Match Report - Peterborough Sports

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Lindon Meikle 00

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Peterborough Sports: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 3

Goals

Aaron O Connor 45
Dan Nti 45

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Peterborough Sports: 0

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Match Report

Peterborough Sports   v  Kettering Town

Buildbase FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round

Saturday 23rd November 2019   3:00pm

 

 

Peterborough Sports

 

 

Kettering Town

 

1

 Lewis Moat

 

 1

 Paul White

 

2

 Mitch Griffiths

 

 2

 Gary Stohrer 

 

3

 Dan Bucciero

 

 3

 Marcus Kelly

 

4

 Paul Malone     

 

 4

 Luke Graham (Capt) 

 

5

 Marshall Willock

 Off 5

 5

 Michael McGrath  

 

6

 Dan Lawlor 

 

 6

 Ben Milnes  

 Off 88

7

 Dion Sembe-Ferris

 

 7

 Dan Nti

 

8

 Josh McCammon

 Off 63

 8

 Aaron O’Connor

 

9

 Mark Jones (Capt) 

 

 9

 Connor Kennedy

 

10

 Maniche Sani

 

10

 Lindon Meikle  

 

11

 Josh Moreman

 Off 69

11

 Michael Richens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Cameron Johnson   

 On 63

12

 Joel Carta

 

14

 Lewis Webb

 On 69

14

 Brett Solkhon           

 On 88

15

 Charlie Jemson        

 On 5

15

 Tre Mitford

 

16

 Ben Toseland 

 

16

 Mo Sebbeh

 

13

 James Connell

 

13

 Adam Honour

 

 

 

 

17

 Jack O'Connor

 

 

Referee: Greg Rollason   Assistants: Ahmed Mohamed and Lee Hartley 

After the previous Saturday's Houdini act Paul Cox's side faced a tricky away tie against a team performing well in the division below Kettering's level. Joe Skarz was unavailable due to having undergone surgery and will therefore be absent for some time. Javan Vidal was in attendance but is still injured. Marcus Kelly moved into the left back position with his number 11 shirt passing to the returned Michael Richens. 3 ex-Poppies in the form of Malone, Moreman and Willock were in Peterborough's starting XI.

On a heavy looking pitch which appeared to be on the small size Kettering in red and black kicked off just as it started to spot with rain. After two minutes Peterborough were awarded a free kick for an offence which Mr Rollason alone spotted a theme that would continue through the game.  Sports were unable to make anything of their proffered opening and Kettering switched play swiftly to the other end winning a throw in feet from the corner flag. Kennedy's throw went deep into the crowded penalty area where it was cleared by the defence.  Kettering had started in a positive manner and over five minutes a ball was played forward on the ground angled towards the corner of the penalty area.  Aaron O'Connor turned his defender and was outpacing a player almost half his age and was only prevented from breaking into the clear behind the defender by Willock grabbing hold of AO'C's shirt. The referee had spotted the offence and awarded a free-kick. Willock remained on the floor though obviously in some pain. He had suffered a muscle injury of some sort and needed to be substituted. The referee held up play in order to allow Sports to complete the substitution, with Jemson coming on before Kettering could take the free-kick. Milnes delivered a good ball into the goalmouth but the ball was headed over the bar. 

AO'C playing alone up front was full of running and after eight minutes the ball was played up towards him. He held the ball up and switched it outside to the advancing Nti on the overlap.  Dan took the ball to the ball to the by-line and lifted an inviting cross into the goal-mouth where a defender headed in clear.  A minute later the action was in Kettering's penalty area with the ball not being adequately cleared by the defence. The ball fell to Sports skipper, Jones who got a shot off. This was blocked behind for the first corner of the game which Paul White came out confidently to collect.

 On twelve minutes Nti and Stohrer combined well to free Gary on an overlap his deep cross towards the far post was punched away by Moat. Stohrer was in action at the other end two minutes later as Moreman took him on the outside. Josh managed to get past him but his low, hard drive into the box was too close to White who easily collected the ball. Almost straight after Moreman was testing Stohrer again and was awarded a free-kick close to the corner flag. The kick was sent deep to the far post where Malone headed it back into the middle. Sani was guilty of squandering a good chance but his header went calmly over the bar. 

Kettering should have gone ahead after seventeen minutes when once again AO'C was picked out in middle of the park, holding the ball up before playing it out to Nti. Dan moved forward and delivered another inviting low cross into the goal mouth. Lindon Meikle open on the back post somehow manage to spoon the ball over the bar from four yards out when it appeared easier to score. 

On twenty minutes the game looked like it was going to have its first yellow card. Another ball played forward for AO'C to run onto was cut out by a defender using his hand. The referee blew his whistle for the handball and was reaching to his pocket when he noticed the linesman flagging for another offence. On conversing with the linesman he awarded a free-kick to the home side for off-side and kept his card in his pocket.  As the game was still “live “ when the defender handled the ball and AO'C was running away from the ball one could question the off-side ruling, however, it gave the referee the chance to avoid making a contentious decision.

Seven minutes later Kettering got the goal which their dominance deserved. Once again AO'C was instrumental. He received the ball on the ground and turned past the left-back and took the ball to the touch-line and produce a precise low cross. This time Lindon met the ball in the centre of the goal even closer to the line and didn't make the same mistake twice. 0-1 Kettering 27 mins.

Kettering were going for the kill now and just after the half hour mark AO'C broke clear of his marker. Moat did well though and forced Aaron wide but could not stop him lifting the ball back into the middle where Griffiths could only head the ball safely behind. The corner was not completely cleared and the ball ended up with Michael Richens who tried a shot from twenty-five yards which passed just past the post. Five minutes later Meikle threaded a great ball through for AO'C to run onto. Aaron outpaced his marker but on reaching the ball dragged his effort wide of the far post with the keeper beaten. 

With seven minutes to go to half-time Kettering won a corner on Peterborough's right. The ball was partially cleared but only as far as Kelly. Marcus made towards the penalty area pushing the ball past a defender and in going past the player made a theatrical display of tumbling to the floor. If any contact was made it was minimal. Mr Rollason blew his whistle and award a free-kick to Peterborough. Marcus compounded his guilt by exiting the scene of the crime with great haste. The referee called Kelly back from his own half to issue him with the first caution of the game. It was disappointing from Kelly as one would expect more from such an experienced player than to pick up an pointless caution.  In the final five minutes of the half Kettering won another corner but Peterborough managed somehow to scramble the ball clear to end the half a single goal in arrears.

Half Time: Peterborough Sports  0  Kettering Town  1

Peterborough started the second half brightly and early in the second half were awarded a free-kick on the edge of Kettering's penalty area for another offence of an unclear nature but the kick was wasted. Three minutes later another free-kick for Peterborough result in a corner. This time Malone managed to get his head to the ball but put his effort wide. 

On virtually Kettering's first attack of the second half a ball was threaded through for AO'C to run onto. Aaron outpaced the defenders and was one on one with the keeper. Instead of going for power he deftly chipped the ball over the advancing Moat to double Kettering's lead.  0-2 Kettering 52 mins.  

Three minutes later and an almost carbon copy move left AO'C facing Moat again. This time Moat pulled off a quality save to give his team some hope of staying in the Trophy. Ten minutes into the half and Peterborough were given more hope of salvaging something from the game. The ball was fed out wide to Sembe-Ferris who was just in front of the home bench when he was taken down by Kelly in a tackle that he didn't need to make. Kelly backed away from the scene but the reaction of the Sports bench did not aid his cause. After briefly intimating that Lindon was the guilty party the referee issued a second yellow to Kelly.  Kettering reorganised with Stohrer moving to left-back and Richens dropping back to right-back leaving AO'C even more isolated up front.    

This Kettering team is so different to the team under the previous regime who would have buckled. Paul Cox has installed discipline and steel into the same group of players. The side kept their shape and continued to run for each other.  The team may have been reduced to ten men the noise of the travelling fans, who easily outnumbered the home support, rose in volume and cheered and supported their team. Peterborough were faced by a solid defence with two  banks of four with AO'C harrying their two central defenders into rushed passes.

On sixty-three minutes Sports made their second change with Johnson replacing McCammon. Kettering were not sitting back waiting for Peterborough to attack and counter-attacked when the opportunity arose and two minutes later Kettering won a corner. Ben Milnes delivered an in swinging kick which was partially cleared but AO'C reacted quickest and attempted a bicycle kick. The effort was blocked and the ball cleared long downfield and Peterborough had a quick break. They were a bit overeager though and one of their attackers strayed offside. Their next attack was down Kettering left and Moreman attempted to go past Richens. Michael made a solid blocking tackle, which was perfectly clean and left  Josh limping causing him needing to be substituted with just under twenty minutes to go.    

 With just over fifteen minutes to go the ball was played out from Kettering's half for AO'C to chase down the touchline. Aaron reached the ball first but Jemson was not willing to chase him again and took out both player and ball in an unsatisfactory manner. Handbags ensued and the Peterborough player was punished with only a yellow. Peterborough were starting to get a bit ragged now and having failed to match Kettering with skill were resorting to less savory tactics. Three minutes later and another card was issued this time to Johnson who kicked down Nti from behind after being robbed of the ball by Dan.

Kettering were still breaking from defence with AO'C chasing everything played in his direction. He would hold onto the ball but being so isolate would wait for as long as possible before playing the ball off the defender to earn a corner. On one occasion Paul Malone was shielding the ball to allow it to roll out for a goal-kick Aaron chased it down got between the defender and the ball and managed to earn a corner. 

With less than ten minutes to go Peterborough were awarded another free-kick the ball had gone through to Paul White who went down to collect the ball in front of a closing attacker. It is not clear what happened as attention was drawn to the referee but White was left on the floor clutching his head. Neither the referee or linesman had witnessed the incident and all that resulted was a talking to by the referee to both Paul and the forward. The kick was particularly poor and looked to be going out wide of the goal for a goal-kick but was chased down by Malone who kept the ball in play and fed back to Johnson whose shot, Sports first attempt on target was easy for White.

With five minutes to go Johnson was guilty of cutting down Kennedy who was carrying the ball out of defence with a surging run. As it was less than ten minutes since his caution for the foul on Nti it looked a stonewall booking but the referee called over the Sports captain and after a talking did not issue a caution for a challenge which was so much worse than that of Kelly.

As the game entered it's final five minutes Kennedy made another surging run down the middle of the park. He looked as if he was shaping up to shoot at goal but as th defenders converged on him he unselfishly laid the ball off to Nti open on his outside. Dan drove into the penalty area and clinically drove the ball goalwards. Moat got a hand to the ball but was unable to prevent the goal. 0-3 Kettering 86 mins

With the game won Kettering suffered a set back as Ben Milnes limped off to be replaced by Brett Solkhon but safely saw out the game to the final whistle.

Full Time: Peterborough Sports  0  Kettering Town  3

Kettering successfully avoided a banana skin tie. Peterborough were confident having previously taken two scalps in the FA Cup.  Paul Cox ensured that the team approached the game with a positive mental attitude and the team produced a professional performance and did not give their hosts the hint of an upset. Even when reduced to ten men the players continued to keep their shape and keep the work rate high and give Peterborough no opening.  The only blot on the report is the needless dismissal of Kelly with its associated suspension and the possible severity of Milnes injury will leave the squad paper thin for next Saturday's visit to Gloucester City. The main goal has been achieved though that of being in the draw for th first round proper of the FA Trophy.   

Peterborough Sports yellow cards:  Jemson, Johnson - fouls                 

Kettering Town yellow cards:  Kelly - simulation,  Red Kelly 2nd yellow - foul

Attendance: 436 (record attendance)

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Aaron O'Connor -  turned the clock back with his endless running, made the first goal and scored a very good second. For a player, looking to be on his way out of the club under Nicky Eaden, he has been revitalised under the management of Mr Cox returning back to his best.

 


Team Sheet

Location: Away (away)
Kick Off: 23rd Nov 2019
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
0 Lindon Meikle
0 Aaron O Connor
0 Dan Nti
Peterborough Sports
Blue
Captain: