Match Report - KINGS LYNN TOWN
Kettering Town FC: 0
KINGS LYNN TOWN: 4
Kettering Town FC: 1
Decarrey Sheriff 45
KINGS LYNN TOWN: 6
The Poppies were blown away in 11 first half minutes as the Linnets scored four goals to effectively win this Emirates F A cup tie. Goals from Jordan Ponticelli (18 minutes), Gold Omotayo (22 and 25 minutes) and Theo Widdrington (28 minutes) were further supplemented by second half goals from Josh Barrett (74 minutes) and substitute, Aaron Jones (88 minutes).
Kettering’s consolation from Decarrey Sheriff and probably the goal of the match came in the 58th minute. Kettering keeper, Cameron Gregory had to be helped from the field just after half time with a nasty looking knee injury and Rhys Sharpe was stretchered off in the 81st minute with a head injury.
THE KETTERING SQUAD:
With Harry Reilly still out injured, Brad Gascoigne was rested with a knee injury although named on the substitutes’ bench. Lewis White came in and the six man substitutes bench included goalkeeping coach, Harry Hogg and Jack Empson with Neo Richard-Noel out on loan.
The teams lined up:
KINGS LYNN TOWN
1 Paul Jones
5 Adam Crowther
6 Josh Coulson
7 Michael Clunan (Captain)
8 Theo Widdrington (4 Kyle McFadden,75)
9 Gold Omotayo (19 Ken Charles,62)
10 Josh Barrett
14 Cameron Hargreaves
15 Ben Stephens
22 Oliver Scott (17 Aaron Jones,40)
38 Jordan Ponticelli
3 Tyler Denton
11 Zain Walker
12 Tai Fleming
24 Tyler Knowles
Yellow Cards: None
21 Cameron Gregory (1 Harry Hogg,49)
20 Kornell McDonald
2 Ben Sault (14 Ethan Hill,29)
4 Lewis White
5 Ben Toseland
8 Gary Stohrer (Captain)
10 Keaton Ward
11 Rhys Sharpe (9 Jordan Graham,81)
12 George Cooper
15 Sam Bennett
17 Decarrey Sheriff
6 Brad Gascoigne
16 Andre Wright
18 Jack Empson
Yellow cards: None
Kings Lynn started very much on the front foot, winning a 1st minute corner as keeper, Cameron Gregory, made a diving save from a speculative Josh Barrett shot. The resulting corner saw the keeper palm the cross over the bar. Theo Widdrington got a 3rd minute shot in which cannoned off a Kettering defender and two minutes later, Gregory took a low cross from the right from ex Poppy, Ben Stephens. The writing was beginning to be on the wall as Jordan Ponticelli set up Gold Omotayo with a great chance but the tall striker blasted the shot high over the bar. In the next minute Ponticelli had the ball in the net but was flagged offside.
Kettering finally got into the game and created two great goalscoring chances in the 11th and 15th minutes. Firstly, Decarrey Sheriff found space on the left and slipped the ball through to Sam Bennett, who saw his low shot pushed along the goal line by home keeper,Paul Jones and a defender cleared. Bennett then fired a 20 yard effort over the bar. The same player then got clear down the middle but got a poor connection with his left foot and Jones saved. Sheriff then got past his man on the left but his cross was too deep.
What followed, in an 11 minute spell, saw the Kettering rear guard crumble. Barnett’s 18th minute through ball found the left side of the Kettering defence absent and Ponticelli had the simplest of finishes from a few yards out. In the next minute, Barrett’s shot was a routine save for Gregory to his left- but two minutes later it was 2-0. Another incisive ball found Ben Stephens on the right and with no defenders in sight he squared the ball across to give Omotayo an easy tap in.
There was worse to follow. On 24 minutes, Cameron Hargreaves’ cross was headed over his own bar by Lewis White and from the corner Omotayo headed down and in, unchallenged. As a shell shocked Kettering tried to respond, Ben Sault’s run saw his shot blocked and the Linnets went down the other end to score a fourth when a one-two on the right gave Theo Widdrington a simple finish sliding the ball in at the left upright
Within a minute, Ben Sault was replaced by Ethan Hill. Kettering’s Keaton Ward had not been in the game and on 35 minutes he stretched to reach a cross from the right from Bennett but could get no contact. A similar move at the other end saw Stephens unable to get a foot on Ponticelli’s cross. Cameron Gregory made a final save in the last minute of the half as Barrett connected with Stephens’ cross.
KINGS LYNN TOWN 4 - 0 KETTERING TOWN
There were no personnel changes at the start of the half. But soon Kettering were forced to make a change as keeper,Gregory, went down injured in making a save and goalkeeping coach, Harry Hogg replaced him. He promptly spilled a Ponticelli shot-but a defender saved his blushes.
Kettering were finding it difficult to get the ball as Kings Lynn’s passing game enveloped them. But the Poppies tried to get forward, with Ward seeing a left foot shot easily saved. Out of nowhere they pulled a goal back on 58 minutes. Sheriff on the left turned well and hit a fierce shot from around 23 yards which flew past Jones. It was a great goal.
Normal service was soon resumed as Hogg saved from Omotayo and a Stephens cross from the left went begging. Ponticelli then lifted a good chance over the bar. Kettering’s Sheriff forced home keeper Jones to spill a cross but the danger was cleared. Bennett then drifted in from the left but he fired high over.
As Kettering looked to keep the ball (finally), it cost them a fifth goal. A short goal kick from Hogg to George Cooper, saw the defender get in a mess, losing the ball and Barrett running down the left blasted past Hogg.
The final actions of the match saw home substitute, Ken Charles fire just wide, Ponticelli also poked an easy chance wide, Hogg saved from Barrett, and Aaron Jones beat Hogg with a curling 88th minute shot to make it 6-1. Kettering’s Rhys Sharpe then took an attempted cross full on the head and had to be stretchered off.
All in all,a day to forget for Kettering Town FC.
KINGS LYNN TOWN 6 - 1 KETTERING TOWN
Match Officials: Referee: Aaron Farmer Assistants: Lewis Saunders-Johnson; Christopher Hastings
Attendance: 828 (Kettering fans estimated 100)
Poppies Media Elgoods Brewery Man of the Match: Not awarded
Saturday 8th: Away at Scarborough Athletic at 3pm
Saturday 15th: HOME to Spennymoor Town at 3pm
Saturday 22nd: Away at Chester City at 3pm
Tuesday 25th: Away at Farsley Celtic at 7.45pm
Saturday 29th HOME to Blyth Spartans at 3pm
Match report posted by Sadman KTFC.