Match Report - BRACKLEY TOWN

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Chris Smith 00

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Brackley Town: 0

Goals

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 3

Goals

Callum Powell 45
HARRISON NEAL 45

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Brackley Town: 1

Goals

Liburd 45

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Match Report

Kettering Town v Brackley Town

Vanarama National League North

Sunday 2nd January 2022   3:00pm

 

Kettering Town 

Brackley Town

1

 Jackson Smith

 

1

 Danny Lewis

 

2

 Connor Barrett

 

2

 Ellis Myles          

 Off 74

3

 Alex Brown

 

3

 Connor Franklin              

 Off 46

4

 George Cooper

 

4

 Shepherd Murombedzi              

 

5

 Connor Johnson

 

5

 Louis Lomas

 

6

 Chris Smith

 

6

 Gareth Dean  (Capt)

 

7

 Callum Powell

 

7

 Matt Lowe

 

8

 Connor Kennedy (Capt)

 

8

 James Armson              

 Off 80

9

 Gary Stohrer

 

9

 Lee Ndovu

 

10

 Jordon Crawford

 Off 70

10

 Tre Mitford

 

11

 Harrison Neal

 

11

 Jordan Culliane-Liburd                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Decarrey Sherriff

 On 70

12

 Brad Rolt          

 On 74

14

 Issac Stones

 

14

 Twariq Yusuf           

 On 80

15

 Rhys Sharpe

 

15

 Jeff Pultz

 

16

 Luke Ward

 

16

 Wes York

 On 46

17

 Saul Milovanovic

 

17

 Fabio Lopes

 

 

Referee: Andrew Humphries       Assistants: James King and Harry Jones

With it being a month since a home game at Latimer Park and over a fortnight since the excellent victory at Leamington another Covid enforced break would see returning to action facing top of the table Brackley Town. The last break led to a dip in form by the team but being aware of that Paul Cox and his coaching staff would be trying their utmost to ensure that there would be no repeat of that. The manager had the luxury of being able to select the same side that performed so well in Warwickshire. With the continuing injury to Gerry McDonagh the substitutes bench showed one change with new signing Saul Milovanovic replacing Kyle Perry.

Under leaden skies carrying the occasional burst of rain the pitch looked heavy with patches being decidedly sticky and any prolonged rain in the previous 48hrs would have led to the fixture being questionable. Brackley in a bright yellowy-green strip, the hi-vis properties of which would be useful on a murky afternoon, lined up defending the new stand with in all red.

Tre Mitford got into the pantomime spirit as with the teams lined up for kick-off the referee sounded his whistle for the players to take the knee. The Kettering old boy eager and keen mistakenly ran into Kettering's half and after some mild ribbing Brackley kicked off on the second whistle. The opening minutes were punctuated by a string of free kick being awarded as both sides got acclimatised to the interesting surface.

Brackley had the first opportunity of the game after five minutes when a ball high out from their defence prompted a moment of miscommunication between Kettering's Smiths. Goalkeeper Jackson made to come for the ball causing defender Chris to hesitate in his pursuit of the ball. The soft pitch however took all the pace off the ball and realising that it would not carry to him Jackson halted his advance wary of being caught outside of his area. Chris recommenced his chase of the ball but his delay was pounced on by Kettering old boy Tre Mitford who from a running start beat the defender to the ball. The surface assisted the hosts as coupled with Tre's pace prevented his from setting himself for an effective shot and sent his effort well wide.

In the twelve-minute Chris Smith gifted Brackley their first corner of the game when following a very poor shot by Lee Ndovu somewhat rushed his clearance and sliced the ball behind. The Kettering defence cleared the corner somewhat fortuitously after a possible free kick was overlooked. Three minutes later and Chris Smith again gifted a corner to Brackley once again slicing a routine clearance behind which was eventually gathered by Jackson Smith.

It wasn't until after the quarter of an hour mark before the home fans had something to cheer about when a high ball forward from Kennedy gave Crawford something to chase. Brackley's full back Ellis Myles had a healthy start on Jordon but the Kettering player chased hard and Myles was rushed into heading the ball back to his keeper Lewis who originally mishandled it but grabbed it at the second attempt.

 On twenty minutes Brackley were penalised for a foul by Murombedzi on Connor Barratt midway inside their half but out wide towards the open side touchline. It was a needlessly conceded free kick as Connor had his back to goal and looked to be posing no threat. Alex Brown trotted over from the opposite side of the pitch and proceeded to deliver a perfect lofted free kick into the penalty area where Chris Smith atoned for his previous mistakes by heading home from five yards out.  1-0 Kettering 20 mins.

Kettering buoyed by the goal started to take charge of the game after a pretty even first 20 minutes. Three minutes after scoring a throw in on the open side some 20 yards out was for once was not taken long by Brown but delivered to the feet of the close by Powell. Callum swung the ball into the crowded goalmouth but it sailed over everyone to emerge untouched on the nearside where it was retrieved by Crawford who did well to turn the ball back to George Cooper who declining the shot lifted the ball towards Kennedy at the far post where defender Louis Lomas was forced to head behind for Kettering's first corner which came to nothing.  

 With just under twenty minutes to go in the half Powell and Barratt were working well together on the open side probing for an opening. With nothing doing the ball was fed inside to the advancing Gary Stohrer who hit a full-blooded shot from almost thirty yards. The Brackley keeper was squarely in line with the shot but such was the force of it that Danny Lewis had to parry the ball two handed and claim it at the second attempt.  

Five minutes before half time another foul by persistent offender Shepherd Murombedzi led to a talking to from the referee but no card and the awarding to Kettering a free kick in a very similar position which led to the first goal. Once again Alex Brown delivered a defence challenging ball high into the penalty area. This time Connor Johnson was the closest Kettering player to the ball but he was adjudged to be offside and a free kick awarded to Brackley.

 As the final five minutes of regulation time and two additional minutes for stoppages were coming to a conclusion Brackley were awarded a free kick a midway inside Kettering's half. Brackley took an age to set up the kick with the referee content to allow them to take as long as they wanted. The ball was played into the area but was cleared towards Crawford who looked to make a 1v1 break but was halted in his tracks much to his displeasure by the referee blowing up for half time. John Ramshaw wasn't enamoured by that and other decisions and in putting his views to the referee before departing the pitch earned himself a yellow card the first of the match.

 Half Time: Kettering Town 1  Brackley Town 0

 Brackley made one change at half time with Wes York replacing Connor Franklin. As in the first half Tre Mitford had the first chance after four minutes of play, he made some space for himself inside Kettering's penalty area but Smith was equal to the shot parrying in to the floor and swiftly reacting to dive on the ball before a lurking Brackley forward could pounce.

The first yellow card of the game, to a player, was shown to Lee Ndovu after 53 minutes following a foul on Kennedy. The resulting free kick was taken by Jackson Smith and flicked on by Kennedy into Brackley's penalty area for Crawford to run onto. Jordon had managed to get inside the Brackley skipper Gareth Dean and about to show the defender a clean pair of heels to bear down on goal but was hauled down. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Dean didn't question the foul but tried to convince the official that the offence had taken place outside the area but unless the referee believed that Crawford had flown 5 yards though the air he wasn't going to buy it. Callum Powell placed the ball on the spot and sent the ball low and hard to the keeper's right. Danny Lewis went the right way but could only parry the ball back to Powell who smashed the rebound past the prostrate keeper.  2-0 Kettering 55 mins.

Almost straight from the restart Murombedzi was again guilty of a foul this time on Stohrer and the Brackley player was this time cautioned. Brackley were in danger of losing their discipline with Culliane-Liburd having to be talked to after an off the ball incident with Crawford with the referee trying to defuse the situation.

 On the hour Mark Brackley had their best chance of the game. A throw in on the open side was nodded on by Mitford into the goalmouth but Ndlovu was denied by a point blank save by Jackson Smith with the follow up chance being turned behind by a defender for a corner. The corner from the covered side picked out an unmarked Jordan Culliane-Liburd who had the simple task of heading the ball home. 2-1 Brackley 60 mins.

 After sixty-five minutes Connor Barrett manufactured a good opening for himself carrying the ball forward with defenders backing off him. He advanced deep into the Brackley penalty area but let down the great approach work by screwing his right footed shot wide of the far post. Kettering were in the ascendancy with the Brackley goal being most at threat.

Kettering made their only substitution after 70 minutes when Jordon Crawford was withdrawn in favour of Decarrey Sherriff. It was an impressive performance from a player whose appearance was doubtful after picking up a injury in a friendly three days earlier.

The Kettering supporters were incensed when another probing run by Barrett down Brackley's left was curtailed by the defender York throwing himself to the ground and rolling into Barrett's legs with a block worthy of the NFL in the USA. For some reason the referee thought that no foul had been committed.

With a quarter of an hour left Harrison Neal was the first Kettering player to go into the book conceding a free kick in a dangerous area. Before the free kick was taken Brackley made their second substitution with Brad Rolt replacing Ellis Myles. This had to happen twice as the first time the players swapped without the match officials being aware of the swap. The free kick was lifted into the area and met by a forceful punch by Smith which cleared the ball almost to the half way line. Two minutes later Armson was the third Brackley player to be cautioned after cynically chopping Stohrer down, as he was about to break, with no possibility of winning win the ball.

Armson's day was done with ten minutes to go when he was withdrawn to make way for Twariq Yusuf. By this stage some Brackley fans were already starting to leave the ground.

That trickle would turn into a flood with six minutes to go. A corner was won on the far side after good work by Powell maintaining possession and running down the clock. The corner was punched clear but only as far as Connor Johnson he fed the ball to Brown out wide pushed the ball inside to Harrison Neal on the corner of the penalty area. He lifted the ball towards the far post looping over the keeper and defenders before nestling home in the top corner for his first goal for the club restoring the two-goal lead. Kettering 3-1 84 mins

In the final five minutes Connor Johnson was booked to be the fifth player cautioned, rather harshly, conceding right on the edge of the penalty area, but in no way was it a dirty game just one played in a competitive spirit. In the closing minutes of the game and the three additional minutes Brackley forced two corners but Kettering's defence held firm to record a convincing win over the league leaders.

Full Time: Kettering Town 3  Brackley Town 1

Paul Cox will be very happy with the performance his team gave. Every player was determined and out fought the league leaders across the entire pitch. The coaching staff are to be congratulated for ensuring that the team after their enforced break and on an energy sapping surface did not allow their energy levels to drop and kept running and pressurising the league leaders at every ball denying the chance to dwell on the ball. The Kettering supporters in attendance would have gone home happy added to in the knowledge that Jackson Smith's and Harrison Neal's loan agreement have been extended until the end of the season. Perfectionist as he is though Mr Cox will be disappointed at conceding a goal from another set piece.

Kettering Town yellow cards:   Ramshaw – dissent Neal, Johnson – foul

Brackley Town yellow cards:    Ndovu, Murombedzi, Armson – fouls     

Attendance: 806

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Callum Powell – chosen by Coralie Barker and Eunice Eaves.  If the decision had been a few minutes later Harrison Neal with his killer goal would have gotten the nod. However, every Kettering player gave 100% commitment to the cause and any one of the starting XI would have been worthy of the accolade.

Klondike winning ticket no - 11438, won by Brian Munton (£165)


Team Sheet

Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 02nd Jan 2022
Kettering Town FC
RED / BLACK
Captain:
0 Callum Powell
0 Chris Smith
0 HARRISON NEAL
Brackley Town
YELLOW / BLUE
Captain:
0 Liburd