Match Report - BANBURY UNITED

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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BANBURY UNITED: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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BANBURY UNITED: 0

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Match Report

Kettering Town v Banbury United

Vanarama National League North

Tuesday 1st November 2022   19:45pm

 

Kettering Town 

Banbury United

21

 Harrison Foulkes

 

1

 Jack Harding

 

8

 Gary Stohrer  (Capt)

 

2

 Connor Roberts        

 

4

 Lewis White             

 

4

 Josh Smile             

 

6

 Brad Gascoigne              

 

6

 Jay Williams            

 

12

 George Cooper

 

8

 Giorgio Rasulo (Capt)

 

3

 Stephan Morley

 

9

 Slavi Spasov   

 

14

 Ethan Hill

 

11

 Ben Acquaye

 

11

 Rhys Sharpe

 

12

 Jak Hickman              

 

10

 Keaton Ward

 Off 79

15

 Ben Radcliffe

 

7

 Sam Bennett

 Off 62

19

 Alex Babos

 

19

 Tyrone Lewthwaite

 

20

 Callum Reilly                   

 Off 72

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

5

 Harry Reilly

 

13

 Ben Taylor          

 

2

 Ben Sault

 On 62

14

 Aiden Hortin           

 

17

 Decarry Sheriff

 On 79

16

 Josh Dugmore

 On 59

18

 Kemy Agustien

 On 61

 

 

 

1

 Cameron Gregory

 

 

 

 

 

Referee: Stephen Parkinson       Assistants: Martin Beard and Harry Jones

After Saturday's good win against Blyth Kettering supporters would be hoping for more of the same on this Tuesday evening rearrangement of the game postponed as a mark of respect due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth. The only change to the Poppies line-up was Harry Reilly replacing Ben Toseland on the bench.

On a chilly evening, after the recent mild period, a cold wind was blowing from the stand side. Kettering in all red kicked off with Banbury in all yellow defending the Tin Hat.

The first incident of note was after three minutes when Lewis White received an early yellow card after he caught Acquaye late.  This would leave the defender having to play a restrained game for the rest of the match. Three minutes later Stohrer was caught late by Spasov who caught Gary coming in from behind. The Kettering fans expecting some consistency from the referee were to be disappointed when he didn't think offence warranted a talking to let alone a caution as the home fans and Stohrer believed it deserved.

Banbury started well and started applying pressure on the Kettering defence. Callum Reilly had an early sighter after seven minutes but sent his effort from the edge of the area wide of the mark. Banbury won two corners in the first ten minutes. The first was cleared with ease but the second on ten minutes was headed goalwards by Reilly was cleared off the line by Stephan Morley positioned there for that precise purpose.

Shortly before the quarter hour mark Ben Acquaye broke down Kettering's right and a dangerous cross was whipped into the middle where Spasov connected well at close range but was denied by a brilliant reaction save by Harrison Foulkes who managed to palm the ball away. It proved to be academic as the forward had been flagged for being offside.

A minute later the referee further angered the home supporters when he awarded a soft free-kick to the visitors just outside Kettering's penalty area but the execution was poor and went behind untouched for a goal-kick.

On twenty minutes Acquaye and Rasulo combined well on Kettering's right before the Rasulo sent in dangerous low ball but it evaded everyone passing across the face of the goal before going out for a goal-kick.

It was not all one-way traffic as three minutes later Hill broke out of midfield as Kettering counter attacked with pace. Ethan played the ball to his right finding Ward. Keaton was unable to pass the ball infield to where Lewthwaite and Bennett were in support as a defender blocked the ball behind for a corner.  Morley delivered an in-swinging kick from the stand side which Cooper got his head to but the ball looped up and was an easy catch for Jack Harding. In the action Jay Williams had gone to the floor and laid still until the referee halted the game to check on the player. With no need of treatment, the defender got to his feet and trotted away leaving play to be restarted with a drop ball to the Banbury goalkeeper. Play was transferred up to the other end as Banbury advanced down the middle of the park. Spasov played the ball to Babos who threaded a return ball back as the striker darted forward. Harrison Foulkes was alert to the danger though and was swiftly off his line to collect the ball on the six-yard line.

With ten minutes left in the half Stohrer hooked the ball forward from just inside his own half. It was collected by Lewthwaite who shielded the ball well before laying it back to Ward who fed the ball inside to the advancing Stohrer but a Banbury defender gets a foot in to send Gary to the floor and the ball to a team mate with the referee turning down Gary's appeal for a free kick. Stohrer was quickly back to his feet and as Banbury tried to pass the ball out of defence intercepted the ball and declining the advice of those behind the ball fed the ball forward to Bennett inside the penalty area. Sam instead of attempting a first-time strike opted for a second touch but was quickly closed down by a defender who got enough on the ball to make it a simple collect for Harding.

With thirty-eight minutes on the clock Banbury came forward again with Babos bursting forward on Kettering's right. Whilst he was in the act of centring the ball towards Spasov Ethan Hall slid in with a great covering tackle sending the ball behind for a corner. The resulting set piece was partially cleared but fell to Smile on the edge of the box but he saw his shot shave the outside of the post as it went narrowly wide.

As the half was coming to its end Kettering were awarded a free-kick just inside their own half. Morley lifted the ball into the penalty area and the Banbury keeper came off his line to collect but muffed his catch as he ran into Lewthwaite and the ball was loose on the floor. Gascoigne side footed it back into the middle but Harding had quickly regained his feet and grabbed the ball Lewthwaite challenged for the ball but the referee adjudged that the keeper had the ball in both hands before Tyrone kicked it free. This was the last action of the half.

  Half Time: Kettering Town 0    Banbury United  0

Kettering started the second half positively when a Foulkes sent a free-kick deep towards Lewthwaite who went down under a challenge but fairly according to Mr Parkinson. Kettering retained possession and played the ball backwards where it was fed out to the stand side where Lewthwaite was once again the target but with two defenders covering him could do little more than retain possession and feed it backwards to the half way line.  This time Gascoigne sent a high ball down Kettering's left where Bennett was able to run onto it in plenty of space. Sam took the ball to the touchline and sent a high cross deep towards the far post. It looked like it had been over hit by Keaton Ward was there to send a looping header back into the goal mouth where Lewthwaite was waiting. With the keeper drawn out of position a Banbury defender was just tall enough to get a vital header on the ball to clear the danger preventing it from reaching Tyrone for a certain goal.

Two minutes into the second half Mr Parkinson, after awarding the visitors a free kick finally lost his patience with Banbury skipper Giorgio Rasulo who had constantly offered “advice” on every decision he had made and showed a yellow card for dissent.

With seven minutes of the second half played Acquaye again found encouragement down Kettering's left able to carry the ball deep into Kettering territory before being forced to work the ball inside where it eventually ended up with Josh Smile who fired in a low shot for which Foulkes had to be alert to get down low to his left to push it behind for a corner.  The corner from the stand side was aimed to the far post where it was cleared by a red shirt but only as far as a Banbury player lurking outside the penalty area. Banbury patiently passed the ball around to try and pry open another opening but one of the passes was neatly intercepted by Lewthwaite who broke at full speed travelling the length of the pitch. He carried the ball all the way into the Banbury penalty area by which time two defenders were close to him. Ty did enough though to get a shot off but an outstretched leg of a defender deflected the ball away from the target but straight to Bennett about 12 yards out. He hit a first-time right foot shot but it took a deflection before hitting the outside of the post and going out for a Kettering corner. Morley's corner was a high looping one towards the far post where it was headed clear but possession was regained by Kettering mid-way in Banbury's half. However, the referee blew his whistle to halt play as a Banbury player after no discernible contact was on the floor holding his head. The referee called for the physio before reaching the player who seemed perfectly ok requiring no treatment. The referee then presented the ball to the Banbury keeper despite the fact that Kettering had been in possession when the game was stopped. The referee insisted that the defender go off the pitch but as the keeper restarted the play with a long kick downfield to initiate another Banbury attack waved the player on as the ball was in the air achieving nothing but depriving Kettering the ball in a promising position.

As the game neared the hour mark Lewthwaite picked up possession through a misplaced Banbury pass mid-way inside his own half advancing a few yards he looked up and threaded a through ball bisecting the Banbury defence for Bennett to run onto in the visitor's penalty area. Sam was challenged by Williamson and went down under pressure with the ball trickling through to the goalkeeper. Bennett's appeal for a penalty were waved away by the referee as Harding bowled the ball out to Acquaye faced by White. Acquaye pushed the ball inside and then tried to run through White who lifted his hands to fend off the winger who bounced off, going to the floor and making the most of the collision appearing to be seriously hurt. Connor Roberts rushed to the referee to chip in his two pennyworth. After consulting with his linesman, the referee showed White his second yellow card for his second foul of the game an innocuous coming together on the halfway line right in front of the home bench who had a front row view of the incident and Lee Glover forthrightly put forward his opinion and was rewarded with a yellow card as was a Banbury staff member for expressing his views.

Kettering's response was to replace Sam Bennett with Ben Sault with Garry Stohrer dropping to right back and Sault playing in midfield. Shortly after Kettering won a throw-in close to the corner flag. Rhys Sharpe launched it into the middle where it picked out George Cooper but his backwards header was wide of the mark.

Banbury concentrated the majority of their attacks down Kettering's right trying to take advantage of the defensive adjustments but Keaton Ward was assisting Stohrer in covering Acquaye. The Banbury man was getting some success but his finishing did not match the quality of his approach work. With most of his goal attempts going wide his one effort on target was low towards the near post but was comfortably dealt with by Foulkes with Gascoigne clearing the ball.

It wasn't all one way traffic as Stohrer picked the ball up in midfield and fed the ball out to Lewthwaite tight on the touchline with two defenders in close coverage. Ty does well though with some trickery manages to turn inside and generate some space for himself. And send the ball wide for Sault who managed to reach the ball before it crossed the by-line and cut the ball back into the middle but the angle was two acute and passed a couple of feet behind Lewthwaite who'd continued his run.

With just under ten minutes to go Kettering made a second change with Decarrey Sheriff replacing the Keaton Ward. With just over five minutes to Banbury won a corner after a shout for handball was turned down. The corner was headed behind by Morley the second corner was ineffective.  Shortly after Banbury made their only substitution with Josh Dugmore replacing Callum Reilly.

As the game was approaching the final minute Banbury were awarded a free-kick a few yards outside Kettering's penalty area in a central position as Lewthwaite challenged Williams brought the ball forward. The referee saw fit to book the Kettering man. With three players over the ball Hickman took the kick but sent it well over the bar with Foulkes untroubled.

In the four added minutes Ben Radcliffe hit a shot from twenty yards which was watched all the way in by Foulkes who tipped the ball over for a Banbury corner which was cleared by the defence. The ball came almost straight back into the box but before the forward could get off a shot, he was flagged offside at which point Mr Parkinson blew the final whistle.

Full Time: Kettering Town 0  Banbury United  0

A rare goalless draw at Latimer Park which can been as a point saved rather than points dropped.  After a slow start Kettering gradually grew into the game. Banbury enjoyed long spells of possession but achieved little with it. They were let down with poor shooting which is a testament to the cohesive nature of Kettering's defence. Banbury's cause was assisted by the early booking for Lewis White for a needless foul limiting his effectiveness which left him walking a tightrope until his eventual demise for what was only his second perceived foul of the game. The referee did the home side no favours appearing to be inconsistent and making some baffling decisions. Lewthwaite was pushed and held all game but failed to be protected by the ref with him being continuously penalised himself.  Kettering adjusted and overcame adversity with Harrison Foulkes not being unduly troubled.  Banbury failed to press home their advantage as any transgression by Kettering in the penalty area would no doubt have been punished by Mr Parkinson.

Kettering Town yellow cards:   White, Lewthwaite – foul   2nd yellow/Red White - foul

Banbury United yellow cards:  Rasulo – dissent       

Attendance: 631

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Brad Gascoigne -  Another solid display from Kettering's player of the season so far.  Kettering's heaviest defeats have come when Brad has been missing or playing with an injury. He has played a key role at the centre of the defence coupled with chipping in with important goals at the other end. Tonight was another game when he was willing to put his body on the line to keep the opponents out.

Klondike Ticket winning no – 08596 – Clive Johnston of Wellingborough wins £150.


Team Sheet

Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 01st Nov 2022
Kettering Town FC
RED / BLACK
Captain:
BANBURY UNITED
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