25 Nov Match Report: Alvechurch 1-1 Kettering Town
Alvechurch, who are unbeaten at home in the league this season, were reduced to 10 men after 30 minutes for a harsh red card. Kettering took the lead just three minutes later through man of the match, Luca Miller. The home side were indebted to their own man of the match, goalkeeper Bradley Foster, for some fine saves to keep them in the game. A rare Church second half breakaway saw Jaanai Gordon equalise with a spectacular shot after 71 minutes – and that’s how it finished.
THE KETTERING SQUAD:
Dan Jarvis returned to the starting eleven replacing Leon Clarke who has chosen to leave the Club.The substitutes bench included young goalkeeper, Caleb Hulley, who has joined on recommendation in view of an injury to Niall Shackleton.
ALVECHURCH:1 Bradley Foster 2 Joshua Dugmore 3 Ammar Dyer 4 Jack Hallahan 6 Ethan Patterson 7 Ben Cassidy 8 Mackenzie Lamb 9 Jaanai Gordon 10 Jack Concannon (14 Nicholas Clayton-Phillips, 80) 17 Yaw Nantwi-Ofosu 19 Michael Taylor
Unused Substitutes:11 Richard Batchelor 12 Abel Alabi 15 Germaine Agustien 16 Blake Kindred
Yellow card: Taylor, 52Red card: Lamb, 30
1 Billy Johnson 3 Ben Toseland 4 Harry Reilly 5 Kelvin Langmead 9 Tyrone Lewthwaite 11 Rhys Sharpe (20 Will Mellors-Blair, 87) 12 Dan Jarvis (10 Sam Bennett, 62) 14 Gedeon Okito 15 Huw Dawson 17 Luca Miller 18 Tom Scott
Unused Substitutes:2 Kieron Dawes 8 Gary Stohrer 13 Caleb Hulley (GK)
Yellow Card: Johnson, 82
HOW THE GAME UNFOLDED:
It was a cold but sunny afternoon at Lye Meadow, known for its slope, and areas of the pitch were slippery after overnight frost.
Both teams had early set pieces into the opposition box which were both cleared away. Kelvin Langmead got in a good block on Ammar Dyer’s shot after a strong run into the penalty area, and from the corner, MacKenzie Lamb headed wide.
Luca Miller fired wide after a Rhys Sharpe long throw and Sharpe then put his 30 yard free kick well over the bar. Miller then lost the ball in midfield and Church’s Jaanai Gordon was sent away and his left foot rocket cannoned off the outside of the left post. Josh Dugmore followed this up with another attempt but it was well wide.
Home keeper, Brad Foster, made the first of a number of good saves on 25 minutes as he pushed Dan Jarvis’ shot just wide for a corner. At the other end, minutes later, Harry Reilly deflected Gordon’s shot away from goal.
The Poppies were playing some good stuff, with neat passing, and keeping the ball and maybe a little frustration from Alvechurch midfielder, Lamb, saw him go in hard on Rhys Sharpe. There was some reaction by the players and Lamb received a red card. Harsh or fair? The match highlights will confirm.
Just three minutes later, Kettering took the lead. A neat one/two between Miller and Tyrone Lewthwaite saw Miller run on and curl a delightful shot past Foster and in at the right post. 0-1 Kettering on 33 minutes.
The Poppies took complete control. Foster somehow kept out Tom Scott’s 20 yarder and Scott and Jarvis then combined but Scott’s shot went wide.
The final act of the half saw Jarvis’ direct free kick drift wide.
ALVECHURCH 0 – 1 KETTERING TOWN
There were no team changes at the break.
Ty Lewthwaite tried an early shot which hit the side netting as Kettering continued their free flowing game. On 54 minutes, Jarvis saw his low left foot shot somehow pushed wide by Foster. At the other end, a sloppy pass gave Gordon a chance, but the shot was blocked.
Sam Bennett replaced Jarvis on 62 minutes and immediately fired a shot over. Then he had the ball in the net but an offside was spotted. Foster was soon in action again saving from Miller.
A rare excursion by Alvechurch into the Kettering half produced a goal on 71 minutes. Dyer got in a good cross from the left and Gordon showed good control and lashed an unstoppable shot past Johnson and high into the net. It was a great strike. 1-1 on 71 minutes.
The Poppies responded and Church were again grateful to Foster for keeping out Miller’s shot and as the ball ran wide the cross came in and the ball was cleared off the line.
The home side promised a bit more after their goal as Kettering tired, but all they could muster was a Jack Hallahan shot which was high and wide.
Kettering had the better of the late chances to win the game as firstly, a clearance found Scott, but the shot was off target. In the final minute, Foster saved a bicycle kick from Ben Toseland, who had also had a good chance with a header from a corner which went wide.
ALVECHURCH 1 – 1 KETTERING TOWN
Match Officials: Referee: James Lunn. Assistants: Joseph Rowley and Adrian Hall.
Attendance: 321 (Kettering fans and officials estimated at 100 – great support again – thank you)
Poppies Media & Elgoods Brewery Man of the Match: Luca Miller
Match Report By: Sadman KTFC
Forthcoming Home Games:
Tuesday November 28th: Nuneaton Borough at 7.45pm
Saturday December 2nd: AFC Sudbury at 3pm
Saturday December 9th: Bromsgrove Sporting at 3pm
Saturday December 23rd: Redditch United at 3pm
Monday January 1st: Stratford Town at 3pm
Forthcoming Away Games:
Saturday December 16th at Halesowen Town at 3pm
Tuesday December 26th at St Ives Town at 3pm