Kettering Town 2-0 Leamington

The Poppies progressed to the Emirates FA Cup 4th Qualifying round with a 2-0 win over Leamington at Latimer Park. Callum Powell's (above) first half goal, equalled Spurs 900th in the competiton before substitute Issac Stones made it 2-0 in the second half, scoring a record breaking 901st goal to head the table as the leading scorers in the FA Cup. The Poppies now meet Buxton at home on Saturday 16th October. 

 

Kettering Town v Leamington

Emirates FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round Replay

Tuesday 5th October 2021   7:45pm

 

Kettering Town 

Leamington

1

 Rhys Davies

  Off 57

1

 Jake Weaver

2

 Connor Barrett

 

2

 Dan Meredith           

3

 Alex Brown

 

3

 Stephan Morley

4

 Luke Ward    

 

4

 Joe Clarke               

5

 Connor Johnson

 

5

 Kyle Morrison

6

 Chris Smith

  Off 46

6

 Jack Lane

7

 Callum Powell

  Off 80

7

 Kaiman Anderson          Off 67

16

 Claudio Ofosu

 

8

 Callum Gittings              Off 75

24

 Kyle Perry

  Off 75

9

 Kelsey Mooney              Off 84

10

 Lamine Sherif  (Capt)

 

10

 Jack Edwards (Capt)  

11

 Harrison Neal

 

11

 Dan Turner                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

12

 Decarrey Sheriff

 

12

 Devon Kelly-Evans           

13

 Jackson Smith

  On 57

14

 Joe Parker                     On 67

14

 Gary Stohrer

 

15

 Kieran Cook                  On 75             

15

 Rhys Sharpe

 

16

 Junior English               On 84

8

 Jordon Crawford

  On 80

17

 Josh Beeson

17

 Issac Stones

  On 75

18

 Josh Martin

18

 Tom Unwin

 

13

  Josh Allen        

 

Referee: Oliver Mackey   Assistants: Ashley Clarke and Niall Smith

After dispensing with the record of having never won a FA Cup replay since moving to Latimer park by beating Spalding in the previous round Kettering would have to break another unwanted sequence that of having never beaten Leamington in seven meetings since taking up residence in Burton Latimer. Paul Cox made one change to the side that drew 3-3 on the previous very wet Saturday. Two goal second half hero Kyle Perry was rewarded with a starting spot with Issac Stones reverting to the bench. He would be joined there by two players returning from injury, Gary Stohrer and Rhys Sharpe. Leamington would start the game with the 10 players that finished the game for them on Saturday. Jack Edwards would lead the team as his 1 game suspension following his dismissal would not come into action until the weekend. Simeon Maye stretchered off at the end on Saturday would not be available for some time having suffered a fractured tibia.

The ongoing rain which would come and go throughout the evening had contributed to the Latimer Park looking green and luxuriant.  At kick off a strong wind was blowing the length of the pitch from the new stand end. Leamington in an all royal blue strip kicked off with red shirted Kettering defending the Tin Hat end.   

Kettering made a positive start but it was Leamington who had the first attack of note after five minutes when they won a throw in midway in Kettering's half. Meredith's long throw into the penalty area assisted by the wind was only cleared back to him and he delivered a loop ball aimed towards the far post. Connor Barrett aware of the presence of Dan Turner lurking behind him opted for safety first and chested the ball behind for the first corner of he game. Turner took the corner right-footed from the open side and fully utilising the wind aimed an inswinging effort at the near post. Thankfully Rhys Davies was alert and did enough to keep the ball out, despite appeals from the Leamington player's that the ball had crossed the line. The ball was not clear though and it fell to Kelsey Mooney who stabbed the ball goalwards for what appeared to be a certain goal. Davies, as he had in the replay against Spalding, pulled off another super save to deny the visitors an early goal. The rebound was forced goalwards again by Leamington this time a defender blocked the ball on the line before a teammate hacked the ball away to safety.   

Four minutes later Kaiman Anderson made a good break down Kettering's left and crossed the ball in aimed towards Turner however Alex Brown was well positioned to cut the ball out at the expense of a corner. Turner once again took the corner aiming to repeat his previous attempt but this time only found the side-netting.

Leamington were having the best of the opening minutes with Kettering being restricted to long balls down field for Powell to chase and a Lamine Sherif long range speculative shot which ended up flying out of the ground. After eighteen minutes Meredith whipped in a good cross from the stand side which was headed behind by Connor Johnson for Leamington's third corner of the match. This corner from the stand side was poor though and easily dealt with by the Kettering defence which seemed to be over it's early game wobble.

Kettering's first real attack came after twenty-five minutes when Claudio Ofosu was advancing with the ball midway inside Leamington's half. He pushed the ball through a Joe Clarke's legs but was unable to get back onto the ball because of a foul. Alex Brown delivered the ball into the box igniting the first piece of uncertainty in the Leamington defence as Chris Smith flicked onto Kyle Perry but Jack Edwards he marked got between the ball and the goal to restrict Kettering's reward to their first corner. Brown's corner from the open side caused a flurry of action in the goalmouth with a Perry header a keeper punch and assorted scrambling which culminated in a Ofosu shot from the edge of the area which passed over the bar.

On the half hour mark Leamington had a throw in on the open side which was propelled long into Kettering's box. Mooney chested in down well into the path of Anderson but his shot from the edge of the box was well wide.

Three minutes later Leamington were on the attack again through Dan Turner who fired a ball into the middle. It was cleared by a Kettering player but only as far as Morley who lifted it towards the far post but Johnson was there to head the ball away where it was picked up by Harrison Neal who played the ball towards Powell as the Leamington attackers were claiming for a free kick for a Kettering handball. The referee wasn't interested though concentrating on the action as Callum got past his defender and raced goalwards with the defender chasing in his slipstream. With Jake Weaver advancing Powell fired low clinically beating him. Kettering 1-0 33 minutes

Leamington almost had an immediate reply with a Callum Gittings header going narrowly over with the ball adjudged to have taken a deflection off Luke Ward for a corner. Anderson's corner towards the far post was headed clear by Perry under close attention from Edwards.

As the game entered the last five minutes of the half Kelsey Mooney and Connor Johnson challenged for a high ball midway inside the Kettering half. There was a clash of head and resulted in both players on the floor requiring treatment from the physios. Mooney came out of it sporting a head bandage whilst Johnson received the first yellow card of the evening. Morley taking the kick some 30 yards out and in a central position struck a firm shot which passed narrowly over the bar.

Nothing of note occurred in the additional four minutes apart from an Kettering corner which came to nothing due to perceived foul in the box.

Half Time: Kettering Town 1  Leamington 0

 

Kettering started the second half the better of the two unchanged sides with a spell of concerted pressure just in front of the gazebo stand with Powell and Barrett combining well to maintain possession and showing patience to try and work an opening. Ofosu joined them in support and played a deep ball aimed at the far post. Unfortunately for Kettering the shortest player on the pitch Alex Brown was there and didn't have the height to produce a header that would threaten Leamington's goal. Connor Barrett had a low shot from some twelve yards out which Jake weaver got down well to.

After fifty-seven minutes Rhys Davies went down injured with no indication as to what caused it. Despite treatment from Rachel he was unable to continue and Kettering made the first substitution of the game with Jackson Smith replacing Rhys. Leamington did not take advantage of the situation though to put the new keeper under pressure with Weaver being the far busier of the two and Smith had to wait almost 10 minutes before his first touch of the ball, a routine catch. Kettering were at this stage happy to concede territory at this stage allowing Leamington plenty of possession in their own half but as time went on the visitors were starting to rush things went they got close to Kettering's goal.

On sixty-seven minutes Leamington made their first change with the dangerous Anderson being replaced by Joe Parker the man he replaced in the first game. The substitution triggered a good spell for Kettering. The initial attack came from a throw in by Alex Brown to Callum Powell on the left wing. He beat two defenders before getting to the by-line and cutting a cross back into the middle aimed for Perry but Morrison managed to get enough on the ball to send it out for a corner on the open side. Harrison Neal swung it assisted by the wind forced Weaver into punching it over for a second corner. This time Neal delivered it to the far post where a Perry header forced Weaver to punch the ball away for a third corner. This was dealt with by Leamington who swiftly moved the ball up the other end for an unproductive corner headed clear by Johnson. The clearance led Kettering to break and the move was only stopped by Clarke fouling Ofosu right on the edge of the Leamington penalty area. The free kick was a poor one and headed clear by the defence. Kettering swiftly regained possession and Alex Brown carried the ball back towards Leamington territory before being cut down by Callum Gittings earning himself the second booking of the game.  

With a quarter of an hour to go both teams made their second substitution Kettering replacing the tiring Perry with Issac Stones and Leamington, Cook for Gittings. Five minutes later Jackson Smith was called upon in earnest when Meredith crossed the ball in from the right. The ball found its way across to Dan Turner who looked certain to score from ten yards out but Smith made a terrific save diving low to his left. It was unnecessary effort as it wouldn't have counted however as the referee had whistled for a Leamington infringement. Almost straight after Kettering made their final substitution with Jordon Crawford replacing Callum Powell. 

Crawford almost had an immediate impact on the game with his first touch. Ofosu chased a seemingly lost cause right by the corner flag on the stand side and managed to keep the ball in. Claudio fed the ball back to Lamine Sherif who threaded a low ball in towards Crawford just about on the six-yard line in the middle of the goal with his back to the goal. Jordon let the ball run between his legs and then applied a deft back heel to send the ball goalwards only to be denied by a stop on the line at the expense of a corner on the stand side. Alex Brown's kick was met by a Leamington head at the front post which sent the ball looping over everyone towards the far touch-line. Ofosu gave chase, collected the ball and sent it back towards the near post. It was missed by a defender and Johnson on the way in and looked to be heading for the gloves of Weaver but Stones the poacher darted in front of him to turn it into the net. Kettering 2-0 84 mins

just about five minutes to go Leamington made their final substitution with English replacing Mooney but Kettering saw out the final five minutes and five minutes stoppage time with no further threat on Smith's goal.

Full Time: Kettering Town 2  Leamington 0

Once again Kettering have Rhys Davies to thank for keeping them in the game denying the visitor's an early goal with a point blank save.  Kettering weathered the early Leamington storm assisted by the strong wind. Callum Powell took Kettering's one real chance of the first half with aplomb and the defence solidified after a wobbly start but one was always nervous of Leamington's threat coming forward in the first half just like in the first game at their place. Kettering altered their style for the second half keeping their discipline and holding their shape. This appeared to disconcert the visitors who rarely threatened for the whole of the second half apart from when Smith had to pull off a magnificent save.

Kettering Town yellow cards: Johnson- foul

Leamington yellow cards:  Gittings - foul             

Attendance: 612

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Claudio Ofosu – This player appears to love the FA Cup adding an assist to his goal scoring from his three games already this season. He was the initiator of most of Kettering's incisive moves and chased every ball causing problems for the opposition every time he moved forward with the ball.

Klondile winning ticket no - 013761, claimed by Brendon Moore, who won £170.