Match Report - Hereford

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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Hereford: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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Hereford: 1

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Jordan Nicholson 45

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Match Report

Hereford v Kettering Town

Vanarama National League North

Saturday 28th September 2019   3:00pm

 

 

 

Hereford

 

 

Kettering Town

 

1

 

 Brandon Hall

 

 1

 Paul White (Capt)   

 

2

 

 Keiran Thomas

 

 2

 Gary Stohrer      

 

3

 

 Jack Bodenham

 

 3

 James Brighton       

 

4

 

 Jacob Jagger Cane      

 

 4

 Luke Graham 

 

5

 

 Jordan Cullinane-Liburd  

 

 5

 Jay Williams

 

6

 

 Josh Gowling (Capt)      

 

 6

 Michael McGrath

Off 79

19

 

 Peter Vincenti

 Off 62

 7

 Daniel Nti     

 

8

 

 Tom Owen-Evans             

  

 8

 Aaron O’Connor      

Off 71

9

 

 Rowan Liburd

 Off 86

 9

 Connor Kennedy            

 

10

 

 Reece Styche   

 Off 62

10

 Joel Carta                

Off 61

11

 

 Jordan Nicholson   

 

11

 Marcus Kelly      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 

 Tommy O’Sullivan 

 

12

 Lindon Meikle    

On 79

14

 

 Mike Symons          

 On 62

14

 Ben Milnes                 

On 61

15

 

 Jason Pope      

 On 86

15

 Sam Cartwright           

 

16

 

 Kyle Finn  

 

16

 Tre Mitford              

On 71

17

 

 Brad Ash    

 On 62

17

 Brett Solkhon     

 

 

 

Referee: Dean Watson   Assistants: Tom Elliott and Alex Kelly

The first game of Steve Kinniburgh’s and Luke Graham’s caretaking spell was marked by the introduction of two new signings to the squad.  Central defender Jay Williams, a youngster on a month’s loan from Northampton Town went straight into the starting line-up to play alongside Graham, with Luke having recovered from his muscle tweak suffered at Sutton Coldfield. Michael McGrath returned after being cup-tied to play against his old team. Joel Carta was granted a starting spot with Sam Cartwright, Ben Milnes and Lindon Meikle reverting to the bench joined there by Brett Solkhon and the new signing from Bedford Tre Mitford. Injured Javan Vidal was in attendance but neither Elliot Hodge nor Alex Nimely was present.

On an overcast afternoon with weather conditions conducive to good football, with the very good looking playing surface being watered by the integral sprinkler system. The teams swapped ends before kick-off with Kettering in red and black shirts and red shorts defending the end containing the home support.  Before Hereford in their traditional white shirts with black shorts kicked off there was a minute’s applause in memory of Hereford FC Academy Kieran Joyce who passed away in the week.  

Hereford were quickly on the attack and with rumours of Paul White having experienced a groin strain whilst warming up his kicking would come under scrutiny. An early kick by White failed to clear the half-way line and was headed forward towards Reece Styche who was one on one with Paul who saved the Hereford forward’s shot however an off-side flag had already been raised.  Jay Williams’ first touch was to put the ball behind for an early Hereford corner but safety first is not a bad tactic four minutes into your first game for the club. The corner was defender well. 

On one of the first occasions of Kettering playing the ball into Herefords territory it was headed clear by one of their central defenders who fell to the floor with no Kettering player close.  The ball went to Stohrer mid-way inside Kettering’s half with all of Hereford’s side between him and their goal. The referee saw fit to halt play though to check on the condition of the downed player although it clearly was not a head injury.  The referee restarted play with a drop ball not in the position where the ball was when he stopped the game with Kettering in possession but at the point where the player was on the floor and gave possession to the home side who then proceeded to launch an attack from the uncontested drop ball.  It was the first example of a perceived bias towards the home side.  

A quick break by Hereford was initiated by a fine angled ball on the floor allowing the fleet-footed Nicholson to race forward and exploit the wide open flank. Stohrer frantically back tracked to close him down but could do nothing to prevent a ball lifted into the middle where Graham headed it behind for a Hereford corner which Kettering managed to clear despite White colliding with one of his defenders.

Just after the 10 minute mark Michael McGrath picked up the first caution of the game following a heavy challenge on one of his former team-mates with the home supporters calling for a more severe punishment.  The free-kick was lofted over to the far post where Cullinane-Liburd headed the ball against Graham to go out for another corner despite the Hereford player appealing for a handball, another reoccurring feature for the entire game. Hereford were awarded another free kick two minutes later some 30 yards out on Kettering’s left. However whatever was planned on the training pitch failed spectacularly with the pall running out tamely for a goal kick some 12 yards wide of the post.

Kettering were coming into the game and won their first corner on fourteen minutes but Stohrer’s header went over the bar. Three minutes later Kettering had a driving move into Hereford’s half with Stohrer capping the move off with a driven cross into the penalty area but no red shirt had anticipated the cross and therefore not in position to apply the final touch required.  Nti was showing his usual endeavour and won Kettering an unexpected corner when he chased a ball wide out on the wing which the left-back was shepherding out for a throw. Dan was not to be denied and despite the defender backing into him to try and shield the ball Dan managed to steal the ball away and deliver a cross into the box which was header behind by a defender.

On twenty –three minutes the referee finally had a word with Styche following the third incidence of him catching a Kettering defender late after the ball had been cleared but no card was shown. 

Kettering were matching Hereford at this stage and just before the half hour Hereford had their first shot from open play The ball was played down Kettering’s right and following some inter-passing between Cane and Owen-Evans led to the latter whilst trying to thread the ball into Liburd’s path saw the ball rebound back to him from the back of a defender’s heels. The forward reacted with a quick snap shot but it sailed over the bar leaving White untroubled. Kettering came straight back at the host’s and a probe down their right led to the ball being lifted into the penalty area where Nti rose highest but his on target header was easy for Hall to catch.

Ten minutes before half-time Hereford had their first corner that really tested the Kettering defence. The ball came over and White was unable to catch the ball and had to resort to punch the ball on its way. A Hereford player beat Brighton to the ball and aimed a shot at the near post where it was beaten away by Paul but was only to a White shirt but Graham threw himself at the ball to block the shot before the ball was cleared by Kelly. 

Five minutes before half time White did well to keep out a powerful 20 yard shot from Nicholson tipping the ball over for an unproductive corner. In the one added minute Joel Carta with the ball fed to his feed turned well to throw off his marker and make space for him to try a left-footed shot from the edge of the area but saw it go over the bar. Right on the stroke of half-time Hereford played the ball forward for Liburd to chase but he lost his footing on entering the box and claimed for a penalty the reaction of the referee was to blow his whistle and point to the tunnel.

Half Time: Hereford 0   Kettering Town 0

Kettering started the second half the better and were awarded a free-kick after only two minutes of the second half. The ball was played in by Kelly and found Graham in space and he was disappointed that his effort was not on target. A minute later Kettering won another corner and after being partially cleared was lobbed back into the box by McGrath.  O’Connor reacted quickest forcing Hall to touch the ball onto the bar not knowing that a flag for offside had already been raised.  Five minutes later and AOC turned villain when he miss-directed a pass which was easily intercepted by a defender who launched a rapid Hereford counter attack with the forwards outnumbering the defenders. White came to the rescue and dived at Vincenti’s feet to cut out the forwards ball back into the middle.  

AOC almost made amends on the hour mark when he drove purposely into the box and cut the ball back towards Nti on reaching the touch line but a defender was alert to the threat and cut the ball out at the expense of a corner which came to nothing.

Kettering made their first change with Milnes replacing Carta. A minute later Hereford made a double substitution with Symons and Ash coming on and Vincenti and Styche departing.

Almost straight after Kettering thought they had taken the lead. A long throw in into the box from Kennedy was not headed clear by Cullinane-Liburd forcing Hall to make a reaction save to prevent the own goal. The ball looped up towards a defender but before he could deal with the ball he was pushed over by AOC meaning that when Marcus Kelly swept the ball home it would not count.  With twenty five minutes to go Kettering were looking like the team most likely to score. Two corners in quick succession led to the ball being played forward invitingly into the box by Kelly but AOC could not reach the ball which needed the slightest of touches to be sent into the net. 

 As so often happens in football just as you seem to be taking control the game pulls the rug out from under your feet. A ball over from Kettering’s right picked out Nicholson about 10 yards right of centre on the edge of the penalty box. Brighton closed him down but fearful of the forwards pace allowed him to cut back inside. The player moved into the middle of the pitch before unleashing a fierce left footed shot which gave White no chance. 1-0 Hereford 66 mins.

 Five minutes later Kettering picked up their second booking this time it was debutant Williams. He was having a testing time with Symons being very physical but Jay was holding his own and giving as good as he got. Kettering made another two substitutions in an attempt to salvage something from the game. Mitford replaced AOC and was followed with McGrath being replaced by the more attack minded Meikle. The substitutions had mixed effects Tre obviously looked keen and hungry and offered a different threat to that of AOC with superior pace of the more experienced Aaron. With seven minutes of regulation play to go Kettering had a good shout for a penalty turned down when the pace of Mitford caused alarm in the Hereford defence. As he tried to get between two defenders he was sandwiched with Cullinane-Liburd’s final contact appearing to be more in the back than shoulder to shoulder however the referee was unimpressed. Meikles introduction was less successful with Lindon trying to thread some clever through ball into the box on the floor but the other players seemed to be on a different wavelength and merely succeeded in conceding possession. Deep into added time Kettering had a final corner with which to rescue something from the game. Paul White went up for the kick but the ball squirmed wide of the post with the referee call the proceedings to halt shortly after. 

Full Time: Hereford 1 Kettering Town 0

 After two below standard performances against lower league opposition the Kettering team produced a display of resilience and grit. The players responded well to the departure of Nicky Eaden determined to earn their part in the rest of the season and prove that they deserve the right to represent Kettering Town. 

Hereford yellow: none

Kettering Town yellow: McGrath, Williams - foul

Man of the Match – Jay Williams -  coming into a side low on confidence and leaking goals is a big ask for anyone but to produce a solid display playing alongside a team of strangers having only met some of them on the coach to the game speaks volumes for the professionalism of the young man.

Attendance: 2557

 

 


Team Sheet

Location: Away (Hereford)
Kick Off: 28th Sep 2019
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
Hereford
White
Captain:
0 Jordan Nicholson