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: 0

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Match Report

Kettering Town v Hereford

Vanarama National League North

Tuesday 10th March 2020   7:45pm

 

Kettering Town 

Hereford

1

 Paul White

 

1

 Brandon Hall

 

2

 Gary Stohrer

 

2

 Jared Hodgkiss  (Capt)

 

3

 Matt Taylor

 

3

 Jevan Anderson

 Off 71 

4

 Luke Graham  (Capt)    

 

4

 Ben Pollack

 

5

 Brett Solkhon

 

5

 Jason Pope

 

6

 Ben Milnes

 

6

 Martin Riley

 

7

 Daniel Nti

 

7

 Tommy O’Sullivan

 

8

 Tre Mitford     

 

8

 Jacob Jagger Cane

 

9

 Connor Kennedy

 

9

 Lennell John-Lewis

 

10

 Omari Sterling-James

 

10

 Kelsey Mooney

 Off 46

11

 Lindon Meikle

 

11

 Tom Owen-Evans

 Off 76

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Alistair Smith

 

12

 Rowan Liburd

 On 46

13

 Jack Bennett

 

14

 Bradley Ash              

 

14

 Michael Richens

 

15

 Jordan Cullinane-Liburd  

 

15

 Jordan Aghatise

 

16

 Keiran Thomas   

 On 71

16

 Jason Law

 

17

 Kyle Finn

 On 76

 

Referee: Scott Tallis   Assistants: Reece Davies and Matthew Jackson

Two changes were made to the starting XI which had drawn with Gloucester three days earlier. Brett Solkhon was a straight swap for Jordan Aghatise at centre back whilst Alistair Smith reverted to the bench in favour of Omari Sterling-James. Michael Richens was back from suspension and was amongst the substitutes.

Following a lunch time pitch inspection, the twice postponed game was finally on but on a very heavy surface with some notably soft spots and light glinting of some puddles. Thankfully the afternoon was rainless with a drying wind as any further precipitation could have led to another postponement.

Kettering should be complimented on trying to make the visitors feel at home emulating Edgar Street by having an end behind one of the goals, with the BM Pallets end closed to enable construction work for the new stand.

Kettering kicked off attacking the Tin Hat with Hereford starting in all white.  White was the first keeper called into action when Mooney crossed the ball towards the edge of Kettering’s penalty area but Paul was alert to it and came out to claim the ball and quickly released the ball to allow Stohrer to carry the ball forward from his own half. Gary fed the ball into the box to Nti but Dan’s cross was cut out by a defender at the expense of the game’s first corner on the stand side. Hereford unlike most of the teams that Kettering have played this season did not possess central defenders of excessive height. Milnes out-swinging corner was met by Solkhon whose last moment dart into space gave him a free header but his effort was wide of the mark. 

On the quarter hour mark another drive by Stohrer saw him in the Hereford penalty area his drove the ball towards the six yard area but a sliding block by Riley diverted the ball to a white shirt who gratefully launched the ball downfield.

Five minutes later a ball was played down the open side where Mitford out-paced the right-back but his cross was dealt with, with ease by the central defender. The ball came straight back at the feet of Stohrer driving towards the Hereford box going past three players a defender made a last gasp tackle just before Gary could pull the trigger. Kettering were having the best of the game at this stage and on twenty-five minutes the deadlock was almost broken. A ball played out of defence was aimed towards Mitford who held up the ball well before playing the ball outside to Nti on the overlap. Dan advanced and drove a fierce cross into the box. The ball flies towards Hereford skipper Hodgkiss and whether by design or accident deflected the ball back towards his own goal. Hall reacted swiftly and dropped on the ball stopping it right on the goal-line. 

This near miss acted as a wake-up call for the visitors. After Kettering had dominated for the first twenty-five minutes Hereford would control the game up until half time. A poor clearance by White fell to a white shirt and a slick passing move belying the poor surface saw Hereford quickly switch play from the stand side to the opposite side of the pitch where Owen-Evans in space could only put his shot into the side netting. Two minutes later Hereford were awarded a free kick which was lifted high into Kettering’s penalty area where Anderson’s free header ballooned off his head going wide but it held up in the wind enough to Allow White to collect before going out. 

On the half hour mark Taylor in the middle aimed a pass out wide towards Kennedy but the pass is telegraphed and slightly behind Connor allowing O’Sullivan to anticipate and intercept the ball and break forward. Matt eager to atone for his error showed tremendous pace to close down the forward and hold play up while other defenders dropped back and eventually cut out O’Sullivan’s lay-off and clear the ball. The ball comes almost straight back and John-Lewis manages to get a shot off but it was easily saved by White. 

Inside the last five minutes of the half Hereford won their first corner of the game on the open side. Owen-Evans corner was poor giving the recipient O’Sullivan no option except to send the ball back to the taker who un-surprisingly was adjudged to be off-side. Just before half time a free-kick was awarded against Sterling-Roberts who managed to get a split lip from getting a knee to the face from the defender who the Kettering man was adjudged to have fouled.

Half Time: Kettering Town 0 Hereford 0

Hereford made one change at half-time with Liburd replacing Mooney. This almost has an instant pay off for Hereford as inside the first minute the athletically built imposing forward find himself inside Kettering’s penalty area but put his shot over the bar from ten yards out. Three minutes later and Liburd is centre of the action again breaking on Kettering’s right and cutting into the box and sending a daisy cutter aimed at the far post but White at full length on the floor got a hand to it stopping it before gathering it in.

Hereford won the first corner of the second half after fifty-two minutes but John-Lewis couldn’t reach the ball and White collected it. Eleven minutes into the half and Kettering got the ball into the net after a high ball was played into the box but as the Hereford Keeper was on his backside when the ball went in it was always going to be disallowed for a perceived foul on the keeper. The pendulum of control had now swung back to Kettering with Sterling-James attempting a long-range effort spotting the keeper out of position but his effort was well wide. Four minutes later a Kettering free kick from Taylor was angled into the box. Mitford got onto the end of it but once again Hall was equal to it. 

On sixty-seven minutes many in the crowd thought Kettering had taken the lead when Sterling-James crossed into the box picking out Mitford but the bulging of the net was caused by Tre finding the side netting. Two minutes later and Hereford had their best chance of the game as the powerful Liburd powered down the middle of the park. On reaching the edge of the penalty area he unleashed a fierce drive which White acrobatically palmed one handed over the bar. The resulting Hereford corner was collected by White who quickly turned defence into attack by launching a kick down field for Sterling-Roberts to chase. Stohrer was quick to rush forward in support and succeeded in winning a corner for Kettering. Before the kick could be taken Hereford were forced to make their second substitution as Anderson limped off holding his hamstring to be replaced by Thomas. The corner proved fruitless.

On seventy-four minutes the game got its first booking when Hodgkiss was cautioned for hauling back Meikle who was about to go past him. The free-kick eventually fell to Milnes but his effort was straight at Hall. With just under fifteen minutes of regulation time to go Hereford made their final substitution with Finn replacing Owen-Evans. This was surprising in the context of the Hereford manager’s after match comments with regards to the pitch and the chance of injury to the players that he should risk playing for a quarter of a hour one man short if such an injury should occur.

As Kettering were looking to steal all three-points Hereford gained possession and O’Sullivan broke quickly into Kettering’s half. Supported by a team mate to either side the defence were temporarily outnumbered. Stohrer briefly delayed the forward surge but could do nothing to stop the ball being played towards Liburd. As he shaped up to shoot Sterling-Roberts after sprinting back got in a vital tackle to take the ball away from the dangerous forward by which time Kettering had enough players back to stifle the attack. One wonders why Liburd had not started the game as he had proved a dangerous opponent in the second half. 

Thomas received the second caution of the game on eighty-one minutes.

With just over five minutes remaining Kettering nearly took all three points when Nti shot cannoned off the post before being volleyed off the line and clear by Hodgkiss. 

As the game wound down to a draw Milnes was booked for a nothing foul and Hereford forced a corner with two minutes to go but it came to nothing. Two minutes were added to the end of the game which had seen very few stoppages. The last kick of the game was a free-kick from Kettering lifted towards Mitford who was clearly prevented from turning to run onto the ball by the defender having his arms around Tre in a bear hug. The referee chose not to see the incident as with so many others and blew for full time.

Full Time: Kettering Town 0 Hereford 0

A point was a fair result in the end as neither team deserved to lose. It was a good point for Kettering considering their lack of match fitness and Hereford’s current form including scoring four goals at York. What would be more concerning to the club was the paltry attendance figure as after having a prolonged period with no money coming in the sparse attendance will do little to improve the club’s cash flow.   

Kettering Town yellow cards:  Milnes - foul

Hereford yellow cards:  Hodgkiss, Thomas - fouls                 

Attendance: 640

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Luke Graham    


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 10th Mar 2020
Kettering Town FC
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Captain:
Hereford
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