Match Report - NUNEATON BOROUGH

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Kyle Perry 00

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NUNEATON BOROUGH: 1

Goals

Joel Kettle 00

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 5

Goals

Decarrey Sheriff 45
Decarrey Sheriff 45
Decarrey Sheriff 45
Ryan Fryatt 45

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NUNEATON BOROUGH: 1

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Match Report

Kettering Town  v  Nuneaton Borough

The Buildbase FA Trophy (2nd Round)

Tuesday 15th December 2020   7:45pm

Kettering Town 

Nuneaton Borough

1

 Adam Collin

 

1

 Tony Breedon

 

2

 Gary Stohrer

 

2

 Devan Kelly-Evans

  

3

 Jevan Anderson

 Off 82

3

 Alex Tomkinson

 

4

 Ben Milnes

 

4

 Ethan Stewart

 

5

 Ryan Fryatt

 

5

 Joel Kettle

 

6

 Michael McGrath  (Capt.) 

 

6

 Marcus Kelly

 

7

 Ben Stephens

 Off 77

7

 Carl Baker

 Off 77

8

 Connor Kennedy

 

8

 Leroy Lita

 

24

 Kyle Perry

 Off 70

9

 Jordan Goddard (Capt)

 Off 62

10

 Michael Richens

 

10

 McManus

 

11

 Decarrey Sheriff

 

11

 Ravi Shamsi

 Off 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Ashanti Pryce

 On 70

12

 Ryan Edmunds

 

13

 Jordan Wood

 

13

 Lewis Landers

 On 9

14

 Ethan Johnston

 On 77

14

 Claudio Dias

 

15

 Connor Johnson

 On 82

15

 Oliver Bassett

 On 62

16

 Connor Duggan

 

16

 William Edjenguele

 

17

 David Chapman

 

17

 Luke Benbow

 On 77

 

Referee: Kristian Silcock   Assistants:  Daniel Stokes and Steven Swan

Thankfully there had been little rain since Kettering's goalless draw with Telford three days earlier enabling Latimer park to host Nuneaton for the second round FA Trophy game. The Kettering line-up was that that had played the majority of the Telford game apart from Callum Powell, thus showing that Paul Cox considered the game as important as a league match. Luke Graham had not recovered sufficiently from the injury that caused his early withdrawal on Saturday and Michael McGrath took over his number six shirt as well as the captains arm band. Decarrey Sheriff replaced Powell. The subs bench was ripe for causing confusion with two Connors and a Johnston and a Johnson. Of the six players only Ashanti Pryce had made a competitive appearance for the first team. Nuneaton had some experienced players in their starting line-up including Marcus Kelly who left Kettering in the summer.

On a dry mild evening ideally suited to football Nuneaton in an all yellow strip kicked off attacking the Tin Hat end. They were almost immediately presented a chance of applying some early pressure when Milnes conceded a free-kick on the half-way line in the first minute. Stewart managed to get his head to the ball and Collin had to athletically tip the ball over the bar for a corner which was comfortably dealt with by the Kettering defence.

Richens drew himself to the referee's attention shortly after committing a clear offence in mid-field almost giving the Nuneaton player a Judo style hip throw. He was immediately made clear that the referee would stand for no nonsense giving him a strict talking to. Kelly delivered the ball into the Kettering area wining the visitors their second corner within the first five minutes. The corner fell to Kettering who broke forward with pace through Sheriff. Decarrey went from just outside one penalty area to the other and fed the ball across into the path of Stephens Tomkinson had raced back to cover and a well-timed covering tackle sent the ball behind for a unproductive corner.

A major incident which helped decide the tie happened in the eighth minute when a ball was lifted over the Nuneaton back line for Stephens to run onto leaving him one on one against pantomime villain Tony Breedon. Ben pushed the ball past the advancing keeper who with an assault straight from the Toni Schumacher goalkeeping manual completely flattened the slight forward with a full-blooded body check. The referee adjudged the offence to be of sufficient severity to show the keeper a straight red card. Breedon appeared reluctant to leave the field but he could have no complaint with the referee's decision. After lengthy treatment Stephens regained his feet. The game was also delayed as Nuneaton had to ready their young replacement keeper Lewis Landers who was making his first competitive appearance for the Borough. The skilful former Banbury player Ravi Shamsi was the outfield player sacrificed to accommodate the substitution. Play restarted with Milnes curving around the wall which was just kept out and gathered by Landers. Two minutes later Kettering won a corner the kick was well taken right into the danger area but Landers did his confidence no harm whatsoever in collecting the ball positively.

With just over twenty minutes played the Kettering supporters got that sinking feeling when the ten-man visitors took the lead. A free kick conceded in the middle looked to have been wasted when it was driven low directly at Richens a token one-man wall. Somehow Michael contrived to mistime his attempted clearance with the ball skimming off the sole of his boot and careering straight at Kettle who steered the ball past a shocked Collin. 0-1 Nuneaton 22 mins

With over seventy minutes left in the game it was no the time to panic but with Nuneaton being down to ten men the “parking of the bus” could become a factor. Five minutes later the ever-dependable Stohrer surged forward with the ball only being stopped at the expense of a free-kick. The kick was aimed toward the near post where it was met by a Kettering head which flicked the ball onwards towards goal but straight into the arms of Landers.

Worryingly Richens was still playing his normal physical game and after having been talked to early doors by the referee should have dialled his game down a notch thus denying the chance for the match official to even in up by dismissing the Kettering man. Just after the half hour point Devan Kelly-Evans was warned by the referee for time wasting after carrying the ball away from the point of a foul after conceding a free-kick. It was encouraging to see Mr Silcock would allow the game to degenerate by taking early action.

On thirty-four minutes a Kettering corner was sent long to the far post but the referee halted play having spotted an infringement by a red shirt. Three minutes later and there was a corner up the other end. The initial kick was was cleared but possession fell to the visitors who recycled the ball to Kelly whose fierce shot pulled out a good save from Collin to prevent Nuneaton doubling their lead. With five minutes to go in the half a Collin free-kick from just inside his own half came to nothing when another offence but the attackers was spotted by Mr Silcock.

With half time fast approaching and Kettering still trailing Stohrer stormed forward down the right gliding past defenders with ease. As he moved into the box and appeared to shaping up for a shot the defence firmed up and closed him down but Gary managed to slip the ball out wide to Kennedy who crossed the ball towards the far post. Here it was met by Perry who opened his Kettering goal account with a powerful header giving the keeper no chance. 1-1 Kettering 42 mins.

After the goal was scored something must have been said as the referee showed Stewart a yellow card and after much whinging from the Nuneaton bench Kennedy too. With regulation time coming to an end Kettering almost went into the break ahead. A free-kick was lifted into Nuneaton's area to be headed clear but only back to Kennedy waiting on the edge of the box. Connor took one touch before loosing off a shot which Landers managed to save low down.

Three extra minutes were to be played but the majority of this was taken up by the Nuneaton keeper faffing around taking a off-side free-kick and Andersen having to receive treatment for a blood injury.

 Half Time: Kettering Town  1     Nuneaton Borough 1

Whatever Paul Cox said to the team at half time I hope somebody was taking notes as the team came out with a determination and attacked Nuneaton from the off. An early foul on Perry led to a Kettering corner it was cleared by the defence by sideways not downfield giving Kennedy a chance to deliver a long throw adjacent to the corner flag. The throw was met by a yellow shirted head but the clearance only found Anderson who returned the ball back into the goal mouth where Sheriff reacted quickest and stabbed the ball home from close range. 2-1 Kettering 48 mins

Two minutes later Stohrer showed his pace chasing a loose ball outpacing left-back Tomkinson to enable Gary to deliver a measured cross into the box but it was cleared by the defence. Stohrer and Tomkinson were to have a good contest throughout the second half with Stohrer coming out on top but the Nuneaton man winning 2-1 on nutmegs.

Ten minutes into the half and another Kennedy long throw from the stand side was not dealt with effectively by the defence going right across the pitch to be collected by Stephens who touched the ball inside to the advancing Richens who tried a volley from distance but it passed closely over the bar. The next Kettering attack forced a corner. The kick from McGrath was met by Fryatt's head but was stopped on the line by a Nuneaton body, unfairly claimed the Kettering players but Mr Silcock saw nothing amiss.

The relentless Kettering pressure was building and on fifty-eight minutes a ball was lobbed over the Nuneaton back line for Sheriff to run onto leaving him 1 v 1 against the youngster. Decarrey finish was clinical and his celebration superlative. 3-1 Kettering 58 mins.

Just on the hour mark Kennedy took a nasty kick to the back of his legs from Goddard but it was missed by the referee. It was the last contribution from the Nuneaton skipper who was substituted on sixty-two minutes being replaced by Bassett. Three minutes later Sheriff completed his hat-trick with almost a carbon copy of his second. A ball looped over by Stephens saw Decarrey outpace Kettle to the ball and slide the ball past Landers. 4-1 Kettering 66 mins.

Two minutes later Sheriff turned provider out wide on the media side he squared the ball into the box it was stopped by Kettle but not really cleared teeing it up for Fryatt to stroke it home.5-1 Kettering 68 mins.

With the game tied up Kettering made their first substitution on seventy minutes with Perry making way for Pryce. Nuneaton hadn't completely folded and two minutes later a throw-in by the burger van was directed to Kelly who picked out Tomkinson on the edge of the area but instead of hitting the ball first time he decided to take a touch by which time he had been closed down and his shot was easy for Collin.

With just over fifteen minutes to go Stohrer nearly got on the score sheet. Another penetrating run this time down the middle of the pitch saw his shot go through a crowd and hit the post and bounce back into play. Pryce was quickest to the ball but instead of forcing it in merely tapped it towards goal only to see it intercepted by the rapidly retreating Landers who caught in on the line.

Almost straight after both sides replaced their number sevens Stephens going off for debutant loanee Ethan Johnston and Nuneaton's Baker being replaced by Benbow.

The game might have been over as a contest but Stohrer was playing to the end another surge forward by him saw him get past two players take the ball to the by-line and fire a low cross into the box cut out by Landers. Two minutes later he was at it again Kettering spread the ball from one side of the pitch to other with Gary running onto the ball firing in a fine angled low cross which sped across the face of goal too far out for the keeper to commit to but unfortunately evading the two advancing red shirts.

With just over five minutes to go Kettering made their final substitution with Connor Johnson replacing Andersen.

Kettering had one final chance of scoring with three minutes left when Kelly fouled Milnes just on the edge of the box. It was a position from where Milnes has some success from in the past but this time, he sent the ball well over the bar.

The referee who had a good game saw no reason to prolong Nuneaton's suffering and halted the game on ninety minutes with no additional time played.

 Full Time: Kettering Town 5    Nuneaton Borough  1

Kettering after two goalless games got back into the scoring habit. Undoubtedly aided by the rightful dismissal of the Nuneaton goalkeeper the game still needed to be won. It would have been easy to start panicking after conceding but the team applied themselves and got the result they deserved made sweeter by York failing to overcome Ashton United.

Kettering Town yellow cards: Kennedy – unsporting conduct  

Nuneaton Borough yellow cards:  Stewart – unsporting conduct, Red- Breedon -Violent play            

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Decarrey Sheriff – A hat-trick makes the decision simple the second and third goal showed clinical finishing plus a 10 for his acrobatic celebration.           

Attendance: 177

 


Team Sheet

Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 15th Dec 2020
Kettering Town FC
RED
Captain:
0 Kyle Perry
0 Decarrey Sheriff
0 Decarrey Sheriff
0 Decarrey Sheriff
0 Ryan Fryatt
NUNEATON BOROUGH
BLUE / WHITE
Captain:
0 Joel Kettle