Match Report - BOSTON UNITED

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

Connor Kennedy 00
Jordon Crawford 00

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BOSTON UNITED: 2

Goals

Green 00
Leesley 00

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

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BOSTON UNITED: 3

Goals

Burrow 45

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Match Report

Kettering Town v Boston United

Vanarama National League North

Saturday 4th December 2021   3:00pm

 

Kettering Town 

Boston United

1

 Jackson Smith

 

28

 Marcus Dewhurst

 

2

 Connor Barrett

 

2

 Matt Tootle          

 

3

 Alex Brown

 

4

 Tom Platt              

 

4

 Luke O'Neil    

 

5

 Scott Garner     (Capt)          

 

5

 Connor Johnson

 

6

 Luke Shiels

 

6

 Chris Smith

 

8

 Paul Green

 

12

 Jordon Crawford

 

9

 Jordan Burrow

 

8

 Connor Kennedy (Capt)

 

12

 Keenham Ferguson              

 

9

 Gerry McDonagh

 Off 79

14

 Danny Elliott

 Off 63

10

 Lamine Sherif

 Off 84

22

 Joe Leesley

 

11

 Harrison Neal

 

23

 Shaun Byrne                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

7

 Callum Powell

 On 79

1

 Peter Crook          

 

14

 Gary Stohrer

 

10

 Jake Wright jnr           

 On 63

15

 George Cooper

 

19

 Jordan Preston

 

16

 Claudio Ofosu

 

21

 Fraser Preston

 

24

 Kyle Perry

 On 84

29

 Kyron Gordon

 

 

Referee: David McNamara       Assistants: James Lunn and Callum Gough

After a run of four games on the road,with the team beaten three times and conceding ten goals in the process Kettering would have to face the challenge of the team currently sixth in the table- Boston United. Paul Cox was assisted in his task of reversing Kettering's fortunes by the return after suspension of Connor Johnson and Harrison Neal and both featured in the starting line-up. Jordon Crawford, after making his first start for the team on Tuesday, retained his place for a first start at Latimer Park. Rhys Sharpe missed the game after picking up an injury at Hereford. Rhys Davies also missed the game.  Callum Powell started the game on the bench along with new loan signing from Mansfield,George Cooper.  

With the pitch looking good apart from worn areas in the goalmouths and in dry conditions Kettering lined up playing towards the new stand end. However, at the coin toss the sides changed ends. The Kettering fans decamped making their way towards the Tin-Hat end but the sizeable contingent of travelling Boston supporters stayed put in the Tin-Hat making for a busy first 45 minutes for the stewards. Kettering kicked off attacking the Tin Hat with Boston United in amber shirts and black shorts. The Kettering fans were still making their way to the Tin Hat when the referee awarded a free kick to Kettering for a foul on Barrett some 30 yards from goal far out on stand side touch line. Alex Brown took the kick and sent a curling lofted ball towards the far post where it was met by an unmarked Connor Kennedy who buried his header back across goal. 1-0 Kettering 1 min.

Boston came back at Kettering and almost equalised with a carbon copy goal within a minute as they won a free kick on the open side. The ball was swung in and picked out the unmarked Luke Shiels but he could only direct his shot into the side netting. The ball from the goal kick came back almost immediately and Luke O'Neill was forced to concede the first corner of the game. The corner was taken by Joe Leesley, it was cleared but only back to Leesley who saw his second cross plucked out of the air by Jackson Smith, who recycled the ball quickly bowling it out to Barrett. Connor played a ball forward on the floor for Crawford to run on to but it outpaced the rapid Kettering man. Play switched to the opposite end but Connor Johnson cleared the ball high into the Boston half where the eager Crawford chased it. Outpacing the taller defenders Jordon controlled the ball and advanced 1v1 against Marcus Dewhurst who has appeared in goal for England U20s. Crawford, as cool as you like, passed the ball into the goal with slide-rule precision leaving the keeper helpless. It is debatable who was more excited with the goal the fans or the player himself. 2-0 Kettering 6 mins.

Kettering stayed on the front foot winning the ball back almost immediately from the restart and McDonagh broke down the left wing and, with a defender in close proximity, twisted and turned and managed to get a low cross into the danger area. Dewhurst,at full stretch on the floor,managed to get a hand to the ball and take all the pace off the ball leaving it close to him rather than attempting to palm it away.This enabled him to swiftly gather the ball, denying the lurking Crawford from latching onto a half chance. Seven minutes later Gerry McDonagh drew another good save from Dewhurst with the keeper stopping it with his legs.

Just after the quarter hour mark the referee stopped the game when McDonagh and Shiels had a coming together with Shiels going to ground holding his head. The game restarted with a uncontested drop ball to Boston directly in front of the camera position.  Leesley played the ball down the line.Luke O'Neill got his head to the ball but merely sent the ball backwards. Byrne won a race to the ball with Barrett and pushed it to Elliott close to the corner flag. He sent a low cross into the middle where it was met by Paul Green who side footed it past Jackson Smith who stood no chance. 2-1 Boston 16 mins.

Six minutes later it was all square. Boston won a throw in deep in Kettering's half on the open side. They worked the ball across the pitch via Green on the edge of the penalty area and with Kettering's defence failing to get in a decisive challenge, it ended up with Joe Leesley who fired a low shot accurately into the corner of the goal out of the reach of the diving Smith. 2-2 Boston 22 mins.

Three minutes before the half hour mark Barrett broke down the right wing carrying the ball deep into Boston territory. Connor fed the ball forward in towards Crawford in the penalty area.  Jordon turned his marker to give himself room to fire in a head height shot which drew another good save from Dewhurst who palmed the ball away to safety. Shortly after Kettering were awarded a free kick in midfield following a foul on Neal. The ball was played forward towards McDonagh but he was forced away from goal towards the touchline with good defending. Gerry recycled the ball backwards to a supporting team mate and received the ball back and started cutting in parallel to the edge of the penalty area.When he reached the centre of the pitch he pivoted and fired in a shot which passed narrowly over the bar.

Kettering were still pressing forward though and, with just over ten minutes to go in the half, Alex Brown launched a long throw from the stand side into the box. The ball was cleared but only straight to Brown who lifted the ball back into the box. The Boston defence failed to deal with this high ball and for a while the ball was loose on the floor in the penalty area. The ball broke to Kennedy to the left of the goal but his shot drifted wide of the goal.

Kettering had a claim for a penalty denied when a high ball was lifted into the box and Crawford appeared to be manhandled to the floor but all Kettering got was a corner which was met by a positive punch by Dewhurst.

In the final five minutes the referee produced his first card, cautioning Sherif for catching Byrne late as he cleared the ball. The Boston player to his credit made no complaint or claim for a free kick.

 Half Time: Kettering Town 2  Boston United 2

The second couldn't live up to the dynamite opening of the first and the first incident of note was on sixty-three minutes when Boston made the first substitution of the game with Jake Wright jnr replacing Danny Elliott. Straight after Kettering won their first corner of the second half when perseverance from Crawford in Boston's penalty area resulted in a defender putting the ball behind. Alex Brown's kick was dropped by the keeper but the loose ball was fired over the bar by Harrison Neal.

Two minutes later Boston won a corner when a high ball from Green into Kettering's penalty area was headed behind by O'Neill.The corner from the far side was punched clear by Smith but fell nicely for Leesley who powered in a shot that was blocked behind by a defender. The follow up corner from the stand side was taken by Leesley who picked out Jordan Burrow, unmarked, running in at the far post to send a firm header into the top corner. 2-3 Boston 67 mins.

After seventy-three minutes Alex Brown made progress down the left beating two players.The ball found its way to Sherif, who tried a shot, but it was blocked straight back to his feet. Lamine changed the angle of attack by feeding the ball onto McDonagh, but Matt Tootle put his body on the line for Boston,throwing himself into the path of a fierce drive from Gerry sending the ball behind for a corner which was fruitless, being delivered in too close to the keeper.

With just over ten minutes to go Callum Powell replaced Gerry McDonagh. Five minutes later Kyle Perry replaced Lamine Sherif. In between these substitutions Jake Wright was cautioned for a foul.

Full Time: Kettering Town 2  Boston United 3

After a brilliant start, Kettering ended up on the losing side against a strong Boston side featuring four loanees from Sheffield United. Considering the influence of our own loanee from the Blades has on the team, Harrison Neal, their impact on the Pilgrims cannot be discounted. Once again defensive frailties cost the team any reward from the game. Paul Cox will be very disappointed that an opposition player was left free at a set piece and able to punish the hosts. 

Kettering Town yellow cards:   Sherif – foul

Boston United yellow cards:  Wright – foul     

Attendance: 716

Elgoods Brewery Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Jordan Crawford– chosen in memory of Pat Jux

A memorable day for the youngster scoring his first competitive goal for the club. 100% commitment and 100% effort for 90 minutes can only endear an already popular player even more with the fans. Hopefully now with the goal scoring monkey off his back the goals will start flowing.

Klondike Ticket winning Number -  11361, £160 won by Roy Hackford.


Team Sheet

Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 04th Dec 2021
Kettering Town FC
RED / BLACK
Captain:
0 Connor Kennedy
0 Jordon Crawford
BOSTON UNITED
YELLOW / BLACK
Captain:
0 Green
0 Leesley
0 Burrow