Match Report - Sutton Coldfield Town

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Gary Stohrer 00

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Sutton Coldfield Town: 1

Goals

Reece Leek 00

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

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Sutton Coldfield Town: 2

Goals

Isai Marselia 45

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Match Report

Sutton Coldfield Town  v  Kettering Town

The Emirates FA Cup Second Qualifying Round Replay

Tuesday 24 September 2019   7:45pm

 

 

Sutton ColdfieldTown

 

 

Kettering Town

 

1

 Lewis Gwilliams

 

 1

 Paul White (Capt)

 

2

 Ben George

 

 2

 Gary Stohrer 

 

3

 Aris Christophorou

  

 3

 James Brighton

 

4

 Joe Halsall

 

 4

 Connor Kennedy    

 

5

 James Mutton  (Capt)

 

 5

 Luke Graham

 Off 36

6

 James Beresford

 

 6

 Sam Cartwright

 

7

 Chinedu Okoro

  Off 73

 7

 Lindon Meikle

 

8

 Desean Martin

 

 8

 Aaron O’Connor

 Off 69

9

 Isai Marselia

  Off 85

 9

 Daniel Nti

 

10

 Reece Leek

 

10

 Ben Milnes

 

11

 Edwin Ahenkorah

  Off 87

11

 Marcus Kelly

 Off 78

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Ryan Shaw 

  On 73

12

 Javan Vidal

 On 36

14

 Cameron Healey              

  

14

 Brett Solkhon           

 On 78

15

  Reece Gibson

  On 85

15

 Joel Carta

 On 69

16

 Joel Powney  

  On 87

16

 Elliot Hodge

 

17

 James Harrison

 

17

 Mo Sebbeh

 

18

 Romario Rose 

 

18

 Alex Nimely

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Referee: Jon Kenny   Assistants: Liam Corbett and Alan Cox 

With Joe Skarz missing through an injury sustained from wreck less challenge on Saturday Luke Graham was introduced into a changed back four with James Brighton starting at left back allowing Marcus Kelly to play in a more advanced position. Brett Solkhon dropped to the bench with his aversion to artificial pitches not helped by him not feeling 100% well. Alex Nimely returned to the squad with a place on the bench. Elliot Hodge was also on the bench which raised a few eyebrows among the travelling supporters considering how well he played in the original game when coming on at half time.  

Sutton Coldfied in blue kicked off with Kettering in red and black under very dim floodlights comparable to those of Latimer Park when the club first stated playing there. This coupled with the shine coming off the plastic pitch made the game difficult to follow whenever the play was at the opposite end to the viewer. 

Kettering started well and within the first five minutes Luke Graham played a long ball down the right towards Meikle. Lindon allowed the ball to bounce and then jinked past the left back so comprehensively he left Christophorou on his backside. He got to the by line and moved towards the goal drawing a defender away from Nti before side-footing the ball into an unmarked Nti's path some six yards out but Aaron O'Connor not seeing his teammate cut in front of Dan and contrived to snatch at the ball and send it wide of the post. 

Three minutes later a quick passing attack fed the ball to Milnes just outside the penalty area and his first time shot deflected behind for Kettering's first corner which was unproductive. Ten minutes in and Kettering took the lead. A quick incisive passing attack state with Stohrer tight on the touchline midway inside Sutton's half. He fed the ball back to Milnes and started moving forward. Ben played the ball forward to Nti who made a one touch pass to AOC who followed suit and tapped the ball into the still moving Stohrer who was by this time a few yards inside the penalty area. The quick fire one touch passing had negated the defenders who did not have time to react and mass themselves in front of the ball. Mutton made a despairing challenge to try to stop Gary who surged past him. He waited for the keeper and then passed the ball into the far corner of the goal from six yards out. 0-1 Kettering 11 mins.

Two minutes later a direct Kettering attack led to another chance. A long clearance from defence was nodded on by Nti to AOC who shielded the ball from the defender and played it into the path of the advancing Kelly. Marcus took a touch to control the ball and then rifled in a low shot which clipped the right-back's heel to go for Kettering's second corner. Kelly's delivery into the middle was headed on by a defender but AOC was at the back post to recycle the ball back to Meikle on the edge of the box. Lindon tried a shot through a pack of defenders and it deflected away to AOC who this time crossed the ball across the face of the goal. Cartwright was the guilty of a glaring miss some four yard out when rather than watch the ball and head it with the forehead just put his head down into  the path of the ball meaning that he had no control over directing it and the ball went past the post. 

It was all Kettering at this stage but on seventeen minutes Sutton almost got back into it on one of their first ventures into Kettering's half. The ball was played forward on the ground to Leek who ran past Brighton as if he wasn't there and fired in a fierce shot from the edge of the penalty area which White had to push over the bar for Sutton's first corner. The corner was lifted into the middle where it was met by Sutton's skipper Mutton but his header went over the bar. 

Ten minutes later and it was all level a long ball out from Sutton was heading towards Cartwright some ten yards outside of his own penalty area. For some reason he allowed the ball to go over his head rather than head it clear. He turned but was closed down rapidly by Isai Marselia and in making no attempt to play the ball allowed the forward to get between himself and the ball. Paul White had rushed off his line but Marselia managed to get a toe to the ball, before White could grab it, to lift if over the keeper before both players collided. The referee consulted with the linesman and then awarded a penalty which seemed rather harsh as both players were entitled to challenge for the ball and one could put thee chase for the forward to be penalised for an above waist height boot to reach the ball. Leek stepped up to take the kick and sent White the wrong way to tuck the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal 1-1 Sutton Coldfield 28 mins.

Kettering's cause was not helped on thirty-six minutes when Graham had to be withdrawn due to a muscle strain. This led to a major reshuffle of Kettering's formation. Kennedy dropped back into the middle of defence. Javan Vidal came on to play at right-back with Stohrer moving into Kennedy's spot in midfield.

A minute later Kettering had the chance to retake the lead when Kennedy was presented with a free header from a Kelly corner but only managed to put the ball wide.

With less than five minutes to go until half-time Kettering's evening got worse. Sutton passed the ball out of defence to Martin who fed the ball outside to Leek who sprinted past Brighton leaving him in his wake and played a low ball into the near post White,  Kennedy and Ahenkorah all challenged for the ball with Kennedy managing to keep the ball out. However it looped up and Ahenkorah who'd managed to keep on his feet headed it across towards the middle of the goal. White made a grab for the ball at head height but somehow contrived to let the ball pass through his hands onto the waiting Marselia who nodded it home from one yard out. 2-1 Sutton Coldfield 41 mins.

With a minute left of the half Martin picked up the first caution of the game following a crude challenge on Stohrer. In the two added minutes it could have got worse as Kettering failed to clear a ball from their own penalty area and Ahenkorah hit a curling shot from distance which White had to dive full stretch to push around the post. At this stage it was difficult to tell which was the National League North side.

 Half Time:  Sutton Coldfield Town 2  Kettering Town  1

No changes were made at half-time but whatever Nicky Eaden said to his team at half-time seemed to make no effect as Sutton came out showing the most determination. Four minutes into the second half Okoru was fed the ball on the half-way line and proceeded to charge all the way to the edge of Kettering's penalty area before Kennedy managed to dispossess him with a sliding tackle which was deemed a foul despite Connor clearly getting to the ball.  Leek took the kick and aimed the low shot past the end of the five man wall towards the far post where White got down well to parry the ball a react quickly enough to corral the ball before two rapidly closing forwards could do further damage.

On fifty-two minutes following a Kettering attack Mutton went down injured off the pitch behind the goal. On seeing that the referee was not going to stop the game the player crawled onto the pitch before collapsing once more to the plastic. The referee spotted this and failed to issue a caution for either a) blatant time wasting or b) entering the playing area without permission but merely asked him to remove himself off the pitch which miraculously cured his suppose ailment thereby giving a third option for awarding a caution c) simulation. 

Sutton had a brief moment of pressure winning corners either side of the fifty-five minute mark but were content to hoist the ball down field as far as possible and wait for Kettering to come onto them. Kettering won a few corners when long range shots were deflected behind but the dynamic rapid thrusting attacks down the flanks of the first half which had Sutton on the ropes were not repeated with the team persisting with laboured slow build-ups which allowed the hosts to mass players behind the ball. 

Kettering made their second substitution  on sixty-nine minutes when AOC was replaced by Carta. The game continued to drift with Carta contributing to the shots off target statistic. Sutton made their first change on seventy-three minutes with Shaw replacing Okoro. The referee at this stage was having to continually urge Gwilliams the Sutton keeper to hurry up as understandably he was trying every trick in the book to try and run out the clock. Beresford collapsed to the floor after clearing the ball and despite it clearly not being a head injury the referee held up play to ask the player if he needed assistance which he refused but the referee continued to stop play resuming until the player returned to his feet. Shortly after the same player was cautioned for another unsightly challenge. With time running out Brett was sent on to replace Kelly but with a goal required one questions if it would've been more prudent to withdraw a defender. Kettering's poor evening was added to when Vidal was caught late and needed to leave the pitch being unable to continue. The defensive injury list continues to grow. It was ironic that once Kettering went down to ten men their performance improved as with the one player deficiency movement and sharpness of passing had to increase. Sutton made a further two substitutions and Kettering continued to play the unimaginative football that had seen them produce one goal from open play in nearly three hours of football.  

Kettering almost gifted Sutton a chance to humiliate themselves even more when a long ball down field was chased by Gibson, a late substitute. Cartwright failed to adequately defend the ball and appeared to manhandle the forward to the floor however the referee saw no offence. The Sutton player felt aggrieved  and chased White who was clearing the ball and clattered into the back of the keeper after the ball was gone but was missed by all the officials. Three minutes were all the referee decided would be added despite the gamesmanship of the host's five substitutions and players requiring treatment but to be honest if thirty-three minutes were to be added Kettering would have been unlikely to score.

 Full Time:  Sutton Coldfield Town 2  Kettering Town 1

Two back to back inept Kettering performances as the replay proved to be almost a carbon copy of the game at Latimer Park. Kettering had the majority of possession but failed to take advantage squandering innumerable chances. For a twenty minute spell at the start Kettering looked positive playing fast attacking football and looked capable of overwhelming the host's. However after losing the lead they looked incapable of scoring. A laboured over elaborate build up allowed Sutton to mass players behind the ball leaving Kettering to resort to aimlessly lifting the ball into the box to watch it headed away by a committed and determined defence. With the home keeper not having to make one save all game,  a win was never on the cards. The travelling Poppies voiced their feeling on the outcome of the game with the team disappearing into the dressing room without acknowledging the people who'd committed time and money to be so poorly rewarded with a lack lustre performance. 

Sutton Coldfield  yellow cards:  Martin, Beresford – foul 

Kettering Town yellow cards: None            

Attendance: 222

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – No award.


Team Sheet

Location: Away (away)
Kick Off: 24th Sep 2019
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 Gary Stohrer
Sutton Coldfield Town

Captain:
0 Reece Leek
0 Isai Marselia