Match Report - BRADFORD PARK AVENUE

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 3

Goals

Ben Stephens 01
Joshua Scott 01
Joshua Scott 01

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BRADFORD PARK AVENUE: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 3

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BRADFORD PARK AVENUE: 1

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Match Report

Kettering Town  v  Bradford (Park Avenue)

National League North

Saturday 24th October 2020   3:00pm

Kettering Town 

Bradford (Park Avenue)

1

 Adam Collin

 

 1

 Dan Atkinson

 

2

 Gary Stohrer

 

 2

 Mark Ross

  

3

 Michael McGrath

 

 3

 Harry Boyes

 

4

 Ben Milnes

 

 4

 Issac Marriott  (Capt)

 

5

 Ryan Fryatt

 

 5

 Luca Havern

 

6

 Luke Graham  (Capt.)  

 

 6

 Mitch Lund

 

7

 Joshua Scott

 

 7

 Oli Johnson

 Off 74

8

 Connor Kennedy

 

 8

 Jake Hibbs

 Off 82

9

 Josh Oyinsan

 

 9

 Adam Nowakowski

 

10

 Ben Stephens

 Off 71

10

 Brad Dockerty

 

11

 Decarrey Sheriff

 Off 79

11

 Nicky Clee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Substitutes

 

12

 Ben Acquaye

 On 79

12

 Ryan Toulson

 

14

 Lorne Bickley

 

14

 Jordan Windlass

 

15

 Michael Richens

 On 71

15

 Matty Downing

 

16

 Jamie Chisholm

 

16

 Lewis Bradley

 On 82

17

 Lewis Wilson

 

17

 Tabish Hussain

 On 74

 

Referee: Darren Rodgers   Assistants: Daniel Smith and James Lunn

It was like starting the season again at Latimer Park. After two games in four days with widely different performances the season ground to a halt through a Corona virus outbreak. Any advance to match fitness was negated by this period which saw the club bow out of the FA Cup. Today's visitors were in a very similar situation having lost their first league fixture and suffering a positive Covid result leading to an period of self-isolation with the squad. With Kettering's projected opponents being still involved in the FA Cup Bradford agreed to bringing the fixture forward to a Saturday thus saving themselves a midweek trip in November.

Two changes were made to the starting line-up which beat Chelmsford. Sam Jones was unavailable due to his red card received at Gloucester and was replaced by Ben Stephens. Lorne Bickley who had failed to complete the previous two games due to injury started on the bench with the number seven shirt reverting to Josh Scott. Kettering's attack would be led by debutant Josh Oyinsan in the central position. Another Kettering debutant appeared on the bench former Diamond Ben Acquaye.

Under heavily overcast skies and a breeze strong enough to flutter the corner flags Kettering kicked off with Bradford in gold shirts and white shorts defending the new stand end. The Poppies were straight on the attack and Decarrey Sheriff found him with a shooting opportunity in the first minute. His shot struck a defender but came straight back to him for a second attempt this time the ball went behind for an early Ben Milnes corner but it was cleared. The pressure was not relieved though and Ben Stephens found himself in space some 30 yards out.  On seeing the keeper off his line, he aimed a lob shot goalwards. He placed the ball perfectly with Atkinson being beaten by the flight and trajectory of the shot rather than pace and power. It was very reminiscent of Liam Canavan's goal from a few seasons back but totally intended,1-0 Kettering 3 mins.

Bradford came back at Kettering and fed the ball to Dockerty out wide on the left. He proved too fast for McGrath and managed to get by him but his low cross was cut out by a defender at the expense of a corner but this was easily collected by Collin.

On ten minutes Milnes played a diagonal ball on the floor behind Bradford's right back for Decarrey to run onto. He carried the ball deep into the penalty area before screwing the ball back across the face of the goal but also past the far post.

Just before the quarter hour mark Kettering hoisted the ball deep into the Bradford half. The defender completely fouled up his attempted clearance and only succeeded in slicing the ball so badly it spun behind him and out for a Kettering corner on the media side. Stephens took the kick short to Milnes located on the corner of the penalty area who from the improved angle lifted the ball into the goal area where Scott rose highest and his looping header found the opposite corner of the goal. 2-0 Kettering 15 mins.

Three minutes later McGrath and Adam Nowakowski got into an altercation in front of the linesman. The Bradford player accused Michael of an elbow who countered with claims of a push in the back. It was a case of six of one and half a dozen of the other but Nowakowski was indignant and wanted the Kettering man to be sanctioned.  The referee conversed with his assistant as to what happened with both players winding each other up with the Bradford man not wanting the matter to drop. The referee called both players over and McGrath didn't help his cause by petulantly ignoring him. The referee handled the situation well and merely lectured the players on their behaviour.

With twenty-five minutes gone the referee was called into action again. Bradford played a high ball into the edge of Kettering's penalty area. Collin rushed to the ball and leapt up to collect it. Dockerty was also closing on the ball and collided with Adam knocking him to the floor causing the ball to be dislodged from Adam's grip. As there was no whistle, the Bradford player continued to play but only managed to put his attempt wide off the post for a goal kick. The Kettering players were incensed that they had not been awarded a free-kick and crowded the ref but he stood his ground and had the game restart with a goal-kick. The next time Bradford played the ball into the box Collin took no chances and cleared the ball out of the danger area with a firm punch.

With just over ten minutes to half-time Kettering won a corner on the clubhouse side. The ball was played into the middle where once again Josh Scott rose highest connecting with a glancing header and steering the ball into the top corner. 3-0 Kettering 34 mins.

Bradford reacted badly and Hibbs cut down Stephens getting nowhere near the ball. A minute later Johnson similarly fouled Kennedy. Kennedy shortly after fouled Marriott but the Bradford player wanted to make more of it leaping up and squaring up to Connor who refused to react leaving the referee to cool the Bradford man down.

With two minutes to go to half-time Bradford delivered the ball into Kettering's penalty area with a long throw in. The ball was partially cleared but Bradford retained possession and passed the ball along the edge of the box looking for an opening. when it arrived, it was quickly snuffed out by an excellent blocking tackle by Stohrer.  In the two added minutes of the half the first yellow card was produced. Kettering were breaking through Oyinsan but before Josh could advance, he was cut down by Hibbs. The referee played advantage as Kennedy was quickly onto the ball to continue the attack. He carried the ball into the box but was unable to make his shot count and neither could the Ben's Stephens and Milnes with follow up efforts. Once the ball went out of play Mr Rodgers booked Hibbs.

Right at the death of the half Stephens in the middle of the park played a clever ball outside for Sheriff. Decarrey advanced to the by-line but over-hit his cross Oyinsan peeled out from the middle to recycle the ball but before he could utilise the ball the referee blew the whistle for half time.

 Half Time: Kettering Town  3  Bradford 0

Bradford stated the second half in just the manner their manager would have wanted. Despite Bradford kicking-off the ball was quickly played forward by Kettering. Havern cleared the ball deep into Kettering's half and it looked to be going out for a goal-kick but Dockerty chased hard and managed to get in front of the defender trying to shepherd the ball out of play and keep the ball inbounds where it was picked up by a team-mate who won a corner with the ball deflecting behind off a red shirt. The corner was aimed towards the near post and although Kettering managed to keep out the first effort the rebound fell to Johnson who poked it home from close range, 3-1 Bradford 46mins.

Shortly after there was a strange passage of play with a string of 3 or 4 tackles leading to both teams appealing for a foul. Mr Rodgers finally blew his whistle when Kennedy made a sliding tackle winning the ball but unfairly in the referee's opinion and cautioned Kennedy for a very innocuous challenge with little, if any, contact, and that after winning the ball. Dockerty was proving to be a handful to the Kettering defence managing to get past Stohrer but Graham was there to head the cross away.  

Ten minutes into the half and the wind had strengthened considerably with Collin struggling to get his kicks to the half-way line. Kettering's attacks were becoming less frequent earning a couple of unproductive corners. Bradford were working their way back into the game increasing their share of possession but without converting that into goal attempts.

After twenty minutes Bradford won their second corner of the half. The taker did not take account of the wind though and the kick sailed across the penalty area going out for a goal kick on the far side untouched by anyone.  

As Bradford were pushing forward Kettering looked to take advantage on the counter attack. Oyinsan had one such chance picking up the ball on the half-way line taking the ball all the way into Bradford's penalty area. Lack of match fitness showed though with Josh visibly flagging before seeing his shot saved by Atkinson. The ball fell to a Kettering player following up but his goal-bound poke was athletically clawed away by Atkinson whilst sitting on the floor keeping Bradford in the game.

With the nature of the game changing Kettering made their first change with the creative Stephens being withdrawn in favour of Michael Richens. Bradford were still looking to get something out of the game and following a long throw-in goalscorer Johnson found himself in space bearing down on goal. Stohrer was alert to the danger and quickly closed him down and as the forward was shaping up to shoot Gary timed his challenge to perfection and stole the ball off his foot. It was Johnson's last contribution being substituted for Tabish Hussain.

Kettering were containing Bradford with Collin not being called upon to any extent other than routine collects. Kettering introduced a fresh set of legs with ten minutes to go with Ben Acquaye coming on to make his Kettering debut replacing Decarrey Sheriff. Acquaye made an immediate impression on the game and on Hibbs with a ill advised wild lunge. This earned Ben a yellow card but it could have been worse.

Bradford were making a final push to retrieve the game as a heavy drizzle started but two corners in quick succession came to nothing with Kettering's defence holding firm. Bradford made their second substitution with under ten minutes to go with Lewis Bradley replacing Johnson. Bradford's final chance came with five minutes left when a corner came across from the clubhouse side passing right across the face of the goal with no gold shirt in place to poke it home. Kettering looked to see the rest of the game out running the ball into the corner and seeking to frustrate the visitors. As the board indicating an additional four minutes were to be played the heavens opened with a downpour. Kettering won an corner but were content to play it short and see the game out in the corner. Before the final whistle Michael McGrath picked up a stupid yellow card after swearing at the referee for penalising him for a foul throw.

 Full Time: Kettering Town 3    Bradford 1

Paul Cox must enjoy playing Bradford after last season’s debut 4-0 victory. Kettering were fast out of the blocks today getting a perfect start with a piece of individual skill from Stephens.   Kettering's defence looked solid today and apart from the goal Adam Collin had a quiet day. 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: Kennedy, Acquaye – fouls, McGrath - dissent

Bradford yellow cards:  Hibbs - foul                 

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Josh Scott -Two well taken goals with his head securing all three points for Kettering. 

 


Team Sheet

Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 24th Oct 2020
Kettering Town FC
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Captain:
0 Ben Stephens
0 Joshua Scott
0 Joshua Scott
BRADFORD PARK AVENUE
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Captain:
0 Another