Match Report - SPENNYMOOR TOWN
Kettering Town FC: 1
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SPENNYMOOR TOWN: 0
Kettering Town FC: 1
SPENNYMOOR TOWN: 2
The Poppies led 1-0 at half time through Liam Daly’s goal (above), on his debut, on 25 minutes. Spennymoor came back strongly in the second period with leading scorer, Glen Taylor providing an assist to Jordan Thewlis’ 55th minute equaliser and then scoring the winner from a deflected shot in the 77th minute-Kettering thought they had regained their lead three minutes earlier through Jordon Crawford’s header which had been controversially ruled out for an offside.
THE KETTERING SQUAD:
With Connor Johnson and Gary Stohrer suspended and George Cooper out injured resources were stretched. Liam Daly made his debut, with Chris Smith starting.Young players, George Herbert and Jack Kempson, were on the substitutes bench which also included goalkeeper, Rhys Davies, albeit he was not fully recovered from his injury.
The teams lined up:
44 Jordan Amissah
3 Ethan Pye
5 Joe Tait
9 Glen Taylor (Captain)
10 Rob Ramshaw
11 Mark Anderson (18 Jude Oyibo,78)
12 Jordan Preston (16 Claudio Ofosu,88)
17 Ryan Hall
19 Kenton Richardson
22 Luke Spokes
24 Jordan Thewlis
13 Harry Flatters
15 Chris Mason
34 Charlie Hindson
Yellow Cards: None
1 Jackson Smith
2 Connor Barrett
3 Alex Brown
4 Jack Smith (16 Decarrey Sheriff,79)
5 Liam Daly
6 Chris Smith
7 Callum Stead (15 Saul Milovanovic, 87)
8 Connor Kennedy (Captain)
9 Ty Deacon
10 Jordan Crawford
11 Rhys Sharpe
12 George Herbert
13 Rhys Davies
14 Jack Empson
Yellow card: Chris Smith,77.
Red Card: Kennedy,86
On a sunny afternoon, Kettering started the game kicking down the slope and with the benefit of the breeze. Connor Kennedy lined up in the back three with Liam Daly and Chris Smith.
Kettering threatened first as Kennedy’s firm headed clearance was chased by Callum Stead, who got a foot to the ball 18 yards out, but he could only hook it high and wide. Kennedy then conceded the Moors’ first corner, which was confidently taken by visiting keeper, Jackson Smith.
On 10 minutes the Poppies had the first real chance of the match. Again Stead chased a long ball, controlled it well, danced past two defenders only to see home keeper, Jordan Amissah, make an excellent save from the low shot. The resulting corner saw Jack Smith’s low cross reach Ty Deacon but his shot was over the target- it was another good chance.
Kettering looked lively and Jordon Crawford’s break down the left saw him lose a bit of control. He found support from Alex Brown, whose cross was held by Amissah. The next Kettering foray saw a strong run by Connor Barrett and his low deflected shot could have gone anywhere but resulted in just a fruitless corner. On 19 minutes, Stead had another run on goal and although faced by four defenders, he got his shot in which was held by Amissah.
Spennymoor did get a shot in after 24 minutes as Jack Smith lost the ball, and Jackson Smith held the shot from Jordan Thewlis. A minute later Kettering went ahead. A foul on Brown down the left, saw Rhys Sharpe deliver the free kick to the back post and debutant, Liam Daly, headed in unchallenged.
0-1 Kettering, 25 minutes.
Spennymoor should have equalised just three minutes later. A deep cross from the right found Ethan Pye at the back post a few yards out and he headed badly wide. Kettering’s goal seemed to spur on the home side and defenders Daly and Jack Smith blocked low shots in quick succession.
Kettering countered on 37 minutes. Stead collected a part clearance from a Sharpe long throw and saw his shot blocked. Deacon pounced on the loose ball, but put his shot over the bar from 10 yards.
The Moors then had another good chance. Daly headed a free kick clear with Mark Anderson volleying the loose ball marginally wide. Kettering then had the ball in the net on 42 minutes from a corner, but the Referee had already blown for an infringement.
SPENNYMOOR TOWN 0 - 1 KETTERING TOWN
The first chance of the second period fell to Ty Deacon, who was the recipient of a poor pass out, but the young striker was forced wide and could not retain the ball. Kettering were soon conceding ground and Spennymoor began to see a lot of the ball.
The pressure on the visitors was temporarily released by a mazy run from Barrett, who saw his low shot go straight at Amissah. The home team was playing some neat football though and equalised on 55 minutes. Home hero and leading scorer Glen Taylor – always a thorn in Kettering’s side – produced a marvellous flick to set up Thewlis and the shot from just inside the penalty was hard and low, giving Jackson Smith no chance.
The Moors were rampant and dominating possession now and the Poppies defence was being stretched. A rare break though, on 63 minutes, saw a chance for Chris Smith from Sharpe’s long throw, but his glanced header drifted wide. At the other end Jackson Smith held a couple of shots from Anderson and Jordan Preston and on 70 minutes Preston fired a 20 yard shot over the bar.
Connor Kennedy was pushed up to his normal midfield position with 70 minutes gone to try to get a grip on the home team’s possession.
Kettering thought they had scored after 74 minutes. A challenge saw a home player on the ground as the Referee saw no infringement. Play moved on and Stead got the ball on the right. He crossed to the far post where the on-rushing Crawford headed in unchallenged. The Assistant however ruled Crawford offside.
This disallowed goal proved to be a turning point, as, just three minutes later Spennymoor scored what was to be the winner. A short free kick was played to Taylor, whose right foot shot took a wicked deflection off the defensive wall and wrong footed the diving Jackson Smith.
Kettering tried to respond and Crawford ran on the Stead’s header into the home penalty area, but lost his footing under a challenge and the chance was lost.
The game was up for Kettering on 86 minutes as an awkward lunge from Kennedy saw him receive a straight red card.
The home team dominated the final minutes and added time and could have added to their score through substitute Jude Oyobi who missed the target and through Taylor and Thewlis who forced saves from Jackson Smith.
SPENNYMOOR TOWN 2 - 1 KETTERING TOWN
Match Officials: Referee: John Mulligan; Assistants: David Holmes and Kirk Freeth
Attendance: 1202 (Poppies fans estimated at 57)
Poppies Media Man of the Match: Liam Daly / Connor Barrett
Forthcoming HOME games:
Tuesday March 22nd: Hereford at 7.45pm
Saturday March 26th: Chorley at 3pm
Forthcoming away games:
Saturday March 19th at Chester City at 3pm
Match report posted by Sadman KTFC.