Match Report - LEAMINGTON
Kettering Town FC: 1
CLAUDIO OFOSU 00
Steph Morley 00
Dan Turner 00
Kettering Town FC: 3
Kyle Perry 45
Kyle Perry 45
Dan Turner 45
In yet another eventful game at Leamington, the game ended 3-3 which means a replay at Latimer Park on Tuesday at 7.45pm. The first half belonged to Leamington who went in at the break leading 2-1, and also the Referee, who somehow collected six yellow cards including two for home skipper Jack Edwards who was dismissed in the 36thminute. The goals came from Leamington’s Stephan Morley in just the 3rd minute and Dan Turner on 32 minutes with Claudio Ofosu equalising for the Poppies on 24 minutes. The second half saw substitute Kyle Perry (above) score twice in the 59th and 66th minutes only for the 10 men of Leamington to draw level with Dan Turner’s 73rd minute penalty.
THE KETTERING SQUAD:
With Max Dyche not available, Connor Johnson returned to the starting line up after suspension. Isaac Stones also started in place of Decarrey Sheriff, who was on the bench – which also included Gary Stohrer, Rhys Sharpe and Jackson Smith after injury.
The teams lined up:
1 Jake Weaver
2 Dan Meredith
3 Stephan Morley
4 Joe Clarke
5 Kyle Morrison
6 Jack Lane
7 Joe Parker (15 Kaiman Anderson, 64)
8 Simeon Maye (16 Callum Gittins, 90+3)
9 Kelsey Mooney
10 Jack Edwards (Captain)
11 Dan Turner
12 Kieran Cooke
14 Devon Kelly-Evans
17 Junior English
18 John Beeson
G/K Josh Allen
Yellow Cards: Edwards, 21 and 30; Maye, 27; Clarke, 38
Subsequent Red Card: Edwards,30.
1 Rhys Davies
2 Connor Barrett
3 Alex Brown
4 Luke Ward (24 Kyle Perry,46)
5 Connor Johnson
6 Chris Smith
7 Callum Powell
16 Claudio Ofosu (8 Jordon Crawford,82)
9 Isaac Stones (12 Decarrey Sheriff,61)
10 Lamine Sherif (Captain)
11 Harrison Neal
13 Jackson Smith (G/K)
14 Gary Stohrer
15 Rhys Sharpe
18 Tom Unwin
Barrett, 21; Neal,38; Johnson,72
The game was played in constant rain and therefore the surface proved to be true, but slippery, with the ball frequently skidding through and past the players.
Kettering threatened in the opening minute with a move involving Harrison Neal, Alex Brown and Callum Powell – with Powell’s shot being deflected wide for a corner.
As in last season’s F A Trophy game, the Poppies then conceded an early goal. Connor Johnson fouled danger man Jake Edwards 20 yards out and former Poppy, Stephan Morley, stroked the free kick past Rhys Davies and in at the left upright.
Kettering responded in the 8th minute as Isaac Stones set up Powell – but the shot was blocked out. For the Brakes, Simeon Maye saw his shot deflected for what was a fruitless corner. Kettering’s Harrison Neal then threaded a ball through for Powell but Jake Weaver was off his line to clear the danger. Powell then had a good run only to see his cross met by three defenders and no attackers.
There was some nonsense in the 21st minute as Kettering’s Connor Barrett and Leamington’s Jack Edwards clashed and were cautioned after a flare up caused by Dan Turner, who somehow escaped the notice of the Referee and his Assistant.
Rhys Davies saved comfortably from Joe Parker who collected a loose ball after a free kick in the 21st minute and 3 minutes later the Poppies equalised. Powell came in from the right and his left foot shot was cleared away from the goal line by Kyle Morrison, The resultant corner saw Claudio Ofosu stab home from close in to level the scores.
Harrison Neal’s 27th minute driven free kick from the left skidded off the surface and Jake Weaver did well to palm the ball away for a corner. Then, at the other end, Chris Smith’s misheaded clearance gave Leamington a corner which was just about scrambled clear.
The home side regained the lead on 32 minutes. Dan Meredith was given the run of the pitch down the right as he drove forward. His firm cross/shot was not cleared by the Kettering defence and Dan Turner guided the ball into the net.
Leamington were reduced to 10 men on 36 minutes as skipper Jack Edwards fouled Harrison Neal near the touchline. The Referee was very quick with his decision and another fracas ensued with Neal of Kettering and Joe Clarke of Leamington cautioned.
Isaac Stones had two gentle headers giving Weaver no problems and Morrison headed wide for the Brakes. Kettering had a great chance just before the break as Alex Brown surged into the penalty area past his marker and his dangerous low cross was put out for a corner. From that restart the ball was recycled and Neal headed a chance wide.
LEAMINGTON 2 - 1 KETTERING TOWN
Kyle Perry replaced the sacrificed Luke Ward on the resumption as Kettering changed their formation. Perry got in the game quickly committing two fouls.
Leamington were very much in the game despite their numerical disadvantage and began to use the ball much better than the visitors. A 50th minute lob from Kelsey Mooney was held by Davies, and then a Mooney header was easy for the Kettering keeper.
Callum Powell was in the game for Kettering on 54 minutes as he weaved his way past three tackles and his cross was cleared to Lamine Sherif, whose shot was out of the ground. At the other end, Davies raced out of his area to head clear.
Kettering had a spell with Stones’ shot cleared for a corner and Neal saw a shot well blocked. The Poppies then equalised in the 59th minute. The home defence failed to clear and Kyle Perry’s right foot shot beat Weaver, came off the left upright, ran along the goal line and went in at the right post.
It wasn’t long before Perry scored his second to put Kettering in front. Ofosu’s cross from the left found Perry at the back post and he nodded casually past Weaver, low to the keeper’s left.
It could have been 4-2 just a few minutes later as Powell played in Neal. The young midfielder went past Weaver on the left, but could not convert the chance with his left foot on a tight angle, and the shot hit the side netting.
Connor Johnson entered the Referee’s notebook on 72 minutes after kicking the ball away and shortly after Mooney had a run for the hosts, but the low shot was straight at Davies. Johnson was to be the offender a minute later as his mistimed challenge sent Simeon Maye over in the penalty area for a penalty. Johnson, who had been fortunate not to have a yellow card for persistent fouling, but who was nevertheless on a yellow, may have considered himself lucky to remain on the pitch. Tuner’s penalty was firm and accurate to level the scores.
Five minutes later home midfielder, Maye, brought down Powell on the left and also must have considered himself fortunate not to receive a second yellow card. The ensuing free kick came to nothing as did Perry’s 79th minute glancing header from Neal’s free kick.
Leamington’s tactics of keeping three upfront after Kaiman Anderson replaced Parker were good, as each time the Brakes attacked, they looked dangerous, and sometimes it looked as if Kettering were the team with 10 men!
Kettering’s final throw of the dice saw Jordon Crawford replace Ofosu and Crawford put in a couple of crosses from the right. The first saw Perry get the slightest of touches and the second saw Decarrey Sheriff, who had replaced Stones, turn and shoot. In blocking this shot Simeon Maye sustained what looked like a bad injury and a long stoppage followed before he was stretchered off. We wish him well.
Leamington saw out a long period of stoppage time with no problem, as they continued to threaten on the break, and Kettering ran out of ideas.
We do it all again on Tuesday at 7.45pm.
LEAMINGTON 3 - 3 KETTERING TOWN
Attendance: 566 (away fans estimated at 175)
Referee: Michael Barlow; Assistants: Karl Buckley; Ben Robinson
Poppies Media Man of the Match: Kyle Perry
Next HOME game:
Tuesday October 5th: Leamington at 7.45pm – Emirates F A Cup Third Qualifying Round replay
Saturday October 9th HOME to Chester at 3pm
Saturday October 16th away at Chorley at 3pm
Saturday October 23rd HOME to Southport at 3pm
Tuesday October 26th away at Hereford at 7.45pm
Saturday October 30th away at Leamington at 3pm
Match report posted by Sadman KTFC.