Match Report - Stamford AFC

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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Stamford AFC: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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Stamford AFC: 1

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Jon Challinor 45

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Match Report

Buildbase FA Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round

Saturday 10th November 2018   3:00pm

 

 

Stamford

 

Kettering Town

1

Danny Haystead

1

Paul White

2

Jordon Cooke

15

Declan Towers

3

Josh Egginton

3

Ben Toseland    Off 45

4

Mike Armstrong  

4

Brett Solkhon 

5

Chris Salt

16

Luke Graham    Off 60

6

Henry Eze 

10

Ben Milnes

7

Joe Burgess   

7

Lindon Mekle                  

8

Jake Duffy (Capt)

6

Michael Richens (Capt) 

9

Ryan Seal        Off 75

14

Marcus Kelly

10

Liam Adams   Off 81

9

Dan Holman  

11

Jon Challinor  Off 81

11

Rhys Hoenes 

 

Substitutes

 

Substitutes

12

Reece Morris           On 75

4

Gary Stohrer        On 45

14

Ollie Brown-Hill     On 81

17

Andrea Borg        On 60

15

Bradley Fortnum-Tomlinson On 81

19

Richard Lavery

16

Grant Ryan         

20

Cal Templeton

17

 

 

 

 

      Referee: Stuart Richardson                             Assistants Paul Buck  and Stefan Lewis

 

Illness had decimated the selection options of Marcus Law with Berry, Rowe-Turner, Kelly-Evans and  O'Connor all being unavailable with some of the starting XI not being 100%. This led to a unfamiliar line up and a bench consisting of only 4 players with one of those being assistant manager Richard Lavery.  With heavy rain falling for the hour before kick-off it was with some relief that it stopped just prior to the players walking out onto the pitch and the short act of remembrance followed by an impeccably observed 2 minutes silence, the high point of Kettering's afternoon.  With Stamford in all red and Kettering in pale blue Kettering kicked off on a pitch that would be slippery with the soaking it had received in the previous hour.  Dan Holman had the first goal attempt of the game in the second minute and he accelerated well into space to get a clear sight of goal but he skied his effort well wide. Five minutes later Mr Richardson got his first meaningful involvement of the afternoon. The ball was played to Michael Richens just inside  Stamford's half but his first touch was heavy and this led to him having to stretch to maintain control of the ball but a Stamford player also reached for the ball and caught  the Kettering man causing him some pain. Ben Milnes was first on the scene and appeared to wish to seek retribution for the foul play. There followed a brief flare up of pushing and pointing which led to the referee having to talk to both the Stamford man and Milnes.  A less lenient official may have well accompanied the lecture with visual aids with the brandishing of a yellow card to the pair.  Meanwhile Richens received attention from the Kettering Physio.  On the quarter hour Stamford's first goal attempt of note came following indecision by the Kettering defence but the effort went wide.  Shortly after Jake Duffy had a shot from outside the area skidding off the wet surface to which Paul White had to get down smartly to, to push it round the post for a corner which was wastefully overhit to end up as a throw in for Kettering.  At the other end Richens attempted a long shot which Danny Haystead managed to hold onto after briefly looking like he might cough the ball up for the rapidly closing Rhys Hoenes.  On 26 minutes a Stamford player ran parallel to the goal about 20 yards out and played the ball into the middle. Kettering appeared to have enough defenders in place to deal with the attack but Richens was caught on the back foot and unable to react swiftly due to the slippery conditions and watched helplessly as the ball went forward to Jon Challinor who, found himself in space 7 yards out and pushed the ball past Brett Solkhon taking a deflection on it's way and White whose despairing hand was not strong enough to stop the ball.  1-0 Stamford 26 mins.  Kettering were not shaken by this and continued to press forward to open their account for the twenty minutes up until half time.  Meikle played a clever ball behind Henry Eze allowing Hoenes to run into space and be 1 v 1 with the keeper but a late flag from the linesman halted the attack even though Hoenes appeared to be in front of  Eze in an onside position when the ball was played.  Hoenes was Kettering's most probing forward during this period, he was picked out by a fine cross-field ball from Ben Toseland but good defending conceded  only a throw in. Lindon Meikle also supplied him a good ball which Rhys took to the by-line before turning it back into goal area which was bereft of any Kettering player. Stamford were dropping deep with 2 solid ranks of defenders with Kettering passing the ball around well in order to find a chink in the host's defence. Meikle tried from distance but his attempt was wide.  Five minutes from half time a high ball from the left was played into the box and Haystead made a loud, clear call but was ignored by his defender whose clearing header went straight to Richens whose firm shot was unfortunately straight at the keeper.  Three minutes later after slick Kettering passing Richens tried again but with the same outcome. Just before half time Milnes set up Marcus Kelly with a chance but his shot was wide of the target as the referee blew for half time. 

Half Time: Stamford  1   Kettering Town 0

Half time saw the first substitution of the game with Ben Toseland who despite a good first half performance was feeling the effects of illness and was replaced by Gary Stohrer returning after a while out following a broken foot.  Stamford made the first attack of note of the second period and a long range shot hit the crossbar however the offside flag had already been raised. Stohrer looking like he has never been away drove forward from the left back position and had his forward progress checked by a foul from Jordon Cooke for which he only received  a talking to.  Milnes freekick was played too close to the keeper who happily pulled it into his arms.  Stamford were playing very deep though and looking for a fast break to relieve the pressure and possibly increase their lead with Kettering forced to press forward if they were to get a positive result from the game.  On the hour mark one of the infrequent excursions into Kettering's half led to a corner which was played short to Ryan Seal whose powerful shot was just over. Straight after Andrea Borg replaced Luke Rowe. Kettering re jigged their formation with Stohrer crossing to right back with Declan Towers moving to a more central position with Marcus Kelly at left back with Solkhon given freedom to roam.  Ryan Seal got another chance of glory almost immediately afterwards but this time it was a poor effort to the extent it resulted in a Kettering throw-in.  On Kettering's next attack they should have equalised. A ball into the box from the right was swung at by Solkhon but he made minimum contact and merely nudged the ball forward towards Holman who because of Solkhon's touch was rightly adjudged to be offside.  Play then degenerated into quite fittingly a parody of  World War I with Stamford  setting two solid defensive lines and Kettering committing large numbers forward in attack with no visible gains. Alarm bells rang in the Stamford defence when an attempted clearance by Chris Salt whizzed past his own goal with the keeper looking on agog.  The resulting corner beat everyone and was collected on the far side by Hoenes whose low ball back into the middle was deflected out for another corner which came to nothing. Hoenes's next involvement was to get booked. He was chasing a ball down the left wing when  Eze slid in to disposse him. In an attempt to avoid collision Hoenes jumped into the air but both players ended up in a heap on the floor. Hoenes made no attempt to claim a penalty but was booked for simulation. Kettering were attacking in waves.  Richens was next up and made a powerful run to the by-line but his pull back into the middle found no Kettering forward ready to take advantage. With twelve minutes to go Kettering's supporters thought that a equaliser was imminent.  Andrea Borg burst with pace down the right wing going past one player and was just rounding a second in the box who unwisely placed his hand onto Borg's shoulder who, on feeling the slightest of pressure tumbled to the floor earning Burgess a yellow card and Kettering a penalty.  Up stepped Brett but his kick to the keeper's right lacked power and was too close to him and he greedily gobbled it up at the second grab to deny the onrushing Kettering players.  Stamford could see the light at the end of the tunnel now and were using every trick to run the clock down with loud shouts from the defenders of “corner” every time a forward got the ball. Two home substitutions were made with the referee seeming to make no effort to hurry Stamford along but penalising Kettering at their every attempt to speed the game along by insisting on precise placement of free-kicks and perfectly stationary dead ball restarts deep in Kettering's half.  In the final five minutes the referee finally lost his patience with the antic's of the Stamford manager and ordered him from the dugout.  He initially refused to go but after a while, with more time running of the clock, he agreed to the ref's decision and wandered off along the outside of the pitch.  Hopefully the referee will detail Mr Drury's actions in his post-match report.  How can player's be required to respect referee's when their own manager is guilty of such dissent towards match officials.  Kettering's last effort came three minutes from time when a free-kick played into Holman was hit wide from ten yards out.

Full Time: Stamford 1   Kettering Town 0

A disappointing display by Kettering which left the large travelling contingent wondering why they had bothered.  With the many enforced changes due to illness the side looked disjointed and appeared at times to consist of 11 strangers playing together.  Paul White was a virtual spectator after Stamford scored but with the hosts defending deep and in numbers Kettering proved guileless in unlocking their defence. Something that the side might encounter many times before the end of the season with team's settling for a point before a ball has been kicked.   Positives to take from the game include the welcome return of Gary Stohrer continuing from where he left off and the fact that the team are still top of the table without the backlog of league games increasing.  Hopefully this defeat will fire the players to better things in next weekend's big games at Royston and home to Stourbridge second and third in the table.

Yellow:  Stamford  Burgess  

             KetteringTown:  Hoenes 

Attendance: 566   (250 Poppies fans)

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match - Marcus Kelly


Team Sheet

Location: Away (away)
Kick Off: 10th Nov 2018
Kettering Town FC
red / Black
Captain:
Stamford AFC

Captain:
0 Jon Challinor