Ed Hotter had a chance to double Kettering's lead just before half time when he let fly from 18 yards out, his first effort was blocked by a defender but the rebound went straight back to him and his second effort was blocked by a defender throwing himself into the ball's path to concede a corner which came to nothing.

Half Time: Kettering Town 1 Stourbridge 0

Kettering made a personnel change at half-time with Lindon Meikle replacing the cautioned Hotter.   Stourbridge again made a good start but failed to put the finishing touch to good approach work. Ten minutes in and Stour had to make an enforced sustitution when the industrious Forde hobbled off to be replaced by  Brad Birch.  Kettering were also making changes and O'Connor and Richens joined the fray at the expense of Borg and Solkhon.  Stourbridge were resorting to long range efforts finding themselves unable to pierce Kettering's defence.  Both Benbow and Anderson had attempts which were easily dealt with by White.  Sustained pressure by the visitors saw three corners won in quick succession with the first trickling just by the post with the players of both sides being helpless to alter it's trajectory.  Towers again was mastering the air and White was not being unduly pressured.  It wasn't one way traffic though and at the other end a ball played in from the right travelled across the face of the goal without a Kettering player being close enough to lash it home and the defenders happily watching it go behind for a goal-kick.  The balance of play in the middle of the park appeared to have changed with Stourbridge missing Forde and Michael Richens assuming dominance and reducing the forward probes by Stourbridge. Aaron O'Connor showed a lovely piece of skill after 73 minutes when he shimmied past two players to give himself room to test Wren from long range, who had to be alert to get down well and push the ball around the post for a unproductive corner.  Kettering thought that they had gone further ahead three minutes later as Ben Milnes whilst, in the opinion of the home supporters, being fouled, put the ball through to Hoenes who squared it to O'Connor to tuck it away in the back of the net only to have it ruled out for offside. Shortly after Kettering did double  their lead. A long ball out of defence was played into the left hand corner and Ben Milnes made a seemingly forlorn chase of the ball but it slowed up in the wet grass and he managed to catch up with it inches from the by-line.  Having distanced himself from any defenders he brought the ball in from the corner flag and delivered a ball aimed towards the near post when Rhys Hoenes connected firmly enough to render the despairing parry by Wren unable to prevent the ball from crossing the line. 2-0 Kettering 80 mins.  Stourbridge's race was run but there was time enough for Ben Toseland to bring a good save out of Wren to prevent his second and Mr Sinclair to book Richens for a nothing meeting of shoulders between him and an advancing Stourbridge player.  Four extra minutes were played and nobody were unhappy as the final whistle was sounded allowing players, officials and supporters to get into the warm and dry.

 

Full Time: Kettering Town 2  Stourbridge 0

Kettering achieved a result with a much changed starting line-up against a team that could prove to be a big rival at season's end.  Stourbridge also made changes after their FA cup adventure, but the psychological pendulum has swung in Kettering's favour.  The players elevated today have answered any question's posed by Marcus Law and have posed selection problem's of the nicest kind back at him.  Stourbridge played attractive football but could not follow it through to completion being thwarted by a stingy Kettering defence unwlling to give anything away and a Kettering attack taking the few oppourtunitys that came their way.

Bookings:

Kettering:  Hotter foul. Richens persistant offending.     

Stoubridge: none

Attendance: 409

Elgoods Brewery Man-of-the-Match, chosen by Bryan Lewin & Friends - Ben Milnes.

Klondike winner - Graham Mair of KTG.


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 27th Oct 2018
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 Ben Toseland
0 Rhys Hoenes
Stourbridge

Captain: