Match Report - Sutton Coldfield Town

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Dan Nti 00

Yellow Cards

Red Cards

Substitutions

Sutton Coldfield Town: 1

Goals

Isai Marselia 00

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Substitutions


Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

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Red Cards

Substitutions

Sutton Coldfield Town: 1

Goals

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Substitutions


Match Report

Kettering Town  v  Sutton Coldfield Town

The Emirates FA Cup Second Qualifying Round

Saturday 21st September 2019   3:00pm

 

 

Kettering Town

 

 

Sutton Coldfield Town

 

1

 Paul White

 

 1

 Lewis Gwilliams

 

2

 Gary Stohrer

 

 2

 Ben George

 

3

 Marcus Kelly

 Off 69

 3

 Aris Christophorous

 

4

 Joe Skarz  (Capt)    

 Off 80

 4

 Joe Halsall

 

5

 Sam Cartwright

 

 5

 James Mutton 

 

6

 Brett Solkhon    

 Off 46

 6

 James Beresford

 

7

 Lindon Meikle

 

 7

 Ryan Shaw 

 Off 57

8

 Aaron O’Connor

 

 8

 Desean Martin

 Off 68

9

 Daniel Nti

 

 9

 Isai Marselia

 

10

 Connor Kennedy

 

10

 Reece Leek

 

11

 Ben Milnes

 

11

 Chinedu Okoro

 Off 77

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Elliott Hodge 

 On 46

12

 Edwin Ahenkorah

 On 57

14

 Joel Carta

 On 80

14

 Cameron Healey              

 

15

 James Brighton       

 On 69

15

 Romario Rose 

 On 77

16

 Jahvan Vidal 

 

16

 Joel Powney  

 On 83

17

 Mo Sebbeh

 

17

 James Harrison

 

18

 Luke Graham

 

 

 

 

19

 Jack Norman

 

 

 

 

 

Referee: Andy Sykes  Assistants: Matthew McQuillan and Brandon Scarfe 

Apart from Brett Solkhon replacing the cup-tied Michael McGrath, Nicky Eaden kept the faith with the starting line-up that performed so well seven days ago against Alfreton. With the rules of the FA cup allowing seven substitutes to be named Luke Graham and academy scholar Jack Norman completed the bench.

On a warm sunny  day with a stiff breeze blowing towards the BM Pallets end Sutton Coldfield, in all blue with two white stripes down the centre of their shirts kicked-off into the wind in front of a sparse crowd.  The opening minutes see the two teams sparing testing each other out whilst trying to get to grips with the bouncy hard pitch. Sutton won the first corner of the game after six minutes but it easily dealt with by the defence. Connor Kennedy added to his disciplinary record after nine minutes when kicked a defender deep in Sutton's half as the ball went out for a throw-in. The crowd feared the worse when the referee went for his back pocket but thankfully for te home side the card shown was only yellow but players have seen red for more innocuous offences. 

Kettering had their first shot at goal after ten minutes with a long ball played forward for O'Connor. Aaron controlled the ball and played it back to Ben Milnes who had a pot from outside the penalty area but it was too high. A minute later another ball was played towards AOC a couple of yards inside the Sutton half facing his own goal Beresford was right on him causing Aaron to fall forward onto the ball. The game continued with the defender continuing to bundle into AOC. He succeeded in wining the ball and pushed the ball forward for Marselia to run onto for a 1v1 with White. Paul advanced a few yards to try and narrow the angle but Isa placed his low hard shot perfectly to send it into the far corner of the net. 0-1 Sutton Coldfield 11 mins.

Five minutes later Kettering were awarded a free-kick about 35 yards out following a foul on AOC. The ball was lifted into the box and headed out but only to Meikle on the edge of the box but his shot passed narrowly over the bar. Kettering were passing the ball well with Kelly picking out Meikle with a cross-field pass he fed it outside to Gary Stohrer on the overlap who was exploiting te space on the right hand side well. He delivered a driven low angled cross into the box, too far out for the keeper to come and claim, however no Kettering player was advanced enough to convert the chance. A minute later Stohrer was involved again releasing Nti down the wing wit a ball played through on the ground. Dan held the ball up and the played a neat one, two with Stohrer before delivering another inviting ball into the box. This time both AOC and Solkhon were in the vicinity of the ball. Too close it appeared as an impeded  Brett could only direct his weak header straight at Gwilliams. 

Sutton were trying everything in order to slow the game down to protect their precious lead and on 23 minutes their left-back Christophorous received a caution after throwing the ball over the perimeter fence before Kettering could take their throw-in. Two minutes later Kettering won a corner which Kelly delivered to the far post where AOC headed it back across the face of the goal . Nti bravely went to head the ball but Gwilliams fist got there first to partially clear the ball to Meikle whose shot was deflected behind for another corner which was unproductive. 

The pressure was building though and three minutes later another probing attack down th right led to the ball being played into Stohrer an the near post where he was pushed over by Mutton with the referee unhesitating in pointing to the spot. Dan Nti with his short four steps up the the ball forced it low and hard to the keeper left. Gwilliams gets something on the ball but not enough to stop the ball entering the net. 1-1 Kettering 29 mins. 

Just on thehalf-hourmark Sutton won another corner but again it comes to nothing. On thirty-two minutes Joe Halsall is cautioned after going through the back of Connor Kennedy which left the Kettering man in some pain and in need of treatment. The free-kick from White assisted by the following wind sailed into the box and was headed clear by a defender but only as far as Milnes who tried a dipping long range shot which passed narrowly over the bar. 

Kettering's next attackwas a fine sweeping move from deep inside their own half, this time down the left capped off with a in-swinging cross by Meikle which drifted past the far post for a goal-kick. The last significant action of the half was a powerful long range shot by Kennedy which Gwilliams had to react smartly to, to force away with his two fists for another unproductive corner.

Half Time: Kettering Town  1  Sutton Coldfield Town  1

Kettering made one change at half-time with Elliott Hodge replacing Brett Solkhon. He announced his attacking intentions by firing off a shot inside the first minute which went past the post. Two minutes later and AOC is set up with a shooting chance but a defender manages to block the effort. Shortly after Hodge enjoyed some more success on the right but his low cross into the box was a yard behind the on rushing AOC. Sutton make their first substitution after fifty-seven minutes with Edwin Ahenkorah replacing Shaw. 

The first fifteen minutes of the second half had been a continuous stream of attacks by Kettering and Paul White showed good concentration in being alert to a long punt downfield by Sutton and racing to the edge of his penalty  area to collect before a Sutton forward was anywhere close. Sutton won another corner but again it was defended well and came to nothing.

 With twenty minutes of the second half played the turning point of the game occurred. Kettering were probing down the left and the ball was played into Nti. He was running square to the goal some two yards inside the penalty area trying to make room to shoot when he was taken down by a defender. The ball rolled onto to Hodge who was immediately closed down by another defender. Happy that no advantage was to be garnered the referee blew his whistle to award a second penalty. Nti stepped forward to try again and place his shot in almost the precise same spot as his previous attempt. However this time the keeper succeeded in stopping the sot to become Sutton's hero. 

A minute later Gwilliams kept Kettering out again this time following an attack down the right through Hodge, Kennedy found himself in possession a few yards out and managed to direct the ball at the keeper who had to quickly react to prevent the ball going between his legs.

Kettering made their second substitution on sixty-nine minutes when Marcus Kelly was withdrawn in favour of James Brighton. A rare Sutton foray forward led to another corner for minutes later but as with all the others it was dealt with efficiently by the defence and led to a swift counter-attack with Meikle racing forward but his ball into Nti went behind for a goal-kick. 

On seventy-seven minutes following a break in play caused by a foul on Skarz by Ahenkorah Sutton made their second change with Rosario Rose replacing Nick Okoro. Joe looked to be in some considerable pain and after lengthy treatment hobbled off the pitch and straight into the dressing room. A worrying loss to a fragile defence for the seasons prospects. Joel Carta was Joe's replacement with Kennedy moving back into a deeper position. 

Kettering huffed and puffed for the remaining ten minutes of regulation time but resolute defending by the entire Sutton team kept their goal intact. In the first minute of the added five minutes Kennedy threaded an excellent ball through for Hodge to run onto and whip a ball into the box where Carta's low snap shot left the keeper rooted to the spot but passed the outside of the post. Kettering supporter's were steeling themselves for the sucker punch when Sutton won a final corner two minutes into extra time but as before the defence was solid. Kettering finished the game probing Sutton's penalty area right up to the final whistle but after the penalty save it seemed inevitable that it would all happen again on Tuesday night.

 Full Time: Kettering Town 1  Sutton Coldfield Town 1

Sutton were not overawed playing a team two levels above them in the pyramid and stuck to their task with a purpose that being to confound and frustrate. Kettering dominated the second half but could not prise open the tight defence who gave their all demonstrated by almost the whole of the visiting team dropping to the pitch on the sounding of the final whistle. Kettering fans will be disappointed that their side didn't win but on the positive side they didn't lose and will be prepared for another 90 minutes of graft on Tuesday if a satisfactory result is to be achieved. But don't rue out it going to penalties.

Kettering Town yellow cards:  Kennedy -foul, 

Sutton Coldfield Town yellow cards:  Christophorous – time wasting   Halsall - foul              

Attendance: 421

Elgoods Brewery - Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Gary Stohrer – Posed Sutton a threat down the right hand side all through the first half offering an outlet wide all game. Second half with the introduction of Hodge was more restrained but was positive going forward and solid at the back.  

Klondike No 3582 - £170 claimed by ex-manager/player – Jim Conde


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 21st Sep 2019
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 Dan Nti
Sutton Coldfield Town

Captain:
0 Isai Marselia