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: 1

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Jordan Burrow 45

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Match Report

York City  v  Kettering Town

Vanarama National League North

Saturday 25th January 2020   3:15pm

 

York City 

Kettering Town

1

 Peter Jameson

 

 1

 Paul White

 

2

 Kallum Griffiths

 

 2

 Gary Stohrer

 

3

 David Ferguson

 Off 78

 3

 Matt Taylor

 

4

 Sean Newton   

 

 4

 Luke Graham (Capt.)     

 

5

 Steve McNulty (Capt.)

 Off 57

 5

 Michael McGrath

 

6

 Joe Tait

 

 6

 Brett Solkhon

 Off 64

7

 Kieran Green

 

 7

 Daniel Nti

 

8

 Patrick McLaughlin

 

 8

 Aaron O'Connor

 

9

 Jordan Burrow

 

 9

 Jay Williams

 Off 79

10

 Kurt Willoughby

 

10

 Ben Milnes

 

11

 Dan Maguire

 Off 57

11

 Marcus Kelly

 Off 58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Adriano Moke

 On 80

12

 Joel Carta

 

14

 Andy Bond

 

13

 Jack Bennett

 

15

 Macaulay Langstaff Off 80

 On 57

14

 Tre Mitford

 On 79

17

 Elliott Durrell

 

15

 Lindon Meikle

 On 60

19

 Alex Kempster

 On 57

16

 Jason Law

 On 64

 

Referee: Kristian Silcock   Assistants: Daniel Jarvis and Jack Hall

Due to travel problems encountered by Kettering the kick-off was delayed by fifteen minutes the postponement of the Hereford game meant that both Conor Kennedy and Michael Richens still had suspensions to complete. Dan Nti was available for selection again after illness with Tre Mitford dropping to the bench. Ben Milnes and Lindon Meikle returned from injury with the former selected to start. Jay Williams took over from Kennedy and played the holding midfield role sitting in front of the trio of centre-backs a role he filled in the win at Spennymoor.

With near perfect weather conditions Kettering in blue and white striped shirts and white shorts kicked off in front of a large crowd with the hosts in red shirts with a claret Y and black shorts. Kettering attacked from the off and their probe down York's left was stopped by a foul on Nti. Kelly's free-kick into the box was easily cleared. Two minutes later a quick break by Kettering with 3 v 3 was halted by the referee as a York player was down injured despite the player obviously in any jeopardy as he was writhing on the ground. Play restarted with a Kettering drop ball with the majority of the York team between the ball and the goal who cleared the ball.

After five minutes Griffiths was lucky to escape sanctioning by the referee when caught McGrath very late in the middle of the park. A minute later Kettering had their first chance Williams played a great ball down York's right for Kelly to run on to in plenty of space. Marcus carried the ball to the by-line and drove in a low cross towards the near post towards which AO'C was making a run, the ball evaded everyone and crossed to the far side of the penalty area where it was hacked clear by a defender. Any York attacks at this stage were breaking down on the solid Kettering defence. The large home support massed in the stand behind the home goal with the assistance of a drummer after initially being noisy at the kick off had quickly lapsed into silence.

Twelve minutes into the half and York finally get the ball into Kettering's penalty area when they were awarded a free-kick that could have been awarded the other way except the York player gave a cry of pain. The ball was lifted into the box but White, under pressure, rose highest and collected the ball well. Play was swiftly transferred to the opposite end and AO'C latched onto the ball outpacing McNulty and progressing into the box and shooting goal wards but the York defender managed to get a leg in the way and send the ball behind for the first corner of the game. Milnes' corner was palmed away by the keeper but Kettering recycled the ball to Ben who sent a low cross into the box which Burrow scrambled away.

Nineteen minutes gone and Kettering were on the attack again this time down York's right. Taylor in an advanced position fed the ball inside to Nti who had swapped sides. Dan moved inside and from just outside the corner of the penalty area tried to curl the ball towards the top right-hand corner the ball didn't curl as he'd wish and flew high and wide. A minute later Nti was attacking down the right wing and from out wide played an angled ball across the face of the goal. Kelly darted forward between two defenders getting ahead of them but was agonisingly just short of making contact with the keeper nowhere. With Taylor steaming in further out a York player touched the ball behind for a corner. Milnes delivered an in swinger in from York's right but McNulty rose to head the ball back towards Milnes as he did so the keeper quickly checked his forward movement towards the ball and lost his footing landing on his backside. Ben alert to this lifted the ball back towards the goal. With Nti and AO'C in close proximity the keeper completely muffed and easy catch and allowed the ball to go through his hands into the net. The referee immediately sounded his whistle, before any York player could protest, awarding a free-kick in favour of the goalie.

The game settled down with both defences being on top with neither keeper being bothered. It wasn't until the thirty-sixth minute that York won their first corner when Ferguson got to the by-line and drove in a low cross which Graham opting for safety put the ball behind for an unproductive corner. Kettering's final chance of the half came six minutes before the break when a misguided pass from McNulty was easily intercepted initiating a break down York's left. The ball was worked forward before being fed inside to Stohrer storming forward but Gary's effort was well off target. York had their best period of the game in the final five minutes of the half. First off Ferguson aimed a high ball towards the far post. White rose really well to gather the ball with Burrow charging in. Paul managed to avoid a collision and the York centre-forward ended up in a heap in the back of the net. Another cross by Ferguson was header clear by a defender. In the minute added on by the referee at the end of the half York probed down Kettering's left. After a quick 1-2 Griffiths delivered the ball into the box where Willoughby directed a powerful header goal wards. White made a good save to prevent the goal but the ball went straight to Maguire who a yard out could not miss however the linesman flagged immediately for offside as he was in an offside position when the initial header was made but was not interfering with play at that time.

Half Time: York City 0  Kettering Town 0

Within a minute of the restart Kettering were on the attack with AO'C looking to outpace McNulty chasing after a ball played forward. Aaron was stopped by the York captain catching him in the face with an outstretched hand. The linesman immediately flagged bringing the offence to the attention of the referee who sounded his whistle and awarded a free kick. At no time did the referee consult with the linesman who being only ten yards away and on the right side of the players had a much clearer view of the offence as opposed to the referee who was behind the players. To the disbelief of the Kettering fans saw fit to issue only a yellow card. The referee's report will make interesting reading as to his justification for not issuing a red for dangerous play as it is hard to believe that a player with McNulty's experience was not fully aware of his actions. The free-kick came to nothing.

Seven minutes later Kettering were on the attack again probing down York's left. The ball was played forward towards Stohrer who was about five yards outside of the penalty area with his back to the goal. McNulty came right through the back of Gary sending him crashing to the floor in pain. Mr Silcock blew immediately for the foul and his hand moved towards his shorts pocket as if reaching for his yellow card but before he produced the card appeared to realise that the perpetrator had already received a caution and would therefore be dismissed and merely waved on the Kettering physio. AO'C pressed the point to the referee about the foul and persuaded Mr Silcock to produce a card but to flourish it at the Kettering player rather than the rightful recipient. To add insult to injury that although Stohrer had regained his feet before the physio reached him the referee insisted that he leave the field whilst the free-kick was taken despite him waving the physio on. Kelly took the free-kick but it deflected off the wall behind for an unproductive corner.

With just over ten minutes of the half gone York had their first meaningful attack which resulted in them being awarded a free-kick some thirty yards out. Green took the kick but overhit it and sent it over everyone's heads for a goal kick. Before White could take the kick, York made a double substitution. With McNulty being one foul away from a justifiable red he was withdrawn in favour of Kempster and Langstaff replaced Maguire. Kettering were keeping their shape well and York were being restricted to long range efforts whose accuracy was woeful.

After fifty-eight minutes Kelly limped off without apparently contact with another player. The injury must have been serious as Marcus did not soldier on and Meikle had to prepare quickly to restore Kettering to eleven players. It was not an ideal situation for Lindon to return to action after a month's injury lay-off.

Eighteen minutes into the half York broke the deadlock. The ball was played down Kettering's right and a pass was played forward to the overlapping Ferguson who raced past Stohrer to the by-line and fired in a fierce low cross. Graham lunged at the ball trying to cut it out but was unsuccessful. Burrow latched onto the ball and turned it in from less than five yards out giving White no chance, 1-0 York 63 mins.

Kettering's immediate response was to replace Solkhon with Law looking to push forward for an equaliser. The home crowd finally started making some noise having at times in the first half been out sung by the travelling supporters. On sixty-seven minutes York were awarded a soft free-kick some 25 yards out slightly left of centre. Willoughby stood over the ball and attempted a shot at goal. It was way off target and nearly went over the large stand behind the goal. Two minutes later and Jameson launched a kick downfield which was played on by a York man in the middle of the park for Langstaff to run onto. White came off his line well and stopped Langstaff's side footed effort with his legs to prevent the lead increasing.

With fifteen minutes to go Kettering were awarded a free kick some twenty yards out when Langstaff followed through into Milnes after Ben had passed the ball leaving both players on the floor, Langstaff came off worse though and required lengthy treatment on the pitch. Such was the injury that five minutes later he had to be substituted with Moke replacing him. Taylor took the kick but could not beat Jameson. Two minutes later Kettering threatened to equalise as Jameson failed to stop a shot from inside the area the ball spilled behind him with Nti vying with a defender to reach the ball first, The defender stopped the ball on the line but with the ball a foot off the line it refused to fall Kettering's way and a defender managed to direct the ball towards the prostate keeper who gratefully grabbed the ball. Shortly after Meikle played a measured ball over the York defence for AO'C to run onto leaving him one on one with the keeper who produced a great stop to deny Aaron. It was Kettering's last opportunity. Jay Williams was sacrificed to bring Mitford on but the youngster had little chance to influence the result. York were taking as much time as possible over everything to run the clock down with the linesman trying to speed them up bit the referee said nothing. As Kettering pushed forward York won a few corners but were more interested in spending precious time than increasing their lead. As the game entered a five additional minutes gaps were appearing at the back for Kettering. One ball was played forward for Willoughby to chase but Paul White raced some 30 yards out of his goal to head the ball into the stand.  

Full Time: York City 1  Kettering Town 0

For a team touted as potential league champions York failed to impress. Kettering's second defeat under Mr Cox's leadership drew many parallels with the first. Playing their final match in a venerable stadium once again Kettering outshone a higher placed team and the Kettering contingent all left feeling that they were returning to Northamptonshire without a fair return for their efforts. If the team had been more clinical in front of goal and taken some of the chances generated three points would have been won. With two home games next up Paul Cox will be

York City yellow cards:  Steve McNulty - dangerous play McLaughlin - foul

Kettering Town yellow cards:  O'Connor – dissent       

Attendance: 2767

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Marcus Kelly  – every Kettering player gave 100% effort in striving to win the game and outplayed a full time. well-resourced team for long periods of the game. Kelly was influential in running Kettering's midfield and the disruption caused by his enforced substitution gave York their opportunity to take all three points.

 


Team Sheet

Location: Away (York Street)
Kick Off: 25th Jan 2020
Kettering Town FC
Blue
Captain:
York City
Red
Captain:
0 Jordan Burrow