Match Report - Kidderminster Harriers

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Sam Cartwright 00

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Kidderminster Harriers: 0

Goals

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 3

Goals

Connor Kennedy 45
Joe Skarz 45

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Kidderminster Harriers: 5

Goals

Cliff Mayo 45
MIlan Butterfield 45
Ashley Chambers 45
Ashley Chambers 45
Richard Penkit 45

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Match Report

Kettering Town v Kidderminster Harriers

Vanarama National League North

Monday 28thAugust 2019   3:00pm

 

 

 

Kettering Town

 

 

Kidderminster Harriers

 1

 

Paul White

 

  1

Cameron Gregory

 2

 

Gary Stohrer      

 

  2

Sam Austin

 3

 

James Brighton

 

  3

Correy Davidson     Off 62

 4

 

Connor Kennedy            

 

  4

Rhys Williams  

 5

 

Sam Cartwright

 

  5

Cliff Moyo  (Capt)   

 6

 

Joe Skarz (Capt)       

 

  6

Ryan Johnson 

 7

 

Lindon Meikle    

 

  7

Alex Prosser           Off 46

 8

 

Ben Milnes             Off 74

 

  8

Milan Butterfield      

 9

 

Daniel Nti               Off 83

 

  9

Ashley Chambers    

10

 

Joel Carta   

 

10

Ed Williams             Off 92

11

 

Marcus Kelly          Off 67

 

11

Richard Peniket            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

12

 

Luke Graham  

 

12

Ethan Freemantle    On 92

14

 

Michael Richens     On 74

 

14

Tom Palmer        

15

 

Alex Nimely            On 83

 

15

Harry Higginson      On 46

16

 

Aaron O’Connor      

 

16

Jaiden White           On 62

17

 

Elliott Hodge           On 67

 

17

Darragh Lowth     

 

Referee: Matt Corlett             Assistants: Andrew Ellis and Luis Martin

Marcus Kelly returned to the starting to the starting XI having served his one match suspension. Ben Milnes and Joel Carta whose performances were two of the few positives to come out of the defeat at Leamington were rewarded with starting places. James Brighton was promoted to the team with Joe Skarz moving into a central role. Luke Graham, Alex Nimely, Elliott Hodge and Michael Richens reverted to the bench to accommodate these changes. Aaron O’Connor took the final place on the bench. 

After a fruitless Saturday played in very hot conditions players fitness would undoubtedly be tested again with a cloudless blue sky and a blazingly hot sun. Kettering would be attacking the BM Pallets for the first half with Kidderminster in their dark blue away shirts. For the first time this season Kettering started brightly and won an early free-kick which was fed out to Stohrer to lift a ball into the box. It was partially cleared by Kidderminster but pumped straight back into the box where Kidderminster captain Cliff Moyo in attempting to clear the ball sliced it up into the air and sent it looping back towards his own goal where Cameron Gregory had to back pedal in order to catch it under his cross-bar. A minute later good work down the right by Gary Stohrer allowed him to feed the ball inside to Meikle who played a well weighted ball behind the defence for Dan Nti to run onto. Gregory saved well but it was immaterial as the linesman had already flagged for off-side. 

After ten minutes Kettering broke down their left wing with Nti he advanced deep into Kidderminster’s half and turned it inside to Carta on the edge of the box. Joel showed some good skills to throw of his marker to give himself room to shoot but could get no power in the shot and it went straight to the feet of Marcus Kelly. Kelly was caught a bit unawares but got off a snap shot which was easy for Gregory to collect. Seven minutes later Kettering won their first corner of the game and Marcus Kelly delivery a perfect ball to the far post where an unmarked Sam Cartwright made no mistake with a powerful header giving the keeper no chance to score his first goal for the club. 1-0 Kettering 18 mins

Two minutes later Kettering won another corner with Gregory punching the ball clear but only as far as the edge of the box from where Lindon Meikle fired in a shot blocked by Ryan Johnson. 

After twenty –two minutes the ball is launched out of the park and the referee calls a halt for drinks which presents a well-deserved chance for the players of both teams and the officials to take on water. 

Kidderminster made the most of the break in play and shortly after it broke forward outnumbering the defenders. Paul white is aware of the danger and races out of his area to head the ball out for a throw-in to allow his defence to regroup. Kidderminster were still pressing though and won their first corner after twenty-four minutes. White went up well to collect the corner and was awarded a free-kick after being impeded by a forward. Just before the half-hour Kennedy became the first player to be booked when he was adjudged to have caught Davidson with an arm whilst contesting and cleanly winning a header in the middle of the park.  

Kidderminster were coming back into the game though and a long diagonal ball into the box was met by Chambers but his looping header across the goal passed over the bar. Three minutes later a drive down Kettering’s right was cutting through the defence before the hosts were awarded a free-kick on the edge of their area after the forward controlled the ball with an arm.   

With ten minutes to go before half time Kettering break forward and Nti torments his marked twisting and turning before engineering enough space to get a shot off but as he was falling back at the time it not unsurprisingly cleared the bar.  Kettering were on the front foot now and a great cross field ball picked out Meikle in acres of spaced who advanced forward and crossed in a ball aimed towards Nti it was however intercepted a defender who headed it behind for a corner. The corner was taken deep where it was met by Carta whose header was tipped over by Gregory for an unproductive corner. With five minutes to go until half time Sam Austin became the first Kidderminster player to be booked. He was very late attempting a tackle on Ben Milnes just outside the penalty area there was no actual contact but that was only because Ben took evasive action causing him to lose control of the ball. The free-kick came to nothing but Gregory had one more save to make in the half. A clearance from defence was blocked by Kennedy and the ball looped up in the air Gregory allowed the ball to bounce but very nearly had the ball bounce over him but at full stretch managed to bet enough finger-tip on the ball to allow him to make a second grab and pull it into safety.

Half Time: Kettering Town 1   Kidderminster Harriers 0

Kidderminster made one change at half-time with Harry Higginson replacing Ryan Prosser. 

Kettering managed to win the first corner of the second half but Kidderminster start better with the ball going straight up the other end for a Kiddy corner. On five minutes a diagonal ball was played out of defence for Peniket to chase. Cartwright did well to get back and block the forward’s shot behind for another Kidderminster corner. Johnson’s header was goal-bound but was hooked away by a defender. Three minutes later Butterfield lifted the ball over Kettering’s central defenders and it was chased by Chambers who turned the ball back into the middle. Peniket did well to reach the ball but it was slightly behind him and his header went over the bar. 

Ten minutes into the half Kettering doubled their lead. A corner on Kidderminster’s left was lifted in by Kelly and met by Skarz who’s first time shot rocketed into the net. 2-0 Kettering 55 mins.

Readers of a nervous disposition should stop reading now. On sixty-two minutes Kidderminster made their second substitution with Jaiden White replacing Davidson. Two minutes later Kidderminster had pulled one back Sam Austin probing down Kettering’s left whipped in a ball towards the near post where Chambers reacted quickest and steered in a header giving White no chance. 2-1 Kidderminster 64 mins. Kidderminster realised that the game was not beyond them and two minutes later Stohrer and Cartwright had a panicky moment in their own penalty area but managed to clear the ball.

Kettering tried to steady the ship by bringing on some fresher younger legs replacing Kelly with Hodge. It didn’t work as two minutes later Williams drove into the box his shot was deflected by the defender and only a great save by White prevented the equaliser. The corner was quickly taken and that can be the only excuse why Kidderminster’s captain Cliff Moyo was left unmarked and allowed to power home a free header to equalise. 2-2 Kidderminster 70 mins.

Moments later Kettering had regained their lead. JamesBrighton advanced to the by-line a picked out Kennedy with a perfect cross allowing Connor to put another powerful header into the net. 3-2 Kettering 72 mins.

Almost directly from the kick–off Kidderminster were awarded a free kick mid-way inside the Kettering half just in front of the BPW stand. It looked a soft free kick as Jaiden White appeared to be going down before the Kettering player got to him. The out-swinging free-kick by Williams was aimed towards the edge of the penalty area. Paul White unwisely decided to go out to attack the free-kick but gets nowhere close to it as Peniket headed into the un-guarded net. 3-3 Kidderminster 74 mins.

Kettering’s response again was a change of personnel with this time Michael Richens replacing Milnes with a view to holding onto a point and shoring up a shaky defence.  With just under fifteen minutes to go Kettering broke forward when Carta threaded a ball through for Hodge to run onto. Hodge raced clear but his low shot was kept out by Gregory’s right boot. With ten minutes to go the referee called another drinks break allowing everyone to get their breath back after a ten minute spell with four goals scored.

With seven minutes to go Kettering made their final change with the industrious Nti being replaced with Nimely.

With the second half running down and both club’s believing that a point would be a fair return for their efforts the game had a final turn. Kettering’s defence did not manage to adequately clear a ball into their own area and the ball fell to Butterfield some twenty-five yards out he hit the ball hard aiming for White’s right hand post when the ball struck Cartwright took a wicked deflection completely wrong-footing the keeper and nestling in the net for an unlikely goal. 3-4 Kidderminster 87 mins.

As the game entered the five additional minutes Kidderminster put the game out of Kettering’s reach with a fifth goal. Harriers played another ball forward into Kettering’s box.  Joe Skarz rose highest to nod the ball back towards White but did not put enough power on it and Chambers nipped in to lift the ball over the advancing keeper run around and tap it home from close range. 3-5 Kidderminster Harriers 92 mins.

Kettering were not going to come back from that. Williams was replaced by Freemantle to eat up some more time but Liverpool loanee  Rhys Williams obviously regarded that the host’s still posed a threat and picked up a late booking before the end when grabbing a Kettering player around the waist on the half-way line to impede his progress. When the referee blew his whistle to end the match the Tin-Hat was already half empty with many customers already making their way out of the ground.  

Full Time: Kettering Town 3 Kidderminster Harriers 5.

For the first hour Kettering looked to be heading to their second win of the season. They looked to be in control and when the second goal went in the visiting fans were resigning themselves to defeat. On pulling one back the Kidderminster players gained in confidence and self-belief as the Kettering players fell apart losing all confidence and playing with fear. Players started failing to do the basics and the full-time opposition took advantage and coupled with their superior fitness and desire carried the day. 

Kettering Town: yellow: Kennedy – foul 

Kidderminster Harriers:  yellow: Austin, Williams – foul

Attendance: 911

Elgood Brewery - Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Connor Kennedy

Klondike Ticket winning number– 2095 for £195, claimed by John Wood


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 26th Aug 2019
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 Sam Cartwright
0 Connor Kennedy
0 Joe Skarz
Kidderminster Harriers
Yellow
Captain:
0 Cliff Mayo
0 MIlan Butterfield
0 Ashley Chambers
0 Ashley Chambers
0 Richard Penkit