Match Report - GUISELEY

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Connor Kennedy 00

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GUISELEY: 0

Goals

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

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GUISELEY: 1

Goals

Adam Haw 45

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Match Report

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Kettering Town  v  Guiseley

National League North

Tuesday 24th November 2020   7:45pm

Kettering Town 

Guiseley

1

 Adam Collin

 

1

 Brad Wade

 

2

 Gary Stohrer

 

2

 George Cantrill

  

3

 Michael McGrath

 

3

 Nathan Newell

 

4

 Michael Richens

 

4

 Mark Howarth

 

5

 Ryan Fryatt

 

5

 Hamza Bencherif (Capt)

 

6

 Luke Graham  (Capt.)  

 

6

 Issac Currie

 Off 46

7

 Callum Powell

 

7

 Andy Kellett

 

8

 Connor Kennedy

 

9

 Kian Harratt

 Off 35

9

 Josh Scott

 Off 83

10

 Lebrun Mbeka

 

10

 Decarrey Sheriff

 Off 83

11

 Gabriel Johnson

 Off 71

11

 Sam Jones

 

18

 Prince Ekpolo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Substitutes

 

12

 Jay Williams

 

12

 Dan Cowan

 On 74

14

 Lorne Bickley

 On 83

14

 Lewis Hey

 

15

 Ashanti Price

 On 83

15

 Jack Ryan

 On 71

16

 Ben Acquaye

 

16

 Brad Nicholson

 On 46

17

 Lewis Wilson

 

17

 Adam Haw

 On 35

 

Referee:  Sam Mulhall.  Assistants:  Alan Cox and Zac Kennard-Kettle

With Kettering sitting bottom of the table a home game with the team immediately above them in the table made this game an early important match to win. Clear skies, no wind and a mild temperature weather conditions were perfect for football. Kettering's back four remained unchanged but two missing Bens meant a changed midfield. The suspended Milnes was replaced by Michael Richens. Stephens absence was covered by the debut of Callum Powell a left sided attacking player. Two other new signings occupied spots on the bench.  Forward Ashanti Price and defender Jay Williams who made appearances for the Poppies last season whilst on loan from the Cobblers.

 After the teams changing ends Guiseley in white shirts and blue shorts kicked off attacking the Tin Hat end. Six minutes into the game and Mr Mulhull had his first involvement in what would be an evening where he was to play a significant role. A Guiseley through ball was played forward on the ground for Johnson to chase. The defenders were static expecting a off-side flag but one was not forthcoming, however the experienced Collin was playing to the whistle and reacted quickly coming out to claim the ball. Johnson however did not check his run and collided with Adam to the displeasure of the referee who booked the forward.

Three minutes later Mr Mulhull was in action again. Powell had advanced down the wing and crossed the ball. Sheriff with his back to the goal raised his foot high in order to attempt to control the ball. From his blind side a defender closed him down and attempted to head the ball and went to the floor clutching his face. The game was stopped immediately with a free kick being awarded to Guiseley. Contact, if any, was minimal evidenced by the visitor regaining his feet with little delay and no requirement for treatment. Mr Mulhull saw fit to caution Decarrey despite the fact that he could not see the approaching defender. One was left with the feeling that it was a balancing caution to even up for Johnson's caution. 

Just after ten minutes Richens was penalised just inside his own half for winning a loose ball with a raised foot before a visitor ran into him and going down. The referee gave Michael a stern talking to but no card. The free-kick was partially cleared but Richens was penalised again this time on the edge of the box for pulling back an attacker. The resulting free-kick was put behind by a defender for the games first corner. This was immediately followed by a second which was wasted when it went out untouched by the near post.

Guiseley were having the better of the early exchanges. After sixteen minutes Kellett found himself in space some thirty yards out but his speculative shot passed well over the bar. Four minutes later he had another chance but his shot from the edge of the area was well blocked by McGrath.

Kettering first troubled the Guiseley defence after twenty-four minutes when an Kennedy long throw into the box adjacent to the corner flag was not cleared. The ball was loose on the floor but neither side could get an effective boot on the ball. Scott managed to stretch to get a contact on the ball but only just and the shot lacking in power was palmed past the post by Wade for an unproductive corner.

Six minutes later Kettering were presented with another opportunity following a foul by Mbeka. The free-kick was lifted into the box where Jones rose highest but his header was directed straight into the arms of Wade.

With just over ten minutes to half-time Kettering conjured a goal out of nothing. Guiseley had a throw-in deep in their own half in front of the “Gazebo” stand. With Kettering forwards close to all his close options the taker attempted an ill-advised long throw across the edge of his own penalty area towards Mbeka. The ball was in the air for a while and was beyond the defender. Kennedy was alert and raced towards the ball beating the defender to the ball. Mbeka attempted to shepherd Connor further wide but the Kettering man cut the ball back towards the right-hand post where precision rather than power took the ball past Wade and into the far corner.  1-0 Kettering 34 mins.

After having to replace the injured Hallett with Haw Guiseley tried to respond immediately and within two minutes generated two good openings. Firstly, they had a 3v3 break bearing down on Kettering's goal however an angled ball inside of Stohrer was poor and went out on the full for a goal-kick. The ball came straight back at Kettering however and substitute Haw threaded through to Ekpolo presenting him with a great chance but he fails to grasp the opportunity sending his effort high and wide.

Stohrer had the final scoring attempt of the half carving his way forward with one of his surging runs but the final shot did not match the energy of the approach and was easily taken by Wade.

  Half Time: Kettering Town  1  Guiseley 0

Guiseley made one change at half time with Nicholson replacing Currie. Guiseley were straight on the attack and a long throw into the bow needed to be headed behind for a corner in the first minute. The corner was met by a solid punch from Collin which instigated a good break by Powell but it came to nothing.

Five minutes into the half Guiseley broke down Kettering's right which was broken up by Graham coming across to cover. The resulting throw-in was delivered from deep into the box where Graham got to the ball but wasn't able to clear but succeeded only in teeing up a Guiseley player who could only send his attempt into the side netting. Two minutes later Graham was in action again but was bested by the forward but managed to stop him by falling over and bringing the Guiseley player with him. Luke picked up a caution and, but for the presence of Fryatt could have been judged to have been the last player and received a red. The kick from some 25 yards out was struck wide by Mbeka. Shortly after another Graham mistake allowed a Guiseley player in but he was rescued by the linesman raising an off-side flag.

With fifty-six minutes gone a Kennedy long throw into the Guiseley penalty area was headed behind for a corner. The kick taken by McGrath was met by Graham who saw his effort blocked on the line by Kellett before being hacked clear. The ball was returned into the box but play was halted for a foul on the keeper.

 

Just after the hour mark Guiseley got the ball in the net after a flowing move down Kettering's right but Johnson's final touch was from an off-side position.

Kettering were creating the more chances at this stage. A free kick lifted into the box was cleared only as far as Richens but he blasted over the bar from the edge of the area. Two minutes later Sheriff latched onto a ball played over the top, carrying the ball forward into the box he checked his run to make space for the shot but put it wide. With twenty-five minutes to go two Guiseley players were booked in the space of two minutes. Firstly, Cantrill was cautioned for a crude lunge into the back of Kennedy and secondly Mbeka for a pull back on Sheriff as Decarrey was getting away from him. The resulting free-kick into the box from McGrath was met by a Kettering head but was directed straight at the keeper.

With just under twenty to go Guiseley managed to score an equaliser A ball was passed from Guiseley's half towards Howarth who was challenged by Jones the ball was played towards Kettering's goal where Haw who was behind the last defender was ideally placed to receive the ball. The linesman raised his flag for off-side and the Kettering defence pulled up in their pursuit. The referee however waved off the linesman's flag leaving the Guiseley man in acres of space with just Collin to beat which he did easily from seven yards out leaving the Kettering defenders to berate the referee. However, they were guilty of the school boy error of failing to play to the whistle.1-1 Guiseley 70 mins

Guiseley immediately made their final substitution with Ryan replacing Johnson. Kettering were pushing to retake the lead and another free-kick conceded by Guiseley was lifted into the box by Richens to be headed behind for a corner by Mbeka. The corner was cleared but collected by Sheriff with his back to the goal he appeared to be bundled off the ball by Empolo but the referee saw no infringement allowing Guiseley to break quickly. The ball was played forward to Newall with Stohrer in close pursuit. Gary mindful of conceding a penalty did enough to pressure the Guiseley man who lost his footing at the vital moment allowing Collin to collect the ball. Shortly after Jones became the third Poppy to receive a caution following a foul.

With ten minutes to go another Kettering free kick was lifted into the box where Fryatt's looping header was touched over the bar by Wade for an unproductive corner. Three minutes later a double substitution by Kettering saw Bickley replace Scott and Price replacing Sheriff for Ashanti's debut.

Five minutes later and Mr Mulhull could have cost Kettering the game. Fryatt was in possession just outside his own penalty area and was caught late by Ryan with a full-blooded kick leaving the Kettering man in some discomfort on the floor. Ryan reaction was of a player who knew that he had just got away with one. Mr Mulhull saw nothing though and allowed play to continue the ball was played forward to goalscorer Haw and Stohrer had to make a challenge he made contact with the ball but also the attacker who went down under the tackle. The referee didn't hesitate in pointing to the spot. Mbeka took the kick sending it powerfully to Collin's left but Adam went the right way and succeeded in pushing the ball away for an unproductive corner.

In the three additional minutes Kettering had the chance to take all three points. McGrath played the ball forward to Price who skilfully turned his marker with ease and fed the ball outside to Powell. Callum,s cross was pin-point accurate picking out the unmarked Bickley some six yards out. Instead of heading it in the direction he was facing he tried to steer his header by turning his head at the moment of contact and merely managed to direct it at Wade who made a good reaction save to ensure the spoils were shared.

 Full Time: Kettering Town 1    Guiseley 1

 A point saved or two pints dropped? Whatever your point of view this result could have big repercussions at the end of the season. Once again a individual goal from Kennedy was Kettering's only goal. The defence looked fragile despite being settled and a more clinical forward line would have taken advantage of this. That Guiseley's man of the match was their goalkeeper is a positive point but until chances are converted into goals the season is going to be a struggle.

Kettering Town yellow cards: Sheriff – dangerous play Graham, Jones – both fouls,

Guiseley yellow cards:  Johnson, Cantrill, Mbeka – all fouls                

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Adam Collin – In a game where he had little to do his penalty save rescued a point for his team.         


Team Sheet

Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 24th Nov 2020
Kettering Town FC
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Captain:
0 Connor Kennedy
GUISELEY
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Captain:
0 Adam Haw