Match Report - BRACKLEY TOWN
Kettering Town FC: 0
BRACKLEY TOWN: 0
Kettering Town FC: 1
Callum Powell 45
BRACKLEY TOWN: 1
Shane Byrne 45
On the day it was a game between two evenly matched sides – despite their contrasting league positions. Two penalties settled this entertaining draw, Callum Powell’s 68th minute spot kick was matched by Shane Byrne’s 88th minute equaliser.
Kettering can be well pleased with their point but it was very nearly three.
THE KETTERING SQUAD:
With on loan Jevan Anderson injured, Connor Johnson was brought into the squad and starting eleven and new signing, Khaellem Bailey-Nicholls replaced Ethan Johnston on the bench.
The teams lined up:
1 Danny Lewis
2 Ellis Myles
3 Ethan Coleman
4 Shane Byrne
5 Jordan Cullinane-Liburd
6 Gareth Dean (Captain)
7 Wes York
8 Shep Murombedzi (14 Matt Lowe,64)
9 Lee Ndlovu (12 Tre Mitford,40)
10 Ashley Chambers (16 Connor Franklin,78)
11 James Armson
16 Connor Tee
17 Alistair Worby
Yellow Cards: Cullinane- Liburd,15; Dean,83
1 Adam Collin
2 Gary Stohrer
3 Connor Johnson
4 Ben Milnes
5 Ryan Fryatt
6 Michael McGrath (Captain)
7 Callum Powell
8 Connor Kennedy
24 Kyle Perry
10 Michael Richens
11 Decarrey Sheriff
12 Sam Jones
14 Ben Stephens
15 Jay Williams
17 Ashanti Pryce
Yellow cards: Fryatt,49; Bailey-Nicholls,90+2
It was a bitterly cold day and the pitch was in pretty good condition given the recent weather. Kettering were able to change formation and Michael Richens dropped to right back with the versatile Gary Stohrer going to left back.
The Poppies started well with Decarrey Sheriff winning an early corner and from the clearance Connor Kennedy flashed a shot wide of the left upright. Then a Connor Kennedy long throw was partially cleared and Richens’ on target shot, stung a home defender.
Kettering continued to press and Kennedy saw his 6th minute shot well saved to his left by a diving Danny Lewis. Two minutes later, a foul on Callum Powell 28 yards out saw the same player see his direct free kick blocked. His follow up left foot strike was collected by Kyle Perry, who ‘scored’ – only to be correctly ruled offside.
It was not until the 12th minute that Brackley got into the Kettering penalty area as Ellis Myles got clear on the right, but Michael McGrath got in a crucial interception. From the corner, the ball bobbled around and Jordan Cullinane- Liburd’s point-blank header was saved on the line by Kettering keeper, Adam Collin.
Connor Johnson was showing up well and his attacking header from a McGrath free kick was a routine save for Lewis. Decarrey Sheriff was also finding time and space and won a corner on the left - with Ben Milnes’ cross landing on top of the net. Johnson was soon in action again as Lee Ndlovu got away on the left and as he threatened a shot, Johnson got in a great saving tackle. Within a minute, Collin got down well to gather a 25-yard shot.
Kettering were playing well with some good open attacking play. Gary Stohrer’s determined run saw him put in on goal and only a fantastic block by home skipper, Gaz Dean, stopped a likely goal. Then Sheriff saw his left foot drive deflected just wide with Lewis wrong footed. The Poppies had a couple of half chances which were both easy for Lewis, and Powell’s low drive from the left went into the side netting.
Ex Poppy Tre Mitford came on after 40 minutes replacing the injured Ndlovu, as Kettering continued on the front foot. Powell’s cross was cleared for a corner and the home defence had to clear two dangerous shots. Just before the break, two away corners were won and only desperate defending kept the ball out and an appeal for a handball in the area was waived away.
BRACKLEY TOWN 0 - 0 KETTERING TOWN
The Saints made a better start in the second half, retaining a lot of possession and putting the visitors under real pressure for the first time. A very promising move was spoiled by Mitford drifting offside and Johnson’s timely intervention cut out Shane Byrne’s dangerous looking cross.
Kettering survived 15 minutes of pressure and won a corner on the left. Milnes’ cross was a whisker away from Kennedy’s leap in the six-yard box. Brackley replied instantly and Byrne had a clear sight of goal, but his shot was well wide.
As the game now became more even, Ryan Fryatt’s header from a set piece was saved by Lewis.
Kettering won a penalty on 67 minutes as Powell darted into the penalty area on the left and was tripped. Powell got up to confidently finish from the spot.
Within a minute Kettering threatened again with Sheriff on the right. He worked a position to shoot with his right foot but the effort was high over the bar. Brackley responded with a flowing move which resulted in a corner, which Kettering defended well.
Collin saved routinely from Mitford and at the other end Powell fired over from a decent position. Then Kettering created another chance as Sheriff was clear down the right but the low cross was shut out by the home defence. Then a Milnes effort was blocked out.
The saints created a good chance on 86 minutes as a cross from the left just needed heading in-but Armson and Mitford got in each other’s way and the header from close range went badly wide.
Brackley equalised on 88 minutes from the penalty spot. A cross from the right brushed against Johnson’s arm and Byrne stepped up to convert.
Kettering had a couple of final attacks, finishing the stronger and Sheriff won a last corner which came to nothing.
BRACKLEY TOWN 1 - 1 KETTERING TOWN
Referee: Thomas Kirk; Assistants: Ashley Clarke and Andrew Ellis
Poppies Man of the Match: Callum Powell, a consistent threat throughout the game.
We now have an away at Boston on Tuesday 5th January (7.45pm) before the next home game on Saturday 9th January at 3pm against Gateshead.
Match report posted by Sadman KTFC.