Match Report - Boston United

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

Goals

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Boston United: 0

Goals

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Tre Mitford 45

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Boston United: 2

Goals

Jake Wright 45
Jake Wright 45

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Match Report

Vanarama National League North

Saturday 28th December 2019   3:00pm

 

 

Boston United

 

 

Kettering Town

 

1

 Peter Crook 

 

 1

 Paul White 

 

2

 Ben Middleton

 

 2

 Gary Stohrer

 

3

 Alex Whittle

 

 3

 Matt Taylor

 

4

 Tom Platt    

 

 4

 Luke Graham (Capt)     

 

5

 Simon Ainge

 

 5

 Michael McGrath

 

6

 Luke Shiels   (Capt) 

 

 6

 Michael Richens

 Off 66

7

 Aaron Rowe

 Off 65

 7

 Daniel Nti

 

8

 Brad Abbott

 

 8

 Tre Mitford

 

9

 Dayle Southwell

 Off 82

 9

 Connor Kennedy

 

10

 Jake Wright

 Off 88

10

 Ben Milnes 

 

11

 Jay Rollins

 

11

 Marcus Kelly

 Off 86

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Dominic Knowles

 

12

 Brett Solkhon

 

14

 Jonathan Wafula

 On 82

13

 

 

15

 Nicky Walker    

 On 65

14

 Jay Williams   

 On 66

16

 Martyn Woolford 

 On 88

15

 Joel Carta 

 On 86

GK

 George Willis

 

16

 Jack O'Connor

 

 

Referee: Jonny Urwin   Assistants: Matty Wright and Garry Fletcher-Tindall

Paul Cox's skeleton squad saw reinforcements arrive in the return for his second loan spell of Jay Williams, however this was off-set by the absence of Mo Sebbeh. Therefore once again the manager could not name a full bench, thus limiting his tactical options.  

With hazy cloud and a light breeze Kettering in blue and white striped shirts kicked off for the last time in the old York Road ground the scene of many previous matches between the two teams with the hosts due to start next season in a new community stadium. Kettering lined up with a flat back four as opposed to the trio of centre-backs utilised at Alfreton. Mitford and Nti would provide the attacking threat. 

Boston in yellow and black stripes defending the goal in front of their fans gave notice of their intent to take no prisoners when in the first minute Abbott cut down former pilgrim Milnes in a clumsy scything tackle. Mr Urwin, given an early opportunity to stamp his authority on the game bottled it, as a dangerous tackle should be punished be it in the first minute or the sixtieth. The resulting free-kick came to nothing.  

Early pressure down Boston's left led to a shot by Nti deflecting behind for the first corner of the game after four minutes. The corner swung in from the left was mishandled by the keeper who covered his error by tugging back on the Kettering player in front of him thus giving the impression to the referee that he was being backed into. His ruse succeeded and Mr Urwin awarded a free-kick to the goalkeeper. Five minutes later and Wright was displeased when the referee awarded a free kick against him. The referee had a word with him but the player turned away before he'd finished and gave a dismissive wave of the hand in the direction of Mr Urwin. 

Boston managed to venture into Kettering's penalty area after thirteen minutes when Taylor conceded a free kick wide out on the touch line but Boston's delivery was poor and the kick was wasted. Mr Unwin showed that he had remember he had his cards with him when he issued a caution to Richens after twenty minutes that was no worse a challenge than that of Abbott in the first minute. Three minutes later he evened the bookings up. Kettering played the ball out of defence towards Nti on the halfway line. Dan turned his marker brilliantly and turned to head up-field into the acres of empty space but before he could Boston's left back pulled him down. Wright should have joined Whittle in the book for dissent two minutes later. After being penalised for a foul on Graham Wright verbally expressed his displeasure to the referee and made to bat the ball into the ground with his hand. Noticing that the referee was watching him, he refrained from doing so but as the referee turned his back carried out the action but Mr Urwin turned back and saw the offence, clearly a display of dissent. The referee appeared to be reaching for his pocket but Shiels, the Boston captain, came over to argue in Wright's defence and swayed the referee in his decision who refrained from cautioning the player but made it clear the player was on his final warning. 

Wright was the centre of attention just under ten minutes later but for all the wrong reasons as far as Kettering were concerned. From Kettering's left Abbott lobbed the ball into the edge of Kettering's penalty area. White was hesitant coming off his line and the Boston player reached the ball first and lifted the ball over the advancing keeper and into the net despite McGrath's scramble back in an attempt to clear the ball. 1-0 Boston 33 mins. 

Despite going behind against the run of play Kettering stuck to their game plan which had seen them the most likely to take the lead. Kettering continued to apply pressure on the Boston defence and after forty minutes a attempted clearance by Ainge gained more altitude than distance. Dan Nti positioned himself under the ball as it returned to earth and was challenged for the ball by a defender. The scrappy tussle for the ball saw it break kindly for Mitford and Tre took full advantage to clinically smash the ball past Crook giving the keeper no chance as he scored his third goal in two starts. 1-1 Kettering 40 mins.

Just as the board displaying that an additional four minutes would be played Boston played a hopeful ball forward. Graham with Wright in close proximity leapt up and headed the ball clear initiating another attack as the Boston player was pulling Luke's shirt and generally wrestling with him.  Luke dropped his shoulder which caused Wright to cry out and fall to the floor. Mr Unwin hearing the cry turned around to see Wright rolling on the floor with Luke standing over him. The referee had seen no infringement in the initial action and allowed play to proceed to the other end of the park but for some reason saw fit to award a free kick for an imagined offence that he could not have seen as his back was turned. At no time did he consult his linesman for corroborating evidence. Abbott floated the ball into the area where it appeared to strike Wright in the face and be sent goalwards. Paul White will be disappointed that he allowed the ball to get by him to restore Boston's lead. 2-1 Boston 45 mins.

The sounding of the half-time whistle was delayed so that Richens could receive some treatment after being on the receiving end of a sliding studs up tackle from Abbott which was punished with a yellow card. 

Half Time: Boston United 2 Kettering Town 1

Inside the first minute of the second half Abbott took a knock giving the impression that he was seriously hurt requiring lengthy treatment and thereby setting the theme for the second half with Boston trying to waste as much time as possible.  

Four minutes into the half and Kettering won a corner. Milnes' good delivery was met by Mitford who rose highest but couldn't get over the ball and his header looped over the bar. Just under ten minutes of the half was gone when McGrath picked up a caution for opting to accepting a booking for a foul rather than let a Boston forward get by him right on the junction of the penalty area and by-line. The resulting three kick came to nothing. 

Most of the action was taking place in the Boston half with the host's looking to strike on the counter attack concentrating more on protecting their lead rather than extending it. On the hour mark a long throw from Kennedy caused a bit of panic in Boston's penalty area a brief of pinball followed where the ball refused to fall for a Kettering player before being gratefully hacked away. Richens latched onto the clearance but with a crowded goalmouth his shot missed by a margin. 

Three minutes later Mr Urwin finally lost his patience with Wright and cautioned him for dissent some forty minutes too late. Boston took the break in play as an opportunity to make their first substitution with Walker replacing Rowe. Rowe incurred the referee's wrath by insisting on strolling across the width of the pitch to the bench rather than following the FA protocol and leaving the pitch at the closest point and picked up a caution for unsporting conduct.

 Paul Cox made his first substitution withdrawing Michael Richens and bringing on Williams. Jay moved into the back four allowing McGrath to move into midfield. Straight after that Kettering had their best chance of equalising. A corner was delivered in from the right by Milnes right into the danger zone was put behind by a defender.  The follow up corner was directed to the far post where with the goal at his mercy Graham managed to put his header against the post. 

Boston had the occasional forward foray and a move down Kettering's left by Southwell set up Wright for a hat-trick chance but he miss-hit hit shot straight at White. The game was held up further when Crook developed an arm injury that required treatment with no noticeable cause. Boston made another substitution with Wafula replacing Southwell. With Kettering's time running out Kelly gave Middleton a stupid push in the back as he was shielding the ball as it was going out for a throw in in front of the Kettering bench. The defender collapsed on his face flat on the floor as if he had been pole-axed in order to eat up more time. Dan Nti ill-advisedly tried to pull the player to his feet in order to speed up the resumption of the game which gave the hosts a reason mob the situation in order to waste more time.

With seven minutes left of normal time Paul White kept Kettering's hope alive with a good stop from Walker who'd been set up by Wright. Boston's defending was getting more desperate and the number of free-kicks conceded was going up. Middleton was one offender and with five minutes left Rollins was booked after cutting down Milnes, who'd spent much of the game suffering such attention, Ben got up, dusted himself down and delivery another quality ball into the penalty area, Crook went to punch the ball clear but no doubt still suffering from his arm injury was beaten to the ball by Nti who headed the ball goalwards. Skipper Shiels was there to save his team though and hooked the ball away a foot short of the goal-line facing his own goal. 

With just under five minutes left Kelly was withdrawn in favour of Carta. Two minutes later Boston made their final substitution with goal scorer Wright being replaced by Woolford. As normal time expired it was indicated that there would only be five additional minutes a miniscule amount considering five substitutions, numerous Boston injury treatments and general time wasting it was like watching Leamington. Boston were clinging on and took the ball into the corner but Kettering managed to regain possession and Paul White launch the ball downfield. Kennedy went up to challenge for a ball with Ainge and received a solid elbow to the back knocking him to the deck giving Kettering one final chance to pull off a Christmas miracle. It was not too be however and once the free-kick had been dealt with by the defence Mr Urwin blew the final whistle.

Full Time: Boston United 2 Kettering Town 1

In football you don't always get what you deserve and for the third league match running against higher placed opposition a neutral would be hard pressed to identify which team was which. For much of the game Kettering were the dominant team but two defensive lapses, one following a curious refereeing decision led to Paul Cox suffering his first taste of defeat in the league.  No points were gained but the manner of the defeat left the Kettering fans disappointed but not despondent. A team cannot be expected to win every game but a performance full of determination and fight with the team giving 100% is all the fans can ask for and their team gave them that.

Boston United yellow cards:  Whittle, Abbott, Rollins - foul   Wright – dissent  Rowe – unsporting conduct

Kettering Town yellow cards:  Richens, McGrath - foul           

Attendance: 1718 (281 Poppies)

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Ben Milnes – seen by some as bit of a lightweight more suited to the firmer pitches at the start and end of the season Ben has shown a consistency of performance providing the creative spark to ignite the Kettering attack. His deliveries into the penalty area from dead ball situations and his threat from free-kicks makes him more than a luxury player. 


Team Sheet

Location: Away (York Street)
Kick Off: 28th Dec 2019
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 Tre Mitford
Boston United
Yellow
Captain:
0 Jake Wright
0 Jake Wright