Match Report - York City

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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York City: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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York City: 0

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Match Report

Vanarama National League North

Saturday 7th December 2019   3:00pm

 

 

Kettering Town

 

 

York City

 

1

 Paul White

 

1

 Peter Jameson

 

2

 Gary Stohrer

 

2

 Kallum Griffiths

 

3

 Matt Taylor

 

3

 David Ferguson

 

4

 Luke Graham  (Capt)    

 

4

 Sean Newton

 

5

 Michael McGrath

 

5

 Steve McNulty (Capt)

 

6

 Brett Solkhon

 

6

 Joe Tait

 Off 77

7

 Daniel Nti

 

7

 Adriano Mole

 Off 71

8

 Aaron O’Connor

 

8

 Paddy McLaughlin

 

9

 Connor Kennedy

 

9

 Jordan Burrow

 Off 76

10

 Lindon Meikle

 

10

 Elliott Durrell

 

11

 Michael Richens  

 

11

 Alex Kempster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Marcus Kelly

 

12

 Andy Bond

 

14

 Joel Carta

 

14

 Macaulay Langstaff              

 

15

 Tre Mitford     

 

15

 Kieran Green 

 On 71

16

 Mo Sebbeh

 

16

 Harry Spratt   

 On 77

17

 Jack O'Connor

 

17

 Ryan Whitley

 

 

Referee: Dean Watson   Assistants: Alan Cox and Christopher Hunter

Paul Cox’s selection problems eased slightly with Marcus Kelly being available having served his two match suspension following his dismissal at Peterborough, however the manager stuck with the same XI which won a point at Curzon five days earlier. Ben Milnes was still suffering from his Achilles injury and Jack O’Connor although named as a substitute did not participate in the warm up. Under cloudy skies York City in a white strip emblazoned with a claret “Y” on the shirt kicked off attacking the Tin Hat on a pitch that looked very heavy with some sticky patches.

Mr Watson was in action early on when he cautioned Griffiths the York right back after only four minutes for pulling back Taylor who was carrying the ball past him with Matt just inside his own half.  Paul White took the kick and lifted it into the York penalty area where it was met by Solkhon. Brett's header back into the middle was too close to Jameson though, who collected it with ease. Two minutes later a long ball was player into York's box. Nti and Newton battled for the ball with Dan coming out on top and he managed to propel the ball goal-wards, it lacked power though and once again Jameson collected with ease. Newton was being kept busy though and shortly after had to clear a flick on from a Kennedy long throw from his own penalty area.

 With eleven minutes gone Kettering won the first corner of the game when a defender puts the ball behind following good work from O'Connor. The corner comes to nothing as the referee awarded York a free-kick after some pushing and pulling as the corner came over which resulted in AO'C on the floor. Three minutes later the ball was played forward and York's portly centre-half McNulty ambled back to shepherd it out for a goal-kick. AO'C gave chase and managed to reach the ball and play it off the defender for Kettering's second corner. Jameson came out well to claim it and quickly distributed it to initiate a York counter attack with Dempster. The move was halted by Meikle committing a foul on the forward but the resulting free-kick came to nothing.

On twenty minutes York attacked down Kettering's right and McLaughlin and Ferguson exchanged passes before the York's number 8 drove in a fierce shot/cross. White managed to bat the ball away but if fell nicely to Dempster who controlled the ball on his chest before unleashing a volley which Paul could only tip over the bar for an unproductive corner. This started a good spell of pressure from the visitors as three minutes later York advanced straight down the middle of the park before Solkhon produced a fine saving tackle to deny Dempster another shooting opportunity. Paul White had to be sharp of his line five minutes later to collect a ball at the edge of his area with Burrow racing him to the ball. Kettering swiftly counter-attacked and Richens played the ball forward to Nti on the edge of York's box. Dan held the ball up well before feeding it out to Stohrer coming up in support. Gary feinted to go outside of the defender to give himself room and then delivered a curling left foot delivery into the area. Kennedy rose to meet it but could only make a glancing contact, not a powerful directed header, which allowed Jameson to parry the ball away with a fist.

York then had two free kicks in promising positions but contrived to waste both chances. The first was fired straight into the wall and the second was straight at White for an easy catch. With five minutes left of the half York were on the attack again and after playing the ball around the edge of Kettering's penalty area fed the ball to McLaughlin who tried a full-blooded shot. This was blocked by Solkhon and the ball fell to Meikle who broke quickly. Racing out of his own half Lindon played the ball wide to Nti. Dan advanced and delivered a great cross where it was met by a diving header from AO'C. The ball went between Jameson's legs but just brushed the inside of his left leg which caused the ball to be diverted and bounce about a foot short of the line before it was hacked away by Griffiths.

York moved the ball up to the other end and won a corner which was delivered to the far post. The kick was not cleanly cleared and the ball fell to Joe Tait but he spooned his effort over the bar. Two minutes later and Kettering had their best chance of taking the lead a probe down York's left with Meikle, Stohrer and Nti all involved saw the ball being finally played to Kennedy by the penalty spot who headed the ball through to AO'C to the right of the goal on the six yard line. Aaron let the ball run across his and then with the keeper committed, played the ball back to his left foot leaving the keeper sprawling on the floor. Aaron opted for power over precision though and blasted the ball over the bar with the goal at his mercy. Kettering kept the pressure up and were still probing for an opening when Mr Watson whistled for half time.

Half Time: Kettering Town 0 York City 0

Five minutes into the second half York were awarded a free-kick five yards inside Kettering’s half in front of the BPW stand. The ball was lifted into Kettering’s penalty area where it was headed clear.  Ferguson tried to play the ball back but sliced his attempt straight up into the air. AO’C was on him in a flash and took control of the ball. Aaron held the ball up before playing the ball outside to Meikle who was bombing down the wing full pelt. Ferguson had fouled AO’C in trying to regain possession but the referee played a good advantage and allowed play to continue. He fed the ball inside to Kennedy who, in the process of threading the ball onto Nti was fouled in the “D” of the penalty area for which McLaughlin was booked.  Even with the pitch marking to assist the referee the wall was closer than ten yards when Nti’s shot crashed into the wall. McGrath gathered up the rebound but his effort took a couple of deflections reducing its power before being caught by Jameson. 

Five minutes later it was York’s turn to win a free kick in a dangerous position.  A break down Kettering’s left saw Kempster advance menacingly towards the penalty area before McGrath stops him cynically right on the edge earning himself a booking. Newton swung in a dipping free-kick which White had to alert to, to keep out. The ball broke out to the side of the penalty area where Durrell hooked it back into the danger area where Kempster controlled the ball on his chest before sending a firm volley flashing just over the bar. Kettering moved the ball up the other end through Stohrer. Nti cut straight down the middle of the park flicking the ball to Meikle on his left. Meikle lobbed the ball onto Dan who’d continued his run. Receiving the ball with his back to the goal he managed to turn with the ball in the penalty area but couldn’t curl his foot around the ball enough and sent his shot well wide.

On the hour mark Kettering were on the attack again and Taylor delivered a measured cross towards the far post where Kennedy headed the ball down to AO’C who completely miskicked ending up on the floor. York broke quickly and Dempster again was bearing down on goal when Michael McGrath produced a perfectly timed sliding challenge dispossessing the York man before he could pull the trigger. 

With just over twenty minutes to go Kettering broke through the middle with Meikle. Lindon lifted a ball out wide to Nti, who advanced and drove a low cross across the face of the goal where Neither Kennedy on the near post, AO’C in the middle or Meikle on the far post could apply the touch required to score. 

On seventy minutes York made their first substitution replacing the dangerous Mole with Green. Six minutes later York had to make another change when Tait limped off with a damaged hamstring to be replaced by Spratt.   

With ten minutes to go Kettering had a great chance to take the lead. A free-kick was headed forward by Kennedy.  AO’C looked offside and the ball found its way across to Luke Graham in space some 12 yards out, who showed why he plays centre-back and not centre forward by screwing his left footed effort wide of the post. It was all Kettering at this stage with York appearing to be resigned to clinging on for a point. In the final five minutes of the half and the added three minutes, which came from who knows where, Kettering forced two corners but could not deliver the final punch to snatch the three points at the death.

 Full Time: Kettering Town 0 York City 0

A neutral watching this game would have been hard pressed to identify which team was second in the table. After initially giving York a cautious looking over the self-belief that Paul Cox has installed into his side meant that Kettering more than matched their full time opponents. The effort of all eleven players is to be congratulated. The team generated numerous goal scoring opportunities and if only a percentage of these had been taken the side would have been rewarded with a comfortable win.  A bit more composure in front of goal will see the chances converted and the side move up the table.  

Kettering Town yellow cards:  McGrath - foul

York City yellow cards:  Griffiths, McLaughlin - fouls                 

Attendance: 859

Elgoods Brewery - Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Connor Kennedy     

Klondike Winning ticket – 5446 – Susan Battison - £230.

 

 


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 07th Dec 2019
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
York City

Captain: