Match Report - CURZON ASHTON

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Callum Powell 00

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CURZON ASHTON: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 3

Goals

Callum Powell 45
John Ramshaw 45

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CURZON ASHTON: 0

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Match Report

Kettering Town v Curzon Ashton

Vanarama National League North

Saturday 15th January 2022   3:00pm

 

Kettering Town 

Curzon Ashton

1

 Jackson Smith

 

1

 Chris Renshaw

 

2

 Connor Barrett

 

2

 Matt Challoner         

 Off 74

3

 Alex Brown

 

3

 Matt Waters              

 Off 83

4

 Kevin Joshua

 

4

 Marcus Poscha              

 

5

 Connor Johnson

 

7

 Aiden Thomas

 

6

 Chris Smith

 Off 36

11

 Tom Peers

 

7

 Callum Powell

 

12

 Joseph Nolan

 

8

 Connor Kennedy (Capt)

 

16

 Jordan Lussey              

 Off 70

9

 Gary Stohrer

 

19

 Craig Hobson

 

10

 Jordon Crawford

 Off 75

21

 Craig Mahon  (Capt)

 Off 75

11

 George Cooper

 

22

 Adam Barton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Riccardo Calder

 On 36

10

 Alex Curran        

 On 75

14

 Decarrey Sherriff

 

13

 Luke Merrrill          

 

15

 Rhys Sharpe

 

17

 Jordan Richards

 On 83

16

 Saul Milovanovic

 

20

 Jamie Cooke

 On 70

17

 Michael Conlon

 On 75

31

 Charlie Gladwin

 

 

Referee: Callum Walchester        Assistants: Ashley Allen and Sam Wesson

After failing to fill the subs bench on the mid-week trip to Brackley Paul Cox had called in reinforcements with two new signings. In central defence Kevin Joshua has joined the club on a month’s loan from WBA under 23s going straight into the starting line-up as a straight replacement for Luke Ward who'll be missing for a few weeks after picking up a ligament injury at Brackley. The second signing is forward Mikey Conlon from League of Ireland side Galway United who would start on the subs bench. The team was boosted by the return from injury of Jordon Crawford and Connor Barrett both of whom missed the Brackley game. Barrett's return caused Riccardo Calder to be relegated to the bench.

Fortunately, it had been fairly dry since the start of the year and the pitch looked drier than it had for the last home game but it still appeared to be very heavy and not conducive to smooth flowing football. With no rain, no discernible wind and mild temperature, conditions were the best one could hope for, for a match in mid-January but with a mist in the air the Latimer Park lights would be needed from kick off.

Curzon Ashton in salmon pink and black striped shirts, black shorts and socks kicked off attacking the Tin Hat with Kettering in all red. Kettering lined up in a 3-5-2 formation with George Cooper playing in midfield like he did at Brackley. Kettering had the first shot at goal of the game after two minutes when Callum Powell teed up Connor Kennedy who let loose a shot from almost thirty yards which had goalie Chris Renshaw concentrating but he watched it sail narrowly over the bar.

Curzon were presented an early opportunity in the fifth minute when Connor Johnson conceded a needless free kick right on the corner of the penalty area on the stand side, inches away from being a penalty. Matt Walters free kick was poor striking Crawford on the end of a three-man wall. The rebound came back to the taker but his second effort wasn't much of an improvement and his ball played square was cut out by Barrett who sent the ball downfield for Powell to chase for  no gain.

With eight minutes gone Crawford conceded a free kick close to the half way line but was caught napping as whilst he was remonstrating with the referee about the ball placement for the free kick it was taken allowing the Curzon right back Matt Challoner acres of space on the overlap and to deliver a dangerous high cross into the box. It was dealt with imperiously though by Chris Smith who rose above everyone and cleared the ball well with a firm header.

On the quarter our mark the ball was fed forward towards Powell who showed good skills tight on the by line in the Curzon penalty area to beat two defenders but his cross was cut out by a third defender at the expense of Kettering's first corner which was delivered high into the middle of the goalmouth. Renshaw punched the ball clear but before it could roll out for a throw-in it was retrieved by Stohrer. Gary turned inside of the nearest opposition player and carried the ball forward and on reaching the edge of the box lifted a looping ball towards the six-yard box into the path of Chris Smith who turned the ball towards goal but Renshaw was alert to the danger and dropped onto the ball.

Four minutes later Kettering had their second corner which Brown took short to Powell who delivered the ball deep to the far post where it was met by Connor Kennedy who headed it back across the face of the goal where it was met by Johnson. Connor took a touch to control the ball before sending it goal wards from close range but the slight delay allowed Marcus Poscha to produce a sliding block to prevent a certain goal. The resulting corner came to nothing.

With just over twenty minutes gone a long clearance downfield by Kevin Joshua gave Powell something to run onto. Callum managed to get goal-side of his marker Adam Barton who vainly tried to pull the forward back but Callum shrugged off the hand and advanced 1v1against Chris Renshaw with still a lot to do. Powell hit a curving right foot shot across the keeper to nestle in the far corner. 1-0 Kettering 21 mins.

The referee having played advantage still penalised the defender who tried to bring down Powell and Barton went into the book. Kettering had the majority of possession for next period of play but did not trouble the Curzon goal. Just before the half hour mark Kettering had their next chance. Alex Brown was in possession midway inside Kettering's half before sending an inch perfect ball across the width of the pitch to Barrett in plenty of space. Connor carried the ball forward and played a 1-2 with Crawford who was in advance of him and on receiving the ball back fired in a low powerful shot which passed close by to Renshaw's far post with the keeper motionless.

Matt Walters became the second Ashton player to go into the book after thirty minutes after catching Kennedy late in a tackle. It wasn't until the thirty-third minute before Curzon had their first shot at goal when the ball was worked forward to Craig Hobson whose shot from the edge of the penalty area sailed high over the bar. A minute later and Curzon were a bit closer. A ball out of defence was aimed towards Hobson who managed to get a boot on it and flick it forward for Tom Peers to run onto. He got slightly ahead of Chris Smith in a foot race but Jackson Smith had advanced out of his goal and making himself big blocked the on target shot to make a good save sending the ball out for a throw-in. Chris Smith was on the floor though and needed treatment from Rachael. It looked like a hamstring injury and it was clear that Chris would need to be replaced. With no players ready Kettering had to play a man down whilst Riccardo Calder was readied. George cooper dropped into the back three and Calder took over in midfield.

Nothing of note occurred in the remaining ten minutes plus three additional minutes until deep into injury time when Alex Brown caught Jordan Lussey late directly under the camera position. Alex did the right thing by leaving the scene of the crime departing as a dose of handbags broke out as the Curzon players over-reacted with a bout of pushing and shoving with Hobson and Mahon being centre stage. When normal service had been resumed and Lussey had regained his feet with no need of medical treatment, the referee called Brown over and added his name to his book. Also cautioned was Hobson for his display of indiscipline and dissent. With time running out Kettering worked the ball into Curzon's penalty area and managed to win a corner. Before the kick was taken Hobson kicked the loose ball with some force into the stand behind the goal occupied by Kettering fans in order to waste time. With the Kettering fans chanting for his dismissal the referee showed leniency and allowed him to stay on the pitch but administered what must have been his final warning. The corner came to nothing and shortly after Mr Walchester halted proceedings for half time. Before he could leave the pitch he was made aware of the injustices served upon them by, in their opinion, perfidious officials by a few Curzon players.  

Half Time: Kettering Town 1  Curzon Ashton 0

 With neither side making any personnel changes Curzon made the better start to the second half winning a free kick in the 47th minute close to the corner flag on the open side after the slightest touch on Nolan by Cooper. The ball was delivered low into the box and flicked on into the path of Mahon who sent the ball goal wards but Jackson Smith leapt across the goal and made a brilliant save palming the ball away. The ball was immediately sent back towards goal but hit the outside of the post and went behind for a goal kick. Curzon kept up the pressure winning a corner two minutes later but the ball into the box was assuredly collected by Smith dominating his area.

This represented a high water mark for the visitors as Kettering slowly assumed control of the match. Brown and Barrett Kettering's wing backs were both taking every opportunity to advance down the flanks to keep Curzon pinned on the back foot. In a period of ten minutes Kettering won three corners but could not press home their advantage and double their lead.

On the hour mark Kennedy was cautioned for not retreating 10 yards from a free kick taking one for the team to prevent the kick from being taken quickly. Three minutes later there was a conflagration in the middle of the park involving Kennedy. Mr Walchester was immediately surrounded by a mob of Curzon players in the melee Jordon Crawford was knocked to the floor by what appeared to be a raised hand by a visiting player. Not content with crowding the referee a couple of players came over to pressurise the linesman with Hobson being one of them. When peace finally broke out opposition captain Craig Mahon note book for dissent after constantly whinging at the referee.

With sixty-five minutes gone another foul out wide by Challoner on Powell led to a free kick giving Callum an opportunity to put a dangerous ball into the box. He duly delivered and a Kettering head flicked the ball goal bound but were denied by a great save by Chris Renshaw who parried the ball away. Almost straight after Kennedy was fouled again this time by Barton, already on a yellow, with an errant arm, but it only resulted in a free kick which led to nothing.

On seventy minutes Curzon made their first substitution with Jamie Cooke replacing Jordan Lussey. At the same time Crawford went down with cramp. Five minutes later a ball out of Kettering's defence was worked down the left wing the ball was carried forward by Crawford until about twenty yards out before squaring the ball inside to Powell. Callum carried the ball further inside and fed the ball ten yards further square to Kennedy. Connor played the ball back to Powell who was centrally placed on the edge of the penalty area in space. Callum looked up, picked his spot and comprehensively beat the keeper.  2-0 Kettering 75 mins.

Before the restart Kettering made their second substitution with Mikey Conlon replacing the weary Crawford. Curzon also made their second substitution with Alex Curran replacing Craig Hobson. Conlon's first introduction to English football was being fouled by Challoner but the referee allowed play to continue. Challoner had been committing similar fouls all day body checking players making runs and embracing Cooper wrapping his arms around him at every corner.

Curzon made their final substitution after 83 minutes when Jordan Richards replaced Matt Waters. With just over five minutes to go the expected red card made its appearance with  Challoner getting a straight red for violent conduct after a dangerous tackle on Alex Brown. Callum Powell extracted perfect retribution on the visitors sending over a perfect ball in where Cooper who'd been marked by Challoner at all similar chances nodded home to seal the win.    3-0 Kettering 86 mins

 Kettering were looking to further hammer home their advantage and were pushing forward to the end with one eye looking to avoid injury from a well beaten Curzon from wayward tackling. Alex Brown was cut down again with Alex Curran being booked. An additional four minutes were played with neither Kettering or Mr Walchester increasing their tally.

 Full Time: Kettering Town 3  Curzon Ashton 0

 

A very professional performance against a dirty Curzon side of which Mr Walchester struggled to maintain control over, a team, which at times resembled a rugby union XV with the amount of man handling on display. Kettering kept their heads and refused to be riled and descend to their level. Hopefully none of the team picked up any knocks from a very physical Curzon team. The injury to Chris Smith looked serious, and any additions to a growing injury list would not be welcome as with many rearranged fixtures coming up Paul Cox will need to carefully marshal his playing resources. The manager must be happy with the performance of Callum Powell who produced two quality finishes for his goals and also the energy levels and commitment shown by the whole team. Kevin Joshua had a successful first game with an assist and a robust introduction to level six football.

Kettering Town yellow cards: Brown – foul Kennedy – failing to retreat 10 yards

Curzon Ashton yellow cards: Barton, Walters, Curran  – fouls  Hobson, Mahon - dissent   

Curzon Ashton Red Card Challoner – violent conduct

Attendance: 580

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Gary Stohrer– chosen by Concept Flooring.  

Callum Powell can feel a little aggrieved at not being nominated despite scoring twice and getting an assist but Gary Stohrer provided a solid base from which the team could attack allowing the forwards to grab the goals and glory. Gary, today and in the two games against Brackley has been solid and industrious showing great stamina and determination anchoring the midfield performance.

Klondike winning ticket no: 00022, £185 won by Doreen Coles.

 

 


Team Sheet

Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 15th Jan 2022
Kettering Town FC
RED / BLACK
Captain:
0 John Ramshaw
0 Callum Powell
0 Callum Powell
CURZON ASHTON
BLUE
Captain: