Match Report - AFC FYLDE

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Callum Powell 00

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Substitutions

AFC FYLDE: 1

Goals

Nick Haughton 00

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

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AFC FYLDE: 1

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Match Report

Kettering Town v AFC Fylde

Vanarama National League North

Saturday 4th September 2021   3:00pm

 

Kettering Town 

AFC Fylde

1

 Jackson Smith

 

1

 Chris Neal

2

 Connor Barrett

 

2

 Luke Burke           Off 62

3

 Riccardo Calder

 

3

 Luke Conlan

4

 Luke Ward    

 

4

 Liam Nolan           Off 55

5

 Connor Johnson

 

6

 Alex Whitmore (Capt)

6

 Max Dyche 

 

7

 Ben Tollitt    

7

 Callum Powell

 

10

 Nick Haughton   

8

 Connor Kennedy (Capt)

 

12

 Luke Joyce

9

 Issac Stones

 Off 86

15

 Jack Sampson          

10

 Lamine Sherif

 

22

 Stephen Dobbie     Off 76

11

 Harrison Neal

 

25

 Jamie Stott         

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

12

 Decarrey Sheriff

 On 86

5

 Emeka Obi             On 62 

14

 Claudio Ofosu

 

11

 Sam Osborne

15

 Lauric Diakiesse

 

16

 Jacob Holland-Wilkinson On 76             

16

 Chris Smith

 

17

 David Perkins       On 55     

24

 Kyle Perry

 

21

 Bobby Jones         

 

Referee: Thomas Kirk   Assistants: Stuart Richardson and Scott Mason

Paul Cox on the whole kept faith with the Kettering XI which produced such a dominant performance at Gloucester on Bank Holiday Monday. The only change was at goalkeeper where Jackson Smith would make his competitive debut for the Poppies replacing Rhys Davies who was not 100% fit. Chris Smith injured for the Gloucester game was sufficiently recovered to return to the substitutes bench in place of Tom Unwin.

The pitch again looked hard and bouncy. A fair amount of cloud cover would enable to game to be played at a high tempo without the players overheating with only a slight breeze. Fylde in an all-white strip kicked off attacking the Tin Hat end. After only a minute Kettering's captain Connor Kennedy and Luke Joyce contested a high ball on the half way line with the Fylde player feeling Connor's determination and finishing up on the floor. Initially the referee had a brief word with Kennedy but after being surrounded by about half a dozen white shirts he seemed influenced to issue a yellow card a very early yellow card to Connor who now faced the tightrope of 89 minutes whilst adhering to his combative style. After a period of treatment from the trainer Joyce regained his feet appearing from suffering being winded rather than a specific injury.

Kettering's afternoon got worse after seven minutes when Fylde with a slick movement sliced through the home side's defence. A Fylde probe down Kettering's left saw right back Luke Burke play Ben Tollitt through on an overlap and his cross was inch perfect in picking out Nick Haughton, in space, six yards out, who clinically dispatched his header giving Smith no chance. Fylde 0-1 7 mins.

Kettering almost got a perfect riposte within two minutes when they were awarded a corner on the open side. Harrison Neal's kick was sent deep to the far post where Powell lifted in back into the box only for it to be headed straight back to him. Being closed down quickly by a defender he produced an audacious Rabona cross back across goal where it was met by Issac Stones who headed the ball downwards towards goal. Chris Neal reacted quickly and dropped on the ball to stop it on the line.

 

On twelve minutes with Kettering looking to get back into the game Stephen Dobbie managed to evade his marker and feed the ball forward to Jack Sampson for a great opportunity to double the lead but the forward will be disappointed that with time and space he only managed to put the ball wide of the post.

With a quarter of an hour gone Kettering won another corner which was lifted into the middle despite Fylde having an height advantage and a defender got his head to the ball but only at the expense of a second corner. Again, the ball was lifted into the box and was cleared but only to Riccardo Calder on the edge of the box who tries a shot but sees it harmlessly pass well wide of the near post. Kettering were starting to exert some pressure on the visitor's goal and two minutes later Powell closed down defender Stott who could do no more than concede a corner. Neal's kick from the stand side was partially cleared by Fylde but was collected by Lamine Sherif who hit at tremendous volley which was initially parried by Neal who then collected his own rebound. A minute later after Fylde lost possession to Neal in mid-field who played the ball down Fylde left for Powell to run onto. Callum carried the ball deep into Fylde's penalty area with Whitmore cautiously shadowing but forward Dobbie charging back to assist showed no restraint and clattered into the back of Powell bringing him down for a stone wall penalty and was fortunate not to be cautioned. Callum, taking responsibility, struck an unstoppable kick low to the keeper's left. Kettering 1-1 19 mins.

Just before the half-hour mark Kettering were awarded a free-kick in a central position some 25 yards out when Burke was adjudged to have handled the ball. The Fylde players were not happy as they considered it a case of ball to hand with no real intent to control the ball. The referee stuck to his decision and Sherif and Powell stood over the ball. Lamine faked a run and Callum hit a curling shot which hit the junction of post and bar with Neal beaten. The ball rebounded back into play and Stones reacted quickest but his header looped just over the bar. Fylde responded with a break down Kettering's right but once again Sampson failed to capitalise on a chance generated by Burke.

As the half entered its final ten minutes Kettering had a succession of corners but Whitmore led by example and controlled the penalty area. With three minutes to go Kennedy broke down Kettering's right but his low driven cross evaded everybody as it flashed across the face of the goal before going out for a goal-kick. As the regulation forty-five minutes came to an Kennedy was caught late by Nolan which earned the Coaster a yellow card. In the additional two minutes Kettering were in possession on the edge of Fylde's penalty area probing for an opening finished off with a Calder shot which was caught easily by Neal.

Half Time: Kettering Town 1  AFC Fylde 1

Neither side made any personnel changes at half time but Fylde started the half better the Kettering defenders stuck to their task closing down the white shirts goalscorer Haughton managed to find some space in the penalty area playing a 1-2 with Dobbie but was guilty of over-elaboration and the chance was gone. Ten minutes into the half Kettering attacked through Sherif. Lamine's ball into the penalty area was met by the head of Stones but Neal was alert to the threat and saved well. Fylde were straight back onto the attack down the open side with left back Conlan and onto Haughton who set up Dobbie on the edge of the box with a shooting chance but his low shot was well saved by Jackson Smith.

Fylde were first to make a substitution with Nolan being replaced by Perkins after fifty-five minutes. It is to be noted that for all their fine facilities the visitors could run to the expense of a substitutes board. As the game restarted Kettering played a lofted ball forward but it was handled by Haughton about a yard outside the penalty area earning Kettering a free-kick and himself a booking. Neal lifted the ball into the area towards Stones but the youngster just missed making a good contact with the ball to test the keeper.

On the hour mark Kettering won a throw-in just in front of the Gazebo stand. Kennedy propelled the ball into the penalty area. It was flicked on and fell to Luke Ward. His fizzing shot got the slightest touch on it by Chris Neal but enough to divert it onto the inside of the post where it bounced back into play before being scrambled clear. Two minutes later Fylde are forced into their second substitution when Luke Burke goes down untouched in front of the Fylde bench in what appeared to be a groin injury. He was replaced by the very tall Emeka Obi which necessitated Fylde to change to a three centre back defence.

Kettering were doing the majority of the attacking now but the longer the game went on one would expect the superior fitness of the full-time team would begin to tell. Mid-way through the second half Dyche and Johnson got in each other's way which led to Connor committing a foul just outside Kettering's penalty area. There was no malice in the foul but it achieved it's aim in halting the attack. Haughton took the free-kick from a very similar position to Powell's first half attempt but this time the ball was sent into the defensive wall and looping behind for an unproductive corner.

With eighteen minutes to go Kettering broke down the open side through Calder. He carried the ball into Fylde's half before feeding the ball through to Powell. Callum charged forward with the ball and then started cutting across the pitch before unleashing a shot. With Neal beaten the ball crashed into the underside of the bar and bounced clear.

With fifteen minutes left Fylde made their third substitution with Holland-Wilkinson replacing Dobbie but for the final twenty minutes for all Fylde's passing and patient build up Jackson Smith was untroubled in the Kettering goal. In the eighty-second minute Harrison Neal received a yellow card for a foul in the build-up of a Fylde attack for which advantage was played but the Haughton's final effort was well over the bar. Kettering made their only substitution with just under five minutes to go with Decarrey Sheriff replacing the tiring Stones.

In the additional four minutes beyond regulation time Powell had a final chance to take all three points for the Poppies. Callum broke down the middle of the park and fired towards instead of feeding out to the overlapping Sheriff. Chris Neal managed to get a hand to the ball and tip the ball away from the goal to preserve Fylde's unbeaten record.

Full Time: Kettering Town 1  AFC Fylde 1

An excellent advertisement for non-league football. A thoroughly entertaining game, sadly missed by many, which Fylde will see as a point hard earned. Both sides contributed with end-to-end football played in a good spirit. A second consecutive draw at Latimer Park in a game which many at three o'clock would have taken a draw, even more at seven minutes past. But the young team, average age 23, showed determination and resilience against an experienced, full-time side. Two games against pre-season promotion favourites has seen the Poppies gain four points and but for the woodwork seen it be six. The side are melding well and if they can continue to progress at the rate shown since the Bradford game a season where gloom and battling at the wrong end of the of the table may prove to be very different. One negative is the fact that both Neal and Kennedy picked up yellow cards and coupled with the public bleatings of the Gloucester management it may lead to these two robust players being singled out by referees in future games.    

Kettering Town yellow cards:  Kennedy, Neal, Johnson - fouls

AFC Fylde yellow cards:  Nolan - foul Haughton – deliberate handball             

Attendance: 681

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – The whole team – It was an outstanding team performance and it would be unfair to single out one player.

Elgoods Man-of-the-Match chosen by match Sponsors Coralie Jade Parker – Lamine Sherif.

Klondike Ticket winning No – 12439. Won by Doreen Coles who win £150.


Team Sheet

Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 04th Sep 2021
Kettering Town FC
RED / BLACK
Captain:
0 Callum Powell
AFC FYLDE
WHITE
Captain:
0 Nick Haughton