Match Report - GLOUCESTER CITY

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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GLOUCESTER CITY: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

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CALLUM STEAD 45

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GLOUCESTER CITY: 0

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Match Report

Kettering Town v Gloucester City

Vanarama National League North

Friday 15th April 2022   3:00pm

 

Kettering Town 

Gloucester City

1

 Jackson Smith

 

1

 Harvey Wiles-Richards

 

2

 Connor Barrett

 

16

 Pablo Martinez        

 Off 73

3

 Alex Brown

 

5

 Jordon Thompson          

 

23

 Chris Smith

 

4

 Tom Harrison           

 

5

 Connor Johnson

 

12

 Daniel Leadbitter

 

6

 George Cooper

 

23

 Lewis Hall

 Off 65

8

 Connor Kennedy (Capt)

 

7

 Kevin Dawson (Capt)

 

9

 Gary Stohrer

  Off 77

14

 Tommy O'Sullivan           

 

19

 Ty Deacon

  Off 63

17

 Lucas Tomlinson

 Off 65

10

 Jordon Crawford

 

9

 Matt Green

 

11

 Rhys Sharpe

  Off 63

8

 Ollie Herbert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

4

 Jack Smith

  On 63

21

 Liam Armstrong     

 

17

 Decarrey Sheriff

  On 77

2

 Jack James

 On 65

7

 Callum Stead

  On 63

19

 Danny King

 On 65

13

 Rhys Davies

 

11

 Bernard Mensah

 

 

 

  

10

 Matt McClure

 On 73

 

Referee:  Matthew Scholes    Assistants: 

After Tuesday's very disappointing performance against Guiseley it would be interesting to see how the team responded. This would be Kettering's third game with Gloucester this season with performances as different as those against York and Guiseley. On the August Bank Holiday fixture Kettering had dominated the game to such an extent that the 2007 in attendance had to wait until time added on in the second half for Gloucester to register their first shot on target of the game.  Three months later, on a cold November afternoon the host's had their revenge convincingly beating the Poppies 3-0 in the FA Trophy but before only 271 people.

The Kettering starting line-up showed a couple of changes from Tuesday night. Chris Smith would start in the central back three replacing Liam Daly who was not in attendance at Latimer Park. Up front the staring pair would be Jordon Crawford and Ty Deacon with Callum Stead and Decarrey Sheriff dropping to the four man bench.

On a beautiful spring day with many spectators in shirt-sleeves it would be a warm days work for the players. The pitch was grassy with just bare patches in both goal mouths. The pitch was dry after a prolonged dry period with dust being kicked up in the bald areas and also contributing to the irregular bounce experienced at times however this would be the same for both teams.

Gloucester in a pale blue strip kicked off attacking the Tin Hat. Both teams started tentatively with both sides sizing up the opposition and the pitch. Kettering created the first action of note when Alex Brown advanced down the left wing before linking up with Crawford who carried on the forward progress. Jordon delivered a good ball into the near post where Ty Deacon challenged well forcing the defender to concede a corner, however it came to nothing. Gloucester responded by switching the action up to the other end to earn a corner. The kick was played into the near post clear, where it was met by Jordon Thompson but he only managed to find the side netting.

With the game approaching the quarter hour mark Kettering were awarded a free kick deep in their own half following a foul by Green. Jackson Smith sent the ball down the right wing where it was collected by Connor Barrett who carried the ball forward drawing two players towards him holding the ball up well until support in the form of Connor Johnson arrived who Barrett fed the ball back to. Johnson sent a lofted curling ball into the penalty area where Alex Brown met the ball and sent it powerfully goal-bound forcing Harvey Wiles-Richards to produce a wonderful save to deny a goal.  

The game had an end of season feel to it with the weather with neither side threatening their opponent's goal. Gloucester won a corner after twenty minutes when Johnson was beaten for pace by Tomlinson but Gary Stohrer was covering his team-mate and cut the cross out at the expense of a corner but it was an easy collect for Jackson Smith. Kettering earned three more corners before half time but the delivery of them wasn't the best allowing the Gloucester keeper to collect them with ease. The only other incident of note was the booking of Matt Green five minutes before half-time for persistent fouling.

  Half Time: Kettering Town 0  Gloucester City 0

Kettering were quickly out of the blocks from the kick-off attacking a crowded Tin Hat winning a throw-in deep into Gloucester's half inside the first minute of the half. Sharpe's long throw into the penalty area caused momentarily confusion within the Gloucester defence. The ball eventually fell to Crawford lurking on the edge of the penalty area but his shot was deflected behind for a goal-kick. A minute later it was a case of deja vu when another Sharpe long throw eventually fell to Crawford though this time Jordon blazed his shot over the bar.

Gloucester then had a spell on top winning three corners. The first was needlessly conceded by George Cooper who hooked the ball behind when under no pressure. The second followed a misjudgement by Jackson Smith. With a high ball looking to be going out for a corner the youngster attempted to intercept the ball in order to quickly recycle the ball but in the end, he didn't collect the ball cleanly and conceded a corner. The corner was played deep to the far post and was sent towards goal but struck the back of Alex Brown for another corner. However, as at the other end the defence were dominant and Jackson Smith was untroubled.

Just before the hour mark a ball out of defence was won in the air by Ty Deacon who sent the ball outside to Connor Barrett who galloped down the wing testing the pace of the defender which he got past before sending in a low cross which looked dangerous until it was cut out well by a defender for a Kettering corner. Rhys Sharp's kick picked out George Cooper but he sent his header looping over the bar.

Two minutes later a ball played over the top by Kettering fell nicely for Kennedy. Connor bearing down on goal was preparing to shoot but Tom Harrison made a brilliant covering tackle taking the ball off Kennedy's boot and initiating a dangerous counter-attack with Kettering having plenty of men committed forward. Connor Johnson took one for the team though committing a foul to break up the move earning himself a yellow card in the process. Kettering took the opportunity of the stoppage to make a double substitution with Ty Deacon and Rhys Sharpe being replaced by Callum Stead and Jack Smith. Three minutes later Gloucester made their own double substitution with Danny King and Jack James replacing Lewis Hall and Lucas Tomlinson.

With just under twenty minutes to go Connor Kennedy received a caution one which looked to be on the cards from the referee who looked just to waiting for his opportunity. The victim Kevin Dawson took the free kick but it was a poor effort and went straight into the arms of Jackson Smith who quickly recycled the ball bowling it out to Crawford who raced forward before playing a diagonal ball into the path of Stead who was breaking clear Dawson was the coveoring defender and the ball struck his hand and Mr Scholes had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. A decision which was hotly disputed by Tom Harrrison. Callum Stead took the kick and blasted it down the middle as the keeper leapt to his right. 1-0 Kettering 72 mins. After which Harrison continued his complaints to Mr Scholes.

Gloucester made their final personnel change a minute later replacing defender Pablo Martinez with forward Matt McClure. Kettering followed suit four minutes later with Decarrey Sheriff replacing Gary Stohrer who when he was a matter of feet from the centre spot the referee insisted that he exit the pitch on the stand side who in the time taken by the referee to insist on this Stohrer would have been closer to the touchline. The referee then spent the rest of the game trying to make it up to Gloucester giving a string of close decisions in their favour.

 With ten minutes to go a through ball was sent forward for Crawford to chase with a tight off-side decision. Jordon raced towards the goal squaring up 1v1 against the keeper. Jordon struck the ball fiercely but too close to the keeper who managed to palm the ball up into the air. Crawford, the keeper and a defender all closed on the ball arriving at the same time with the keeper making the most of it drawing the free-kick and earning Crawford a yellow card. Minutes later a similar incident at the other end saw Jackson Smith delaying the picking up of the ball caught by the on rushing Hulbert with no sanction from the referee despite the awarding of a free kick.

As the game was winding down to the close Kettering had a stroke of fortune when Gloucester sent a ball into the goalmouth only to see it bounce untouched across the face of the goal with no-one there to apply the final touch. In the four additional minutes McClure tried to con the referee into awarding a penalty by throwing himself to the floor which the referee ignored as he did when Alex Brown whilst shepherding the ball out by the corner flag received a two handed push in the back causing Gloucester to win a corner. Wiles-Richards came up for the final action but the defence was solid once again as Kettering were looking to break towards the empty goal the referee blew the final whistle where once again he was subjected to a string of complaints and whining from Harrison.

 Full Time: Kettering Town 1  Gloucester City  0

Coupled with the warm weather this game had a definite end of season feel to it with long periods of  it seemingly becalmed with neither side producing any action of note. The visiting keeper was the busier of the two with Jackson Smith not being unduly tested throughout the 90 minutes whilst Wiles-Richards produced a world class save in the first half to deny Brown and a smart stop from Crawford in the second. It is a shame that the large crowd did not get to see a more exciting game.

Kettering Town yellow cards: Johnson, Kennedy, Crawford – fouls

Gloucester City yellow cards:  Green– persistent fouling

Attendance: 967

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Alex Brown  – chosen by Team Mikayla  

Another solid display from Brown who in many people’s opinion been Kettering's most consistent player all season both in defence and going forward.

Klondike Ticket wining no – 03838, won by Matthew Demonti, who wins £239.

 


Team Sheet

Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 15th Apr 2022
Kettering Town FC
RED / BLACK
Captain:
0 CALLUM STEAD
GLOUCESTER CITY
YELLOW / BLACK
Captain: