Match Report - Boston United

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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Boston United: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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Boston United: 2

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own goal 45
Jay Rollins 45

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Match Report

Kettering Town v Boston United

Vanarama National League North

Tuesday 3rd September 2019   7:45pm

 

 

 

Kettering Town

 

 

Boston United

 1

 

Paul White

 

  1

Peter Crook

 2

 

Gary Stohrer      

 

  2

Karl Byrne

 3

 

James Brighton

 

  3

Alex White               Off 62

 4

 

Michael McGrath            

 

  4

Andi Thanoj  

 5

 

Sam Cartwright      Off 68

 

  5

Simon Ainge  (Capt)   

 6

 

Joe Skarz (Capt)       

 

  6

Luke Shiels 

 7

 

Lindon Meikle    

 

  7

Tom Platt                 

 8

 

Ben Milnes             Off 74

 

  8

Brad Abbott           

 9

 

Daniel Nti               

 

  9

Dominic Knowles      Off 81

10

 

Joel Carta              Off 68

 

10

Nicky Walker             Off 74

11

 

Marcus Kelly          Off 67

 

11

Jay Rollins                Off 85

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

12

 

Luke Graham  

 

12

Ashley Jackson         On 85

14

 

Brett Solkhon         On 68

 

14

George Willis        

15

 

Elliot Hodge           On 83

 

15

Tom Clare                 On 81

16

 

Alex Nimely            

 

16

Jordan Adebayo-Smith          

17

 

Jahvan Vidal          On 68

 

17

Jordan Thewlis         On 74

 

Referee: Ritchie Watkins             Assistants: Richard Watson and Jamie Conde

 Connor Kennedy was missing due to his first suspension of the season and his place was taken by Michael McGrath making his home debut with the other ten starters being those who began against Kidderminster.  A welcome return to the squad was Jahvan Vidal missing the action since the second game of the season due his concussion sustained against King’s Lynn. There was no place on the bench for Aaron O’Connor or Michael Richens. 

 After playing in sweltering conditions it was a welcome change for the players to be playing in more temperate conditions with this the last evening kick-off of the season’s opening phase. Kettering kicked-off attacking the BM Pallets end with Boston in their all pale blue away strip. 

After a cagey opening Kettering had the first pot at goal but Marcus Kelly effort from 20 yards passed over the bar. Boston came straight back at Kettering and Knowles’ attempt was on target but was an easy collect for White. Lindon Meikle picked up an early yellow card after eight minutes. He was dispossessed inside Kettering’s half and in attempting to win the ball back was adjudged to have been over zealous. It was a free-kick but a caution seemed a trifle harsh. The free-kick from about 30 yards out came to nothing. 

After twelve minutes Kettering made a good flowing move switching the ball from one wing to the other with several players involved. The ball was played in the air towards Kelly who headed it back to Carta who looked to be shaping up for a shot but was quickly closed down by a defender so he slipped the ball inside to Dan Nti who shot from the edge of the penalty area but it passed high and wide of the goal. Dan Nti was again committing fully to the cause and two minutes later looked to be chasing a forlorn hope with Shiels looking favourite to reach a long ball played out of Kettering’s defence but Nti didn’t give up and dispossessed the defender and set Milnes with a shooting chance. Ben delayed slightly giving a defender a chance to close him down and block the shot. Boston came away with the ball and quickly turned defence into attack probing down Kettering’s right. The Boston player lofted a long high ball towards the far post and White came out a long way to palm the ball on its way for McGrath to tidy up.

Both Boston full-backs Byrne and White were both adept at coming forward with the ball. On twenty two minutes Byrne surged through Kettering’s midfield but failed to cap his impressive run with a pass to a team-mate. Two minutes later he repeated his surge and this time linked with Thanoj but his shot was straight at White. Boston were starting to get on top now and looked composed coming forward a ball a following a probe down their right White played the ball into Rollins who tried to drive into the box but put more effort into trying to con the referee for a penalty and not to playing the ball. The referee was having none of it and waved away the forward’s appeal that was not joined in with by his team-mates and considering the ease at which Meikle was cautioned a caution for simulation would not have been unwarranted. 

With fifteen minutes to go Cartwright was penalised for a push in the back which nobody else in the ground thought was a free-kick with not even the forward complaining. A free-kick in a dangerous position some 30 yards out just left of centre, however Walker’s kick was poor straight into the wall. 

 Kettering had threatened little in the first half and had to wait until the thirty-eighth minute before they won their first corner. Kelly’s in-swinging corner appeared to be met by the goalkeepers face and fell to Milnes on the edge of the penalty area where he lifted the ball towards the far post. Cartwright rose highest but could not direct his header and it looped over the bar. 

Following a five minute spell of Boston pressure Kettering managed to break into Boston’s half and won another corner through the industrious Nti. Kelly’s kick was punched clear by Crook but straight to Milnes just outside the box but he put his shot high and wide aiming for the top corner. Nothing of note occurred in the rest of the half with an additional minute played. 

Half Time: Kettering Town 0   Boston United 0

Neither side made any changes at half time. Boston won after two minutes of the half after a ball played forward deflected off McGrath. Walker’s delivery was poor and went straight to Carta on the front post but Joel mis-controlled it and it went straight out for another corner. This kick was much better placed aimed towards the far post. Platt’s header hit the cross bar and rebounded to Rollins about three yards out his shot was blocked by Brighton on the line but the ball went straight back to the forward who made no mistake with his second chance. 0-1 Boston 48 mins.

Kettering responded well and won a third corner when Carta’s long range shot deflected behind off Shiels. One of Boston’s dominant centre-backs cleared the ball with a positive header. Just before the hour mark Kettering had a chance to level it when after a series of good inter-passing led to Milnes threading a ball through for Meikle to run onto but Crook passed his first real test of the night and made a save with his right foot.  

Boston’s second came out of nothing Walker hooked a speculative ball towards the edge of Kettering’s penalty area Cartwright under no pressure leapt to head the ball clear but was not tall enough and the ball looped up towards the Kettering goal clearing Paul White stuck in no-man’s land and dropping in under the bar. 0-2 Boston 61 mins.

 Boston were looking to kill the game nowand three minutes later won another free-kick out by the touchline some 30 yards from goal. Walker lifted the ball in towards the far post but it was missed by everyone and drifted by the post out safely for a goal-kick. 

Things could have got worse for Kettering two minutes later when McGrath took out Platt who was skipping by him. The Boston man sprung up and faced up to McGrath and pushed him in the chest to start an episode of handbags. Platt then realised he was hurt and collapsed to the floor. Once the dust had settled McGrath went into the book, it could have been red, and Platt joined him for retaliation. Kettering made a double substitution with Cartwright and Carta leaving the pitch and Vidal and Solkhon to try and turn the game around. Kettering changed from three at the back with wing-backs to a flat back four with Stohrer moving into midfield.

On seventy minutes Vidal was welcomed back into the game when he was clattered into by Platt who being on a yellow card already should count himself lucky that the referee decided no action was necessary. Shortly after Kettering put the Boston goal under some pressure. However the defence held firm without Crook being called into action.

Boston made their first change on 74 minutes with Thewlis replacing Walker. 

With fifteen minutes to go Kettering had the chance to pull one back when Meikle closed down Crook swiftly his clearance came out to Solkhon hit it first time rather than taking a touch blasted his effort wide. Kettering did not manage to threaten the Boston goal for the remainder of the game. Boston managed the game to the end making another two substitutions. 

Boston could have added a third in the final five minutes when Boston won another corner. Shiels had a free header at the front post but spurned the chance to increase their lead.

Full Time: Kettering Town 0 Boston United 2.

Kettering held their own in the first half but failed to test the visiting keeper. The second half followed a familiar pattern conceding a goal almost straight after the restart and the falling victim to an unlucky break with the own goal. It was always going to be a problem fielding a team with no proven goal scorer with such a player watching from the wrong side of the perimeter fence. Almost a quarter of the season has gone already and the opportunities to win points have got to be started to be taken. 

Kettering Townyellow: Meikle, McGrath – foul 

Boston United - yellow: Platt - retaliation, Williams – foul

Attendance: 835

Elgoods Brewery - Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Gary Stohrer

 


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 03rd Sep 2019
Kettering Town FC
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Captain:
Boston United
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Captain:
0 own goal
0 Jay Rollins