Match Report - Chester

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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Chester: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Michael Richens 45

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Chester: 1

Goals

Akwasi Asante 45

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Match Report

Kettering Town v Chester FC

Vanarama National League North

Tuesday 13th August 2019   7:45pm

 

 

 

Kettering Town

 

 

Chester

 1

 

Paul White

 

  1

Russ Griffiths

 2

 

Gary Stohrer      

 

  2

Kevin Roberts

 3

 

Joe Skarz

 

  3

Joel Taylor

 4

 

Luke Graham  

 

  4

Gary Roberts  (Capt)   

 5

 

Sam Cartwright

 

  5

Danny Livesey

 6

 

Michael Richens (Capt)       

 

  6

Simon Grand 

 7

 

Lindon Meikle    

 

  7

Bradley Jackson    

 8

 

Connor Kennedy            

 

  8

Gary Stopforth      

 9

 

Daniel Nti     

 

  9

George Waring     Off 61

10

 

Marcus Kelly      

 

10

Craig Mahon         Off 61

11

 

Elliott Hodge

 

11

Anthony Dudley    Off 71        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

12

 

Aaron O’Connor      

 

12

Scott Burton  

14

 

Brett Solkhon     

 

14

Akwasi Asante    On 71    

15

 

Ben Milnes      

 

15

Matty Waters      

16

 

Joel Carta   

 

16

Danny Elliott       On 61

17

 

James Brighton

 

17

Matty Hughes     On 61

 

Referee: Sam Mulhall             Assistants: Reece Davies and Daniel Smith

Having received a footballing lesson in the last two away games, spending virtually 180 minutes under the cosh Nicky Eaden would be have wanting his team to react in a positive manner. Sam Cartwright returned after his one match suspension and Luke Graham retained his starting spot after an assured display at Darlington. Joe Skarz moved to left-back allowing Marcus Kelly to play further up the field. After 3 fruitless, frustrating games Aaron O’Connor reverted to the bench with Daniel Nti taking on the role as lone forward. Elliott Hodge made his first start for KTFC, as a result of his positive second half display on Saturday playing wide on the right with Kelly on the left. 

On a perfect evening for football with the aroma of Weetabix wafting over the ground Chester in their pale blue strip kicked off attacking the Tin Hat.  After some initial sparring Kettering are first to mount a meaningful attack with Elliott Hodge breaking down the right he fed the ball onto Gary Stohrer who carried the ball to the edge of Chester’s box where he squares it for Kelly he lets the ball run onto Michael Richens whose shot defects behind for the first corner of the match.  Kelly’s corner is aimed towards the near post where Russ Griffiths fell on the ball to take possession. 

After six minutes Kettering fans had a bad feeling of deja-vu when a long throw from Chester left-back Joel Taylor reached Dudley just outside of Kettering’s penalty area he manoeuvred into a central position before taking a trip to the turf under the lightest of challenges. The referee awarded a free-kick in a position very similar to one from which Kettering had conceded from in the Telford and Darlington games. Kevin Robert’s effort was poor and passed over the bar and the Tin Hat. 

A couple of minutes later Kettering were awarded a free-kick up the other end following a foul on Lindon Meikle but this time Kelly’s delivery is poor and straight into Griffiths hands. On eleven minutes a throw taken in front of the BPW stand is controlled by Dan Nti who spreads the ball beautifully over to the opposite wing where Hodge had time and space to drive forward. His low cross into the box pin-balled around before going behind for Kettering’s second corner. It was taken quickly, short to Hodge who sent it over to the far post but Luke Graham could only put his header wide.

On the quarter hour mark Nti became the first Kettering player to be cautioned, some considered to be harshly. Taylor was driving forwards down Kettering’s right and played the ball between Nti and Hodge in both trying to intercept the ball closed the gap between themselves to nothing but the Chester man still attempted to run through the non-existent gap and consequently ended up on the floor requiring treatment.  The kick just outside the corner of the penalty area taken by Gary Roberts was aimed towards the far post was headed clear by Richens stationed on the post with no Chester player attacking the ball the ball was not effectively cleared though and was worked to Dudley who put his shot narrowly over the ball.  

Kelly and Meikle combined well on a couple of occasions and were having some success down Chester’s right and the longer the half went on one could see the confidence returning to Kettering’s defence.  Forty minutes had gone when Waring became the first Chester player to be booked when he caught Luke Graham with a flailing arm whilst challenging for a high ball. Luke Graham needed to leave the pitch for treatment in order to stem the bleeding. The referee wasn’t having the best of games as he was awarding free-kicks to the visitors going to the floor under minimal contact or in one case before contact was made whilst Meikle struggling to keep his feet whilst being fouled was ignored. Play swung from end to end up to half time but with neither goalkeeper being tested.

Half Time: Kettering Town 0   Chester 0

Chester’s manager must have given his team a stern talking to at half time as they raced out of the blocks straight on the attack for the second half and won a throw-in deep in Kettering’s half. Taylor’s long throw was cleared by the defence. Chester enjoyed a spell of being on top only interrupted when Hodge made a quick counter-attack his ball into the box was deflected by a defender and Griffiths attempted to prevent the corner but the linesman indicated that the ball had crossed the line which led to a few Chester players questioning the referee about the linesman’s decision. It mattered not though as a poor corner was easily cleared by the visitors.  As in the first half Kettering gradually got into their stride and started matching Chester. 

Seven minutes into the half and Chester were awarded a free-kick adjacent to the burger van. An out-swinging free kick from Roberts was met by Simon Grand’s header which had to be tipped over the bar by White. The corner was lifted over and a Chester player went down and whilst the visitors were busy appealing for a penalty Kennedy played to the whistle and cleared the ball. 

Just after the hour mark Chester made a double substitution with Danny Elliott and Matty Hughes replacing Waring and Mahon.  Two minutes later Elliott had the chance to make an immediate impact. The ball was worked down Kettering’s left and played across to Elliott who found himself with time and space to attempt a shot with what would’ve been his first touch of the ball. He opted to play the ball into a more central position where the waiting Graham put it behind for a corner. The ball came in from the stand side and White came out well to punch the ball clear and initiate a quick counter attack with Kettering spreading the ball left and right before finally feeding Kennedy the ball in a central position but his shot passed over the bar. 

With 25 minutes to play Kelly was booked. Deep in Chester’s half the ball was played towards him but it was off to his side and just above knee height so Marcus had to shape his body in order to control the ball. Roberts standing behind Kelly, sprinted full pelt from Kelly’s blind side to contest for the ball and managed to reach the ball fractionally before Kelly got his leg round to play the ball and the Kettering player made contact with the man rather than the ball.  A free-kick was awarded and an unbelieving Kelly was shown a yellow card which was very harsh as they was no intent any the contact was accidental which was accepted by the Chester man. 

Bradley Jackson was starting to get some success down Kettering’s left but his final delivery did not match the quality of his approach work.

With twenty minutes to go good approach work from Kettering allowed Stohrer to advance far enough forward to attempt a shot which was blocked another shot was made and judging from the shouts from the Tin Hat the Chester defender blocked it with his arm but no penalty was awarded. Kettering continued playing and Nti took possession and fed Stohrer who pushed the ball through to Meikle who was close to the by-line. Lindon fired in a low hard ball towards the goal where Roberts sliding attempting to cut out the ball merely succeeded in diverting the ball past his own keeper.1-0 Kettering 69 minutes.

Kettering almost squandered their lead when a minute later they gave the ball away on the edge of their own area. Hughes finds himself in space to shoot but Cartwright closed him down quickly and blocked the goal-bound shot.

With just under twenty minutes to go Chester made their final substitution with Akwasi Asante replacing Dudley.

Five minutes later and the game had it’s pivotal moments. Great approach work by Hodge, with a couple of step overs, played a great ball in behind the defender for Kelly to run onto. Griffiths made a great save from the shot. Hodge stole the rebound of a defender before he was disposed by a sliding challenge from Grand but his tackle set up a great chance for Nti but before he could pull the trigger he was taken out by Stopforth with his effort considered to be a reasonable attempt to get the ball and only punished with a yellow card.  Nti picked himself to take the kick but only succeeded in hitting the outside of the post when a goal would have killed the game.  Thing went from bad to worse when Chester broke from the goal-kick and Kelly pulled back an opponent in an innocuous challenge in the middle of the pitch and was shown a second harsh yellow to be followed by a red.

Kettering now had their backs to the wall and defender well with Nti eager to break forward to relieve any building pressure.  With eight minutes to go Kennedy disposed Asante on the edge of Kettering’s area but the Chester man was not happy with the challenge and swung a kick at Connor. It failed to connect and was missed by most people in the ground as the ball was played up to Chester’s goal. It was seen by the referee who after the ball had gone out for a Chester goal-kick returned to the middle of the park to caution Asante but obviously not for an attempted kick as that would be violent conduct and punishable with a straight red.  

Kettering were coping well with their numerical handicap and contained Chester who resorted to a long range shot by Elliott which sailed over the bar. With five minutes to go Kettering gave away possession on the edge of the area but Hughes was adjudged to use his hand in attempting to control the ball.  Chester were starting to get desperate and starting to lunge into tackles and at one stage two Kettering players were on the floor having been fouled. Hughes was late in on Richens which was missed by the officials and then Hodge who collected the pass was clearly fouled by Roberts who was not punished by a caution for a tackle which was considerably worse than either of the offences which earned Kelly his early bath.  In the final minute of normal time Richens is once again caught late by a lunging Chester player. This time Grand was cautioned.

Two minutes had gone of the added five minutes when Chester played another ball forward into Kettering’s box.  The ball ended up at the feet of Matty Hughes with his back to the goal. The ball was between his feet with Joe Skarz close behind when the forward tumbled forward with minimal contact . The referee did not hesitate in awarding a spot kick and Asante, a player that should not have been on the pitch with a hesitating approach to the ball sent White the wrong way to equalise. 1-1 Chester 92 mins.

Kettering managed to hang on for the point but there was time enough for Kennedy to suffer a heavy challenge from Elliott for which the Chester man went unpunished.

Full Time: Kettering Town 1 Chester 1.

After the previous two displays this was a vast improvement.  Kettering’s cause was not assisted by some interesting decisions from the referee who consistently displayed inconsistency.  One minute in the second half with the missed penalty and dismissal ultimately sealed Kettering’s fate and allowed Chester to escape with a point. Mr Eaden will be pleased with the performance but not the result but the playing of Skarz at left-back appears to have produced a more resilient back four. 

Kettering Townyellow: Nti, Kelly – foul RedKelly 2ndyellow – foul.

Chester yellow: Waring, Stopforth, Asante, Grand – foul

Attendance: 971

Elgoods Brewery Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Sam Cartwright.

Klondike winner– Not claimed - Ticket No 1131 - £160.

 


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 13th Aug 2019
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 Michael Richens
Chester

Captain:
0 Akwasi Asante