Match Report - Bradford Park Avenue

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Lindon Meikle 00

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Bradford Park Avenue: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 4

Goals

Connor Kennedy 45
Ben Milnes 45
Aaron O Connor 45

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Bradford Park Avenue: 0

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Match Report

Kettering Town v Bradford Park Avenue

Vanarama National League North

Saturday 2nd November 2019   3:00pm

 

Kettering Town 

Bradford Park Avenue

1

 Paul White

 

 1

 Joe Green

 

2

 Gary Stohrer

 

 2

 Mitch Lund

 

3

 Joe Skarz  (Capt)

 

 3

 Billy Priestley

 

4

 Luke Graham      

 

 4

 Keith Lowe  (Capt)

 

5

 Michael McGrath

 

 5

 Liam Hughes                   Off 46

 

6

 Ben Milnes 

 

 6

 Josh Heaton                    Off 56

 

7

 Daniel Nti

 

 7

 Lewis Knights

 

8

 Aaron O'Connor

 Off 82

 8

 Cieron Keane                Off 46

 

9

 Connor Kennedy

 

 9

 Dan Sweeney

 

10

 Lindon Meikle

 

10

 Alex Hurst

 

11

 Marcus Kelly

 

11

 Adam Nowakowski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Tre Mitford

 On 82

12

 Isiah Bazeley                 On 46

 

14

 Brett Solkhon

 

13

 

 

15

 James Brighton    

 

14

 Isaac Marriott  

 

16

 Joel Carta

 

16

 Olli Johnson                  On 59

 

17

 Mo Sebbeh

 

17

 Brad Dockerty               On 46

 

 

Referee: Michael Barlow   Assistants: Tim Walker and David Constable

Paul Cox's first game in charge was a genuine relegation “6 pointer” with Kettering entertaining Bradford Park Avenue. The new manager had the luxury of having a full squad to choose from with the injured Javan Vidal being the only absentee. Joe Skarz started at left back with McGrath and Graham occupying the middle of the defence.  Bradford had to change their announced starting line-up as Kemy Agustien picked up an injury during the warm-up.  

Due to heavy overnight rain there was only a 50/50 chance of the game going ahead on an initial inspection by the referee on his arrival. Thanks to the efforts of a team of volunteers armed with forks including the BPA kit man enough work was done on the pitch to allow the game to proceed assisted with no more rain and a drying wind. By the time kick-off arrived it was perfect weather conditions for football despite the heavy pitch.

Ominously BPA turned out in green shirts and white shorts with Kettering having lost at home three times last season to teams playing in green, Biggleswade, Barwell and Alvechurch and Spennymoor this season.  The visitors kicked off with Kettering attacking the BM Pallets end. The Kettering players were further incentivised by Paul Cox making it clear at the previous evening's fan's forum that every player was playing for his position.  Kettering suffered an early scare after four minutes when Aaron O'Connor chasing a through ball went to the floor and slid on the greasy surface clattering into the boards lining the pitch with a bang. The two Bradford centre backs showed good sportsmanship checking on Aaron's health straight away.       

   Two minutes later Kettering had their first chance with a ball over from the left wing by Skarz an attempted clearance by a defender helped the ball onto an unmarked Milnes about ten yards out. Ben decided to hit it first time but his aim was poor and he missed the target by a couple of feet. He had a chance to make amends two minutes later when Kennedy took a long throw from just in front of the burger van. The ball looked to be going out of play but Lund in attempting to head the ball clear but only succeeded in sending the ball to Milnes lurking on the edge of the penalty area.  This time his shot was closer with the ball passing over the bar by a few inches. 

Just before the quarter hour mark Kettering scored their first league goal for seven weeksBradford played an aimless ball into Kettering’s penalty area where it was met by Stohrer who cleared it towards the half-way line where it was collected by AO’C. Aaron held onto the ball as Nti passed him advancing down the wing and then played the ball into to the path of Stohrer who was breaking fast from defence before turning and advancing himself into Bradford’s half. Gary had got a head of steam up and ploughed through the mud cutting through BPA’s midfield. He fed Dan on his outside who beat a defender and advanced himself with the ball. He returned the ball back to Stohrer who by this time was in the opponent’s penalty area. The defenders turned to face the threat but were wrong footed as Gary played a first time ball to Nti who was by now past the last defender and close to the touch- line a played a low cross into the middle where Lindon Meikle had an easy side foot to put the ball in from six yards out to cap an excellent end to end move which shredded the visitor’s defence.  1-0 Kettering 14 mins.

Three minutes later BPA picked up their first yellow card as Hurst reached out at full stretch to grab Milnes’s arm as the Kettering man ran past him pulling Ben down. Kettering early dominance was shown by the fact that BPA’s first shy at goal was a speculative 30 yard effort from Keane which sailed high and wide. Four minutes later Kettering were on the attack again with Stohrer again powering forward. This time he kept the ball himself and tried to curl the ball in from 20 yards with a left foot effort but it went narrowly over the bar. A minute later Kettering had Paul White to thank for maintain their lead when once again Kettering were almost architects of their own downfall.  A long ball forward by Nowakowski was headed back towards his keeper by McGrath but the state of the pitch slowed the ball down and White had to be sharp to get to the ball moments before Dan Sweeney. 

On twenty-six minutes Kettering almost doubled their lead as AO'C chased a long ball out from defence. He outpaced Lowe and advanced down the left wing before delivering a tempting low cross into the box. Nti stretched for the ball but was unable to apply the touch needed. 

Just before the half hour mark Paul White once again came to Kettering’s rescue. Alex Hurst latched onto a nod down from Priestly and had a shot from the edge of the penalty box. The ball took a big deflection from a defender and White having set himself for the initial shot had to fling himself full length to his right to palm the ball around the post for an unproductive corner to produce a brilliant save. Ten minutes later BPA had another chance when Luke Graham was adjudged to have fouled a forward some 25 yards out. Lewis Knights’ kick was poorly executed and was a simple catch for White. 

 A minute before half-time Skarz picked up a yellow card for a sliding tackle on the half way line right on the touchline. It was a case of taking one for the team as the experienced defender was aware of the lack of cover behind him if the BPA player had managed to get past him. In the three additional minutes to be played at the end of the half Mr Barlow referee had cause to issue another yellow card.  A Bradford forward had been caught by a follow through on a defender’s clearance and was prone on the pitch when the visitor’s lifted a ball over the top for Sweeney to chase and the off-side flag was raised. Liam Hughes vociferously challenged the decision and was promptly booked for dissent. 

Half Time: Kettering Town  1  Bradford Park Avenue 0

Bradford made two changes at half time with Keane and Hughes making way for Isiah Bazeley and Brad Dockerty.  Kettering started the second half on the front foot and a ball angled towards the corner by McGrath gave Kelly the chance to exploit the space outside of the newly substituted Bazeley.  Kelly turned the defender a couple of times before delivering a left-footed cross into the box unconvincingly palmed away by Green. Three minutes later BPA executed a quick break on the right but the delivery into the area was poor and an easy collect for White but it concentrated the mind on the need for the host’s to increase their lead to give a buffer zone.  

Ten minutes into the second half AO’C pressurised a defender into conceding a corner, Kettering’s first, by chasing a seemingly lost cause. Ben Milnes lifted an in-swinging corner into a crowded goal mouth where Connor Kennedy rose highest to powered home Kettering’s second. 2-0 Kettering 56 mins.

 Bradford cause was not helped by an injury to Josh Heaton at the corner when he pulled up with no player near him. Bradford were caught unawares and they had to play with 10 men for three minutes whilst Oli Johnson readied himself. During that time AO’C made another good break but was stopped by a good block by Keith Lowe the Bradford skipper.  

Three minutes later the same two were contesting the ball right on the edge of the penalty area with Lowe appearing to reach the ball first but making sure that as he went to the floor he took Aaron with him. The referee awarded a free kick with the home fans expecting to see the Bradford man show a red card as he was the last man. Nowakowski was particularly upset by the decision and was intent on disputing it with Kennedy before AO’C intervened at which the Bradford man Raised his arms twice to shove Aaron in the chest before Connor reminded him of the score line offering him a chance to discuss it further all missed by the officials. The spot of the kick was about a yard outside the penalty area and about 10 yards left of centre. Ben Milnes struck a sublime low curling shot around the end of the wall into the bottom corner of the goal giving the keeper no chance. 3-0 Kettering 62 mins.

 Five minutes later Kettering were awarded a free kick some 20 yards out on the opposite side Marcus Kelly tried his luck this time but it took a deflection on the way in to only win an unproductive corner. Bradford were still trying but at this stage of the game it would only be a consolation goal. With twenty minutes to go Nti was cautioned for pulling back Knights. Two minutes later BPA had the ball in the net. A long ball forward by Hurst was collected well by Sweeney who turned well and fired in a goal-wards shot through a crowd of three defenders. It was touched on its way by Johnson into the far corner of the net however the substitute had strayed into an offside position. 

On seventy-three minutes BPA were awarded a free-kick about 20 yards out and Knights lifted a dangerous ball into the penalty area where Michael McGrath facing his own goal headed the ball safely over the bar for another unproductive corner.

As the game entered its final fifteen minutes a throw in on the Kettering’s left was throw to Meikle. Lindon carried the ball infield for a few yards before delivering a lofted pass toward Nti on the far side of the box. Dan controlled the ball with the top of his shoulder tapping it over his head before hitting a first time volley with his right foot which flashed across the face of the goal.  A minute later Kennedy lifted a ball over the advancing BPA defenders from just inside his own half giving ample space for Nti to run onto the ball. Knights chased back to try to cover but Dan subtly altered his path to give the forward no chance in avoiding the contact which caused the Kettering man to tumble to the floor earning Knights a booking and Kettering a penalty. Aaron stepped up to take the penalty and with a questionable stutter in his approach sent the keeper the wrong way and tucked the kick home to seal an impressive personal performance. 4-0 Kettering 79 mins.

Knights was still full of running and a quick break down Kettering right saw his effort pass across the face of the goal but it must have taken a touch on the way through as a corner was awarded which once again produced nothing for the visitors.

With eight minutes to go AO’C made way for Tre Mitford. In the final minute of normal time Meikle was presented with a great opening when the Bradford defender slipped over whilst trying to turn the ball back to his keeper. Lindon pounced on the ball and drove into the box and went for the glory shot putting his left footed effort over the bar with Mitford standing in space 8 yards to n=his left.

Full Time: Kettering Town 4  Bradford Park Avenue 0

A very satisfactory result for the new manager with all of his players putting on a good display. They were assisted in their task by a very poor Bradford team who showed why they are where they are in the league table. You can only beat what is put in front of you though and on another day it could have been more.  Paul Cox has stated the need for consistency though and after next week’s trip to Guiseley he will have a better idea of the task ahead of him. Now is not the time to get carried away though, it was a good result against a poor team and as after the opening day victory over Telford one result is meaningless and a consistent  level of performance must be the team’s aim.

Kettering Town - yellow cards:  Skarz, Nti - foul

Bradford Park Avenue  - yellow cards:  Hurst, Lowe, Knights - foul   Hughes - dissent              

Attendance: 625

Elgoods Brewey Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match, chosen by match Sponsor Essity– Connor Kennedy

Klondilke Winning No 4727 - John Hubbard - £160


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 02nd Nov 2019
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 Lindon Meikle
0 Lindon Meikle
0 Ben Milnes
0 Ben Milnes
0 Aaron O Connor
0 Aaron O Connor
0 Connor Kennedy
0 Connor Kennedy
Bradford Park Avenue

Captain: