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Match Report

Kettering Town v Blyth Spartans

Vanarama National League North

Saturday 29th October 2022   3:00pm


Kettering Town 

Blyth Spartans


 Harrison Foulkes



 Alex Mitchell



 Gary Stohrer  (Capt)



 Toby Lees        



 Lewis White             



 Michael Richardson             



 Brad Gascoigne              



 Matthew Elsdon            



 George Cooper



 Jordan Hickey



 Stephan Morley



 JJ O'Donnell    (Capt)



 Ethan Hill



 Corey McKeown

 Off 59


 Rhys Sharpe

 Off 61


 Nicky Deverdicks              



 Keaton Ward



 Cedric Main



 Sam Bennett

 Off 84


 Jack Bodenham

 Off 53


 Tyrone Lewthwaite

 Off 67


 Liam Ravenhill                   

 Off 72














 Ben Toseland



 Rhys Evans          



 Ben Sault

 On 84


 Matthew Dopson           



 Decarrey Sheriff

 On 67


 Matthew Cornish

 On 59


 Kemy Agustien

 On 61


 Josh Scott

 On 53


 Cameron Gregory



 Rio Joisce

 On 72


Referee: Ben Tomlinson       Assistants: Matt Jackson and Ian Jackson

Following Kettering's defeat at Farsley on Tuesday evening which plunged the Poppies to 22nd place in the table this game had grown in importance into a six pointer with the visitors together with Telford below Kettering but both with a game in hand. Cameron Gregory and Decarrey Sheriff had both recovered from injury sufficiently to be given a spot on the bench. Lewis White was selected to play in a central role in a 5-3-2. Gary Stohrer would play on the right and retuning former Poppy Stephan Morley would play on the left. Kemy Agustien and Ben Sault starters on Tuesday would complete the subs bench with Ben Toseland meaning that there would be no place for Ibrahim Bakare, Jordan Graham or Kornell McDonald. 

After morning rain the pitch looked to be in top condition. On a very mild afternoon with a gentle breeze blowing towards the new stand. The sun low in the sky could prove troublesome for the players dealing with high balls. Kettering in all red kicked off defending the Tin Hat with Blyth Spartans in violet and navy-blue halved shirts and navy shorts.

Kettering almost gifted the visitors a goal inside the first minute when George Cooper lost his footing stumbling on the edge of Kettering's penalty area when attempting to control a ball played forward by Blyth. Nicky Deverdicks pounced on the loose ball and found himself with just the keeper to beat from eighteen yards out but Harrison Foulkes produced a brilliant save to deny the forward a gilt-edged chance.

The game settled down with Blyth looking comfortable on the ball passing it around. After seven minutes Kettering lifted a ball into the Blyth penalty area. A defender got to the ball first and cleared it from the danger area and it looked to be going out for a corner but actually went out for a throw-in on the open side close to the corner flag. Rhys Sharpe propelled the ball deep into the middle of Blyth's goalmouth where a defender got his head to the ball and nodded the ball away from the goal. The ball fell directly to Keaton Ward who hit a sweet first-time volley which flashed past Alex Mitchell and into the net. 1-0Kettering 8 mins.

Three minutes later Blyth were awarded a soft free-kick a short distance outside Kettering's penalty area when Cedric Main went down under a challenge from Lewis White. To his credit the Blyth man made no complaint but Mr Tomlinson saw otherwise. Richardson lifted the free-kick towards the far post but it evaded everyone going behind for a goal-kick.  Two minutes later and Maine was involved again. sent a low ball into the middle towards Main. Gascoigne challenged for the ball but Mr Tomlinson adjudged that Brad had won the ball unfairly and pointed to the spot. Deverdicks struck the ball well to the opposite side of Foulkes' dive. 1-1 Blyth 14 mins

Five minutes later and the game got its first booking when Jack Bodenham pulled back Lewthwaite just inside Blyth's half as Tyrone attempted to run onto the ball beating the defences last line. Morley lifted the ball towards the far post where Lewthwaite challenging for the ball tumbled to the floor as the ball went out for a goal-kick earning the forward nothing more than a talking to by the referee.

On the half hour mark Blyth were pressing forward Jordan Hickey found himself in possession on the edge of the area and fired in a low shot heading for the corner of the goal but Foulkes diving full length got down well and pushed the ball around the post for a unproductive corner. Three minutes later Harrison Foulkes had to be at his best again as the dangerous Maine found himself 1 on 1 against the keeper. Cedric sent the ball high to Harrison's right but the youngster's reactions were top notch and he managed to push the ball up onto the bar to prevent a goal. The ball ballooned to Liam Ravenhill who saw his goal bound effort cleared off the line by the alert Lewis White.

After a period of Blyth being on top Kettering finished the half the stronger of the two teams. With just under ten minutes left in the half Bennett advanced down Blyth's left. He played a 1:2 with Lewthwaite on his left and received the return pass inside the penalty area but Sam lost his footing but still managed to send the ball goalwards whilst in the act of falling. It was an easy collect for Mitchell.

With three minutes left in the half the ball was fed along the floor into Blyth's box for Hill to run onto. Ethan managed to latch onto the ball and steer it past the keeper who'd advanced off his line to close the midfielder down. The ball beat Mitchell but he was backed up by Toby Lees who cleared the ball off the line. A ball was cleared long by Kettering's defence sent the ball straight down the middle of the park where Lewthwaite tussled for possession of the ball with a defender but determination and strength won through and Tyrone was able to thread the ball through into the path of Ward who had raced forward in support. Keaton controlled the ball and advanced into the penalty area and coolly side-footed the ball past the on-coming goalkeeper into the corner of the goal. Toby Lees attempted a desperate goal-line clearance but only managed to confirm the ball crossing the line.  2-1 Kettering 44 mins.

The first half action was not over though and in the remaining time coupled with an additional minute Maine had another good chance with a shot from the edge of Kettering's penalty area but he saw Lewis White block the ball on the line followed by some dogged Kettering defending to ensure that the home side retained their lead going into half time.

Half Time: Kettering Town 2  Blyth Spartans 1

Neither side made any changes at half time and if Blyth were feeling disheartened to be trailing to a late first half goal despite shading the first half.  Their spirits would take a further knock three minutes into the second half when Ward lobbed the ball forward from his own half. Lewthwaite with two defenders strode forward purposefully looking to be jogging forward but managing to outpace and hold off the defenders. On closing the distance towards the goal he delivered a fine half-volley giving Mitchell no chance to score his first goal for the club in fine style. His joy at scoring was matched by the fans in the Tin Hat.  3-1 Kettering 48 mins.

Blyth responded with a shot by Hickey but his shot was well wide. Matthew Elsdon became the second player to enter the referee's notebook after fifty-three minutes after pulling back Lewthwaite possibly fearing a repeat of his goal. Shortly after Blyth made their first substitution with the booked Jack Bodenham being replaced by Josh Scott.

Just before the hour mark Harrison Foulkes made a good stop of a long-range shot picking the ball out coming directly out of the sun. Shortly after Rhys Sharpe took a knock requiring treatment, Blyth took advantage of the halt in play to make their second change with Matthew Cornish replacing Correy McKeown. Rhys could not continue and was replaced by Remy Agustien.

With under twenty-five minutes to go Tyrone Lewthwaite received a good reception as he was replaced by Decarrey Sheriff. Sheriff almost had an immediate impact on the game as with his extra pace he caught a defender in possession deep inside Blyth's half but the ball did not fall kindly for Bennett and the chance was gone.

Ravenhill became the third Spartan to be shown a yellow card as Sheriff made to sprint past him tight on the touchline to exploit the space behind him only to be body checked by the defender who stepped into his path. Blyth were made to pay heavily for the transgression as Stephan Morley delivered a perfect free-kick into the box where it was met by George Cooper whose header looped over Mitchell to extend Kettering's lead.  4-1 Kettering 69 mins.

Blyth made their final change with just under twenty minutes to go with Rio Joisce replacing the cautioned Ravenhill. On seventy-four minutes Ethan Hill in a rare venture forward did well to advance down Blyth's right and make it to the by-line despite being pulled by a defender. On reaching the by-line he cut a low ball inside to the feet of Sheriff about a yard from goal but Decarrey could not get the ball out from under his feet and gave Mitchell a simple save. Blyth were still looking to salvage something from the game and three minutes later a fierce shot was fired goalwards but it was blocked by Gascoigne. Play was swiftly transferred to the other end of the park and Sheriff made a good break into Blyth territory holding the ball up for Bennett to arrive in support however Sam was crowded off the ball and the defence cleared. Decarrey was causing problems for Blyth as two minutes later he was probing at their defence before sliding the ball back to Agustien who showed his close control skills by exchanging a couple of passes with Sheriff who made space for himself on the edge of the penalty area to enable him to shoot at goal but he put his attempt over the bar. The next minute Sheriff was providing a cross to Hill after outpacing a defender down the right but Ethan's shot deflected of a defender for an unproductive corner.

With just over five minutes of regulation time left Blyth cut Kettering's lead. A clearance by Morley went straight to the feet of Richardson who lifted the ball back towards Kettering's penalty area where one of the shortest players on the pitch Joisce with his back to the goal nodded the ball hopefully towards goal. Luck was with him as the ball looped over a defender and keeper and into the goal. 4-2 Blyth 84 mins

Kettering responded by making their final change with Ben Sault replacing Sam Bennett.

An additional four minutes were indicated to be played with Blyth winning a corner but it came to nothing and Kettering were content to control the game and ensure that it was played deep inside Blyth's half as Stohrer and Ward were happy winning throw-ins by the Gazebo stand.  Blyth regained possession and the defender attempted a pass across their back line but Ben Sault was alert and intercepted it with ease. He edged forward with the ball and fired off a shot from outside the area forcing Alex Marshall to make a flying dive to his left to turn the ball around the post. The resulting corner was taken shot with Sheriff holding the ball in the corner until the referee blew the final whistle.

Full Time: Kettering Town 4  Blyth Spartans 2

After two disappointing results on the road Kettering returned to winning ways in front of their home fans. With Kettering being the only club in the bottom six to gain any points the scorelines in the other games were in Kettering's favour. The scoreline would suggest a more dominating performance than it actually was but in truth Kettering took their chances whilst Blyth were thwarted by excellent saves by Harrison Foulkes and goal-line clearances by Lewis White. Every Kettering player played their part today with no single player having a below par performance. The introduction of Sheriff caused Blyth problems as being behind and needing to push forward Decarrey had the pace to disrupt their build up play and force them to be wary of a swift counter attack.

Kettering Town yellow cards: none

Blyth Spartans yellow cards:  Bodenham, Elsdon, Ravenhill – fouls       

Attendance: 698

Elgoods Brewery’s Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Keaton Ward

A brace of goals and an assist for Tyrone Lewthwaite's first goal for the club marked a good day's work for Keaton.  He has now scored three cracking goals at Latimer Park and hopefully he will start to add to his tally on the road. It must be remembered that he is still only a young man and the experienced Kemy Agustien will help him develop his game. A mention must be made of the performances of Harrison Foulkes who made his final appearance for the club. Kettering have conceded 14 goals in the 5 games he has played but without the many fine saves he has made that tally would be far higher. In today's game he made some vitally saves to keep Kettering in a position to take all three points.

Klondike ticket winning number 08070, which was claimed by Dave Mahoney – who gave a very generous donation back to the club.

Team Sheet

Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 29th Oct 2022
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