Match Report - CHORLEY
Kettering Town FC: 0
Connor Hall 00
Connor Hal 00
Kettering Town FC: 1
Callum Powell 45
Wil Tomlinson 45
A very poor first half cost the Poppies the game at third placed Chorley. A 7th minute error from keeper, Rhys Davies, and an unnecessary penalty conceded in the 40th minute gifted home striker Connor Hall two goals to give the hosts a comfortable 2-0 lead – and it could have been more.
Immediate second half substitutions helped Kettering to come into the game and Callum Powell pulled a goal back in the 82nd minute. As Kettering searched for an equaliser, the Magpies then scored an 87th minute third goal on the break through Willem Tomlinson.
THE KETTERING SQUAD:
The only change saw Claudio Ofosu replace Lamine Sherif who dropped to the bench.
Team line ups:
1 Matthew Urwin
2 Adam Henley
5 Scott Leather (Captain)
6 Lewis Baines
7 Billy Whitehouse (3 Harvey Smith,63)
8 Mike Calveley
9 Harry Cardwell (12 Jason Blyth,78)
10 Willem Tomlinson
11 Jonathan Ustabasi (15 Mace Goodridge,71)
16 Adam Blakeman
13 Ollie Shenton
19 Millenic Alli
Yellow Cards:Leather,72; Goodridge 90+5
1 Rhys Davies
2 Connor Barrett (14 Gary Stohrer,46)
3 Rhys Sharpe
4 Luke O’Neill
5 Chris Smith
6 Connor Johnson
7 Callum Powell
8 Connor Kennedy
9 Gerry McDonagh (24 Kyle Perry,72)
11 Harrison Neal
16 Claudio Ofosu (12 Jordon Crawford,46)
15 Lamine Sherif
16 Alex Brown
Yellow cards: Neal,75; Johnson,90.
As rain had fallen prior to kick off and during the first half the pitch surface was slippery on top.
Kettering provided the first threat on goal as Harrison Neal’s free kick gave Connor Johnson a chance to head at goal but the effort drifted well wide.
Out of nowhere Chorley opened the scoring in the 7th minute. Adam Blakeman hung a very high cross in from the left, Rhys Davies dropped the ball but straight onto the head of the advancing Connor Hall who had the simplest of headers into the net.
Luke O’Neill snuffed out a dangerous attacking move on 11 minutes with a calm header back to Davies, and the visiting keeper then made a good save from Harry Cardwell’s header. Davies then made a reaction save from a deflected shot – but the first 25 minutes had belonged to Chorley.
Davies then excelled in the 26th minute as he saved from Hall- the save being reminiscent of Gordon Bank’s great save from Pele as the Kettering keeper somehow scooped the ball over the bar low and off the goal line.
It was finally Kettering’s turn to threaten and, on the half hour, Chris Smith’s effort from Rhys Sharpe’s cross was saved by home keeper Matt Urwin who got in the right place as the point blank save came off his chest.
Connor Barrett’s low shot was easy for Urwin as was Harrison Neal’s daisy cutter before Chorley scored again in the 40th minute. Cardwell had been pushing his body in to good effect all half, and was hauled down with his back to goal, to give Hall the chance from the spot, which he converted to Davies’ right.
Davies then came to the rescue again as he saved from Cardwell after the ball had been given away cheaply by the Poppies.
At this stage and just prior to the interval, Chorley were rampant. Hall glanced a great chance wide of goal and a volley from Willem Tomlinson, direct from a corner was somehow saved by Davies at the left upright- this being the last action of the half.
CHORLEY 2 - 0 KETTERING TOWN
Kettering made two immediate substitutions at the start of the half. Gary Stohrer coming on for Connor Barrett and Jordon Crawford replaced Claudio Ofosu.
Chorley started the second half off as they’d finished the first, with O’Neill again making a timely interception and, from a 48th minute quick break, Hall slipped over when in a great position to score.
Slowly the Poppies came into the game, with the Magpies trying to manage the game, as the two half time substitutions began to bear fruit.
A dangerous Kettering corner was punched away by Urwin and following a good run and cross by Jordon Crawford, Callum Powell’s side footed shot was easy for the keeper.
Gerry McDonagh’s header from Harrison Neal’s free kick was well saved by Urwin at his near post. Despite all their efforts going forward this was one of only few real chances created by Kettering at this stage (70 minutes).
Neal’s 74th minute free kick appeared to be palmed away for a corner by Urwin, as the Referee settled for a goal kick. Then Sharpe’s 79th minute long throw into the penalty area was knocked back to Connor Kennedy, whose volley was just over the bar. Urwin then held a Jordon Crawford cross after good work by O’Neill.
Kettering scored on 82 minutes, as some reward for their improved second half performance. Powell came in from the left and his low right foot 23 yard shot skimmed off the surface past the diving Urwin.
Kettering surged forward at this stage and two Sharpe missiles into the box were hastily cleared.
However, Chorley broke away to score a third goal in somewhat controversial circumstances on 87 minutes. Powell appeared to be tripped just inside his own half for what looked like a clear foul. As the game continued, Hall broke on the right and crossed low for Tomlinson to convert from 12 yards.
Chorley could have had another on 89 minutes as the ball fell kindly for Hall-but the curling shot was just over the bar.
With the game all but over there was a bizarre incident in the 90th minute. The Referee indicated a second yellow card and hence a red card for Connor Johnson after a foul. As Johnson had not received a first yellow card, he rightly protested. The Referee appeared to consult a linesman from distance and finally decided to rescind the red card!
In reality, Kettering paid for a poor first half performance and two costly mistakes, as Chorley continued their good run of results.
CHORLEY 3 - 1 KETTERING TOWN
Referee: Dale Baines Assistants: Callum Jones; Matthew McQuillan
Poppies Media Man of the Match: Harrison Neal
Attendance: 837 (30 Poppies fans)
Next HOME game:
Saturday December 4th HOME to Boston United at 3pm
Remaining November games:
Saturday November 20th away at York City at 3pm
Saturday November 27th Buildbase F A Trophy away at Gloucester City at 3pm
Tuesday November 30th away at Hereford at 7.45pm
Match report posted by Sadman KTFC.