Match Report - BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE)

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

CLAUDIO OFOSU 00

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BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE): 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

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BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE): 0

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Match Report

Kettering Town v Bradford Park Avenue

Vanarama National League North

Saturday 14th August 2021   3:00pm

 

Kettering Town 

Bradford Park Avenue

1

 Rhys Davies

 

 1

 Johnny Saltmer

2

 Connor Barrett

 

 2

 Mark Ross

3

 Rhys Sharpe

 

 3

 Jordan Windlass

4

 Tom Unwin      

 

 4

 Isaac Marriott

5

 Luke Ward

 

 5

 Luca Havern (Capt)

6

 Max Dyche 

 

 6

 Mitch Lund       

7

 Callum Powell

 

 7

 Adam Nowakowski    

8

 Harrison Neal

 Off 82

 8

 Jace Hibbs                

9

 Issac Stones

 Off 52

 9

 Luke Rawson            

10

 Gary Stohrer  (Capt)

 

10

 Oli Johnson

11

 Claudio Ofosu

 Off 76

11

 Brad Dockerty           

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

12

 Decarrey Sherriff

 On 76

12

 Sebastian Bolton       

14

 Jordan Crawford

 

13

 Jacob Fawcett

15

 Riccardo Calder    

 

14

 Nicky Clee                

16

 Ed Cook

 

15

 Akeel Francis            

24

 Kyle Perry

 On 52

16

 Rob Guilfoyle            

 

Referee: Richie Watkins   Assistants: Tom Hales and Harry Jones

After an eight-month gap league football returned to Latimer Park with the visit of last season’s opening home league fixture, Bradford (Park Avenue). Only 2 players in Kettering's match day squad appeared that day Gary Stohrer and Decarrey Sherriff. Connor Kennedy would have added to that pair but was unavailable for selection through suspension as a result of his dismissal in the FA Trophy debacle at Leamington as was Connor Johnson. Chris Smith was unavailable due to failing a late fitness test. Bradford, in contrast, had 10 players making the return visit. Paul Cox's first game in charge was against Bradford Park Avenue and he would've been keen to extend his 100% record against the Yorkshire side.

The pitch looked less than pristine with large patches of yellowing grass due to recent dry weather but this looked as if it was changing with heavy drizzle starting an hour before kick-off, by 3 o'clock this rain had passed and the game would be played out under a blazing sun with a breeze blowing diagonally across the pitch from the Gazebo stand with a bouncy firm surface. Gary Stohrer, wearing the captain's armband, got the game started with Kettering in their new red and black strip attacking the Tin Hat end. Bradford turned out in an all-white strip with green trim.

Kettering were first on the attack after three minutes when Stohrer surged forward with the ball before being halted with a foul some 22 yards out just right of centre, Callum Powell lined up the free kick but his curling attempt clipped the wall and went behind for the first corner of the game. The kick from the stand side came to nothing as the referee blew for a perceived infringement awarding a Bradford free-kick a theme that would continue throughout the game.  

Three minutes later Bradford were on the attack after being awarded a free-kick wide out on the open side touch line half way into Kettering's half.  The ball was swung across the pitch picking out Oli Johnson who managed to get around the back but his cross was misplaced, going out harmlessly for a goal-kick. Johnson was instrumental in Bradford’s next attack. The ball was fed out of defence to him where he held the ball up well before slipping it outside to Lund on the overlap. Lund got to the by-line but his low cross was cut out by Luke Ward playing in the middle of Kettering's back three.  That back three almost led to their own downfall just before the ten-minute mark. Passing the ball across the line looking for an opening up front an errant pass was pounced upon by Luke Rawson who broke towards the Kettering goal.  Dyche was alert to the danger and chased back to cover the forward aware of the possibility of conceding a penalty and shepherded Rawson rather than committing himself to a tackle with the by-line rapidly being approached the forward the rushed shot was wide of the target.

A defensive error led to Kettering next chance. A break down Bradford's left saw the ball lifted forward by Stohrer towards Connor Barrett playing well forward in a wing back role. The defender covering misjudged the flight of the ball and instead of clearing the ball merely teed it up for Claudio Ofosu who was following up. Ofosu advanced into the box and despite the urging of the crowd to shoot chose to square the ball to Powell. Callum appeared to be caught unready and the slight delay allowed him to be closed down causing him to put his shot wide.

On 18 minutes Ofosu was guilty of giving away possession too easily on the halfway line and Bradford quickly went onto the attack working the ball forward to Rawson who rifled in a fierce shot which Rhys Davies could only parry sending the ball ballooning up into the air. As Rhys leapt up to retrieve the ball he was clattered into by a forward, more jumping into the keeper than attempting to reach the ball which left the Bradford player on the floor.

At the midpoint of the first half Ofosu received the ball midway inside the Bradford half and advanced into the penalty area where he tried to go past Johnson on the outside. Johnson showed why he plays up front by making a rash attempt a tackle. He caught Claudio after the ball had departed the scene and the Kettering player made sure he got the decision by theatrically falling over, he needn't have worried as both linesman and referee were in agreement in awarding a penalty. Both Adam Nowakowski and Isaac Marriott disputed the decision but Johnson to his credit didn't question or protest it. Claudio brushed himself down and elected to take responsibility for the penalty. Johnny Saltmer, the Bradford keeper, stood no chance as the ball was struck with power and precision.  1-0 Kettering 23 mins.

A minute later Kettering had enough another chance to apply pressure in the Bradford box following a foul on Powell out wide on the open side. Rhys Sharpe's delivery into the box was quality and was dealt with at the expense of a corner but once again the referee saw an offence and awarded Bradford a free-kick.

As the game passed the half hour mark Bradford were once again penalised for a foul on Powell out on the open side touchline. The free-kick was played down the wing to Powell who beat the defender before crossing into the middle where it was met by Johnson who headed behind for a corner. Sharpe's corner was another quality picking out Luke Ward who hit the ball first time on the volley only to see the ball crash against the bar with the keeper beaten. The rebound fell to a Bradford defender who was quickly dispossessed by a red shirt but was as quickly penalised for a foul which nobody in the ground saw even the defender failed to claim a foul.

With just under ten minutes to go in the half Stohrer made another trademark surge up the middle of the park but his ball threaded through to Issac Stones found that the debutant had strayed into an off-side position. Bradford moved the ball up-field and won a free-kick inside Kettering's half but tight on the touch-line on the open side. The ball was lofted by Jace Hibbs towards the far post where it was met by a free header from Bradford captain Luca Havern steering the ball back towards the opposite top corner but saw it drift, for him, the wrong side of the post with Davies beaten.

Half Time: Kettering Town  1  Bradford Park Avenue 0

Bradford made the first attack of the second half down Kettering's left with Brad Dockerty taking on Sharpe. The Bradford man managed to get a small advantage but his attempted cross went directly behind. Kettering responded with a probe down Bradford's left with Ofosu taking the ball to the by-line before cutting into the penalty area where a Bradford toe manage to poke the ball out for a corner. Sharpe delivered another cracking ball into the box but Kettering didn't have the height to pose a real threat and the ball went behind for another corner on the opposite side. This time the ball is partially cleared but finds Stohrer outside the box who unleashes a shot but it strikes Harrison Neal and cannons off straight into the arms of the keeper. Shortly after Powell is successful on the left wing and crosses the ball where Issac Stones and a defender vie for the ball. Issac appeared unable to properly challenge for the ball which is cleared by the defence but it falls to Ofosu who tries an ambitious shot from outside the box and manages to clear the new stand. Stones must have hurt himself as he is immediately replaced by Kyle Perry.

Bradford's goal kick is sent down Kettering's right and the ball is crossed towards the far post where Brad Dockerty does well to hook the ball back into the middle where Rawson hit it first time but well over the bar. It was Dockerty's last contribution before making way for Rob Guilfoyle. On the hour mark Bradford made their second substitution with Nicky Clee replacing Nowakowski.

With 65 minutes gone Bradford win a free-kick on the half-way line which was lifted deep into Kettering's penalty area however the Kettering defence show good discipline and two attackers are caught offside. Seven minutes later Sharpe plays a good ball forward for Powell to run onto and get round the back but his cut back into the box only finds a Bradford player who quickly switches play to the other end where Johnson wastes another opening with a wayward finish. This is followed by Bradford's final change with Rawson coming off for Akeel Francis.

With fifteen minutes to go Bradford are pushing for an equaliser and they win a corner but it is cleared by Kettering and finds Powell who has only Jordan Windlass between him and the Bradford goal. Windlass is desperately trying to haul Callum back but the Kettering man is getting the better of the tussle so the defender has to resort to bringing down the flying winger safe in the knowledge that distance from goal makes it not warranting a dismissal. Mr Watkins responds by issuing the first yellow card of the game. With the resulting free-kick coming to nothing shortly after Kettering make their second substitution, a straight swap with Decarrey Sherriff replacing Ofosu.

Two minutes later Bradford won a corner on the open side and Nicky Clee lifted the ball deep to the far post where Havern once again had been left free. His shot is poor and ends up being screwed back inside towards the unsuspecting Mitch Lund who does well to send the ball in the right direction but high over the bar. Kettering's response is in the form of their final substitution with Riccardo Calder replacing Connor Barrett and reverting to a flat back four.

With just over five minutes of regulation time left Bradford had their best chance of an equaliser. A corner from the open side was met by Johnson but his effort was cleared off the line but the ball falls to Francis who managed to get a header in only to see it crash against the underside of the bar and bounce back into play before being spectacularly cleared by a defender with an overhead kick which fortunately falls for Powell who relieves the pressure by carrying the ball the length of the pitch to the edge of Bradford's penalty area before being fouled by Marriott to earn the second caution of the game.

Before the end of regulation time Dyche got caught in the face in an aerial challenge but continued playing until the referee called a halt to play as it was a blood injury. Rachel the physio after some time managed to stem the bleeding allowing Max, after a shirt change, to continue playing. This contributed to the additional seven minutes deemed necessary.  

Riccardo Calder showed his experience running some time off the clock with a deep penetrating run down the right wing before sending a cross deep towards the back post but it was just too high for Perry to connect with.

With 95 minutes on the clock BPA lifted a hopeful ball high into Kettering's penalty area. Davies came to collect but failed to corral the ball but having committed followed the ball to the edge of the area with defenders desperately covering behind him. The ball breaks eventually to Mark Ross and with Davies frantically back pedalling the ball is lifted towards goal but bounces on top of the bar and was cleared for the final action of the game.

Full Time: Kettering Town 1  Bradford Park Avenue 0

A win is a win and three points on the board cannot be argued with. It was a very young and inexperienced side but they showed determination and discipline to achieve a satisfactory result. As the players become more familiar with their team mates, we can expect a more polished performance. There will be much tougher challenges throughout the season with more capable opponents and at times Kettering rode their luck but you get the same three points for a scraped 1-0 as a 7-0 master class drubbing.

Kettering Town yellow cards:  None

Bradford Park Avenue yellow cards:  Windlass, Marriott - fouls               

Attendance: 762

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Max Dyche, Callum Powell had an exceptional game showing skill, tenacity and stamina but as a star player it is what is expected of him and week in week out performances like this will win him many MotM accolades. However, in a tight game the defensive unit have to do their job as any errors could cost the team points. In a very young back three they all performed admirably but Max performed with a calmness which belied his age not putting a foot wrong all game.

Kettering Town Man of the Match - chosen by match sponsors Malc Harris and Friends – Gary Stohrer.

Klondike Ticket no winner – 08545 – won by Tim Walpole of Thrapston, he wins £200


Team Sheet

Location: Home (L)
Kick Off: 14th Aug 2021
Kettering Town FC
RED / BLACK
Captain:
0 CLAUDIO OFOSU
BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE)
GREEN / WHITE
Captain: