Match Report - Southport

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

MIchael McGrath 00

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Substitutions

Southport: 1

Goals

Own goal 00

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

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Southport: 1

Goals

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Match Report

Southport  v  Kettering Town

Vanarama National League North

Saturday 31st August 2019   3:00pm

 

 

Southport

 

 

Kettering Town

 

1

 Dan Hanford

 

 1

 Paul White

 

2

 Reagan Ogle

 

 2

 Gary Stohrer 

 

3

 Jack Doyle

  

 3

 James Brighton

 

4

 Zehn Mohammed

 

 4

 Michael McGrath    

 

5

 Ryan Astles

 

 5

 Sam Cartwright

 

6

 David Morgan (Capt)

 

 6

 Joe Skarz(Capt)   

 

7

 Devarn Green

 Off 75

 7

 Connor Kennedy

 

8

 Russell Benjamin

 

 8

 Ben Milnes

 Off 78

9

 Raul Correria

 

 9

 Daniel Nti

 

10

 Jack Sampson

 

10

 Joel Carta

 On 74

11

 Bradley Bauress

 

11

 Marcus Kelly

 Off 63

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Connor Woods 

 

12

 Luke Graham

 

14

 Kieran Glynn

 On 46

14

 Brett Solkhon           

 On 78

15

 Andrew Parry      

 

15

 Elliott Hodge

 

16

 Morgan Homson-Smith

 

16

 Alex Nimely

 On 74

17

 Charles Albinson

 

17

 Lindon Meikle

 On 63

 

Referee: Nathaniel Cox  Assistants: Gareth Myers and Daniel Jarvis 

Nicky Eaden made one change to the side which surrendered a 2-0 lead on Bank Holiday Monday with new signing Michael McGrath coming straight into starting XI as part of a central back three with Stohrer and Brighton operating as wing-backs. Meikle was the player to miss out dropping to the bench. He was joined there by Solkhon returning after injury meaning there was no place for Richens or O'Connor.

With Southport having experienced some heavy showers in the hours before kick-off rain coats were a prudent accessory for the visiting poppies as, impressive as the main stand at Haig Avenue might be, unlike Latimer Park no shelter from the elements is present for the visiting fans. Under overcast skies Kettering in their blue and white stripped away kit kicked-off into a stiff breezeplaying towards the large stand housing the meagre number of home fans. Kettering were straight onto the attack with Gary Stohrer probing down Southport's left. He played the ball into Ben Milnes just inside the edge of the penalty area where the Kettering man was muscled off the ball fairly in the eyes of the referee despite appeals from the visitors. 

On five minutes Kettering, showing confidence at the back passing the ball around waiting for an opportunity to attack, fed the ball out to Stohrer on the right to move forward. He linked up well with Nti to send Dan clear to drive to the touch-line and cross an inviting ball back into the middle of the penalty area. Unfortunately the supporting players had not followed up quick enough to act upon the attack.

Four minutes later Southport in yellow shirts and black shorts won their first corner when their keeper hoisted a long ball down the middle for Sampson to chase. Joe Skarz opted for safety first and headed the ball behind for a corner. The corner was played across to the far side of the box where it was directed back across the box but play was halted for a foul on Kelly. 

Stohrer was starting to have some success down Kettering's right and just after ten minutes Mr Cox had reason to talk to Doyle Southport's left-back who resorted to a foul to prevent Gary going by him but no card was issued. Kettering's attack from the free-kick was stopped by Southport's imposing centre back Astles who in clearing the ball fell to the floor having twisted awkwardly Kettering were in possession but the referee saw fit to halt the game despite it obviously not being a head injury. 

Southport's next goal attempt came once again by a long boot downfield by their keeper. Skarz headed the ball clear but it fell to Devarn Green who chanced his arm from thirty yards out but cleared the bar by some considerable distance. Kettering were still playing with confidence and edging the game so far. Nti broke well into the penalty area and Astles made an important saving tackle before Dan could pull the trigger. Two minutes later and Dan had a golden opportunity to open the scoring. Once again Stohrer ran into the box avoiding tackles and slipped the ball outside to Nti who finding himself in space had the whole of the goal to aim at but he only managed to drag his shot wide of the far post. 

Southport made the most of their let off. From the resulting goal-kick Hanford launched the ball downfield assisted by the following wind. With Sampson looking suspiciously off-side the lines-man was in no position to make a decision play continued. Bauress found himself with room to work in for a change and played a hard low cross into the box. The cross caught out both attackers and defenders alike but with no striker near to the ball it appeared to strike McGrath's hand and fly past the helpless White into the net.  1-0 Southport 20 mins.

Kettering responded well having fallen behind against the run of play. Brighton and Kelly were following the example of the success that Stohrer an Nti were having on the opposite flank. Kelly got to the by-line and managed to wriggle past the right-back before another defender ran in front of him and fell over for which the referee awarded the defender a free-kick when it was him who initiated contact. Two minutes later Kettering won their first corner with Milnes swinging it in from the left. The keeper missed the cross and the ball fell into the box before it was forced home by Michael McGrath cancelling out his error at the other end.1-1 Kettering 27 mins.

On the half-hour mark another massive clearance by Southport caused tension in the Kettering defence. Skarz's defensive header came off the top of his head and ballooned up into the air but Joe remained calm and under pressure from an attacker nodded the ball safely back to White.  

Just before the half entered it's final ten minutes Kettering were awarded a free kick to the left of  Southport's penalty area. Kelly's in swinging kick was partially headed clear by Benjamin but only as far as Joel Carta but his shot was deflected behind for another corner. Milnes kick carried over to the far post where Sam Cartwright met the ball but his shot struck the inside of the base of the post and rebounded back into the middle of the goal. Nti was first  to react but his shot was blocked on the line and scrambled clear by the defence. 

Play moved to the other end and Kettering were tested from what has been a weakness for them this season. A long throw-in from the left was nodded on by a forward but Southport didn't attack the flick-on allowing White to make an easy catch. With five minutes to go in the half Carta received a talking to by the referee after conceding a free kick in the middle of the park. The kick was lifted into Kettering's penalty area but was headed firmly away by McGrath. The new boy was in action up the other end two minutes later when Kettering were awarded a free-kick just outside Southport's penalty area. Ben Milnes floated the ball in but McGrath's glancing header failed to make sufficient contact and the ball flashed across the face of the goal. 

Right at the end of the half Paul White almost presented the host's with a final chance of the half when he fluffed a clearance kick and sent it straight to an opponent. Southport failed to take advantage and only managed to win a corner which came to nothing following a foul on Stohrer.

 Half Time: Southport 1 Kettering Town  1

Southport made one change at half-time with Kieran Glynn replacing Devarn Green. 

Three minutes into the second half Kettering nearly fell foul of another long throw into the box. White came to collect but misjudged the flight and it passed over his head fortunately a defender behind him was alert to the danger and cleared the ball.

Kettering continued their form from the first half and were having the best of things. Brighton broke down the left and crossed the ball inside for Carta but Joel's shot was lacking in power and was easy for Hanford. Four minutes later Hanford had another easy catch this time from Kennedy who was set up by Nti following a throw-in from Stohrer. Nti produced the next chance breaking down Kettering's right he outpaced the defender but also outpaced his support as his cross into the box had no-one there to meet it.

With fourteen minutes played Southport again tested Kettering's defence with a long throw-in into the box. There followed a spell of head tennis in the box but this was called to a halt with an off-side flag. 

Doyle Southport's left-back was the first player to enter the book on the hour mark following another foul this time on Carta. Kelly's delivery was poor though straight into the arms of the keeper. It was Kelly's last contribution to the game as shortly after he was replaced with Lindon Meikle. 

 Kettering were still forcing the pace and with just over twenty minutes to go Carta took possession some thirty yards out. He produced some trickery to throw off the close attention of his marker Astles making room for himself to get a shot off which passed narrowly over the bar. 

Southport's main threat was still coming from long throw-ins into the box but Kettering's defence was holding firm. Kettering were looking to hit Southport on the counter attack and from one defended throw-in Nti looked like he would race clear but was held back by Baurness on the half-way line earning him a caution.

With just over fifteen minutes left Kettering made their second substitution replacing Carta with Alex Nimely. No doubt combating the superior fitness of the full-time hosts with a pre-emptive introduction of fresh legs. Kettering earned another corner with fourteen minutes to go when a ball played into the area by Meikle was headed behind by Astles but Brighton's kick was over hit and went out for a goal kick. 

Southport were finishing the game the better team and were increasing the pressure on the Kettering goal. Kettering made their final substitution with Brett Solkhon replacing the influential Mines. 

 With seven minutes left of normal time Stohrer drove down the right wing again and his ball into the box was powered behind by a defender. Brighton's kick was unproductive. Southport had a chance when they played a long ball into the box but Sampson's header passed over the bar. 

 Dan Nti was showing tremendous tenacity running right to the end and was almost rewarded with three minutes to go when he broke into the area and drew a decent save from Hanford to deny Kettering the win. Nimely gave away a free kick in his attempt to pounce on the rebound. 

With five additional minutes to play the travelling supporters were nervously watching the clock. The team were desperate to hold onto the point having suffered a couple of last minute disappointments already this season. Nti showed his willingness to take one for the team when he received a caution for preventing a quick free-kick from being taken. The kick was lifted into the box but headed behind by Skarz. The resulting corner was put behind for a second corner which was met by Astles but his glancing header went wide. 

Kettering had a chance to win it with a minute to go when Kettering worked the ball down the other end to relieve the pressure. The ball was passed across the edge of the penalty area to Kennedy who struck the ball sweetly but it passed just over the bar. There was still time for one last attack by Southport. Brighton picked up a caution for delaying the taking of a free kick which was defended behind for a final corner. The ball was swung in from Kettering's left and headed away by the defence with Mr Cox calling the proceedings to a halt as the ball was cleared from the danger zone.

Full Time:  Southport 1 Kettering Town 1

Kettering picked up their first point on the road this season which they fully deserved having been on top for the majority of the game. Substitutions were made proactively rather than reactively and resolute defending in added on time secured what one hopes is  turning of the corner.

Southport  yellow cards: Doyle, Baurness– foul

Kettering Town yellow cards: Brighton, Nti -failing to allow kick to be taken, 

Attendance: 825 

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – All the players put in a shift but Ben Milnes performances since coming on at half time at Leamington deserve to be recognised.


Team Sheet

Location: Away (Haig Avenue)
Kick Off: 31st Aug 2019
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 MIchael McGrath
Southport

Captain:
0 Own goal