KETTERING TOWN 1-0 FARSLEY CELTIC

A stunning strike from Michael Richens, two penalty misses, a plethora of chances for the Poppies, saw Paul Cox's side record their first home win of 2020 in the most one sided 1-0 you will ever witness.    Photo - Ed Palmer (Poppies Media)

 

Vanarama National League North

Saturday 4th January 2020   3:00pm

Kettering Town 

Farsley Celtic

1

 Paul White

 

 1

 Kyle Trenerry

 Off 60

2

 Gary Stohrer

 

 2

 Jordan Richards

 

3

 Matt Taylor

 

3

 Tom Allen

 

4

 Luke Graham  (Capt.)   

 

 4

 Jack Higgins

 

5

 Michael McGrath

 

 5

 Danny Ellis (Capt.)

 

6

 Brett Solkhon

 

 6

 Chris Atkinson

 

7

 Daniel Nti

 

 7

 Tyler Walton

 

8

 Tre Mitford

 

 8

 Dave Syers

 

9

 Connor Kennedy

 

 9

 Jimmy Spencer

 Off 71

10

 Ben Milnes

 Off 4

10

 Nathan Cartman

 

11

 Marcus Kelly

 

11

 Will Hayhurst

 Off 85

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Aaron O’Connor

 On 85

12

 Luke Parkin

 

14

 Michael Richens        On 4

 Off 85

13

 Elliot Wynne             

 On 60

15

 Joel Carta

 

14

 Adam Clayton  

 On 85

16

 Michael Harding

 

15

 Ben Atkinson  

 On 71

17

 

 

16

 Mark Bett

 

 

Referee: Matt Corlett   Assistants: Andrew Ellis and Daniel Robinson

Aaron O'Connor made a welcome return from injury but this was offset by the absence of Jay Williams through illness. This coupled with the loaning of Jack O'Connor to Daventry Town meant that Paul Cox could only name a bench of four players. Ben Milnes was available with his suspension for his New Year’s Day dismissal not coming into action until next Saturday's trip to Spennymoor. It was due to be Matt Taylor's last game for the club unless an extension to his loan period from Harrogate Town could be negotiated.

With perfect weather conditions for football Farsley in pale blue hooped shirts kicked off attacking the Tin Hat on a sticky pitch which had been heavily sanded in patches. Kettering quickly obtained progression and the ball was worked to Milnes who tried a shot from outside the penalty area inside the second minute but it was wide. The resulting goal-kick was delayed as Ben was in a heap on the floor requiring treatment.  Ben attempted to continue but it was not to be and Mr Cox was forced into making a early substitution with Michael Richens coming on.

Kettering won their first corner after seven minutes when Nti ran onto a good through ball but his lay off came off a defender for an unproductive corner. It would be a sparse day for opportunities in the air as the whole of the Farsley team with the exception of Cartman and keeper Trenerry were in excess of six feet plus tall.

Kennedy picked up an early yellow card conceding a free-kick some ten yards outside Kettering's area in a 50/50 challenge. The free-kick was lifted into the area where it was met Allen's head and sent goalwards but it was an easy catch for Paul White.

Just before the quarter hour mark a good break down Farsley's right by Kelly opened up the defence, Marcus picked out Mitford.  Tre still had work to do and held the ball up way before engineering himself enough space to get a shot in which was saved well by Trenerry. Three minutes later there was another flurry of activity in the Farsley penalty area. Nti chased a ball that looked like it was going over the touch line but the ball held up on the surface and managed to cross the ball towards the far post. Despite the ball appearing to curl behind the goal line the linesman saw nothing wrong and play continued. Mitford claimed possession of the ball right on the line and even with a defender in close proximity managed to play a ball back on the floor into the middle on the six-yard line. There was no red shirt there though to convert the chance and the ball was cleared by a defender.  

With eighteen minutes gone Kettering were awarded a throw in just in front of the burger van. Kennedy dried the ball and launched it into the Farsley penalty area. A Farsley head met the ball and partially cleared it but straight to Richens some thirty yards out. Michael steadied himself and hit a sweet shot which sped like a heat seeking missile into the corner of the goal. Such was the pace of the shot that the keeper was left rooted to the spot and didn't make the slightest attempt to stop the rocket 1-0 Kettering 19 mins.

Farsley responded well with their best spell of the first half. Twenty -three minutes had gone when they won a throw-in right by the corner flag. Allen's throw was poor though but it did result in a corner on Kettering's right. It was lifted to the back post where Taylor put it behind for a corner on the opposite side. The delivery into the goalmouth was not adequately cleared and a goalmouth scramble ensued during which Richens pulled Walton back whilst he was in the act of shooting allowing the ball to be cleared. The referee had seen the transgression though and called the play back and awarded a penalty and booked Richens.  Hayhurst stepped forward to take the kick and sent it low to White's right. For the second match running Paul was equal to the task diving the right way and keeping the ball out excelling himself by not only stopping the shot but holding onto it to deny any rebound attempt.

A minute later and Mr Corlett awarded another penalty, this time for Kettering. Nti made a diagonal run in the box pushing the ball past the keeper only to be clattered by Trenerry who was nowhere close to the ball.  The referee refrained from booking the keeper despite the fact that a challenge like that anywhere else on the field would have been a certain yellow and with some referees even a red. Brett Solkhon placed the ball on the spot and chose to opt for precision over power but with the keeper beaten struck the inside of the post. As in the Brackley game Kennedy was the Kettering player quickest to react but his follow-up shot of the rebound hit the outside of the opposite post.

This was the end of the excitement for the first half and the remaining seventeen minutes of the half.

Half Time: Kettering Town  1  Farsley Celtic 0

Farsley's manager obviously gave his team a good talking to at half-time as they came out a different team attacking from the off but failing to get any efforts on target until five minutes into the half when Syers had a shot from some distance out but it was easy for White to hold. Two minutes later and Kettering should have doubled their lead. Mitford make another good break and his initial shot was saved but not cleared. They then followed a scrimmage in the goalmouth where the defence cleared the ball off the line twice before Stohrer hit the post. Kettering appeared to have weathered Farsley's initial surge at the start of the half and their players were starting to show signs of frustration with their number 9 Spencer getting a talking to by the referee.

Twelve minutes into the half after just having a good shout for a penalty turned down after being pulled back by a defender Nti chased a ball into the area. Trenerry was lightning fast of his line and got to the ball first to kick it clear.  Dan had committed to the challenge though and caught the keeper late. The keeper crashed to the deck in some pain and Nti was rightfully cautioned. The keeper was seriously injured after treatment it was clear that he could not continue and Elliot Wynne replaced him. Kyle Trenerry needed to be stretched off the pitch.

The new keeper was tested two minutes after being on the pitch when a ball is threaded through for Mitford to chase leaving the forward 1v1 with the keeper. Tre lifted his shot over the keeper but also over the bar. Three minutes later he had another chance created through a solo effort but this time he found the side netting.

Farsley made their second substitution after seventy-one minutes with Spencer being replaced by Atkinson. Shortly after the first Farsley player went into the referee's notebook when Hayhurst was cautioned. Four minutes later he was joined by Higgins who had barged Kelly to the floor as Marcus was going by him.

Farsley were pressing forward now as time was running out and ten minutes before the end they had a couple of long throw ins delivered into box but the organised defence held firm. They did manage to get the ball in the net when Cartman forced the ball home from seven yards out but the whistle had already sounded for a foul by Ellis on McGrath. Farsley attempts at goal were either going wide or corralled by White who was not being extended to any degree.

With seven minutes to go Mitford had the chance to seal the game and quell the anxieties of the watching fans when he cut in from the left. With a player open to his left he chose to have a go himself but his shot hit the bar with the keeper beaten.

With just five minutes left of normal time both sides made a substitution with Clayton replacing Hayhurst and Aaron O'Connor making his return from injury. Five added minutes were played at the end mostly accrued from the injury to Farsley's keeper. Kettering tried to run the clock down but the referee was having none of it booking both Stohrer and White for time wasting. Right near the end a Kettering forward had the chance to put the cherry on the cake when presented with a 1v1 with the keeper but Wynne did well to keep the scoreline to the single goal.

 Full Time: Kettering Town 1  Farsley Celtic 0

Kettering managed to convert a dominant performance into a three point haul. After a disappointing point return over the Christmas period the team finally achieved the result which their performance deserved.  The only negative aspect of the afternoon was the paltry attendance. After the financial damage of the Boxing Day fixture postponement the board would have been hoping for a good crowd to watch a team which gives 100% and battles to the final whistle.

Kettering Town  - yellow cards:  Kennedy, Richens, Nti – foul. White, Stohrer - time wasting

Farsley Celtic -  yellow cards:  Hayhurst, Higgins  - fouls                 

Attendance: 667

Elgood Brewery - Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match. chosen by match sponsors Concept Flooring  – Gary Stohrer  

Klondike Winner - No: 5990 - £155 Steve York.