GUISELEY 1-2 KETTERING TOWN

A goal in each half from Joel Carta saw Paul Cox's Poppies record a deserved first away win of the season, and despite a late goal from the league's leading scorer Aaron Martin, Kettering's new manager had a great day on his return to Nethermoor Park. 

Guiseley AFC  v  Kettering Town

Vanarama National League North

Saturday 9th November 2019   3:00pm

 

 

Guiseley AFC

 

 

Kettering Town

 

1

 Marcus Dewhurst

 

 1

 Paul White

 

2

 George Cantrill

 

 2

 Gary Stohrer 

 

3

 Brad Nicholson

 

 3

 Joe Skarz (Capt)

 

4

 Andrai Jones     

 

 4

 Luke Graham 

 

5

 Hamza Bencherif

 

 5

 Michael McGrath  

 

6

 Scott Garner (Capt)   

 Off 48

 6

 Ben Milnes  

 

7

 Kaine Felix

 

 7

 Joel Carta

 Off 73

8

 Jamie Spencer

 Off 68

 8

 Aaron O’Connor

 Off 83

9

 Aaron Martin

 

 9

 Connor Kennedy

 

10

 Aram Soleman

 

10

 Lindon Meikle  

 

11

 Sam Scrivens

 Off 46

11

 Marcus Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Dylan Barkers   

 

12

 Tre Mitford

 On 83

14

 Nathan Newall

 

14

 Brett Solkhon           

 

15

 Gabriel Johnson        

 On 68

15

 Mo Sebbeh

 On 73

16

 Lee Shaw  

 On 46

16

 Jack O'Connor

 

17

 Kennedy Digie

 On 48

17

 Jack Norman

 

 

Referee: Kristian Silcock   Assistants: Dane McCarrick and Daniel Jarvis 

After a winning start over a fellow relegation strugglers Bradford PA, Paul Cox's side were expecting a stiffer test against a team occupying 6th place in the table. The manager was prevented from naming an unchanged starting XI due to Dan Nti serving a one match suspension due to accumulating 5 yellow cards. His place was taken by Joel Carta. Dan's ban coupled with James Brighton's departure opened up two places on the bench. These were filled by Jack O'Connor and debutee Jack Norman. Paul Cox's task of motivating his team was made easier by some questionable comments made by Guiseley's Chairman in the programme. 

On a pitch looking in great condition despite the heavy rain suffered by Yorkshire in the previous week Guiseley, in a one-time only day-glow lime charity strip on behalf of Prostate Cancer UK, kicked off and were first on the attack, winning a corner after four minutes.  Kettering's defending was a bit lax allowing league top scorer Aaron Martin a free header which he sent goal wards. Such is the skill of Paul White he made a good save look routine, as he dived to his left catching the ball merely than just keeping the ball from going past him. Kettering struck straight back though and Ben Milnes carried the ball forward right down the centre of the pitch before laying the ball off to Joel Carta whose shot was deflected behind for an unproductive corner. Five minutes later Kettering were awarded a free kick some 30 yards out when Aaron O'Connor was fouled by Guiseley's big centre half who was finding AO'C something of a handful resorting to a physical approach in order to contain the Kettering man. Milnes delivered a challenging ball into the penalty area but it was nullified by the raising of the linesman's flag. A minute later and play was up the other end and another Guiseley corner. This time a good firm punch by White cleared any danger.

Play was held up for a brief period as Connor Kennedy required treatment after catching an errant arm to the head. On the quarter hour mark Gary Stohrer made a trade mark storming run forward from his own half. He forged forward to the edge of the host's penalty area and played a ball aimed in towards the near post where Bencherif opted for safety first and put the ball behind for another Kettering corner.  Gary was busy as well defending as Kaine Felix playing on Guiseley's left wing appeared to be the home player most likely to trouble the visitors. It was during one of these probes down the wing that Felix and Meikle had an inadvertent clash of heads which left both players on the floor in pain. Mr Silcock stopped the game immediately to allow both players to receive treatment. 

 On twenty-three minutes Kettering probed down the left wing Marcus Kelly turned the right-back inside and out and his drive flashed across the face of the goal. Three minutes later Dewhurst had to be quick of the line to collect the ball before AO'C could chase down a ball played forward after easily outpacing Bencherif. 

Kettering should have taken the lead just before the half-hour mark when Stohrer made another probing run down the right wing. He delivered a perfect ball into the box picking out Carta about seven yards out. Joel didn't make the most of the chance though and his weak header was easily caught by the keeper. With four minutes left of the half Carta made amends. The ball was worked out to the left where Kelly crossed the ball deep where the ball was headed back into the middle to Carta who took control of the ball on the floor and tucked the ball past the keeper from ten yards out.  0-1 Kettering 41 mins. 

Two minutes were added to the regulation 45 to compensate for time lost for the stoppages for treatment following the head injuries but nothing of note occurred before the half-time whistle sounded, a half in which a neutral observer would have mis-identified which team was threatened with relegation.

Half Time: Guiseley AFC  0  Kettering Town  1

 Guiseley made one change at half-time with Shaw replacing Scrivens, but whatever other tactical adjustments the host's had plotted they all needed to be rethought within two minutes of the restart. Once again a probe down Guiseley's right led to a cross into the penalty area by Kelly. This time it was towards the near post. A defender reached it first but his attempted clearance was poor and the ball fell to Joel Carta about ten yards out, he controlled the ball, picked his spot and placed the ball in the corner of the net leaving the keeper helpless. 0-2 Kettering 47 mins.  

Guiseley's response was to make another substitution with Digie coming on for Garner. Kettering were in the driving seat now and were attempting to close the game down. A little to hard for the referee's liking and Kelly received a yellow card for delaying the taking of a free kick but the referee was not clear waving the card in the general direction of a Kettering player.  Guiseley did not seem to be fussed about chasing the game being content to pass the ball across their back four waiting for an opening but with Kettering massing behind the ball and AO'C and Carta closing down the player in possession, defending Kettering's goal inside Guiseley's half the home team became guilty of allowing themselves to become frustrated and resorting to hitting aimless long balls downfield. 

Ten minutes into the half and Carta whilst defending deep gave away a free kick some twenty yards out in a central position. Nicholson took the kick but it was terrible effort being both high and wide by a large margin. Kettering were not sitting back inviting Guiseley to attack them but were following the adage of attack being the best form of defence. On one such attack Milnes was stretching to retain possession when Spencer made a heavy contact with Ben leaving him on the floor in some pain. The referee blew his whistle for foul with people contemplating whether it would be a red or yellow card. Spencer had made himself scarce trotting away down field to avoid the attentions of Mr Silcock. He need not have worried for inexplicably Milnes was adjudged to have been the guilty party with the free kick awarded to Guiseley. Digie was making a difference to the host's and he made several surging runs into Kettering's half imposing his physicality onto the game which was countered by him being taken on by two defenders working in tandem to dispossess him.    

Guiseley's first meaningful effort on goal of the second half wasn't until twenty minutes had been played when Martin had a clear sight of goal but his powerful shot from the edge of the area was straight at White. This was followed by Guiseley's final substitution with Spencer being replaced by Johnson. This almost had immediate results when two minutes later Luke Gaham made a mistake deep inside his own half and gifted possession to Martin his good on target shot was matched by an equally good save by White. Kettering made their first change after 73 minutes when Mo Sebbeh replaced the visibly exhausted Joel Carta.   

Guiseley were still playing like they had all the time in the world and Kettering were still playing as high up the park as possible with AO'C chasing every ball to put pressure on Guiseley's back four. With just under ten minutes to go AO'C picked up a second caution for Kettering with no clear indication from the referee with regards to the offence committed to warrant the sanction. It was Aaron last action of the game as almost straight after his tired older legs were replaced by the youth of Tre Mitford. 

Guiseley at last realised that time was against them and started to press for a goal with five minutes to go they won a corner but again the defence held firm and it came to nothing. Just as it was announced that an additional five minutes would be played which seemed to be a trifle excessive to the visiting fans a ball played in from Kettering's right picked out Martin but his header from three yards out sailed over the bar. Two minutes into injury time White's clean sheet was whisked away from him. A break down the left saw a cross come shot rifled into the goalmouth White managed to get a hand to the ball and help it on its way. At the far post Felix made an acrobatic attempt to make contact with the ball and fell in an untidy heap with Stohrer. The Guiseley player reacted quickest and got to his feet and chased the ball, retrieved it and lifted it back into the goal mouth Paul White went up to collect the ball getting a hand to it but Martin powered in Nat Lofthouse style and forced the ball into the net along with White. The Kettering contingent expected a free kick but the referee saw nothing wrong and allowed the goal to stand. 1-2 Guiseley 90+2 mins

The goal ignited something in the Guiseley team convincing them something could be salvaged from the game but a tiring Kettering team held on for a hard won thee points.

Full Time: Guiseley AFC  1  Kettering Town  2

Kettering fully deserved their first away win of the season and their first back to back win. The players battled and chased everything and got their reward.  Paul Cox has talked about consistency and the players have shown that so far and hopefully it can continue for the next home match against Blyth, another team at the wrong end of the table. The vocal support shown by the small number of travelling fans helped the spirit of the team and the same vocal support at home would be useful.  The corner may have been turned and there may be some dead ends and wrong turns on the road ahead but the belief that can get to where we want to be is growing. It is a path that we must travel together management, players, board and fans, all contributing in our own way.  

Guiseley AFC - yellow cards:  none                 

Kettering Town - yellow cards:  Kelly, O'Connor - dissent  

Attendance: 765

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Paul White,  Joel Carta scored 2 goals but without a string of great saves in the second half the team wouldn't have left Yorkshire with all three points.