Match Report - LEAMINGTON

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

Goals

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LEAMINGTON: 1

Goals

Dan Turner 00

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Jordon Crawford 45

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LEAMINGTON: 1

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Match Report

Kettering Town v Leamington

Vanarama National League North

Saturday 5th February 2022   3:00pm

 

Kettering Town 

Leamington

1

 Jackson Smith

 

1

 Jake Weaver

2

 Connor Barrett

 

2

 James Mace          

3

 Alex Brown

 

3

 Stephan Morley

4

 Chris Smith    

 Off 76

4

 Adam Walker             

5

 Connor Johnson

 

5

 Kyle Morrison

6

 George Cooper

  

6

 Jack Lane

17

 Decarrey Sheriff

  Off 68

7

 Dan Meredith         

8

 Connor Kennedy (Capt)

 

8

 Callum Gittings              

9

 Gary Stohrer

 

9

 Kelsey Mooney              Off 84

10

 Jordon Crawford

 

10

 Jack Edwards (Capt)     Off 46

11

 Rhys Sharpe

 

11

 Dan Turner                     Off 81

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

12

 Riccardo Calder

 On 76

12

 Devon Kelly-Evans           

13

 Saul Milovanovic

 

14

 Joe Parker                    On 81

14

 Lauric Diakiesse

 

15

 Sam Wilding                 On 75             

15

 Kevin Joshua

 

17

 Junior English               On 46

7

 Callum Stead

 On 68

16

 Dylan Barkers

 

Referee:  Andy Sykes   Assistants: Joshua Hackett and Richard Curtis

After a good mid-week come from behind win against Southport the same starting XI would begin against Leamington with just one change on the substitutes with new signing Callum Stead replacing Charlie O'Connell. Kettering would be facing Leamington for the fourth time this season with 19 different players getting game time and with 6 of those players having left the club the previous results would have little bearing on the outcome of today's game.

The dry winter and close season work on the pitch meant that the much maligned Latimer Park pitch was looking the best it has done in February since Kettering took up residence in NN15. Kettering lined up to attack the new stand end but Leamington in an all-royal blue strip won the toss and elected to swap ends to play the first half with a strong wind at their backs. Kettering kicked off and went straight onto the attack resulting in Jordon Crawford attempting a snapshot whilst falling but it went wide. Within a minute Jordan was at it again this time breaking clear of his marker but unfortunately putting his shot over.   

Kettering had made a positive start but it was Leamington's first attack brought them reward. A long ball out of defence note looked to be harmless as Chris Smith lined up to head the ball but a sly nudge by Kelsey Mooney was enough to cause Smith to miss the ball allowing Mooney to take possession. He played the ball into the middle where Gittings looked to try a shot but as it was travelling wide it ran into the path of Dan Turner who had the simple task of side footing the ball home from close range. 0-1 Leamington 4 mins

Kettering seemed unfazed at conceding an early goal and continued to press forward. Four minutes after conceding Kettering won their first corner of the game. Rhys Sharpe delivered a deep ball from the stand side but Connor Kennedy couldn't get over the ball and it went harmlessly over. Crawford had another sight of goal four minutes later when Gary Stohrer made a measured lob over the defensive line for Crawford but Jordan mis-kicked and the ball trickled to  Jake Weaver.

There was a flashpoint after a quarter of an hour as Alex Brown waited to deliver a long throw into a crowded goalmouth. Kennedy was tussling with Mace by the near post. Connor went to the floor and with the ensuing pushing and shoving Connor held onto Mace's legs to prevent being trodden on. Mace tried to shake Connor off by stamping his foot up and down in a reckless manner. A blast on the referee's whistle brought the action to a halt and a talking to, to both players by Mr Sykes with Kennedy appearing to be more sinned against than sinner.   

Ten minutes later Mr Sykes got his opportunity to book Kennedy for a high boot as a Leamington player went down as if shot but on regaining his feet had no tell-tale muddy mark on his face which he had been clutching tightly whilst rolling around on the floor.

Inside the last five minutes of the half Kettering had their best chance of pulling level. A ball was played over the top into Leamington's penalty area and Sheriff challenged for the waist high ball but Weaver with an outstretched arm managed to get a fist on the ball and force it away from Decarrey. However, the ball fell to Crawford following up and he sent the ball goalwards but Kyle Morrison had shown great awareness and positioned himself behind his keeper and stopped a certain goal.

In the two added minutes indicated by the referee to be played Kettering had another great chance to get an equaliser. With the ball looking to be going out for a goal kick Crawford chased a seemingly lost cause with a defender shaping up to shield the ball out. Deceived by Jordon's pace the defender was beaten to the ball by the swift footed forward who managed to get to the ball and send it back to a supporting Sherriff who sent a great low ball back towards the penalty spot but Rhys Sharpe will be disappointed that he spurned the opening by sending the ball over from 12 yards.

Half Time: Kettering Town 0  Leamington 1

Leamington made one change at half-time with Junior English replacing Jack Edwards. Straight from the kick-off Leamington attacked this time with the ball being worked through to Turner but he shot as he was falling with his effort going marginally too high as a result.  

Kettering won an early corner on the open side an Sharpe sent in an in swinging corner. Giddings managed to get a head on the ball but only managed to loop the ball into the centre of the goal where it appeared to pass through Jake Weaver's hands before Crawford managed to make contact to send the ball into the net. 1-1 Kettering 49 mins  

Ten minutes into the half and the game complexion of the game changed when Kennedy made an ill-advised stretching lunge for the ball. He made contact with the ball first but also collected the player in a tackled that didn't need to be made. Kennedy received his second caution of the game and left the field. Leamington's Turner also appeared to be cautioned for his involvement in the following handbags. What was missed by the three officials was the two-handed push on Kennedy by Morrison as the Kettering player was trying to get to his feet which sent Connor back to the turf.

Being reduced to ten men did not alter Kettering's approach to the game and they continued to press forward. Leamington looked to be the team hanging on for a point with some wayward tackling. Firstly, Sheriff was taken out with a block more suited to the Dallas Cowboys by Morrison which was only punished by a free kick. The resulting free kick caused chaos in the Leamington penalty area with Weaver pushing the ball into a crowd of players and then losing sight of the ball after bouncing around the players it was cleared but only to Sharpe who jinked his way forward before being taken out by Gitting's who having been beaten ensured that Rhys would go no further forward by lunging into him and taking him to the floor. Once again Mr Sykes decided that no other sanction than awarding a free kick was justified. Before the free kick could be taken Kettering made their first substitution with Decarrey Sherriff making way for Callum Stead to make his debut. The free-kick came to nothing.

With just under twenty minutes to go Leamington delivered a free kick into Kettering's penalty area and again chaos broke out with Keystone Cops style defending, a Leamington shot being blocked by a blue shirt and the ball pinging around before Crawford managed to get a meaningful boot on the ball and send it clear.

Kettering made their second substitution on 76 minutes with a positive move replacing defender Smith with the more attack minded player Riccardo Calder. Shortly after that Callum Gittings name entered the referee's notebook for a deliberate handball. Leamington made their second substitution on 81 minutes replacing forward Dan Turner with midfielder Joe Parker.

With just over five minutes to go Kettering broke well through Crawford who fed the ball through to Callum Stead but he was denied a dream debut as he saw his powerful shot pass narrowly over the bar. Leamington showed their determination to hold on for a point replacing their remaining forward on the pitch with just under five minutes to go replacing Mooney with midfielder Sam Wilding.

In the remaining time plus three additional minutes it was Kettering applying all the pressure but apart from forcing Weaver to make a save in the eighty-ninth minute no real chance was created.

 Full Time: Kettering Town 2  Leamington 0

Once again Kettering pay the price for a slow start. A goal after three minutes the same as against Southport but today it cost the side three points. From the moment Kettering equaliser Leamington tried to shut up shop showing very little positivity settling for the draw even after gaining the man advantage. Anybody watching the last half-hour of the match would've though that the team in blue were a player short. The player's body language as they trudged off at the end showed their disappointment of only drawing. Callum Stead had a good debut and everybody hopes that he can be as successful as his predecessor in the No 7 shirt Callum Powell.

Kettering Town yellow card: Kennedy- high boot     Red (second yellow) Kennedy - foul

Leamington yellow card:  Gittings – handball, Turner- unsporting conduct             

Attendance: 860

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – George Cooper – chosen by Future Lions

Another solid performance from the on-loan youngster.

Klondike Ticket winning no – 01200, claimed by Chairman David Mahoney, who won £160, which he donated back to the club.


Team Sheet

Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 05th Feb 2022
Kettering Town FC
RED / BLACK
Captain:
0 Jordon Crawford
LEAMINGTON
YELLOW
Captain:
0 Dan Turner