Match Report - Altrincham

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

Goals

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Altrincham: 2

Goals

Josh Hancock 00
Tom Hannigan 00

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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Altrincham: 2

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Match Report

Kettering Town  v  Altrincham

Vanarama National League North

Tuesday 28th January 2020   7:45pm

Kettering Town 

Altrincham

1

 Paul White

 

 1

 Tony Thompson

 

2

 Gary Stohrer

 

 2

 Shaun Densmore

  Off 71

3

 Matt Taylor

 

3

 Connor Hampson

 

4

 Luke Graham  (Capt.)   

 

 4

 James Jones

 

5

 Brett Solkhon

 

 5

 Tom Hannigan

 

6

 Jay Williams

 

 6

 Jake Moult (Capt.)

 

7

 Daniel Nti

 

 7

 Craig Mahon

 Off 60

8

 Aaron O’Connor

 Off 59

 8

 Joshua Lundstram

 

9

 Lindon Meikle

 Off 84

 9

 Jordan Hulme

 

10

 Ben Milnes

 

10

 Josh Hancock

 

11

 Jason Law

 Off 76

11

 Tom Peers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Tre Mitford

 On 59

12

 Max Harrop

 

13

 Jack Bennett

 

14

 Luke Wall            

 

14

 Michael McGrath

 

15

 Lewis Walters

 On 60

15

 Michael Richens

 On 76

16

 Toby Mullarkey

 On 71

16

 Joel Carta

 On 84

20

 Joel Torrance

 

 

Referee: Tom Kirk   Assistants: James Cox and Tom Wainman

With Marcus Kelly missing through injury after limping off at York and with Connor Kennedy serving the second game of his two-match suspension, Paul Cox's options for Kettering's midfield were limited. Michael McGrath, delayed in traffic arrived at the ground late which led to a flat back four in defence with Jay Williams once again utilised as a holding midfielder in front of them, a role he filled in the games at Spennymoor and York to good effect.

Having passed two pitch inspections during the day and after strenuous efforts by the ground staff to ensure the game proceeded the pitch looked in a very poor state with areas being heavily sanded and very soft in others. Fortunately, the weather was good, if slightly chilly, as any rainfall could lead to the game being abandoned.

Altrincham kicked off attacking the Tin Hat in a drab grey strip enlivened with a red and white diagonal band and both teams spent the opening minutes adapting to the pitch which was proving quite challenging. Altrincham applied some early pressure winning three corners one after another but White's goal was unthreatened. Just before the ten-minute mark Thompson in the Altrincham goal was called into action when Taylor pushed forward down the left wing. His initial ball into the box came back to him and he lifted the ball high into the air coming down in the centre of the goal. Thompson watched the ball carefully and with a two-handed punch cleared the ball out from under his own cross bar.

Three minutes later and Stohrer brought the ball out of defence surging forward through the mud but his final ball towards Law gave the youngster too much to do and. Altrincham had made the better start and on the quarter hour Densmore fired a low cross across the face of the goal which nobody, defender or attacker managed to get a touch on. The ball was recycled by the visitors and a shot from Hancock passed just wide of White's right-hand post. A minute later and another Altrincham shot was caught well by White.

Kettering appeared to have weathered this initial assault and had a ten-minute spell of attacking themselves. It was commenced by a good run down the right wing by Meikle who beat two defenders out wide before feeding the ball inside to Stohrer. Gary advanced into the box showing good control going past two players and fired in a shot which was saved by Thompson low down by the post. A couple of minutes later Stohrer made another forward run carrying the ball the length of the half and into the penalty area but the ball was slowed on the poor surface and ended up under Gary's feet preventing him from having a shot before closed down by a defender. Just after the half-hour Kettering came closest to opening the scoring a move Altrincham's right involving Law Meikle and O'Connor led to Meikle taking possession just outside the corner of the penalty area. Lindon looked up and struck a curling shot aimed towards the far post, with the keeper beaten the ball struck the outside of the post and bounced away from goal.

As so often happens after getting a let off at one end a team succeeds at the other. From an Altrincham throw-in long into the box Kettering had three chances to clear the ball firstly Law's effort came straight back then Milnes made a tackle but the ball held up on the surface and Ben over ran it. Hancock then mis-passed the ball to Taylor but his attempted clearance went back to Hancock, who on the edge of the penalty area, let fly with a cracking shot which whistled into the far corner of the goal giving Paul White no chance.  0-1 Altrincham 34 mins.

Having taken the lead after absorbing a good spell of Kettering pressure Altrincham were looking for a second and six minutes later a ball in from Peers almost picked out Mahon on the back post who missed a golden opportunity to double their lead. As the game entered the final five minutes of the half Meikle again was causing problems down the right wing drawing the full back before cutting the ball back to Stohrer in the penalty area. He was closed down quickly and had very little of the goal to aim his shot at but he managed to get it on target but Thompson loomed large in the goal and managed to stop the shot from passing through his legs assisted by his bulk. Play was quickly transferred to the other end with the ball being put through for Hulme to chase. White came off his line quickly to save the shot with his legs but at the expense of a corner. The ball came in from the left and Hannigan unmarked side footed the ball goal wards. Hulme standing no more than a yard out got the slightest of touches but it was enough to distract White and the ball appeared to go through him and into the net. 0-2 Altrincham 43 mins

Kettering had a chance to pull one back in the final minute of the half with Stohrer once again being the instigator. Gary drove forward and fed the ball across the face of the penalty area to the unmarked Law. Jason took a couple of touches to control the ball but in that time,  he was closed down and he put his shot into the side netting.

Half Time: Kettering Town 0  Altrincham 2

Kettering needed a quick response if they were to going to get anything from the game and applied early pressure winning a corner shortly after the restart but having a two-goal lead Altrincham had no need to press for further goals and packed their own penalty area and easily defended the corner. With no openings being created Paul Cox opted for an early change and Mitford replaced O'Connor just before the hour mark. Two minutes later Altrincham made their first change with Walters replacing Mahon.

Faced with at times a line of six strung across the back Kettering struggled to pierce Altrincham's defence winning a single corner after sixty-seven minutes which came to nothing as the visitors slowed the game as much as possible. Altrincham made a second substitution after seventy-one minutes with Densmore being withdrawn to make way for Mullarkey.

As Kettering became more desperate gaps started to appear at the back. With fifteen minutes to go Hulme breaks forward but White stands up well and makes a good save. Kettering's response was to replace Law with Richens. Three minutes later Kettering get the ball into Altrincham's penalty area as Milnes lifted the ball in, but with all eleven visiting players pulled back into the area a clear chance could not be generating with the ball failing to fall to a Kettering player.

Kettering made their final substitution with just over five minutes to go with Carta replacing Meikle. The final chance of the game fell to the visitors shortly after when Hancock headed a ball down into the path of Lundstram whose powerful volley was always rising and passed narrowly over the bar.

 Full Time: Kettering Town 0  Altrincham 2

After the impressive performance three days earlier at York the Kettering faithful was expecting to gain some tangible reward from this game in the form of points to lift the team away from the bottom of the table. They were sadly disappointed, the ground staff had toiled hard to ensure that the game would be played and many left Latimer Park wishing that they hadn't. Kettering were beaten by a determined opponent in every part of the pitch and produced the poorest performance under Mr Cox's leadership with Mr Ramshaw apologising to the fans as he left the pitch. A prolonged team discussing took place in the changing room after the match with Paul Cox no doubt sharing many of the views of the home fans with the players. The pitch was not conducive to attractive football but Altrincham managed to produce a dominant performance to which Kettering had no response. Hopefully this disappointing display will illicit a favourable response from the playing staff and they will give Curzon a torrid time on Saturday.

Kettering Town yellow cards:  none

Altrincham yellow cards:  none                 

Attendance: 543

Elgoods Brewery - Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Gary Stohrer – head and shoulders above the rest of the team.    

 


Team Sheet

Location: Home (Latimer Park)
Kick Off: 28th Jan 2020
Kettering Town FC
Red / Black
Captain:
Altrincham

Captain:
0 Josh Hancock
0 Tom Hannigan