Match Report - Alfreton Town

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

Dan Nti 00
Marcus Kelly 00

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Substitutions

Alfreton Town: 1

Goals

Amari Morgan-Smith 00

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

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Alfreton Town: 1

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Match Report

Kettering Town  v Alfreton Town

Vanarama National League North

Saturday 14th September 2019   3:00pm

 

 

KetteringTown

 

 

Alfreton Town

 

1

 Paul White

 

 1

 Jack Atkinson

 

2

 Gary Stohrer

 

 2

 Joshua Clackstone

 

3

 Marcus Kelly

 

 3

 Josh Wilde (Capt)

 

4

 Joe Skarz  (Capt)     

 

 4

 David Lynch

 

5

 Sam Cartwright

 

 5

 Shane Killock

 Off 70

6

 Michael McGrath    

 

 6

 Ryan Qualter

 

7

 Lindon Meikle

 Off 93

 7

 Joshua Thacker

 Off 46

8

 Aaron O’Connor

 Off 80

 8

 Dominic Smith

 

9

 Daniel Nti

 

 9

 Ben Tomlinson

 Off 73

10

 Connor Kennedy

 

10

 Amari Morgan-Smith

 

11

 Ben Milnes

 

11

 Daniel East

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Elliott Hodge

 On 93

12

 Dale Witham

 

14

 Brett Solkhon

 On 80

14

 Conor Branson              

 On 46

15

 James Brighton       

 

15

 Nyle Blake  

 On 73

16

 Jahvan Vidal  

 

16

 Tyler Williams   

 

17

 Mo Sebbeh

 

17

 Bobby Johnson

 On 70

 

Referee: Scott Simpson   Assistants: DanielSmith and Christopher Hunter

With Kettering looking to break a nine game without a win streak the re-introduction of Aaron O'Connor to not only the squad but the starting line-up was a welcome change for the majority of the small crowd at Latimer Park. Sam Cartwright also returned to the starting line-up with Jahvan Vidal and Brett Solkhon dropping to the bench. Missing from to the substitute’s bench were Alex Nimely, Luke Graham and Joel Carta through a combination of illness or injury.  The bench was completed by new signing Mo Sebbeh.

On a warm sunny day with Alfreton, in all blue with yellow trim, defending the BM Pallets end Kettering kicked-off and went straight onto the attack with the ball passed back to Joe Skarz who lifted the ball towards the Alfreton penalty area it was headed clear but straight to Lindon Meikle who threaded the ball through on the ground for Nti to run onto. Dan showed his pace and made for the penalty area. Atkinson rushed out of his goal and, as Dan pushed the ball past him, dived and made significant contact with the Kettering man sending him to the turf for a stone-wall penalty inside the first 30 seconds earning the keeper a yellow card for his trouble. Dan dusted himself down and took the penalty with text-book clinical efficiencywith the keeper diving to his right and Nti powering the ball high to his left.  1-0 Kettering 1 min.

 Kettering's next attack wasinitiated by a free-kick mid-way in Kettering's from Paul White down Alfreton's left.It was nodded on by Nti towards Stohrer but Wilde managed to get his boot to the ball first but his clearance was directed towards the middle of the park rather than towards Kettering's half. Ben Milnes took possession in space some 25 yards out and looked to be shaping up for a shot. He did, however feed the ball outside to Marcus Kelly on the corner of the penalty area.He advanced a couple yards into the area and fired in a fierce left foot drive that went between the defenders legs, un-sighting the keeper and nestled in the opposite corner of the goal.  2-0 Kettering 4 mins.

On six minutes Alfreton won their first corner but the defence dealt with it efficiently and cleared the ball. Kettering were patiently building up the other end with the ball being played around Alfreton’s area. Skarz lifted a ball into the box but cleared away by the defence but only to a Kettering player who recycled the ball to Skarz who tried again. The ball was closer to Atkinson this time and under pressure from Nti could only palm the ball down into the penalty area where it was gratefully hacked away by a defender.

On ten minutes Wilde crossed into the box from the left. Skarz’ attempted clearing header was misdirected going towards his own goal and a mix up between White and Kelly presented Tomlinson with a chance but Sam Cartwright had read the situation and position himself on the goal line to stop the goal bound effort.  A minute later Alfreton had another chance when McGrath misjudged a nod on from Tomlinson and allowed Morgan-Smith to take possession.  He turned inside of Michael but his curling left footed shot went narrowly over the bar.

On twenty-five minutes Kettering broke down the left with Meikle pivoting and playing in the speedy Nti who timed his run perfectly to remain onside. He crossed into the box where Killock opted to put the ball behind with AOC ready to pounce behind him. Kelly’s corner was punched by the keeper but only to a red shirt who lifted the ball back into the danger area where another corner resulted. This time Kelly aimed towards the far post. A Kettering header came off a defender for third corner this time on the opposite side. Milnes kick was met by Kennedy but his header looped over the bar.

Just after the half hour mark a long ball out from Kettering’s defence was chased hard by AOC who put enough pressure on the defender to win another corner. Kelly’s delivery into the box is met by McGrath in space but he doesn’t get enough on the ball and it goes past the far post.  

With five minutes left of the half Kettering won a free-kick midway in the Alfreton half. Milnes and Nti worked a good passing interchange resulting in Milnes having time and space to place a cross into the box aimed at AOC but Aaron’s header looped over the bar. Three minutes later Kettering could have had a third as Meikle lobbed the ball into the box for Milnes to chase he turned the ball over to the far post where Nti crossed the ball but mas missed by everyone as it passed across the face of the goal about 1 yard out.

With one minute remaining of regulation time Alfreton were handed a lifeline when Stohrer was penalised right on the edge of the box as it appeared that East ran straight into the defender with no chance of reaching the ball. East and Morgan-Smith stood over the ball. East shaped up to hit a curling right footed effort but on approaching the ball prodded the ball to Morgan-Smith who fired in a low shot which took a big contact off Tomlinson’s calf before nestling into the corner of the goal. 2-1 Alfreton 45 mins.

 Half Time: Kettering Town  2   Alfreton Town  1

Alfreton made one change at half-time with Conor Branson replacing Joshua Thacker.  

Kettering started the second half brightly and were awarded a free-kick midway into Alfreton's half after two minutes. Kelly lifted the ball into the box where Nti nodded in on to another red shirt who headed back across the box where it was met by Branson facing his own goal who headed it behind.

On 55 minutes Kettering had a fine flowing move from one penalty area to the other. Cartwright passed the ball out of defence to Kelly who switched the ball forward to AOC. Aaron held the ball up well until Meikle arrived in support. Lindon cut inside and angled the ball into the penalty area where Kelly arriving quickly was half a yard short of having a simple tap-in but the ball beat him and went behind for a goal kick.

On fifty-eight minutes Alfreton almost equalised. Morgan-Smith dispossessed Milnes about 35 yards out advanced about ten yards an unleashed a powerful shot which had White beaten. Fortunately for Kettering the ball struck the inside of the post and ricocheted off towards the corner flag. Kettering partially cleared the ball but it was headed back into the area. Paul White raced out of his goal in order to clear the ball. McGrath and Morgan-Smith were also running towards the ball with White the clear favourite. The Alfreton player trying to gain an advantage from the situation ran straight at McGrath and both players went to the floor but the referee considered the contact incidental and did not award a free-kick one way or the other. Josh Wilde, the Alfreton captain didn't see it that way and came all the way from the other side of the pitch to shove McGrath in the chest right in front of the referee and point his finger in the direction of McGrath's face. The referee defused the situation with Wilde accusing McGrath of inciting the fracas and then proceeded to argue the toss with Kennedy and should consider he lucky that he wasn't booked.

Kettering were not fazed by their close shave and shortly after AOC was set up three yards out by a clever through ball by Meikle. Atkinson was right on top of Aaron though and made himself big to prevent a goal. Kettering were counter attacking well and two minutes later a long Alfreton throw into the box was cleared away by Nti to Meikle who played it onto AOC and continued his forward run. Aaron slipped the ball to Milnes who produced a fine 40 yard cross-field ball to Meikle. Lindon steadied himself and played the ball into the path of AOC in the penalty area. Atkinson got there first though and cleared the ball but only out to Kennedy who played a similar low ball into the edge of the goal area where Nti failed to make a clean contact with the ball and saw it bounce agonisingly across the face of the open goal.

Alfreton made their second substitution with twenty minutes to go with Johnson replacing Killock. Five minutes later Morgan-Smith had a chance to score chasing a bouncing ball into the box and got there ahead of Cartwright. The forward tried to do too much though trying to steer the ball into the corner of the goal rather than poking it towards the goal and only succeeded in putting it past the post. Alfreton made their final substitution straight after with Tomlinson making way for Nyle Blake. Alfreton were starting to get frustrated now and Lynch was lucky not to get booked for dissent after slamming the ball into the ground after a decision was given against him. He was still moaning a couple of minutes later when the referee felt the need to have a word with him but no caution.

With 13 minutes to go Aaron was withdrawn after a performance showing plenty of effort, no doubt helped by Alfreton not having a giant centre back. He was replaced by Brett Solkhon. It was end to end stuff at this stage of the game. Ben Milnes tried a long range shot after being set up by Meikle but it was too close to Atkinson. Meikle had a chance of his own when he chased a long clearance from White. He carried the ball into the penalty area and tried to turn the defender to get in a shot but the defender stuck to his task and put it behind for a corner. Kelly's kick picked out Solkhon on the near post but his header went over.

Alfreton still looked dangerous when they came forward in numbers. A break down the left saw East deliver a driven cross into the box but White palmed the ball down where a Kettering player reacted quickest and cleared the ball away. Kettering were still playing attractive football controlling the game with intelligent passing to move the ball well and exploit the increasing gaps as Alfreton became more desperate resorting to long punts downfield which were fielded well by White.

As the game entered the additional four minutes stoppage time Meikle had the chance to seal the victory which if he'd scored would've been an early contender for goal of the season. Alfreton took a long throw into the box from the open side which was headed clear by Marcus Kelly. Lindon sprinted to the clearance and turned up field. He jinked his way past Wilde on the half-way line and continued going. Lynch chasing back closed him down in the penalty area but Lindon skipped past him leaving him on his backside. Kelly having sprinted the length of the pitch was square with him offering an outlet but glory beckoned and as the keeper advanced Lindon lifted the ball over him but unfortunately over the bar as well. This proved to be the last significant action of the game with Elliott Hodge making the briefest of appearances when replacing Meikle three minutes into injury time.

Full Time: Kettering Town 2  Alfreton Town 1

Kettering fully deserved this win having gained a lead very early in the game there was no temptation to sit back and defend for 85 minutes. By continuing to press forward and ask questions of Alfreton's defence the visitors were always vulnerable to the counter attack. AOC after being out of the side looked lacking in match sharpness but with two cup games coming up he should be able to hone his skills ready for the challenge of the league. Alfreton came into this game fourth in the table but Kettering more than matched them and if performances like this are maintained Kettering will start climbing the league.

Kettering Town yellow cards:  none

Alfreton Town yellow cards:  Atkinson - foul                 

Attendance: 656

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Dan Nti   - Another impressive display from a player that doesn't appear to understand the concept of tiredness. 90 minutes of commitment and effort. Hopefully AOC and Dan will develop into a deadly duo.

Klondike Winner - Paul Wildman - no 2857


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 14th Sep 2019
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 Marcus Kelly
0 Dan Nti
Alfreton Town

Captain:
0 Amari Morgan-Smith