Match Report – AFC Telford 4 – 0 Poppies

IN BRIEF:

THE KETTERING SQUAD:

The Poppies were down to the bare bones today naming the only 16 players available for selection.

With Gary Stohrer out for the season, Tyrone Lewthwaite nursing a back injury and Kane Richards having departed the Club before serving a two match ban, the squad picked itself. Changes saw Kelvin Langmead and Lewis White drop to the bench, with George Forsyth and Ben Toseland coming in along with Luca Miller. Gedeon Okito also came onto the bench.

THE TEAMS:

A F C Telford United:
1  Brandon Hall
2  Ellis Myles-Tebbutt
3  Nathan Fox
4  Jordan Piggott (17 Tyrone Webster,77)
5  Orrin Pendley
6  Fraser Kerr
7  Remi Walker
8  Kyle Stohrer (16 Sam Whittall,71)
9  Ricardo Dinanga
10 Montel Gibson
11 Ellis Brown (15 Jared Hodgkiss,85)

Unused Substitutes:
12 Byron Moore
14 Reece Styche

Yellow card: Pendley,57

KETTERING TOWN:

1 Dan Jezeph
3 Ben Toseland
4 Harry Reilly
7 Bruno Andrade
11 Rhys Sharpe
12 Dan Jarvis
16 George Forsyth
17 Luca Miller (5 Kelvin Langmead,80)
18 Tom Scott (15 Huw Dawson,70
19 Lathaniel Rowe-Turner
20 Jack Degruchy (14 Gedeon Okito,80)

Unused Substitutes:
1 Billy Johnson
6 Lewis White

Yellow cards: None

HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED:

The pitch was in good condition despite all the recent rain, as the game started in pleasant conditions.

The first 15 minutes of the game was pretty sterile, as the two teams cancelled out each other. Telford’s Ricardo Dinanga’s 9th minute deflected cross saw visiting keeper, Dan Jezeph tip the ball over the bar, and, for Kettering, Dan Jarvis’ cross found Jack Degruchy who had strayed offside.

The Bucks first real effort, a free kick from ex Poppy Nathan Fox, was over the bar and then Dinanga’s low shot was blocked. Then, on 28 minutes, Montel Gibson’s low left foot shot drifted wide of the left upright.

Telford went ahead on the half hour as a deflected shot looped up in the air and fell between Lathaniel Rowe-Turner and Jezeph just right for Gibson to head in.

The Poppies tried to respond a couple of minutes later as Bruno Andrade ran onto a through ball but, in a decent position, he miskicked. Another promising Kettering move saw atom Scott lose his footing just inside the home penalty area.

It was, however, 2-0 on 42 minutes after Jezeph and an offside looking Jordan Piggott came together. The Referee awarded a penalty and Kyle Stohrer converted.

Half Time:

A F C TELFORD UNITED     2       –        0     KETTERING TOWN

There were no immediate player changes as the half kicked off. Kettering came out positively with Pendley doing very well to cut out a dangerous cross from Harry Reilly and a second Reilly cross was taken by home keeper ,Brandon Hall.

Joseph collected a Dinanga shot from the left and at the other end, Dan Jarvis’ free kick was cleared for a corner. From this restart Telford broke and caught the Poppies on the break. Ellis Brown was put clear on goal and Jezeph made a great save. The ball ran loose and Brown fired against the crossbar.

Telford scored a third on 69 minutes. Tom Scott made a bad error in his own half, conceding the ball to Dinanga who ran on past Jezeph to finish well despite Scott’s efforts to clear off the line.

With 12 minutes to go a flowing Kettering move saw Andrade fire just wide. But it was Telford who threatened again as substitute, Sam Whittall headed against the bar from a corner. Telford were not to be outdone, though, as on 84 minutes Gibson headed in a cross from the right.

Kevin Langmead had come on after 80 minutes in a striker role and had a couple of chances – hitting the side netting and putting another shot off target, and Andrade fired over, but the game was lost.

Full Time:

A F C TELFORD UNITED     4       –        0      KETTERING TOWN

Match Officials: Referee: Jason Porter ; Assistants: Stuart Hale and Ryan Grandison

Attendance: 1054 (Kettering fans and officials estimated at 75)

Poppies Media Elgoods Brewery Man of the Match: Harry Reilly

Match Report by Sadman KTFC

Forthcoming Home Games:

Tuesday February 13th: Peterborough Sports at 7.45pm (NFA Hillier Senior Cup semi final)

Saturday February 17th:Leamington at 3pm

Tuesday February 27th: A F C Sudbury at 7.45pm

Saturday March 2nd: Leiston FC at 3pm

Saturday March 9th: Stratford Town at 3pm

Saturday March 23rd: Alvechurch at 3pm

Saturday March 30th: Barwell FC at 3pm

Forthcoming Away Matches:

Saturday February 24th at Mickleover Sports at 3pm

Saturday March 16th at AFC Sudbury at 3pm