Match Report - BLYTH SPARTANS

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

Ryan Fryatt 00
Callum Powell 00

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BLYTH SPARTANS: 0

Goals

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

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BLYTH SPARTANS: 1

Goals

Kurtis Russell 45

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Match Report

Kettering Town  v  Blyth Spartans

National League North

Saturday 5th December 2020   3:00pm

Kettering Town 

Blyth Spartans

1

 Adam Collin

 

1

 Brad Young

 

2

 Gary Stohrer

 

2

 Rhys Evans

  

3

 Jevan Anderson

 

3

 Owen Scott

 Off 45

4

 Ben Milnes

 

4

 Matthew Elsdon

 

5

 Ryan Fryatt

 

5

 Kris Thackray

 Off 66

6

 Luke Graham  (Capt.)  

 

8

 Simon Heslop (Capt)

 

7

 Callum Powell

 

23

 Michael Nelson

 

8

 Connor Kennedy

 

22

 Michael Cain

 Off 46

24

 Kyle Perry

 Off 87

17

 Levi Amantchi

 

10

 Michael Richens

 

24

 JJ O'Donnell

 

11

 Rhys Sharpe

 Off 82

25

 Jamie Clark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Ben Stephens

 

12

 Priestly Griffiths

 On 45

14

 Josh Scott

 

15

 Corey McKeown

 On 46

15

 Jay Williams

 

6

 Alex Sakellaropoulos

 

16

 Ashanti Pryce

 On 87

11

 Kurtis Russell

 On 66

17

 Decarrey Sheriff

 On 82

16

 Brendan Pearson

 

 

Referee: Matthew Scholes   Assistants:  Joshua Hacket and Dean Steatham

Kettering welcomed the fans back into Latimer Park for the first time in over eight months with many seeing the ground improvements for the first time. However with plenty of rain in the previous 2 days an early pitch inspection was made to prevent Blyth making a long journey for nothing. The match itself was a rearranged fixture postponed due to Covid on what should have been a FA Trophy weekend, itself a victim of the pandemic. Blyth feeling that an afternoon in Northamptonshire was preferably to a long-distance mid-week fixture. Following his questionable second yellow card offence at Hereford Michael McGrath was serving his one match suspension allowing new loanee Jevan Anderson from Burton Albion to making his debut coming in at the left-back spot. The other 10 starters were the same as that which produced the fine mid-week result at Kidderminster. One slight change was the appearance of Kyle Perry for his home debut in a number 24 of a size more suited to his fuller figure. Also making his home debut was Rhys Sharpe looking to continue on from his two solid performances so far. The sub's bench showed an attacking intent with Jay Williams, having to remain patient, the only defender. With Ben Stephens returning from injury and unlikely to be risked on what would be a heavy pitch make Sheriff, Pryce and Scott completed the bench with no place for Lorne Bickley, Sam Jones or Holman. With Blyth replacing Kettering at the bottom of the table it continues a sequence of home against struggling teams, A win would enable Kettering to continue their climb up the table whilst opening a gap to the bottom clubs.

The skies over Latimer Park were dotted with clouds but with no threat of further rain but despite there being little or no wind it was a chilly day.

Blyth in green and white striped shirts and green socks kicked off attacking the Tin Hat end and started the brighter of the two with Kettering struggling to get a meaningful possession and Blyth twice getting the ball into the box but going behind for goal-kicks.  Six minutes into the game and Kettering started to take control. A probe down Blyth's left saw the ball played towards the middle but it took a deflection and come to Sharpe with his back to the goal some 25 yards out. Rhys hooked the ball high into the air back into the danger area where it was met by a defender's head which sends the ball wildly out of play for the first corner of the game. Milnes whipped the ball in from the Stand side where after taking a few unproductive touches is finally grabbed by the grateful Young.

Powell is continuing his fine start to his Kettering career and on moving forward down the right wing was only stopped at the expense of a free kick level with the edge of the penalty area. Kettering flooded the area with their tall men bolstered by the newly arrived Anderson. Sharpe delivered a perfect in-swinging left-footed cross where Fryatt rose highest and powered the ball home giving Young no chance. 1-0 Kettering 9 mins.

Two minutes later another foul by Blyth led to Milnes aiming a free-kick towards the far post but it was overhit going out on the full for a goal-kick. Young however appeared to slip on taking the kick and shanks it to Perry but Kyle is unable to capitalize on his luck and in trying to square the ball to Powell sees it finish in the hands of Young and a good chance to double the lead goes begging.

Blyth were failing to learn their lessons though and after seventeen minutes give away another free-kick in a dangerous area this time following a foul on Perry who is proving a handful for the defenders. This kick is slightly further out and more central but once again Sharpe provides a perfect delivery to Fryatt who sees his header go narrowly past the post.

Blyth made a rare excursion into Kettering's half when Kennedy conceded a free-kick mid-way into his own half. The kick was poor and flew straight at Richens who made a hash of his clearance with the ball flying off his boot into a forward and cannoning behind for a goal-kick.

Most of the action is at the other end though and on twenty-six minutes the ball is worked forward to Perry who lifts a tantalising cross evading the goalie and requiring the slightest of touches to be converted but none is forthcoming and the ball drifts harmlessly past the far post.  With Powell tying up the full back more space was left for Stohrer to exploit he surged forward with the ball and slipped it inside to Kennedy but his shot was straight at Young and an easy catch for the keeper.

Such was Kettering's domination that it wasn't until the thirty-second minute that Blyth won their first but unproductive corner. Kettering were still in command though and three minutes later Stohrer was storming forward again. Blyth eventually manage to dispossess him but at the expense of a corner. The ball was swung in from the terrace side by Sharpe and met by a Kettering head only to be denied by the post the rebound was stabbed back towards goal and blocked on the line before being hacked clear.

Kettering won another corner on forty minutes putting the ball out on the terrace side from where  Kennedy sent a long throw deep into the penalty area is was nodded on by a red shirt and fell to Powell on the edge of the area where he fired the ball goalwards, it took a deflection from a defender and Young managed to get a hand on it but not enough to prevent a goal. Kettering 2-0 41 mins.

In the final minute of the half Milnes found himself on possession on the edge of the penalty area unable to get a shot off he played the ball inside to Kennedy who was quickly closed down and so fed  the ball outside to Stohrer whose shot passed narrowly over landing on the roof of the net. Inside the one minute of additional time to be played Blyth were forced to make their first substitution with Scott limping off to be replaced by Griffiths. 

 Half Time: Kettering Town 2     Blyth Spartans 0

Blyth made a second change at half time with McKeown replacing Cain. Nothing had changed for Kettering and they continued in a similar vein to which they'd played the first half going straight on the attack. In the first minute Powell got away from his marker and crossed the ball into the goalmouth a scramble with the ball on the floor followed but Kennedy was unable to get a decisive touch the ball being blocked by Nelson before the ball was cleared. Two minutes later Stohrer was the provider of the cross once again Kennedy was closed down quickly to prevent him shooting. The ball came straight back with Powell again penetrating the right flank. Once again Kennedy got onto it but didn't catch the ball right and the ball just dribbled past the post.

Fifty-two minutes of the match had gone before Spartans first shot at goal when JJ O'Donnell tried his luck from long range but his effort was well wide. Two minutes later and the game had its first yellow card. Powell had got by his marker and was just about to show a clean pair of heels when Thackery caught him late from behind. The free-kick came to nothing but Powell almost got his revenge two minutes later when he fired in a shot from the edge of the penalty area. It had beaten the keeper but hit the bar and was cleared.

Blyth broke from the clearance with Clark doing well down Kettering's left and firing in a lofted cross towards the far post. O'Donnell did well to get onto the end of it but could not do anything to direct his header and it ballooned over the bar into the new stand. Powell was still causing problems at the other end and won Kettering yet another corner to be taken by Sharpe. Young collected the ball well in a crowded penalty area and raced to the edge to initiate a quick counter-attack but whilst running through the players made contact with Kennedy which caused the keeper to drop the ball. The referee was not impressed and cautioned Kennedy.

Kennedy was involved three minutes later chasing a seemingly lost cause as Thackray was trying to shield a ball going out for a goal-kick. Kennedy closed him down and managed to get between the defender and the ball. Thackray being on a yellow card and inside the penalty area had his options limited and Kennedy managed to turn past him and move towards the goal leaving the Blyth man standing. Connor sent a hard ball into the middle which could have been a shot or a cross but it passed across the face of the goal for no addition to the score.

On sixty-six minutes Blyth made their final substitution with defender Thackray making way for Russell. The change almost had an immediate effect as Blyth attacked the initial shot was blocked by Stohrer. The rebound fell to Clark whose effort was well saved by Collin with Heslop collecting the rebound but put his attempt wide. and the third.

As the game entered the final twenty minutes Powell once again exploited space on the right wing. Callum crossed the ball towards Perry who diverted the ball into the path of Kennedy who shot passed closely over the bar. The very next minute the game was afoot again as fresh substitute Russell collected the ball out wide. Only the player will know whether it was meant to be a shot or a cross but no matter the ball looped over Collin to give the visitors hope of salvaging something from the game. 2-1 Blyth 72 mins.

Blyth had nothing to lose now and three minutes later won a corner but it was successfully dealt with by the defence. Kettering now were starting to look a bit edgy and the Kettering bench became more vocal in their demands of the team.

With thirteen minutes to Powell had a chance to settle everybody's nerves when he was sent through 1v1 against the keeper but Young did enough and Callum put his shot wide. On eighty-two minutes Paul Cox introduced some fresh legs with Sheriff replacing the impressive Sharpe.

Blyth were throwing men forward and with five minutes to go launched the ball into the box which was cleared by a good defensive header by Stohrer at the expense of a corner. With the fans nerves jangling Collin came well and claimed the cross. With three minutes left Ashanti Pryce made his home debut replacing the tiring Perry. The referee urged Kyle to inject some pace into his departure but to be fair to the Kettering man it was only a bit slower than he had moved all day. Joking aside the big forward had done an important job tying down the central defenders and generating space for the more dynamic players like Powell and Kennedy to work in.

Powell tormented Blyth right to the final minute and with two seconds on the clock broke into the box but was halted by a tackle from Nelson. Kettering wanted a penalty but the referee wasn't interested but then he didn't book Powell for simulation either. Sheriff and Pryce were linking well on the left wing and were doing enough to hold onto the ball and run the clock out.

In the three added minutes Blyth managed to get one shot away but Griffiths' shot was well wide of the target. As their frustration grew Evans allowed it to show to much and was cautioned for dissent.

 

 Full Time: Kettering Town 2    Blyth Spartans  1

The returning fans were rewarded with a performance worth cheering. Kettering dominated the first half and the start of the second and a third goal at that stage would have sealed the game but that is not the Kettering way and credit to Blyth they grabbed a goal back to ensure that the crowd were kept enthralled right up to the final whistle.

Kettering Town yellow cards: Kennedy – unsporting conduct  

Blyth Spartans yellow cards:  Thackray - foul   Evans - dissent              

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Callum Powell – another outstanding performance although everybody put in a good performance. Anderson deserves a mention seamlessly fitting into the team.    

Attendance: 637

 


Team Sheet

Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 05th Dec 2020
Kettering Town FC
RED
Captain:
0 Ryan Fryatt
0 Callum Powell
BLYTH SPARTANS
GREEN
Captain:
0 Kurtis Russell