Match Report - CHELMSFORD CITY

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Lorne Bickley 00

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CHELMSFORD CITY: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

Decarrey Sheriff 45

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CHELMSFORD CITY: 0

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Match Report

Kettering Town  v  Chelmsford City

Emirates FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round

Saturday 3rd October 2020   3:00pm

Kettering Town 

Chelmsford City

1

 Adam Collin

 

1

 Lee Worgan

 

2

 Gary Stohrer

 

3

 Cadell Fraser-Robinson

  Off 53

3

 Michael McGrath

 

4

 Anthony Church (Capt.)

 

4

 Luke Graham  (Capt.)    

 

5

 Micky Spillane

 Off 71

5

 Ryan Fryatt

 

8

 Oliver Muldoon

 Off 70

6

 Ben Milnes

 

9

 Alexander Teniola

 

7

 Lorne Bickley

 Off 84

14

 Adam Liddle

 

8

 Connor Kennedy

 

15

 Adebola Oluwu

 

9

 Joshua Scott

 

16

 Chez Isaac

 

10

 Sam Jones

 

17

 Callum Harrison

 

11

 Decarrey Sheriff

 Off 88

20

 Elliott Ward

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Michael Richens

 

2

 Dominic Forbes

 

14

 Ben Stephens

 On 84

6

 Cameron James            

 On 53

15

 Brett Solkhon

 

7

 Daniel Imray

 On 71

16

 Lewis Wilson

 On 88

10

 Adam Morgan

 On 70

17

 Jamie Chisholm

 

18

 Billy Crook

 

18

 Jack Turner

 

19

 Kieran Smith

 

16

 George Herbert

 

21

 Sam Kingston

 

 

Referee: Callum Walchester   Assistants: Paul McVey and Thomas Kelly

Under grey skies KTFC hosted what should have been the second FA Cup tie of the season at Latimer Park. It must rate as one of Kettering's strangest ties in their long history in the cup being played behind closed doors.

With almost seven months since Kettering's last competitive match at LP one could have expected a few changes in the starting line-up but only five of last season's squad made the starting XI.

Being an FA Cup the substitute’s bench as is usual for the competition is increased to seven possible replacements. Amongst the seven were two former club captains in Brett Solkhon and Michael Richens. Joining them on the bench was two former Poppies, Lewis Wilson and Ben Stephens who have re-joined the club following the demise of Macclesfield. 

The rain which had fallen consistently all morning finally ceased just before kick-off. The pitch looked pristine being firm underfoot but with a greasy top surface.

After the teams changing ends Chelmsford in all white kicked off attacking the Tin Hat end and were the first side to probe forward down Kettering's right with Liddle advancing before cutting the ball inside to Harrison who failed to capitalise on the situation, Kettering responded immediately with an attack of their own with Decarrey Sheriff moving down Chelmsford's right feeding passing the ball inside to Sam Jones but his tame shot was easy for Lee Worgan.

Kettering won the first corner of the game after four minutes with Ben Milnes lifting the ball over from the TV side. With a Kettering appearing to receive a push in the back the ball passed right across the area without being touched. A minute later Connor Kennedy forward probe down the left-hand side was halted by a heavy challenge by a Chelmsford player which earned him a talking to by the referee and Kettering a free-kick just in line with the burger van. Ben Milnes kick was aimed towards the far post but the game was halted with a Kettering player penalised for holding.

On eight minutes Connor Kennedy lifted the ball over the Chelmsford back four for a forward to run onto but Worgan was alert to the danger and was quickly out of his goal to snuff out the attack. Kettering were straight back on the attack with Michael McGrath, playing at left back, sending Sheriff on the overlap down the left wing. Decarrey took the ball to the dead ball line and whipped a cross into the box but it was met by a Chelmsford head who put the ball into touch close to the corner flag. A Kennedy long throw followed but it was successfully dealt with by the defence.

Ten minutes had passed before Chelmsford’s first meaningful attack of the game. Michael Spillane was the instigator threading the ball forward for Liddle but he spurned the opening by sending his effort harmlessly wide for a goal kick. Two minutes later Spillane showed another facet of his game going straight through Joshua Scott to concede a free kick and earn an admonishment from Mr Walchester.

Just before the quarter hour mark Chelmsford advanced down Kettering’s right again. The resulting cross was headed clear by Ryan Fryatt but fell to Chelmsford skipper Church just outside of the penalty area but the defender’s shot was well wide. Shortly afterwards a sloppy clearance by Worgan was intercepted by McGrath who chested the ball forward for Sheriff to run onto and carry into the box but his shot at goal was stopped by a good diving block by Spillane.

The first booking of the season came in the seventeenth minute as Chelmsford were breaking into Kettering half. McGrath tackled Church with the referee in close proximity. The ball broke to a Chelmsford player and the referee waved for play to continue perceiving that Chelmsford had an advantage which was halted immediately as Kennedy was adjudged to foul the white shirt in possession conceding a free kick. Mr Walchester took the stoppage as an opportunity to caution McGrath.  The Chelmsford physio administered some treatment to Church and even though the foul had led to a caution the Chelmsford player had to leave the pitch as his treatment continued after the booking.

On twenty minutes a Kettering attack broke down but the loose ball on the edge of the area was collected by Sam Jones who controlled the ball and rifled in a shot aimed towards the far top corner. The direction was good but the rising ball passed just over the bar much to the relief of Worgan who was in no position to attempt a save. A minute later Kennedy fed Sheriff but Scott was too eager to chase the through ball and was flagged for offside. Most of the action at this stage was happening in the Chelmsford half an attempted ball played out of their defence was intercepted by McGrath who then carried the ball for half the length of the pitch before seeing his cross cleared for another throw-in close to the corner flag. A Kennedy long throw followed which was partially cleared but only to McGrath lurking just outside the box. He fired in a powerful low shot which pin-balled around the penalty area before being cleared long to Liddle on the half-way line where he found himself 1 v 1 against Milnes as Kettering had committed plenty of men forward. Ben played a text book defensive role harrying and jockeying the attacker forcing him wide without committing himself to the tackle. He held up play long enough to enable the red shirted defenders to flood back to limit the attack to a long range shot which went well wide.

Chelmsford’s next attack led to Harrison winning a free kick out wide on Kettering’s right some five yards in from the by-line. The ball was lifted into the area but Adam Collin was to punch it away. It fell to a white shirt though and was played forward to the left of the goal with McGrath and Harrison in pursuit. Michael got in front though and his experience was enough to fend off his opponent and shepherd the ball safely behind for a goal kick. Harrison did not want to be denied and made a desperate lunge for the ball but only succeeded in losing his footing and sliding into the advertising boards with a loud crash. The physio was on his way quickly but the player got to his feet quick enough with a view to returning to the pitch before going down to receive treatment but Mr Walchester was having none of it and ordered the player off the playing area to get any therapeutic assistance. This had a restorative effect on the player, who on realising that the game would continue without his presence promptly declared himself well enough to return to the fray.

Kettering's next attack was a solo effort by Gary Stohrer making one of his usual surging runs forward from his own half into towards the opposition goal. On reaching the edge of the box he fired in a fierce drive which Worgan could only palm back in the direction it came leaving the ball loose in a dangerous area but a defender managed to bundle the ball away.

Ten minutes before half-time Chelmsford were awarded a throw-in midway inside Kettering’s half. The referee told the player to take the throw where he was after he had sneaked five yards. He was paid scant regard to as the player stole another couple of yards. The ref had swift retribution taking great delight in penalising the player for an obvious foul throw. McGrath reached quickly for the ball hoping to catch the Chelmsford player out of position but in his haste let the ball slip out of his hands giving the ball back to the Chelmsford player to try again. In his haste to send a runner down the wing he put too much into the throw and sent the ball skidding over the goal line for a goal kick. 

Two minutes later Chelmsford were on the attack again with a 3v3 situation. The man in possession ignored Teniola to his right who was in space and held onto the ball before passing to his left to a player who’d strayed into an offside position.

With five minutes left in the half Kettering won another corner. Milnes took a short corner to Sheriff who crossed the ball quickly with the defence in some disorganisation the ball fell to Kennedy who drove the ball goal-wards it deflected off a defender at flew at Bickley who did well to shape his body to steer the ball into the net from close range.1-0 Kettering 40mins.

 Nothing of note occurred in the remaining minutes add the added two minutes apart from an unproductive Kettering corner.

  Half Time: Kettering Town 1  Chelmsford  City 0

Kettering were out first for the second half into the steady drizzle which had started during the half-time break. After kicking off the hosts were straight onto the attack with Bickley getting the better of Fraser-Robinson but his cross was cut out by a good block by Muldoon. Kettering’s first corner of the second half saw Kennedy rise above everyone to send the ball goal-wards but a well-positioned Muldoon headed the ball away. Muldoon drew the attention of the referee shortly after when he was racing for the ball with Bickley. Realising he was not going to win the race he veered towards Lorne but failing to halt him threw himself to the floor appealing for a foul. Mr Walchester was having none of it telling the Chelmsford man if he did it again he’d be booked. 

Ten minutes into the half and a long ball over the top saw a moment of indecision between Oluwu and his keeper under pressure from Scott which saw the ball break clear to Bickley who wasted a clear chance by sending the ball wide. Chelmsford then made their first substitution with James replacing Fraser-Robinson who was starting to fail to contain Bickley.

Kettering’s next attack came down the left flank with the ball played forward for Scott to run onto. Josh cut inside advancing into the penalty area looking to make room for a shot but a defender closed him down quickly managing to get in a partial block which took all the pace of the shot making it easy for Worgan. Scott had the next chance following a good run own the opposite wing by Stohrer before delivering a tantalising low cross along the six-yard line. Josh slid in trying to make contact but failed. It was irrelevant though as an off-side flag had been raised. 

Kettering had controlled the first quarter hour of the second half but Chelmsford now had their best spell of the match winning their first corner of the game. The initial cross was cleared by a Kettering head but Chelmsford retained possession and attempted to recycle the ball down Kettering’s left but the ball was over-hit and went behind for a goal-kick.

On sixty-five minutes Jones went into the book following a foul on Spillane for a tackle that looked no worse than others that had received no sanction. The resulting free-kick was dealt with by Graham who together with Fryatt was controlling the penalty area. A minute later and Kennedy was responsible for conceding a free-kick some 30 yards out in a central position something that cost the team greatly last season. The kick was deflected behind for a corner on the clubhouse side. The corner was taken short to James on the corner of the penalty area curled a left footed cross in picking out Spillane in a routine from the training pitch. Spillane’s glancing header was not firm enough and the ball passed across the face of the goal and past the far post.  

With twenty minutes to go Chelmsford made their second substitution with Muldoon making way for Morgan. Almost straight after Spillane played his last part in the game in a smooth passing move he fed the ball out wide from where it was crossed in towards Teniola but his free header was wide of the mark. Spillane had collapsed to the floor however with no Kettering player close and in obvious discomfort.  After treatment from the physio it was clear that he couldn’t continue and was replaced by Imray. 

The double change seemed to disrupt Chelmsford and the momentum swung back to Kettering. Stohrer and Kennedy linked up well to send Gary down the right wing but his cross into the box failed to find a Kettering player there to apply the final touch. Chelmsford were still trying to pass the ball out from the back but Scott pounced on Oluwu who had just taken a pass from Worgan taking the ball of him and setting up Bickley who was only denied by a diving block by James at the expense of a corner. Milnes’ corner was dispatched by Kennedy rising highest but the goal was disallowed for a free kick. A minute later Milnes was instrumental again lifting the ball over the Chelmsford defence for Sheriff to run onto he took possession and had just reached the penalty area when he was in collision with Worgan rushing out to close him down. Both players went to the ground but there was little hesitation before the referee pointed to the spot. Some Chelmsford players protested but significantly the keeper made little protest. Scott and Sheriff both wanted the responsibility of taking the kit but Decarrey stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way doubling Kettering’s lead and performing an extravagant celebratory gymnastic display. 2-0 Kettering 79mins.

Chelmsford appeared to be deflated by the goal and it wasn’t until the five minutes of injury time that they tried to force the game to penalties. In the meantime, Bickley had indicated a problem and was replaced by Ben Stephens with Lewis Wilson Replacing the other goal scorer Sheriff four minutes later. A corner on ninety minutes saw James put his effort wide. Two minutes later a free kick by Harrison on the edge of Kettering penalty area saw a similar result. In the final minute Imray tried a long range shot which a full-length diving Adam Collin managed to push around the post for his first real save of the day. The resulting corner was safely gathered by Adam before the referee called time.

 Full Time: Kettering Town 2    Chelmsford City 0

Kettering's performance was professional and achieved the goal of progressing to the next round. Both sides showed a lack of sharpness something that can only be achieved from competitive games and not necessarily friendlies. A clean sheet cannot be faulted and the experienced duo of Fryatt and Graham controlled the Chelmsford attack but tougher challenges no doubt lie ahead.

Kettering Town yellow cards: McGrath- foul, Jones - foul

Chelmsford City yellow cards:  None                 

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Connor Kennedy – continuing on from last season with a determined display always being in the thick of the action all over the pitch.           


Team Sheet

Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 03rd Oct 2020
Kettering Town FC
RED / BLACK
Captain:
0 Lorne Bickley
0 Decarrey Sheriff
CHELMSFORD CITY
WHITE
Captain: