KETTERING TOWN 1-0 KINGS LYNN TOWN

Decarrey Sheriff's 43rd minute penalty was the deciding factor in this clash at Latimer Park, as league leaders Kings Lynn Town suffered their first defeat of the season. 

Kettering Town v King's Lynn Town

Vanarama National League North

Tuesday 27th September 2022   7:45pm

 

Kettering Town 

King's Lynn Town

21

 Cameron Gregory

 

 1

 Paul Jones

 

12

 George Cooper

 

17

 Aaron Jones

 

6

 Brad Gascoigne             

 

5

 Adam Crowther

 

5

 Ben Toseland

 

6

 Josh Coulson

 

20

 Kornell McDonald

 

12

 Tai Fleming

 

11

 Rhys Sharpe

 

22

 Olly Scott       

 

8

 Gary Stohrer  (Capt)

  

8

 Theo Widdrington   

 Off 83

2

 Ben Sault

  Off 72

7

 Michael Clunan (Capt)                

 

10

 Keaton Ward

 

14

 Cameron Hargreaves            

 

12

 Sam Bennett

  Off 83

38

 Jordan Ponticelli

 Off 72

17 

 Decarrey Sherriff

 

9

 Gold Omotayo           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

4

 Lewis White

 

10

 Joshua Barrett       

 On 83

9

 Jordan Graham

 

15

 Ben Stephens

 On 72

14

 Ethan Hill

  On 72

4

 Kyle Callan-McFadden                

 

16

 Andre Wright

 

11

 Zain Walker            

 

7

 Andrew Oluwabori

  On 83

19

 Ken Charles            

 

 

Referee: Matthew Norton   Assistants: Callum Parke and Sam Wesson

After the 3-0 home mauling on Saturday by Kidderminster it would be essential for the team to put in an improved performance against another full-time team King's Lynn Town. Not that it would be an easy task with the Norfolk visitors currently top of the table and unbeaten so far.  Lee Glover made a couple of changes from Saturday's team with some being enforced due to injuries. Harry Reilly dropped out of the squad and Lewis White was fit enough to take a place on the substitutes bench but Ben Sault was fit enough to start the match. The biggest change was the debut of new signing Kornell McDonald who would start at right wing-back as the side reverted to a 5-3-2 formation after flirting with a flat back four against Kidderminster.  Sam Bennett returned to the Starting XI as did Ben Toseland with Andre Wright and Andrew Oluwabori reverting to the bench.

The pitch would be firm and bouncy as there had been no rain since the weekend but the weather was conducive to football with it being a crisp Autumn evening with little chance of rain and a gusty breeze blowing lengthways from the new stand end. King's Lynn in an all-pink kit with gold trim kicked off attacking the Tin Hat but Kettering started on the front foot and pressure by Gary Stohrer caused the visitors to cough up possession and he sent the ball the ball wide towards Decarrey Sheriff to immediately put pressure on the Lynn defence.

Two minutes in and further pressure from Sheriff led to a defensive error by Crowther and a chance for Kettering. The defender attempting to nod a high ball back to his keeper misdirected his header wide of Jones and the pressing forward was quickly after the loose ball but was wide of the goal before reaching it. Jones did well to bail out his teammate and had shuffled across his goal making himself big. From an acute angle Decarrey tried to turn the ball goalwards whilst falling to his right but could only find the side netting from an opening generated purely from his positivity.  Three minutes later Kettering broke down their left through Bennett easily getting past the right-back and outpacing him to the by-line but unfortunately, he overhit his cross and the attack came to nothing.

King's Lynn were having their share of possession and were patiently building from the back with their main focus of attack being the tall Omotayo but he was being adequately shepherded by the defenders with Gregory being untroubled and a tenth minute Lynn corner caused no concern. The same could not be said of the next Lynn corner eight minutes later.  The ball was delivered into a crowded goalmouth but no-one was able to make a decisive contact as the ball bobbled around at head height. Eventually the ball bounced off a Lynn head looping goalwards rather than a directed powered header. With the ball dropping towards the base of the post Cameron Gregory flew into action and turned the ball away from danger with a smart save before Rhys Sharpe cleared the ball initiating a Kettering counter attack with Sheriff running at the King's Lynn defence before squaring the ball to Bennett who saw his shot go narrowly over the bar.

After twenty minutes Rhys Sharpe became the first player to receive a card following a shirt pull on Aaron Jones. The resulting free kick came to nothing. Five minutes later Lynn won a free kick in a dangerous position some twenty yards out when Ponticelli went down after the faintest contact from Cooper. The initial free kick was dealt with but the ball was not fully cleared and was worked back into the box from a throw in where it fell to Ponticelli, who with the whole of the goal to aim at, will be disappointed that he could only put his effort weakly wide of the target. Ponticelli did better with his next effort three minutes later finding the back of the net as a high ball into the box picked out Omotayo who nodded the ball on. However, Ponticelli was guilty of ball watching oblivious to the fact that he was standing at least a yard offside before heading home from four yards out. Once again Kettering responded with a chance of their own with Ben Soult picking out Sharpe breaking down the left before firing a low hard cross into the box. Sheriff latched onto the end of it and attempted a first-time scissor shot but sent it narrowly wide.

With five minutes to go in the half Ben Sault picked up the ball just inside the Lynn half and played a perfect ball forward into the penalty area bisecting the defenders for Bennett to run onto. Fleming the right-back was caught on the wrong side and instinctively reached out a hand to try and control the forward clearly pulling back the forward with a handful of shirt with the referee ideally positioned to see the incident. Bennett to his credit did not go down for a stonewall penalty but continued to press home the attack but Jones was equal to the shot pushing the ball away. The referee however on playing the advantage and seeing that none transpired pointed to the spot. Immediately the Lynn players surrounded the referee remonstrating the decision but worse was to follow as Mr Norton decided that the foul had prevented a goal scoring opportunity and showed Fleming a red card. The “double jeopardy” rule was not valid here as the defender had not made a bona fida attempt of playing the ball. With the visiting players, bench and supporters bemoaning the decision the irony is that if Bennett had scored then the referee would have had no reason to send Fleming off. Sheriff stepped up to take the kick and with the keeper diving to his right, the side Sheriff had placed it against Barwell, Decarrey calmly placed it into the opposite corner 1-0 Kettering 41 mins

 Half Time: Kettering Town  1  King's Lynn Town 0

King's Lynn had the first attack of the second half when a Clunan shot deflected behind for a corner after fifty minutes. The corner eventually reached Hargreaves but his shot was both high and wide. Five minutes later a high ball into Kettering's box was dealt with by a positive punch by Gregory however he clattered into Gascoigne who was left stretched out on the turf causing Mr Norton to halt the game immediately due to a head injury much to the disgust of the Lynn players.

Just before the hour mark Kettering strung together a nice passing move culminating in a shot from Soult but Ben's attempt bobbled wide. Four minutes later Keaton Ward picked up Kettering's second booking for a clumsy challenge. King's Lynn were becoming very one dimensional looking for the high ball into the danger aimed towards Omotayo with Ponticelli looking for the knock on but the balls forward lacked direction or failed to reach their target because of good covering by the defenders.

After seventy-two minutes both teams make their first changes Ethan Hill replaced the injury carrying Ben Sault and Lynn replaced Ponticelli with former Poppy Ben Stephens. The Lynn man had been largely ineffectual in the second half largely trying to win free kicks by falling over a lot.

With fifteen minutes to go the visitors looked to have unlocked Kettering's defence as the ball was worked through to danger man Omotayo some eight yards out. Just as Gold was drawing his leg back to pull the trigger George Cooper produced a brilliant covering tackle to dispossess the forward and preserve his side's narrow lead.

With seven minutes to go Bennett broke through on Kettering's left as Lynn committed more players forward in an attempt to rescue something to the game. Homing in on the Lynn goal Sam chose to take a shot instead of squaring the ball to Sheriff who'd raced forward in support. The shot was about a foot wide. It proved to be Bennett's last contribution in the game as immediately after both teams made their second substitutions with the impressive Bennett who'd run his legs off being replaced by Andrew Oluwabori and Josh Barrett replacing Theo Widdrington for the visitors.

As the game was coming to its conclusion Gregory picked up a yellow card for time wasting. With a minute remaining of regulation time Lynn were awarded another soft free kick right on the corner of the penalty area but Clunan narrowly put the ball over the bar.

With an additional four minutes to play Lynn had nothing to lose by committing men forward but Kettering's defence held firm with keeper Paul Jones coming forward for a long throw as time ran out. The ball was headed behind by a defender but with ninety-five minutes played Mr Norton blew the final whistle before the set piece once against upsetting the players in pink.

 Full Time: Kettering Town 1  King's Lynn Town 0

After the poor performance of Saturday Lee Glover and the fans got precisely the reaction from the players that they hoped for.  From the first minute Kettering were up for it and in King's Lynn's face believing in themselves and not giving the opposition unearned respect.  All the team gave 100% and there were no individual errors gifting opportunities to the opposition and the team got the result that they fully deserved unlike some matches this season when the final reward has not matched the performance. The team have shown what they are capable and the challenge for the rest of the season is to maintain this level. Caution must be applied though as Lynn played the second half a man down but the three points lifted the side out of the relegation places.

Kettering Town yellow cards:  Sharpe, Ward- fouls Gregory – time wasting

King's Lynn Town yellow cards:  None   Red Card - Fleming         

Attendance: 629

Elgoods Brewery Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Sam Bennett, After starting the last three games on the bench Sam sent Mr Glover a clear message with a fully committed performance giving 100%. His tireless running and sharpness leave him in pole position for a starting spot.

Klondike Ticket winning no – 07342. Darren Burrage of Kettering wins £135