Match Report - SPALDING UNITED

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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SPALDING UNITED: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

CLAUDIO OFOSU 45
Decarrey Sheriff 45

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SPALDING UNITED: 0

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Match Report

Kettering Town v Spalding United

Emirates FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round Replay

Tuesday 21st September 2021   7:45pm

 

Kettering Town 

Spalding United

1

 Rhys Davies

 

1

 Michael Duggan (Capt)

2

 Connor Barrett

 

2

 Glenn Yala           

3

 Alex Brown

 

3

 James Hugo                 Off 83

4

 Luke Ward     

 

4

 Shane Clarke               

5

 Connor Johnson

 

5

 Chris Ward

6

 Tom Unwin

 Off 46

6

 Tom Mucklin   

7

 Callum Powell

 

7

 Bailey Baker 

16

 Claudio Ofosu

 

8

 Dan Bucciero                On 80

9

 Issac Stones

 

9

 Christian Assombalonga          

10

 Lamine Sherif  (Capt)

 

10

 Stefan Broccoli     

11

 Harrison Neal

 

11

 Scott Floyd                    Off 75

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

8

 Lauric Diakiesse

 

13

 James Goff            

12

 Decarrey Sheriff

 On 46

15

 Jordan Macleod            On 80

13

 Jackson Smith

 

16

 Lyes Mezine                  On 75             

14

 Chris Smith

 

17

 Harry Robinson             On 83

15

 Jordon Crawford

 

 

 

17

 George Herbert

 

 

 

24

 Kyle Perry

 

 

          

 

Referee: Andrew Humphries   Assistants: Ruebyn Ricardo and Callum Parke

Following the disappointment of conceding a very late equaliser on Saturday Paul Cox and his management team had the task of lifting their young team to produce a victory in order to earn the reward of an away tie at Leamington. Connor Kennedy would be prevented from playing after picking up an injury in the closing stages of Saturday's game. He would be replaced by Claudio Ofosu with Lamine Sherif taking over as captain. Issac Stones was preferred to start ahead of Decarrey Sherriff. Connor Johnson would be available for selection despite his dismissal at Spalding. Jackson Smith and George Herbert were added to the seven-man bench. Max Dyche was unavailable due to the conditions of his loan agreement. Spalding's goal scorer from the first game Nathan Stainfield was unavailable and Oliver Price suspended.

The condition of the pitch looked improved due to recent rain with less yellowed areas and a slightly less bouncy surface. Weather conditions were ideal for football with no wind and mild temperatures.  Spalding in an all-yellow strip kicked off attacking the Tin Hat end and made the better start to the game.  

After seven minutes Spalding won their first corner when a long throw into Kettering's penalty area was headed behind. Alex Brown cleared the kick with a firm header. Three minutes later and Spalding had their best chance of the game. Stefan Broccoli managed to get himself free and past his marker and get to the by-line and cross into the box where Scott Floyd on the edge of the six-yard box was in space and had time to pick his spot for his header. With Kettering supporters fearing the worst Rhys Davies pulled off an incredible save and not only succeeded in preventing a goal but pushed it to one side to prevent a follow up attempt by the forward. It was a crucial save as going a goal behind at this stage would mean even more dogged defence and negative tactics from the visitors.

Kettering won their first corner after the quarter hour when Callum chased a long ball and in putting the defender under pressure managed to force him into conceding. The resulting kick led to a second but that came to nothing.

Spalding were happy to sit with 10 men behind the ball with Christian Assombalonga playing alone up front looking to try a hold the ball up as the visitors relied on the counter attack. Glenn Yala who had played in midfield in the first game had been assigned to man mark Powell throughout the game. Spalding took every chance to break up play with players going to ground at every opportunity, the keeper taking an age over goal-kicks and Broccoli loitering over the ball when Spalding conceded free-kicks to interrupt the flow. Kettering were trying to be patient by passing the ball across the back looking for an opening but the defenders were mobile covering all the outlets leaving Kettering to resort to the long ball over the top.

A Kettering free-kick into the penalty area after twenty-three minutes caused a bit of panic with Isaac Stones' shot being blocked before the ball was scrambled behind for a corner which was met by a red shirt but the header sailed high over the bar. On the half hour mark Spalding replied in a similar fashion this time with Kettering's defence clearing the ball off the line and away from danger.

Lamine Sherif was cautioned just before half time for a foul on Broccoli with the Spalding player making the most of it. The card seemed slightly undeserved as the visitors were committing plenty of fouls with no sanctions with Powell being the victim on many occasions. In the added two of the half Kettering had their first real chance when Barrett broke down the right before cutting in and unleashing a powerful shop which was parried well by Duggan.

Half Time: Kettering Town 0  Spalding United 0

Kettering made one change at half time with defender Tom Unwin being replaced by Decarrey Sherriff with the three centre back line being changed to a flat back four as Spalding were playing with a lone forward. Spalding started the second half on the front foot and in the first minute a long throw into the box was prudently put behind for a corner on the open side. The ball was delivered deep to the far post where it was headed back toward the opposite side of the goal. Davies mishandled the initial header but quickly collected his fumble. Two minutes later it was the same again a Spalding long throw into the box leader to a corner this one also came to nothing.

Kettering's first attack of note of the second half came after fifty-one minutes when Stones received the ball wide out on Kettering's left. Isaac beat the defender and delivered a dangerous cross into the middle of the penalty area but it evaded everyone and the chance came to nothing. Seven minutes later Kettering broke down the left again and quickly switched play to the opposite wing where the ball was picked up by Barratt, Connor carried the ball forward beat the defender and from the corner of the penalty area fired in another fierce shot aimed at the near post drawing another good save from Duggan at the expense of an unproductive corner.

Kettering were starting to dominate the game now and although they had the majority of possession in the first half they never really applied pressure on the Spalding goal but with the presence of the additional forward this was being show in territorial dominance as well.

Just before the hour mark another Kettering free kick was lifted into the box but was only partially cleared to Sherif some 20 yards out. Lamine his luck but saw his shot hit a defender and cannon off into the air and curl over the bar for a corner. Harrison Neal's kick was met by Luke Ward but his header went over the bar. With the pressure building corner was following corner at the Tin Hat end. Neal as way of varying the angle of attack took a short corner which was then aimed towards the far post where it was met by the head of Connor Johnson who saw his effort tipped over by Duggan. The resulting corner was only partially cleared and Sherif fed Ofosu whose stab towards goal was blocked by Duggan. The ball spun up in the air and was still heading towards goal but James Hugo reacted quickest and managed to get back to provide a vital clearance.

The ball straight back though and Ofosu carrying the ball forward on Kettering's left. Claudio played the ball in towards the near post where Sherriff got his head to the ball and appeared to head the ball downwards towards goal but then bounced up onto the bar where it was scrambled away by the defence. Callum Powell saw an effort pass over the bar after managing to escape the attentions of Yala but might have been better served by passing.

In a rare foray into Kettering's half the ball was played down the stand side for Floyd to chase but Barrett was covering and disposed the Spalding player leaving him on the floor from where he swung a leg at Connor as much in frustration at not getting what he considered a free kick than a bona fide attempt to regain possession. This led to him getting Spalding's first caution of the evening. The resulting free-kick was for a change played forward on the floor rather than the aerial route and picked out Ofosu mid-way inside the Spalding half. Claudio carried the ball forward lining up for the shot and from about twenty yards out struck a tremendous right foot effort which gave the full-length diving Duggan no chance. Kettering 1-0 69 minutes

Kettering kept their foot on the gas though not willing to give Spalding a chance of a repeat of Saturday's result. Powell was starting to get more space now as Yala was torn between covering Callum closely or adding manpower to any counter attack. Callum again made some space for himself and drove a tantalising cross low into the penalty area but again nobody managed to get on the end of if. The free kick count was starting to mount now as Spalding were starting to tire. Floyd expressed his displeasure at some of Mr Humphries decisions, who explained to the Spalding man that he was in charge. Shortly after, with fifteen minutes to go, Floyd was substituted with Lyes Mezine replacing him. Within a minute the result was put beyond doubt from a move that started wide out on Kettering's left wing the ball was worked across to Ofosu who was just outside the corner of the penalty box faced by Hugo. Claudio took the defender on and went past him on the outside. The defender tried to impede the forwards run but Claudio was too skilful and too quick and got to the by-line before screwing the ball back to Sherriff. Decarrey threaded the ball low through a crowd towards the far corner and into the net. Stones was in close proximity in case he was needed to finish off with a poacher,s touch. Kettering 2-0 76 mins

Kettering controlled the remaining 15 minutes and additional three minutes with Rhys Davies being untroubled with any Spalding goal attempts being from long distance and being off target. Spalding made a couple of substitutions and Shane Clarke was eventually booked for persistent fouling something that Yala managed to avoid being equally culpable.

Full Time: Kettering Town 2  Spalding United  0

Spalding appeared to be following their strategy of the weekend with their primary aim to prevent Kettering scoring.  The first half saw Kettering descend to Spalding's level persisting with the long ball game with Spalding having the better chance of scoring and the home side not testing the Spalding keeper until late in the first half. A tactical adjustment at half time saw an improvement in Kettering's fortunes with Spalding's goal coming under increasing pressure.  Spalding's resistance was eventually broken with the ball played on the floor and a deserved result was achieved. A financially important, first game in the 3rd Qualifying round in three seasons awaits.   

Kettering Town yellow cards:   Sherif - foul

Spalding United yellow cards:  Clark, Floyd - fouls             

Attendance: 582

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Claudio Ofosu – continued his goal scoring exploits from Saturday with an outstanding strike and then followed it up with a penetrating run to prise open a tight defence setting up the second goal to seal the result.

Klondike winning ticket number - 08696 won by Mick Bridgeman of Kettering.


Team Sheet

Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 21st Sep 2021
Kettering Town FC
RED / BLACK
Captain:
0 CLAUDIO OFOSU
0 Decarrey Sheriff
SPALDING UNITED
BLUE
Captain: