Match Report - HEREFORD FC

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Rhys Sharpe 00

Yellow Cards

Red Cards

Substitutions

HEREFORD FC: 1

Goals

ANOTHER 00

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Substitutions


Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Yellow Cards

Red Cards

Substitutions

HEREFORD FC: 1

Goals

Yellow Cards

Red Cards

Substitutions


Match Report

Kettering Town v Hereford

Vanarama National League North

Tuesday 22nd March 2022   7:45pm

 

Kettering Town 

Hereford

1

 Jackson Smith

 

1

 Brandon Hall (Capt)

 

2

 Connor Barrett

 

4

 Luke Haines         

 

3

 Alex Brown

 

5

 Krystian Pearce          

 

4

 Jack Smith

 

6

 Jamie Egan           

 

5

 Connor Johnson

 

7

 Ryan McLean

 

6

 Chris Smith

 

8

 Keenan Patten

 

7

 Callum Stead

 

10

 Tom Owen-Evans

 

9

 Decarrey Sheriff

 

11

 Miles Storey             

 Off 43

10

 Jordon Crawford

 

16

 Ben Pollock

 

11

 Rhys Sharpe

 

21

 Seb Revan

 Off 81

23

 Liam Daly

 

39

 Modou Faal

 Off 63

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Jack Empson

 

9

 Momodou Touray       

 On 43

13

 Rhys Davies

 

18

 Yan Klukowski

 On 63

14

 George Herbert

 

29

 Harry Pinchard

 

15

 Saul Milovanovic

 

37

 Justice Campbell

 On 81

16

 Ty Deacon

  

 

 

 

 

Referee: Jamie O'Connor        Assistants:  Harley McKittrick and Stuart Richardson

With no home matches for a month Kettering looked to break a three-match losing run. The return of Connor Johnson was a welcome relief to Ian Culverhouse's team with the defensive frailties exposed against Chester required the bolstering that the experienced defender would provide. With Connor Kennedy and Gary Stohrer still suspended following their red cards and George Cooper still to resume training following his injury sustained at Boston the starting line-up virtually picked itself despite some of those players carrying knocks.  The substitutes bench showed the scant resources available consisting of two walking wounded in the form of Rhys Davies and Ty Deacon, two youngsters in George Herbert and Jack Empson and completed by the ever patient Saul Milovanovic.

On a clear, still, cool evening with the pitch looking in a good condition Hereford in their customary white shirts and black shorts kicked off attacking the Tin Hat. Hereford started well but did not threaten the Kettering goal.

After seven minutes following a Rhys Sharpe long throw on the open side Jordon Crawford sent a stinging shot crashing against the bar with the keeper beaten. After some head tennis Callum Stead sent a header goalwards but Hall managed to catch the ball on the line with the closest Kettering players claiming the ball had crossed the line but Mr O'Connor was having none of it and play continued. Two minutes later Kettering were on the attack again following another long throw from Sharpe this time from the stand side. Liam Daly nodded the ball on but Hall at full stretch managed to get his fists to the ball and punch it clear.

The next action of note was after twenty minutes Jack Smith threaded a ball through to Stead made a mazy run into the Hereford penalty area twisting and turning to make space for himself for a shot however a defender managed to get into the path of the shot and block the ball away.

 

 

Connor Johnson picked up the first caution of the game after twenty-two minutes. Storey went by him on the outside and was too quick for Johnson who stuck out a hopeful foot but tripping the forward as he went by. Storey to his credit didn't cry out or make a meal of it and merely got to his feet and refrained from offering disciplinary advice to the ref. The referee didn't hesitate in awarding a free kick and followed it with the issuing of a yellow card which appeared slightly harsh as it was a first offence and no malice was intended, more clumsy. Owen-Evans stood over the ball located a couple of yards from the corner of the penalty area with the Hereford players congregating ready for a kick aimed towards the far post. The kick however was targeted towards the near post but Jackson Smith was alert and batted the ball away before being hacked clear by a defender.

Two minutes later Owen-Evans sent a hopeful high ball deep into Kettering territory. The ball looked to be dropping beyond the back line of Kettering's defence. Jackson Smith made a clear call and advanced to deal with the ball outside of his area. Liam Daly didn't hear the shout or ignored it and continued to manoeuvre to play the ball. With both players attempting to play the ball disaster was inevitable and they collided and the ball bounced off them and into the path of Miles Storey who was presented with an open goal some 20 yards out. He took a couple of touches to steady himself and side footed the ball towards the goal. The ball appeared to be drifting wide but passed the goal-line about a foot inside the post. 0-1 Hereford 24 mins.

Kettering responded well despite going behind somewhat against the run of play and within five minutes the Poppies had pulled level.  Alex Brown and Crawford linked up well down the left wing and Jordon on reaching the by-line cut the ball inside to Rhys Sharpe who picked his spot and sent a low left foot shot into the corner giving Hall no chance. 1-1 Kettering 28 mins.

Five minutes before half-time Decarrey Sheriff sent a thunderous shot from the edge of the box crashing against the bar  before anyone could react to the rebound the referee blew for an off-side. If the original shot had gone in it would've been interesting to see how any forward could have been interfering with play.

 Two minutes later Hereford were forced into making their first substitution when Miles Storey could no longer continue. He'd indicated to his bench that he wanted to come off several minutes earlier and had been concerned with his hamstring  since before he scored. He was replaced by Momodou Touray. This was the last incident of note in the first half.

 Half Time: Kettering Town 1  Hereford 1

Whatever the management team said to the team at half-time one hopes that they made notes and will repeat it at future games as Kettering were quickly out of the blocks from the kick-off attacking a crowded Tin Hat.  Kettering probed down the left wing with Stead feeding the ball outside to Sharpe who advanced a few yards before attempting a cross which was blocked by Jamie Egan who took a full bloodied drive to his midriff which caused the defender some discomfort. The resulting throw in was taken long by Sharpe into the Hereford goalmouth where it was headed clear but only to Jack Smith who was lurking some ten yards outside of the box the ball was dropping but passed about a foot over the bar.

Kettering were applying a building pressure on the Hereford goal. Sheriff latched onto another long throw from Sharpe but his low shot from the edge of the area was deflected wide by a Kettering leg. Johnson had a glancing header from a Sharpe corner but had too much glance and not enough header and went well wide of the post. Jack Smith was involved again ten minutes into the half when he closed down the keeper following a weak back pass. Smith was nearly rewarded when Brandon Hall's hurried clearance struck the Kettering man and could have gone anywhere but the way the home team's luck is running it was no surprise when it passed wide of the goal. Sheriff had another deflected shot from the edge of the penalty area this time following a Jack Smith corner on the stand side but this time it was a Hereford leg which sent it wide. The resulting corner after a spell of head tennis led to a Hereford break through the speedy McLean racing down the middle of the park with Kettering momentarily outnumbered. With two white shirts to his left with no covering defenders the youngster chose the wrong option and played the ball to his right where a red shirt had raced back and broke up the move.

Fifteen minutes into the half and Kettering were awarded a free kick in almost the exact same spot as the Hereford free kick which led to Johnson's first half booking. This time Egan was booked for pulling back Sheriff who was beating him for speed. The free kick taken by Jack Smith was aimed towards the far post where Stead and Johnson challenged for the ball but Connor could only find the side netting.

Hereford made their second substitution straight after with Yan Klukowski replacing Modou Faal. Hereford had a rare foray forward after sixty-five minutes when Owen-Evans lifted a free kick towards the far post from just inside the Kettering half which was only partially dealt with by the defence before falling to McLean on the edge of the penalty area who tried his luck with a shot which had Jackson Smith diving across his goal but the ball drifted wide of the post.

From the restart Kettering attacked down the right wing with the ball eventually ending up at the feet of Crawford who raced forward with the ball before cutting the ball back inside to Sheriff who once again saw his shot deflect wide for another corner which came to nothing.

With fifteen minutes to go Haines became the second Hereford player to be cautioned after a blatant shirt pull on Stead as Callum was about to accelerate away from him not five yards from the referee. From the resulting free kick Kettering won a throw-in right in the corner on the stand side. Sharpe's long throw was not dealt with and Stead pounced on the loose ball and made a diagonal run inside the penalty area before aiming a low shot which hit the base of the post and rebounded behind for a goal kick, Hall was well placed however ready to stop the ball if needed.

As the game came to the end of the regulation ninety minutes Kettering had one last chance with another throw in tight by the corner flag on the stand side. Once again Sharpe launched the ball into the Hereford goalmouth where a red shirt turned the ball goalwards but fortune once again favoured the visitors as the ball struck a Hereford chest and ricocheted straight into the arms of Brandon Hall.

As the three additional minutes to be played as indicated by Mr O'Connor were coming to the end Hereford had the chance to steal all three points as they had a rare excursion into the Kettering half. The ball fell to Touray on the edge of the penalty area who sent a dipping shot goalwards. Jackson Smith having had little to do all game had maintained his concentration levels was taking no chances and tipped the attempt over the bar for a last minute corner for the visitors which was successfully defended by the hosts before Mr O'Connor brought the entertaining game to a conclusion.

 Full Time: Kettering Town 1  Hereford  1

 On balance Kettering should have won this game with the dominance that they displayed in the second half and on another day and with the rub of the green they would have. The ball would run for the hosts but they have managed to break a three match losing streak which must have been confidence sapping. The return of Johnson to the centre of defence was very welcome and the defence looked more substantial allowing Jackson Smith a quiet night who should not be blamed for the goal as he quite clearly shouted for the ball. The return of Gary Stohrer for Saturday should relieve some of the pressure on the small squad and along with the return of Captain Kennedy and a fit George Cooper Kettering can enjoy a positive run in to the end of the season.

 

Kettering Town yellow cards: Johnson – foul

Hereford yellow cards:  Egan – foul  Haines – shirt pull

Attendance: 614

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Jordon Crawford – chosen by The Stirrup Cup.  

 Another tigerish display from Crawford chasing everything showing no sign of the injuries he is carrying. With a little more luck he would have had goal when he struck the bar to add to his assist.

Klondike winning ticket no – 02170, claimed by M McKeown who won £180.

 

 


Team Sheet

Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 22nd Mar 2022
Kettering Town FC
RED
Captain:
0 Rhys Sharpe
HEREFORD FC
WHITE / BLACK
Captain:
0 ANOTHER