Match Report - CURZON ASHTON

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Connor Duggan 00

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CURZON ASHTON: 1

Goals

Dom Knowles 00

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

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CURZON ASHTON: 2

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Darren Stephenson 45

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Match Report

Kettering Town  v  Curzon Ashton

National League North

Saturday 14th November 2020   3:00pm

Kettering Town 

Curzon Ashton

1

 Adam Collin

 

1

 Cameron Mason

 

2

 Gary Stohrer

 

2

 Craig Mahon

  

3

 Michael McGrath

 

3

 Matthew Waters

 

4

 Ben Milnes

 

4

 Noah Stokes 

 

5

 Ryan Fryatt

 Off 78

5

 Douglas Tharme

 

6

 Luke Graham  (Capt.)  

 

6

 Paul Turnbull (Capt)

 

7

 Ben Stephens

 Off 46

7

 Connor Hughes

 

8

 Connor Kennedy

 

8

 Sam Walker

 

9

 Lorne Bickley

 

9

 Dom Knowles

 

10

 Sam Jones

 

10

 Alex Curran

 Off 74

11

 Decarrey Sheriff

 Off 46

11

 Darren Stephenson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Substitutes

 

12

 Michael Richens

 On 46

12

 Jude Oyibo

 On 74

14

 Josh Oyinsan

 On 46

13

 Lewis McPartlan (GK)

 

15

 Josh Scott

 On 78

14

 Oliver Southern 

 

16

 Ben Acquaye

 

15

 Luke Merrill

 

17

 Lewis Wilson

 

16

 Jacob Hanson

 

 

Referee:  Jon Kenny,  Assistants:  Martyn Fryer and Ashley Merrill

With Kettering looking to make amends after a lacklustre display against Southport, would have to do it in less than perfect conditions. The skies were filled with grey clouds which provided bouts of sometimes heavy rain throughout the game. The slight chill was accompanied with a breeze blowing down the length of the pitch from the Tin Hat end. The pitch gave a true bounce but the top surface was slippy with the ball skidding over the ground. The first six names on the Kettering team sheet were unchanged but the forwards showed two changes. Lorne Bickley after a strong second half performance against Southport was rewarded with a starting spot relegating Josh Oyinsan to the bench and Sam Jones reclaimed the No.10 shirt displacing Ben Stephens to the No.7 spot vacated by Johnny Hunt who wasn't at the game along with long term absentee Dan Holman.

Kettering kicked off attacking the new stand end but it was the visitors in salmon pink shirts and socks with black shorts who had the first meaningful attack. Waters opened up Kettering's right with ease playing in Stephenson who didn't hesitate in unleashing a shot at goal. Collin was equal to it and pushed the ball over the bar. The corner from the open side was firmly headed away by Jones and allowed Sheriff to break quickly deep into the Curzon half. Waters covered well though dispossessing Decarrey at the expense of a throw-in. Kennedy's long throw into the box was cleared towards the half-way line with a pink shirt and McGrath in pursuit. Michael managed to get between the Curzon man and the ball and slowed down causing himself to be bundled over from behind winning a free-kick. McGrath took it quickly sending Sheriff scuttling down the wing. His cross from the by-line was headed behind for a corner. Ben Milnes lifted the kick over into the middle from the clubhouse side where it was met with a header from Kennedy. Mason managed to get a hand to it but such was its power that he could only divert it up into the roof of the net. 1-0 Kettering 7 mins.

Two minutes another foul on McGrath led to Milnes aiming a free-kick towards the far post but it was cleared by a firm defensive header going out for a throw-in on the terrace side. Kennedy sent a long throw deep into the penalty area where Fryatt with his back to the goal flicked the ball on but it looped over the bar. Shortly after McGrath headed the ball forward for Sheriff to break forward once more however right-back Mahon was equal to it and snuffed out the attack. This turned out to be Kettering's high-water mark for the first half.

On the quarter hour mark Curzon should have equalised. On a fast break the ball was fed to Knowles in the penalty area. The forward paused to take a touch before shooting. The short delay allowed Fryatt and Collin to combine to block the effort. On the very next attack Stephenson picked out Knowles in the box but once again Fryatt managed to get in a vital block.

With twenty-two minutes played a ball out from Kettering's defence was directed towards Jones who went up to nod the ball forward. Centre-back Thame arriving late and jumped into Sam as the ball was leaving and came off worse being left writhing on the ground. Fearing for a head injury the referee halted the game and to the annoyance of the Kettering players restarted the game by giving possession to the Curzon keeper. From the restart Curzon were straight on the attack and good interplay between Knowles and Stephenson set up Curran with a shooting opportunity but he dragged his shot wide. Four minutes later Curzon got their deserved equaliser the ball was played down into the corner in front of the Gazebo stand. McGrath and Milnes seemed to have dealt with the attack but Ben in trying to prevent the ball going out for a throw-in deep in Kettering's half kept the ball in play but before he could clear the ball Stephenson challenged him from behind. With the hint of a push in the back he disposed Milnes and passed to a close by pink shirt marked by McGrath. The Curzon player made for the by-line drawing McGrath and then back heeled the ball into Stephenson's path in the created space. The subsequent fierce shot was saved by Collin but fell directly to Knowles who could not miss from close range. 1-1 Curzon 26 mins.

As the rain started to come down harder than ever it seemed that the players had one eye on a warm half-time drink as there was little action to report for the rest of the half. With just over five minutes to go until half-time Milnes received the first caution of the game catching a Curzon player late sliding along the slick surface. Milnes claimed to have been pushed causing the contact but red cards have been issued for lesser offences plus as it was in Curzon's half it was a challenge that didn't need to be made. The referee obviously took conditions into consideration and thought a yellow was sufficient punishment. He was joined in the book two minutes later by Jones for a foul which appeared harsh.

Inside the last five minutes Hughes worked the ball down the left setting up the impressive Stephenson but on this occasion the Curzon man put his shot over the bar.     

 Half Time: Kettering Town  1  Curzon Ashton 1

Two changes were made by Kettering at half time with Decarrey Sheriff being replaced by Josh Oyinsan and Ben Stephens by Michael Richens. Sheriff had showed occasional flashes but he didn't appear to have the beating of the two full-backs. Stephens had had a game to forget showing little of the influence of recent matches. Richens slotted into the right back position with Stohrer moving to a left midfield position.

 Inside the second minute of the half Richens made an immediate impression on Waters catching him late earning him a stern talking to by the referee but no card. The resulting free kick was wasted going out for a goal kick on the full, the taker not taking into account the strength of the wind something which Collin had failed to do in the first half with many of his kicks from hand going straight to the Curzon keeper.  

After fifty-two minutes Jones received the ball midway inside Curzon's half. He carried the ball forward shrugging off a challenge and on reaching the edge of the penalty area tried a shot but it took a deflection and ended up in the side netting for a corner. Milnes delivered the ball into the danger area where Jones rose highest to send a header goal-bound only to see Curzon skipper Turnbull clear it off the line and away.  After ten minutes of the half, determined chasing of a seemingly lost cause by Bickley pressurised a defender into conceding a corner. McGrath's inswinger was collected well by Mason.

The referee was called into action two minutes later when Kennedy and Knowles clashed. Connor went to the floor and the Kettering bench and players were convinced that the Curzon player should be on his way to an early shower. When the dust settled a card was shown but only a yellow. The resulting free kick was floated towards the edge of the area where Jones nodded it on but the ball fell a couple of feet in front of Mason who picked it up unchallenged. Just after the hour mark McGrath broke well down the right wing and crossed the ball deep. Fryatt got onto the end of it and directed a downwards header at goal. Mason managed to stop the ball before it was hacked clear by a defender. As in the first half after a period of Kettering being on top following the kick-off the pendulum of control swung in Curzon's favour.

Fryatt was immediately in action  at the other end following a Curzon break with the ball ending up with Stephenson but Ryan with a good covering tackle dispossessed him at the expense of a corner. Waters corner was met by Thame but the header looped over the bar.

Three minutes later Richens was guilty of giving away a free-kick deep in Kettering territory following a foul on Waters. The free-kick into the box was headed behind by Jones. Waters took the corner aimed towards the back post but Collin intercepts it and punched the ball away but only as far as a pink shirt who looped the ball back into the danger area where it was emphatically cleared onto the practice pitch by Milnes. The throw-in was taken long and picked out Stephenson just outside the penalty area who with his back to goal and covered by two defenders seemed innocuous. Darren showed a good degree of skill turning the first defender and shimming past the second with the defenders appearing to be reluctant to tackle being fearful of conceding a penalty. Having wriggled clear, the forward smashed the ball home from seven yards out giving Collin no chance.  1-2 Curzon 70 mins

Three minutes later Curzon delivered another long throw aimed towards the penalty area but it was headed clear but was collected by Hughes who carried it forward to the edge of the area before unleashing a powerful rising shot which cleared the bar.

With just over fifteen minutes to go Curzon made their only substitution with Jude Oyibo replacing Curran. The introduction of fresh legs had an immediate effect as on receiving his first touch of the ball Oyibo looked to be making a break past Milnes on the half-way line. It was a weary arm that reached out to pull back the pristine shirt and with the referee in close proximity it was a simple decision to issue a second yellow and consign Milnes to the dressing room something that could have been justified in the first half.  

While they had been struggling to come to terms with eleven men Kettering seemed to step up their game for the final fifteen minutes with the sound of players trying to fire up their teammates being heard for the first time. Fryatt was sacrificed having earlier seemed to tweak his hamstring for the introduction of Josh Scott as Paul Cox desperately tried to salvage something from a game that had started well for the Poppies.

With just under ten minutes to go Kettering lifted a high ball into the box which Oyinsan managed to nod down towards Bickley but Mason was quicker and snatched the ball away before Lorne could reach it. Curzon were playing the percentages now content to maintain possession. With just over six minutes to go a forward probe by was initiated when Oyibo angled a ball into the box for Hughes to run onto but an alert Collin was off his line sharply to gather the ball just in front of the forward. Kettering kept pushing and on eighty-six minutes McGrath whipped a cross in from the left, Oyinsan with space in the box should have done better and at least tested the keeper but put his effort wide of the post. As Kettering committed players forward gaps were appearing at the back. Full back Mahon carried the ball forward and unleashed a thunderous shot with less than three minutes to go but it climbed over the bar.

Kettering's final chance came just as regulation time came to an end a ball forward was nodded into the path of Jones by Oyinsan and Sam carried the ball to the edge of the box before sending his firm shot thudding into the advertising boards wide of the far post.

Curzon saw out the three added minutes with most of the time spent with the ball out of play to secure the three points.

 Full Time: Kettering Town 1    Curzon Ashton 2

 Another disappointing day for the home side which conditions dictated that the result would go to the team that battled the hardest. Curzon looked up for the fight having firm leaders on the park encouraging their team to better efforts something that Kettering were lacking until the last 15 minutes apart from whining at the match officials. The forward line again failed to produce the goods with the team's top scorer being a midfielder with only one out and out forward, ignoring penalties being on the score sheet all season. Once again indiscipline made a difficult task nigh on impossible following a sending off for a wholly avoidable second bookable offence. With many more performances like this it is worrying how many supporters would turn up once attendance to games is allowed once more.

Kettering Town yellow cards: Milnes – foul, Jones – foul red 2nd yellow Milnes -foul

Curzon yellow cards:  Knowles - foul                 

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Michael McGrath – although nobody really stood out as being outstanding. 

Klondike Winner – Matt Smith, ticket no 09108 – wins £60, which Matt donated £10 back to the club.          

 


Team Sheet

Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 14th Nov 2020
Kettering Town FC
RED / BLACK
Captain:
0 Connor Duggan
CURZON ASHTON
BLUE
Captain:
0 Dom Knowles
0 Darren Stephenson