Match Report - SOUTHPORT

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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SOUTHPORT: 1

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Captaincies Morgan 00

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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SOUTHPORT: 1

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Match Report

Kettering Town  v  Southport

National League North

Tuesday 3rd November 2020   8:00pm

Kettering Town 

Southport

1

 Adam Collin

 

1

 Daniel Hanford

 

2

 Gary Stohrer

 

18

 Jack Bainbridge

  

3

 Michael McGrath

 

2

 Charles Oliver

 

4

 Ben Milnes

 

5

 Adam Anson 

 

5

 Ryan Fryatt

 Off 84

12

 Matthew Challoner

 

6

 Luke Graham  (Capt.)  

 

4

 Ben Russell

 

7

 Johnny Hunt

 

6

 David Morgan (Capt)

 Off 74

8

 Connor Kennedy

 

14

 Ali Mohamud

 Off 80

9

 Josh Oyinsan

 Off 46

17

 Niall Watson

 

10

 Ben Stephens

 

11

 Marcus Carver

 

11

 Decarrey Sheriff

 Off 69

16

 Dylan Vassallo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Joshua Scott

 On 69

13

 Anthony McMillan

 

14

 Sam Jones

 

3

 Jack Doyle

 On 80

15

 Lorne Bickley

 On 46

15

 Dean Winnard

 

16

 Michael Richens

 

10

 George Newell

On 82

17

 Ben Acquaye

 Off 84

7

 Connor Woods

 On 74

 

Referee: Jonathan Maskrey   Assistants: Sam Wesson and Joel Ezro-Griffiths

Kettering's disjointed season continued after a matchless Saturday with a Tuesday night game. It was a mild November evening, ideal for football with the pitch looking a lush green after the day's intermittent rain.  Kettering's new signing Johnny Hunt, described as a left back, went straight into the starting XI, naturally up front. Josh Scott was the unlucky player to relinquish his starting spot.

The game kicked off fifteen minutes late due to Southport experiencing traffic hold-ups on their long journey south. The “Sandgrounders” in gold shirts and black shorts kicked off attacking the Tin Hat end. Any advantage of kicking-off was quickly lost as after playing the ball backwards it was then hit long going straight out for a Kettering goal-kick. If the home side were expecting a lethargic opponent due to a 4 hour coach trip and no real warm up they were quickly disabused as Southport were straight on to the front foot quickly closing down the player in possession and playing the game at a very high tempo.

The game started out in a very scrappy manner with neither side able to create any string of passes. Southport had the first goal attempt after ten minutes when Michael McGrath misjudged the flight of the ball out of the blackness. Carver was there to take advantage and moved to the edge of the penalty area an aimed a curling shot towards the far top corner. Collin flew across the goal but the ball passed narrowly over the bar.  Play was quickly switched to the other end and Ben Stephens in the middle of the park slipped the ball outside to McGrath who advanced towards the box. Looking like he was shaping up to try a shot he played in Hunt who got in around the back of the Southport right-back. Johnny ran out of space though and was closed down by Hanford who blocked the new man's effort with his legs.

Five minutes later Stephens was creating again this time playing the ball through for Oyinsan to run onto. Josh mistimed his run though and was flagged off-side. On twenty minutes Kettering were awarded a free-kick mid-way inside Southport's half following a foul on Oyinsan. Mr Cox would not have been impressed that the free-kick played deep to the opposite side came to nothing as Kettering were off-side from the dead ball situation. Southport were still playing at 100mph pressurising the man on the ball but creating little going forward. On twenty-two minutes they probed down Kettering's right. The ball was crossed low into the box but the forward spurned the chance sending his effort wide of the post.  

The first corner of the game came after twenty-four minutes with Milnes taking an inswinger from the clubhouse side. Hanford came for the ball but missed it completely and the ball dropped at the back post. Luke Graham stretched for the ball but was falling back and instead of stabbing the ball home sent it crashing into the underside of the bar and out into play where it was hacked away by a defender on the line. The ball came out to Hunt but his shot blazed high over the bar and into the new stand.

Just after the half hour mark Southport took full advantage of their let-off and scored the only goal of the game. The ball was worked out wide to Carver who drove to the byline with McGrath in attendance and then cut the ball back into the area where Milnes had a chance to clear the ball but only managed to tee up the Southport captain Morgan with the ball eight yards out who had the time and space to pick his spot and give Collin no chance. 0-1 Southport 33 mins

Two minutes after the goal the first yellow card of the game was shown following a body check by Carver on McGrath.

With just over five minutes to half-time Kettering were awarded a free kick on the edge of the penalty area some ten yards left of centre following a foul on Milnes. Ben took the kick himself and attempted to curl the ball into the near post top corner however the defender on the end of the wall leapt up and blocked the kick.

 Half Time: Kettering Town  0  Southport 1

Paul Cox made one change at half time with Lorne Bickley replacing Josh Oyinsan. The change seemed to have an immediate effect with the hosts winning a corner two minutes into the half but it came to nothing.

Southport had a rare foray into Kettering's half winning a corner after ten minutes but Kettering's defence dealt with it efficiently with the ball being switched straight up the other end for a Poppies corner. In was swung in from the stand side by Hunt. Nobody managed to get a clean contact on the initial cross and ended up being loose on the floor but somehow Southport survived and managed to clear the ball.

Just before the hour mark the ball was played down Southport's right with Bickley in pursuit. Lorne reached the ball first and managed to get past the defender and cross the ball picking out an unmarked Stephens in the box. Ben failed to show a forward's killer touch and rather than attacking the ball and aiming his header appeared merely to let the ball bounce off his head and straight at Hanford who gratefully caught the ball.

The next ten minutes saw three Kettering corners which were all unproductive before Kettering made a second change with Josh Scott coming on for Decarrey Sheriff.

For all their possession though Kettering didn't threaten the Southport goal until the final fifteen minutes when a good passing move found Kennedy in possession in the middle of the park some 20 yards out. His fierce shot was just deflected past the post for a corner. The corner was swung in from the stand side and Ryan Fryatt made sure he was first to the ball but powered his header onto the inside of the post and see the ball rebound and back into play to be hacked away. Mohamud was injured in the process and it is questionable if the goal would have counted as the referee had the game restarted with a free-kick. After lengthy treatment it became clear Ali, who had been Southport's stand out player to that point would need to be substituted with Jack Doyle coming on.

As the game moved into its closing stages Southport had another unproductive corner but by this time they were looking to run the clock out and not commit too many players into attack.

With just over five minutes left Kettering made their final change with Fryatt being sacrificed for another forward in the form of Ben Acquaye. Almost straight after Stephens fed Scott the ball inside Southport's penalty area. Josh shaped up and aimed his shot towards the opposite top corner but Hanford produced a good save to preserve his team's lead. In the five minutes added for stoppages Acquaye managed pick up his second yellow card in less than twenty minutes playing time. The offence committed is unknown by the writer and the incident appears to have been seen by very few people as it was off the ball and behind the referee's back. In the ninety-sixth minute Kettering got one final chance winning a corner. Kettering sent everyone forward including Collin who ended up closest to the ball when it came into the box. Adam failed to make a good contact and the ball was on the floor with Adam contesting the ball with a defender before Mr Maskrey awarded a free-kick in the defender's favour. Collin was not impressed with the decision and expressed his opinion to the referee who promptly cautioned him, the last significant incident of the game.

 Full Time: Kettering Town 0    Southport 1

Kettering were out hustled by Southport in the first half who took the one clear chance they had. Kettering stepped up their performance for the second half and despite having the majority of play could not force an equaliser. The simple statistic of having eight corners in the second half but not being able to convert one of them must be of some concern to Paul Cox. Two points from the Bradford match report could be repeated “apart from the goal Adam Collin had a quiet day” and “The forward line still looks to be a work in progress with a definitive starting line up still to be established.”

Kettering Town yellow cards: Acquaye – foul, Collin - dissent

Southport yellow cards:  Carver - foul                 

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Ben Stephens – As he gets up to match fitness so his influence on the game increases. Most of the creative moves Kettering had in the game involved Ben. Lorne Bickley deserves an honourable mention his performance in the second half could have done no harm to his chances of being restored to the starting line-up.   

 


Team Sheet

Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 03rd Nov 2020
Kettering Town FC
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SOUTHPORT
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