Match Report - AFC Telford United

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

Joel Carta 00
Dan Nti 00

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AFC Telford United: 1

Goals

Stephan Morley 00

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

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AFC Telford United: 1

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Match Report

Kettering Town  v  AFC Telford United

Vanarama National League North

Saturday 3rd August 2019   3:00pm

 

 

Kettering Town

 

 

AFC Telford United

 

1

 Paul White

 

 1

 Corey Addai

 

2

 Javan Vidal

 

 2

 Ross White

 

3

 James Brighton

 

 3

 Steph Morley 

 

4

 Joe Skarz        

 

 4

 Ellis Deeney

 Off 75

5

 Sam Cartwright

 

 5

 Shane Sutton (Capt)

 

6

 Michael Richens (Capt)   

 

 6

 Theo Streete

 

7

 Lindon Meikle

 

 7

 Chris Lait

 

8

 Aaron O’Connor

 Off 70

 8

 Adam Walker 

 

9

 Daniel Nti

 

 9

 Aaron Williams

 

10

 Joel Carta

 Off 70

10

 Marcus Dinanga

 Off 75

11

 Connor Kennedy

 

11

 Darryl Knights

 Off 85

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Luke Graham  

 

12

 Doug Tharme

 

14

 Brett Solkhon

 

14

 Jon Royle              

 

15

 Gary Stohrer         

 On 70

15

 James McQuilkin  

 On 75

16

 Marcus Kelly   

 On 70

16

 Henry Cowans   

 On 85

17

 Elliott Hodge

 

17

 Andre Brown

 On 75

 

Referee: Richard Holmes  Assistants: Timothy Walker and Ruebyn Ricardo 

 A new chapter in Kettering Town's long history started with a new manager in a new league. The successful campaign of last season with the reward of the champions trophy and the departure of Marcus Law is now part of that history.  Nicky Eaden was faced with remoulding the rump of the title winning squad after the departure of several medal winning players. In a way this assisted him as he was able to bring in players of his choosing rather than inheriting the squad of his predecessor. His starting XI for his first league game in the manager's position named six players making their league debut for the Poppies. It was an intriguing mix of youth and experience with Javan Vidal, Daniel Nti and Joe Skarz having previously played at this level or above and Sam Cartwright, Connor Kennedy and Joel Carta appearing at this level for the first time.

 On a muggy warm day with overcast skies Telford, in all white, kicked off attacking the Tin Hat end which contained about half of the traveling Telford fans with some of them including their drummer deciding to remain at the BM Pallets end along with the Kettering fans with no reported trouble.

Telford made the better start and in the third minute there was a spot of pinball action in Kettering's penalty area following a long throw-in but eventually the ball was gratefully grabbed by Paul White. Two minutes later a long clearance kick by Telford's 6ft 8' keeper Corey Addai on loan from Coventry City was latched onto by Marcus Dinanga on the right hand side of Kettering's penalty area. His cross into the middle was too close to White and he plucked it out of the air with ease.  

On six minutes Kettering's first thrust into Telford's half was brought to a halt with a foul on Javan Vidal who was driving towards their penalty area before being sent crashing to the floor.  The kick was floated over by James Brighton but the Kettering head which reached the ball was only enough to send it behind for a goal kick. A minute later a break down Kettering's right led to Aaron O'Connor crossing the ball to Joel Carta in the box. It was slightly behind the youngster but he twisted his body well to get some contact on the ball and send it goalwards but there was no power in the effort and it was simple for Addai to collect. The ball was quickly moved to the opposite end where Aaron Williams played the ball in from the left but Darryl Knights didn't manage to take control of the ball and the defence cleared the ball away but it came back in almost immediately and Williams headed goal wards across the face of goal producing a good save from White. 

On twelve minutes Joe Skarz pumped a free kick, awarded for a push in the back, from just about the half way line towards Carta in the penalty area but Theo Streete got to it first and headed it behind for Kettering's first corner. Neither side contained a player of any appreciable height apart from the towering Addai. The corner by Brighton was aimed towards the penalty spot but was efficiently cleared by Shane Sutton the Buck's captain.

Just after the quarter hour mark Telford got a lucky break when a Michael Richens clearance cannoned off the back of Connor Kennedy and straight to the feet of Knights but his powerful shot from distance lacked any accuracy and harmlessly went behind for a goal kick. 

Kettering then had a spell of sustained pressure Lindon Meikle broke down the left and played a ball towards the far post where Carta won the header but the ball fell behind AO'C whose only option was to play it away from goal towards Kennedy advancing to the edge of the area. He showed great technique in getting over the ball to power in a fierce shot which was blocked by a defender and cleared. Kettering came straight back and this time down the right flank. The ball was worked across the park to Meikle but his shot was well wide of the post with the Kettering man showing his own disappointment in his effort with his facial expression. Kettering won a couple of corners in quick succession but both Streete and Addai dealt with any threat posed.

On twenty-six minutes the referee finally saw fit to have a word with Telford's No.9 Williams after an accumulation of fouls consisting of pushes and shoves something which the majority of Telford's team were guilty of. The free-kick was lofted into the area towards AO'C who finding himself about six yards out with his back to the goal attempted a bicycle kick but only succeeded in delivering his boot into the face of Ross White. The Telford player to his credit didn't make a meal of it and seemed more surprised than hurt and continued playing with no need of treatment.  The referee thought it worthy of a lecture for AO'C for some reason. 

Just on the half-hour mark Kettering won another corner this went deep to the far post where it was met by Kennedy who headed it back towards the middle it was partially cleared by the defence  but it fell to Meikle who struck it low and firm where it hit the hands of a defender throwing himself in the way.  If the referee had acquainted himself with the excellent article in the programme on the changes to the rules and definition of handball a penalty should have ensued but  Mr Holmes ignored the home players appeals. 

A rare attack by Telford broke down and the ball was played out towards midfield setting up a chase between AO'C and Sutton when AO'C tumbled to the floor but the referee is again unmoved but AO'C claims for a free-kick. Telford appear to have weathered the storm and won a corner of their own. This was played towards the backpost however play was stopped as Ellis Deeney was adjudged to have impeded White in his attempt to cut out the cross and a free-kick was awarded in Kettering's favour to the disgust of the Telford player who let the referee know his opinion of the decision whilst running past him.

The Kettering free kick was intercepted by Deeney who tries to set up Knights but he was easily dispossessed and the ball played forward for Daniel Nti to break towards the Telford goal with acres of open space in front of him. His progress was abruptly stopped by a cynical body-check by Deeney who made no attempt to play the ball for which he rightly entered the referee's notebook.

 Four minutes later Kettering had their best chance to open the scoring when following a break down the right by Carta he crossed the ball towards the open AO'C about seven yards out. Aaron must have lost sight of the ball in it's flight as both he and the advancing Addai managed to make no contact with the ball. 

With the clock running down to half time Knights drove down the middle of Kettering's defence. He pushed the ball out to Dinanga who ignoring a better placed Williams opted to take a shot himself which was deflected behind for an unproductive Telford corner. With less than five minutes to go until half time Kennedy lost possession midway in his own half following another surreptitious push by Williams to give the Telford man possession. Connor immediately tried to make amends and succeeded in dispossessing the attacker but the referee adjuded it to be from behind despite the fact that the ball was cleanly won. The ball was placed at least 5 yards forward of where the foul took place and with the ref asking the linesman for confirmation as to the correct spot he merely agreed with the referee. The kick was brilliantly placed by former Poppy  Steph Morley and pinged of the inside of Paul White's left hand post leaving his despairing dive fruitless. 0-1 Telford 44 mins. It will interesting to see on the replays if Dinanga was not guilty of encroachment on Kettering's defensive wall and therefore should have resulted in a Kettering free-kick.

The remaining time left of the half was enough for James Brighton to receive a caution. Chris Lait was chasing a ball heading towards the sideline and started to fall this in turn caused James to tumble but it was enough for the referee to book the Kettering man.

Half Time: Kettering Town  0  AFC Telford United  1

Telford come out first for the second half buoyed by their goal late in the first half and eager to kill the game off. Dinanga got the rub of the green and broke towards the Kettering goal but White was alert to the danger and was out quickly to snuff out the danger. Almost straight after Telford won a corner and Sutton saw his header pass just over the bar. Still Telford were pressing and Williams made room for himself on the left hand side of the box but his low hard shot was well parried away by White. The rebound fell to the quick reacting Dinanga though and White had to produce another good close range block and then leapt onto the loose ball to pause the action. 

The ball was quickly moved up to the other end where Kettering won a throw deep in Telford's half on the right. The ball was thrown to Carta deep in the penalty area with his back to the goal and Streete in close proximity. The defenders first action seemed to be to reach out with his arms to try and control the forward but Joel pivoted to his left and turned inside the defender and sent a low shot across the goal into the far corner for his first, of no doubt many, Kettering goals. 1-1 Kettering 52 mins.  

Ten minutes into the half Michael Richens played a loose ball trying to spread the ball out to the left hand side. It was intercepted by Lait who broke with pace chased by the Kettering defenders his final product was poor though ending up in the side netting. A minute later and Telford had a break on the opposite wing and a deep cross eluded White who could merely palm it on its way. The ball fell to Lait who struck the ball back towards goal but with little accuracy going out harmlessly for a goal kick. It was end to end stuff now and Kettering were next to show as on the hour mark AO'C broke into the box but his low cross was easily cut out by Addai. A minute later Dan Nti made sharp break and his cross had to be put behind by Suttton for an unproductive Kettering corner.

On 64 minutes the turning point of the game occurred. Dinanga broke from midfield with some questioning if he was off-side. Sam Cartwright chased back and drew level with the forward and as contact between players was made the forward took the most of the opportunity and went to the floor. The referee had no hesitation in awarding the penalty but considered that the defender had denied him a goal scoring opportunity despite the fact that the penalty constituted a chance saw fit to dismiss the youngster.  Aaron Williams stepped up and struck the ball hard to White's left. Paul dived the right way and with his right hand pushed the ball up onto the bar where it ricocheted away to safety . 

Connor Kennedy dropped back into defence alongside Joe Skarz. The Telford fans were making plenty of noise now and their players believed that the game was there to be won. They won a corner but Sutton could only put is header over the bar.

On seventy minutes Kettering made a double substitution with Gary Stohrer and Marcus Kelly replacing Carta and O'Connor. Both Kettering players looked ready to come off with Joel having a memorable debut and Aaron some relief from the knocks and bumps he had been getting all game.

Kettering eased the mounting pressure with Gary Stohrer breaking from midfield to win a corner. Taken by Kelly it was only partially cleared and then headed behind by Ross White for a second corner which Addai easily claimed towering over all the other players. Telford broke quickly but good defensive work by Kennedy broke up the attack and when the chance did present itself the Telford player sent the ball over for a goalkick.

On 75 minutes Telford completed a double substitution with Andre Brown and James McQuilkin replacing Deeney and Dinanga. Almost straight after Kettering worked the ball into Telford's penalty area but the ball wouldn't fall to a Kettering player for a clear chance and the ball was finally blocked and cleared by Streete.

Two minutes later a long ball was sent forward for Williams to chase and was closely followed by Skarz. The Telford man managed to play the ball off Joe to win a corner but this time Andre Brown sent his header over the bar. Another two minutes and another corner to Telford this time the ball was met by Skarz's head and cleared to safety. Lait comes back with the ball and he tested White with a low shot to his left which is safely handled by Paul. 

With five minutes of regulation time to go Telford made their final change with Henry Cowans replacing Knights. With time for Telford running out Lindon Meikle intercepted a wayward ball forward inside his own half and advanced down the middle of park. With most Kettering fans willing him to hold onto to the ball for as long as possible to hold out for the draw he carried on moving forward with 3 defenders closing in on him. He ignored feeding the ball off to Nti on his right and continued to move forward then, just as he looks like he was about to lose possession he flicked the ball onto Nti about 2 yards inside the edge of the penalty area. Dan plants his shot inside Addai's right hand post. 2-1 Kettering 88 mins

All the noise is now coming from the other end of the ground but Telford respond immediately and won a corner on the left but White rose above everyone and plucked the ball out of the air. The referee indicated that there would be five added minutes to be played. Two minutes into added time Morley pumped the ball high into the area and once again White leapt high and collects the ball under pressure from Brown who tripped over the keeper at his feet which necessitates Paul to receive treatment from the physio. He was back on his feet with minimal fuss and had time to make one final save when Lait fires an effort straight at him before the referee whistled for full time.

Full Time: Kettering Town 2  AFC Telford United 1

Kettering's return to this level was rewarded with a hard fought victory over a team which last season was on the cusp of a play-off berth. Any fears of the team struggling to perform at this level were allayed by this battling display with the team not only matching the opposition after going down to 10 men but strived to overcome by taking the lead and earning three points. Special mention must go to Connor Kennedy who stepped up two divisions and looked perfectly at home in the thick of it in midfield and then calmly assured when called on to play alongside Joe Skarz in defence following the dismissal. The whole team showed a level of effort and commitment that will ensure the support of the fans regardless of result win, lose or draw.

Kettering Town yellow cards:  Kennedy, Brighton -foul, Red card Cartwright – foul last man. 

AFC Telford United yellow cards:  Deeney - foul                 

Attendance: 959 

Elgood Brewery - Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match  chosen by Northants Drainage Ltd – Paul White

Klondike Winner – £180 Andy Drage, ticket number 0621    


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 03rd Aug 2019
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 Joel Carta
0 Joel Carta
0 Dan Nti
0 Dan Nti
AFC Telford United

Captain:
0 Stephan Morley
0 Stephan Morley