Match Report - BRACKLEY TOWN
Kettering Town FC: 0
BRACKLEY TOWN: 1
Kettering Town FC: 0
BRACKLEY TOWN: 3
Brackley cruised to the top of the table easing past a well beaten Poppies side today with a 3-0 win. Leading 1-0 at the break through Martin Woods’ strike on the half hour, an early James Armson goal in the second half made it comfortable for the Saints and Armson’s second and Brackley’s third in the 83rd minute sealed it. Kettering managed no attempts on goal in the first half and only one- from substitute Decarrey Sheriff in the second period.
THE KETTERING SQUAD:
Ellis Myles (pictured above with old boy Callum Stead) made his Kettering debut, and Rhys Sharpe was out of the squad due to injury. Ben Toseland replaced Harry Reilly on the substitutes bench. Those were the only changes from the draw with Banbury in midweek.
The teams lined up:
1 Danny Lewis
2 George Carline
3 Glenn Walker (14 Josh Flanagan,46)
4 Martin Woods
5 Riccardo Calder
6 Gareth Dean (Captain)
7 Cosmas Matwasa (15 Fabio Lopes,84)
8 Jordan Richards
9 Adam Rooney
10 James Armson
11 Callum Stead
16 Wes York
17 Jovan Makama
Yellow Card: Dean,10.
1 Harrison Foulkes
3 Stephan Morley
4 Lewis White (17 Decarrey Sheriff,46)
6 Brad Gascoigne
7 Sam Bennett (2 Ben Sault,81) (18 Kemy Agustien,90)
8 Gary Stohrer (Captain)
10 Keaton Ward
12 George Cooper
14 Ethan Hill
15 Ellis Myles
19 Tyrone Lewthwaite
5 Ben Toseland
13 Cameron Gregory
Yellow cards: Cooper,30; Hill,56
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED:
A drizzly afternoon greeted the two teams as well as a good playing surface. The Poppies lined up with their usual formation with Ellis Myles making his debut on the right.
Recent Saints’ signing, Adam Rooney had a great chance after two minutes as he met a cross from the right with a firm header, which Harrison Foulkes palmed over the bar. Brackley had almost total possession in the first 10 minutes, but as the Poppies tried to break out, home captain Gareth Dean was cautioned in the 10th minute for a cynical foul, just in his own half, as Tyrone Lewthwaite looked to break clear.
James Armson’s 25 yarder was wide on 13 minutes and a minute later, Kettering finally forced a corner which was well defended and cleared. Brackley’s 19th minute well worked move, involving Cosmas Matwasa and Rooney, saw Armson’s shot deflected for a corner.
On 26 minutes Kettering’s massed defence failed to prevent a cross to Rooney, who set up Matwasa and his shot deflected off a defender for a fruitless corner.
The home side went ahead on the half hour. George Cooper was cautioned for a foul and the experienced and recent signing for the Saints, Martin Woods, took the direct free kick just outside the penalty area on the right. His shot was blocked and fell nicely for him to have a second go- and this time the shot flashed past Foulkes, who may have been unsighted.
Ex Poppy, Riccardo Calder, was the next provider of a heading chance for Rooney crossing from the left- but the header was poor. Rooney’s 36th minute low cross to Jordan Richards saw the shot deflected over the bar.
Kettering had a chance to get the ball into the Brackley penalty area just before the break, but Stephan Morley’s cross was cleared.
As the players walked off at half time, it was a point of discussion that the Poppies had not managed one attempt on goal.
BRACKLEY TOWN 1 - 0 KETTERING TOWN
Both teams made a change at half time. Josh Flanagan replaced Glenn Walker for the Saints and Decarrey Sheriff replaced Lewis White as the visitors’ formation was changed.
Sheriff’s first action was to get in Kettering’s one and only effort on goal for the match - a low left foot drive from the right which was an easy save for the otherwise largely unemployed Danny Lewis.
Brackley immediately countered as a low cross from the left was met by Rooney a few yards out. However, he squandered what looked like a straightforward tap in, missing the goal completely as the effort flew past the left upright.
Visiting Captain, Gary Stohrer, got in a cross shortly after which defected nicely for Lewis to gather-but minutes later it was 2-0. Another low cross from the left was this time met by Armson, who made no mistake with a firm low finish past Foulkes.
Although Kettering had a more attacking formation, they could make no impression on an organised Saints’ defence and a 58th minute Kettering corner was firmly dealt with. For Brackley, Matwasa’s 61st minute shot was deflected for a corner.
Sam Bennett’s 67th minute cross from the right was taken by Lewis and the Poppies forced two more corners shortly after which caused no concerns for Brackley. Home substitute, Shepherd Murombedzi fired a shot well wide just after coming on.
Armson then put the game beyond doubt on 83 minutes. The ball was fed through the centre and with a clear shot on goal and he made no mistake. It could have been 4-0 to the hosts shortly after as Armson took advantage of a mix up in the Kettering defence and with a clear chance, he saw the shot charged down
Kettering had substituted Bennett for Ben Sault in the 81st minute, and Sault was the recipient of a heavy tackle in the 90th minute forcing him off with Kemy Agustien replacing him.
BRACKLEY TOWN 3 - 0 KETTERING TOWN
Match Officials: Referee: Shaun Taylor; Assistants: Callum Fisk;Harry Tarrant
Attendance: 807 (Kettering fans 132)
Poppies Media Elgoods Brewery Man of the Match: Gary Stohrer
Tuesday 8th : HOME to Hereford at 7.45pm
Saturday 12th :away at Chorley at 3pm
Saturday 19th: HOME to Gloucester City (Isuzu F A Trophy second round proper)
Saturday 26th : HOME to Southport at 3pm
Match report posted by Sadman KTFC.