Match Report - Spennymoor Town

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

Goals

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Substitutions

Spennymoor Town: 1

Goals

Glen Taylor 00

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

Goals

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Substitutions

Spennymoor Town: 2

Goals

Glen Taylor 45

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Match Report

Kettering Town  v  Spennymoor Town

Vanarama National League North

Saturday 12th October 2019   3:00pm

 

 

Kettering Town

 

 

Spennymoor Town

 

1

 Paul White (Capt)

 

 1

 Matthew Gould

 

2

 Gary Stohrer

 

 2

 Carl Magnay

 

3

 James Brighton

 

 3

 Chris Mason (Capt)

 

4

 Luke Graham      

 

 4

 Jamie Chandler

 

5

 Jay Williams

 

 5

 Nathan Buddle 

 

6

 Ben Milnes 

 

 6

 James Curtis

 

7

 Daniel Nti

 Off 58

 7

 Daniel Ward 

 Off 62

8

 Connor Kennedy

 

 8

 Rob Ramshaw

 

9

 Tre Mitford

 

 9

 Glen Taylor

 

10

 Lindon Meikle

 Off 79

10

 James Roberts

 Off 79

11

 Marcus Kelly

 

11

 Ben McKenna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Brett Solkhon 

 On 79

12

 Callum Williams

 

14

 Joel Carta

 On 58

13

 Joe Atkinson

 

15

 Mo Sebbeh      

 

14

 Mark Anderson  

 On 62

16

 Jack O'Connor  

 

15

 Gavin Cogdon   

 On 79

17

 Adam Honour

 

16

 Adam Boyes

 

 

Referee: Tom Kirk   Assistants: Lewis Morgan and Duncan Robertson 

Steve Kinniburgh and Luke Graham's home debut as caretaker co-managers was made harder with a depleted squad. With Joe Skarz still suffering the effects of being clogged in the closing stages of the Sutton Coldfield cup-tie and Aaron O'Connor struggling with a thigh strain Kettering were missing a third experienced player with Michael McGrath being suspended following his yellow card received at Hereford. Also making their home debuts were Tre Mitford and Jay Williams looking to build upon their promising appearances at Hereford. With Javan Vidal being unavailable the substitute's bench looked at best, lightweight. Brett Solkhon and Joel Carta were joined by three players yet to perform for Kettering at this level, Mo Sebbeh, Adam Honour and Jack O'Connor. 

On a dry, overcast and, for the middle of October mild day the game started with Kettering attacking the BM Pallets end with Spennymoor playing in an all turquoise kit. Kettering had an early warning as early as the fourth minute when Connor Kennedy fouled McKenna conceding a free-kick mid-way inside Kettering's half. Ward lifted the ball into the penalty area and Glen Taylor managed to evade his marker and get in an unchallenged header. Fortunately the glancing header looped the ball over the bar as it also drifted wide. The lesson went unheeded though and a minute later Rob Ramshaw fed McKenna out wide. The winger delivered a perfect cross into the box and Taylor this time made no mistake in powering his header past the helpless White with Brighton being the closest defender. 0-1 Spennymoor 5 mins. 

Three minutes later Kettering had their first meaningful attack with the ball being fed out to Marcus Kelly on the left flank he advanced down the wing and crossed it into the middle where it was met by Lindon Meikle's head but his rare aerial activity went wide but it was immaterial as the linesman's flag had already been raised. Spennymoor responded by winning their first corner almost immediately after but it was adequately defended by the hosts. Kettering then proceeded to have a prolonged period of possession but did not generate any threat towards Spennymoor's goal. This period was punctuated by the referee giving Chandler a talking to for a second foul on Kennedy in a matter of minutes. This was followed by a similar talking to, to Ben Milnes who in attempting to win back possession went through the back of a Spennymoor player. Even at this early stage the game seemed to be drifting with no sense of urgency shown by either side, and a quiet crowd despite Kinniburgh' s vocal encouragements from the side-line.

On twenty-four minutes Kettering's day and season took another turn for the worse. With Kettering pressing up to the half-way line a ball was cleared by Spennymoor. Jay Williams Jumped with Ramshaw to challenge for the ball. Williams arm was across his chest rather than out to the side and the two players collided. Ramshaw went down looking to be badly hurt and with little hesitation showed the Cobbler loanee a red card. It may well be the last time the youngster plays for the club as the loan was initially announced as for a duration of one month and the three match suspension for a straight red would mean that the player would be unavailable until the end of November. The producing of the red card had mysterious recuperative effect on the Spennymoor player who was on his feet almost immediately after it's appearance showing no ill-effects of the collision. 

Kennedy dropped back to play alongside Graham in the middle of defence with Kelly moving into a more central position sitting in front of the back four. The game followed the pattern shown in the first 25 minutes with Kettering passing the ball amongst themselves but it was a laborious build up allowing Spennymoor to marshal their defence and blunt any thrusts that Kettering could make. Dan Nti was starting to show signs of frustration and Tre Mitford was under the constant attention of the two tall Spennymoor centre backs. Spennymoor were in the driving seat and showed no desire to press their player advantage content to sit back and let Kettering try to break them down. 

Ten minutes before half time a passing move up the middle and more importantly on the floor thereby negating the defender's height advantage the ball was played to Meikle who made a nicely angled pass for Kelly to run onto. Marcus struck the ball firmly with his left foot but it went well over the bar. Five minutes later Spennymoor should have made it two. Ramshaw carried the ball forward drawing the defender he passed to Taylor who quickly fed the ball inside to Ward with the defence being pulled out of shape. Ward decided to take a touch rather than a first time effort and that delay allowed Brighton to throw himself into the path of the ball to block it.  It appeared that Spennymoor had upped a gear with the intention of killing the game before halftime as two minutes later they manufacture another chance with Ramshaw again causing the threat. He broke on the left following a defensive error and pulled the ball back to Roberts who hit it first time but Paul White was equal to it and saved the attempt. 

In the two added minutes until half-time the game had it's second contentious refereeing decision. Kettering were pressing the Spennymoor penalty area and the ball was partially cleared in the air out towards the touchline and Kennedy and McKenna both rushed to try and head the ball. Kennedy made contact with the ball but McKenna made contact with Connor.  The incident looked very similar to the Williams incident and the home fans were confident that Spennymoor's numerical advantage would be nullified with a second red card being shown. Much to the home supporters disgust Mr Kirk considered the offence to warrant only the issuing of a yellow card which in the eyes of the majority of those in attendance was identical to Williams misdemeanor. The resulting free-kick came to nothing and shortly after the referee blew his whistle to end the half and face the barracking coming from the stands.

Half Time: Kettering Town  0  Spennymoor Town  1

Whatever was said to the players at half-time it all became immaterial as this match was added to the growing list of games this season where Kettering have conceded within five minutes of the restart. This time it was after forty-seven and it effectively finished the game as a contest. Spennymoor broke down their left and McKenna skipped past Stohrer went to the by-line and drove a low cross towards the penalty spot it was met by Taylor in plenty of space who hit a powerful first time volley goalwards giving White no chance. 0-2 Spennymoor 47 mins.

Three minutes later McKenna again was the danger man running straight through the middle of Kettering's defence he laid the ball off to Ramshaw but Luke Graham managed to cut the ball out and stop the attack. The game then meandered to it's conclusion. Spennymoor were happy to sit back and conserve themselves ready for their FA cup tie the following weekend allowing Kettering to dominate possession but create nothing. After a quarter of an hour of the second half Kettering made their first substitution with Joel Carta replacing Dan Nti who failed to produce his usual ebullient performance. Four minutes later and Spennymoor made their first change with Anderson replacing Ward. 

On sixty-five minutes Kennedy was fortunate to escape a caution following a foul on Taylor with Mr Kirk leaving Kennedy in no doubt that any reoccurrence would result in booking.

Kettering produced a brief flurry of excitement after sixty-eight minutes when Kelly played in Brighton with an angled low ball. James drove into the box but his low cross was too close to the keeper and easily cut out at the near post. And that was it Kettering would build up steady from the back but with Spennymoor having 10 players between the ball and their goal a piece of skill inventiveness or ingenuity would be needed to create any goal scoring opportunity. Sadly nbody on the pitch possessed that spark and the team resorted to lifting high balls into the penalty area which were easily dealt with by Spennymoor's dominant centre backs. 

With ten minutes to go Meikle was replaced by Solkhon and Spennymoor swapped Cogon for Roberts. Three minutes later Taylor had the chance to complete his hat-trick when Spennymoor overcame the Kettering defence passing the ball with impunity across the edge of the home side's penalty area stringing three passes together before the final ball played in Taylor in acres of space 12 yards out but the forward dragged his shot just inches wide of Paul White's far post denying him his hat-trick but not Spennymoor's first away win of the season.

Full Time: Kettering Town 0  Spennymoor Town  2

The good performance at Hereford proved to be a false dawn with a Kettering side showing a lack of ideas and commitment. Gould in the Spennymoor goal could have played the game sitting in a deckchair as Kettering failed to produce one shot on goal in the whole game and have only managed to score two goals from open play in the last five games. The team appears to be missing an on the field leader with no commanding voice being heard in order to ensure the team carries out the managers tactics. Another indicator of a struggling team is that having played 16 games this season the team has failed to keep one clean sheet including the county cup game with Cogenhoe United. The flat performance on the pitch was mirrored by the crowd who also need to raise their game to try and encourage the team to better things.

Kettering Town yellow cards:  none,  Red- Williams

Spennymoor Town yellow cards:  McKenna - foul                 

Attendance: 752 

Elgood Brewey - Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Ben Milnes

Klondike Winner – Ticket 4190 – Eddie Brace - £200.

 


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 12th Oct 2019
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
Spennymoor Town

Captain:
0 Glen Taylor
0 Glen Taylor