Match Report - Leamington

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

Goals

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Leamington: 2

Goals

Josh March 00
Jack Edwards 00

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Dan Nti 45

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Leamington: 3

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Josh March 45

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Match Report

Leamington  v  Kettering Town

Vanarama National League North

Saturday 24th August 2019   3:00pm

 

 

Leamington

 

 

Kettering Town

 

1

 Jake Weaver

 

 1

 Paul White

 

2

 George Carline

 

 2

 Gary Stohrer 

 

3

 Connor Gudger

  Off 46

 3

 Joe Skarz

 

4

 Joe Clarke

 

 4

 Luke Graham      

 

5

 Jamie Hood (Capt)

 

 5

 Sam Cartwright

 Off 56

6

 Jack Lane

 

 6

 Michael Richens (Capt)   

 Off 46

7

 Kieran Dunbar

 Off 75

 7

 Lindon Meikle

 

8

 Gift Mussa

 Off 62

 8

 Connor Kennedy

 

9

 Josh March

 

 9

 Alex Nimely

 

10

 Jack Edwards

 

10

 Daniel Nti

 

11

 Kaiman Anderson

 

11

 Elliott Hodge

 Off 83

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Callum Gittings 

 

12

 James Brighton

 On 60

14

 James Mace

 On 46

14

 Joel Carta             

 On 83

15

 Reece King      

 On 62

15

 Ben Milnes

 On 46

16

 Ravi Shamsi

 On 75

16

 Brett Solkhon 

 

17

 Connor Taylor

 

17

 Joe Massaro

 

 

Referee: Jon Kenny  Assistants: Alan Cox and James Cox 

With one enforced change due to the suspension of Marcus Kelly following his red card against Chester,  Alex Nimely made his first start for the club. Javan Vidal, still prevented from training due to his concussion received  at King's Lynn should be applauded for travelling from Manchester to attend the game. Ben Milnes and Joe Massaro completed the bench due to Nimely's elevation to a starting role and Aaron O'Connor's absence.

With clear blue skies dotted with a few wispy clouds and a blazinghot sun the players were in for a hard afternoon. The teams swapped ends before kick-off with Kettering in their blue and white striped away kit attacking the open end with the Leamington keeper needing to wear a cap to shade his eyes from the sun.  Leamington lined-up in black and yellow striped shirts.

Leamington had the best of the opening minutes being awarded a free-kick deep in Kettering's half after only three minutes which came to nothing. Four minutes later they won another when in challenging for a 50/50 ball their player screamed loudly and went to the floor.  It set the tone for the afternoon with the Leamington players performing amateur dramatics convincingly enough to sway the referee in his decision making, however the Kettering players have shown their naivety in providing the basic material for the opposition to work with. A situation which has been present all season so far. 

Kettering weathered the early storm and worked their way back into the game and won the first corner of the match. The ball in from the left was not effectively cleared by Leamington and the clearance was fed to Nimely on the right who drove into the penalty area and crossed towards the far post. Connor Kennedy's shot was turned away by Jake Weaver for another corner on the opposite side. The corner was delivered perfectly to an unmarked Michael Richens who should have done better from his free header than see it pass harmlessly over the bar.  The goal kick came straight back at Leamington and Lindon Meikle attacked down the right wing winning a corner off Connor Gudger the left-back. Elliott Hodge delivered another inch perfect corner but this time Daniel Nti spurned the good chance by sending his header wide. 

Leamington struck back though and very nearly took the lead on fifteen minutes after Gary Stohrer gave away a free-kick on the edge of the area and receiving a booking. Gudger's strike was beyond White's dive but fortunately for the visitors struck the post and bounced away. 

Four minutes later the action was up the other end. A long ball out of defence cleared the Leamington back four and fell into the no man's land behind them. Nimely chased the loose ball however Weaver was alert and quickly out of his area to reach the ball moments before Alex to hack the ball clear.  Leamington won another free-kick in a dangerous position with Luke Graham being the offender this time but it came to nothing. On twenty five minutes a possible turning point occurred. The ball went out of play on the stand side mid-way in Kettering's half. Both linesman and referee indicated that it was a Kettering throw at which point 4 Leamington players protested the point, prompting the referee to reverse his decision.  The throw was taken quickly and play switched to the opposite flank where a Leamington forward broke into the area. White came out to meet him and succeeded in driving him wide but went to ground as the player tried to round him. Paul extended an arm to prevent the ball being passed into the net and the forward took full advantage of the situation and ensured that White's hand made contact with his foot to win a penalty. Josh March hit the ball hard with White diving the wrong way but hit the inside of the post and ball went out for a goal-kick. Kettering escaped with just a booking for White. 

With ten minutes to go until half-time a period of fifteen minutes decided the game. A long cross-field ball was played towards Kettering's left-hand corner flag. Gift Mussa chased it with  Cartwright in close pursuit. Mussa appeared to be going down before Sam got to him and whereas a more experienced defender would have held back, contact was made and a free-kick awarded. Dunbar played the kick in towards the far post where Edwards rose highest unmolested and powered in a header giving White no chance.  1-0 Leamington 36mins.

Two minutes later Leamington double their lead. George Caline went down in the box after Joe Skarz  unwisely committed himself to a lunging attempted tackle, March made no mistake with his second penalty powering in an unstoppable shot .2-0 Leamington 38mins.

Leamington were content toplay out the rest of the halfwith the only incident of note coming on the last kick of the half. Meikle and Gudger were chasing a ball headed for the touchline. Both players were determined to win the ball and they met in a shoulder to shoulder challenge. The Leamington player came off the worse and tumbled to the floor. Edwards was incensed but the rest of his team calmed him down. As everyone else left the pitch Gudger continued to have treatment on a twisted knee sustained on landing awkwardly.

Half Time:  Leamington  2 Kettering Town  0

Kettering made one change at half-time with Ben Milnes replacing Richens. Leamington  replaced the injured Gudgen with James Mace. 

A minute into the second half Dunbar became the first Leamington player into the book. It was a pointless lunging tackle from behind on Hodge as the Kettering player crossed the half-way line.  As in the Darlington match Kettering conceded a goal right after half-time which ended the game as a contest. Leamington won a throw-in midway inside Kettering's half. The long throw into the box was nodded on by a Leamington player towards the far post where March managed to put the ball past White on his second attempt after Paul kept the first one out. 3-0 Leamington 48 mins.

Kettering tried to hit right back and Anderson took one for his team fouling Nti on the edge of their area in order to stop his progress and was booked. He suffered even more as Kennedy's kick hit him directly in his tender parts causing him to require attention.

Ten minutes in and following a Leamington corner which was cleared Cartwright was left on the floor causing the referee to halt the game . Sam required treatment from the physio and was assisted unsteadily off the pitch bleeding from the nose, not to return. Hopefully it is not another concussion injury. Four minutes later good work down Kettering's right wing led to a dipping long range shot from Meikle that tested Weaver who had to flick the ball over the bar for an unproductive corner. James Brighton then entered the game replacing the departed Cartwright.

On sixty-two minutes Mussa made way for King with the Leamington player having already caused play to be stopped a couple of times due to injury. Five minutes after that Kettering came close again as Weaver had to parry another shot this time onto the underside of the bar bouncing down but crucially not over the line, The ball was somehow half cleared to Nimely who blazed the ball over the bar from six yards out whilst leaning back.

With twenty minutes to go Leamington attacked down their left and crossed the ball to the suspiciously offside looking March who fired in a fierce volley seeking to complete his hat-trick however White pulled off a class save to deny the forward that even had his opposite number in the Leamington goal applauding. Five minutes later Leamington made their final substitution with Ravi Shamsi replacing Dunbar. With seven minutes to go Kettering made their final substitution with Joel Carta finally being introduced into the game having seen no game time since the first game of the season. 

In the three added minutes Shamsi made a break from midfield and carved through the centre of Kettering's defence but White was equal to the shot. Unlike the Darlington game Kettering did manage to score a consolation game with the last kick of the game. A piece of trickery on the edge of the Leamington box by Carta allowed the ball to be crossed by Brighton toward Nti who stabbed the ball home. 3-1 Kettering 93 mins.

Full Time:  Leamington 3 Kettering Town 1

Kettering fell to their third away defeat of the season their fate sealed by a fifteen minute spell around half time. There was not a great gulf between the teams in ability but the main difference was the discipline and savvy of the home side.  Free kicks conceded in critical areas will hurt the side at this level and the referees should not be put into a position where they can make decisions and failing to convert good scoring opportunities will cause vital points to be dropped. It is all part of the steep learning curve of moving up a level. The lessons need to be acknowledged and acted upon before too much more of the season passes.

Leamington yellow cards:  Dunbar, Anderson– foul 

Kettering Town yellow cards: Stohrer, White -fouls, 

Attendance: 575 

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – No player stood out particularly above everyone else. Milnes showed better distribution after coming on at half time but by that stage Leamington were cruising saving themselves for their match on Monday. Carta had the biggest impact but was only on the pitch for ten minutes but showed enough to warrant a start on Bank Holiday Monday     


Team Sheet

Location: Away (Leamington)
Kick Off: 24th Aug 2019
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 Dan Nti
Leamington
Red
Captain:
0 Josh March
0 Josh March
0 Jack Edwards