Match Report - KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

Goals

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Substitutions

Kidderminster Harriers: 1

Goals

Morgan-smith 00

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

Goals

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Kidderminster Harriers: 1

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Match Report

It was heartache for new Poppies boss Ian Culverhouse, as a first half goal from Amari Morgan-Smith was the difference between the two sides. The Poppies dominated the game throughout and thought they had equalised on the 89th minute with Jordon Crawford's headed goal, only for the referee to disallow the goal for handball!.

 

Kettering Town v Kidderminster Harriers

Vanarama National League North

Tuesday 25th January 2022   7:45pm

 

Kettering Town 

Kidderminster Harriers

1

 Rhys Davies

  Off 45

1

 Luke Simpson

 

2

 Connor Barrett

 

12

 Joe Foulkes         

 Off 74

3

 Alex Brown

 

3

 Caleb Richardson              

 

4

 Rhys Sharpe

  Off 75

5

 Keith Lowe             

 

5

 Connor Johnson

 

6

 Lewis Montrose  (Capt)

 

6

 George Cooper

 

15

 Keziah Martin

 Off 27

17

 Decarrey Sheriff

 

28

 Matt Preston

 

8

 Connor Kennedy (Capt)

 

16

 Geraldo Bajrami              

 

9

 Gary Stohrer

 

9

 Amari Morgan-Smith

 

10

 Jordon Crawford

 

10

 Ashley Hemmings

 Off 88

11

 Riccardo Calder

  Off 66

11

 Omari Sterling

 Off 65

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Kevin Joshua

  On 45

8

 Mark Carrington        

 On 88

14

 Mikey Conlon

  On 66

19

 Jaiden White

 

15

 Issac Stones

 

21

 Jamie Emery

 

16

 Saul Milovanovic

  On 75

23

 Marcus Dinanga

 On 65

 

 

 

26

 Devonte Redmond

 On 27

 

Referee: Greg Rollason        Assistants:  Callum Parke and Callum Gough

This match saw Kettering led by the third management team in the space of three matches. Following Mr Cox and his acolyte’s desertion for their thirty pieces of silver, swift and decisive action by the board saw that eleventh hour saviours Luke Graham and Alan Doyle's occupation of the hot seat would be of the briefest of tenures. And so it was that less than 72 hours of the position becoming vacant the stewardship of the team was placed into the hands of Mr Ian Culverhouse assisted by former Poppy Paul Bastock, a manager with a proven track record at this level overseeing King's Lynn's elevation to the National League. One of Ian's first tasks will be to oversee the departure of one of the club's players. Leading goal scorer Callum Powell's performances had not gone unnoticed and Kettering were in advanced negotiations for his transfer, advanced to such a degree that he would be unavailable for selection for the first game of the new regime at Latimer Park. Also unavailable would be the two Smiths, Jackson, though Covid and Chris still feeling the effects of the injury which caused his first half substitution in the last home game against Curzon. Loanee Kevin Joshua would start on a four-man bench accompanied by Stones, Conlon and Milovanovic.

On a clear, cool but not cold evening with no wind at pitch level the playing surface looked to be devoid of any damp patches but as ever the chance of the infamous Burton Bobble was present to catch out the incautious. Kidderminster wearing an all-navy blue strip, which was difficult to discern from the referee's black with a hurried glance kicked off attacking the Tin Hat populated by a sizeable, noisy travelling support.

Kettering had the sight of goal in the match when after four minutes with the ball played low by Crawford across the edge of the Kidderminster two Kettering players swung at the ball but neither made meaningful contact with the ball. Six minutes later good work by Connor Barrett tight by the corner flag saw him beat his marker and feed the ball square to Decarrey Sheriff who played the ball on towards Kennedy who was denied by a good save by Simpson at the expense of a corner. The initial corner kick was poor by Sharpe failing to beat the first man but the ball came back to him via Crawford where from almost the corner of the penalty area floated a ball in towards the near post but Simpson beat Sheriff to the ball to collect comfortably.

Just before the quarter hour mark the direction of the game drastically changed. Kidderminster were awarded a soft free kick midway in Kettering's half out wide on the open side. The ball was lifted into the penalty area. Connor Kennedy managed to get his head to the ball but his clearance was delivered straight back into the crowded penalty area where Ashley Hemmings contorted his body to fire a snap shot goal wards. Rhys Davies did well to see the ball through the mass of players and pulled of a reaction save to keep the ball out, however he pushed the ball directly towards Amari Morgan-Smith who couldn't miss from close range. 0-1 Kidderminster 14 mins.

The goal was somewhat against the run of play being Kidderminster's first real attack. Kettering went back onto the attack with Gary Stohrer trying a shot from twenty yards but the ball curled wide of the goal. Five minutes after the goal Barrett made a surging run forward from the half way line being brought down from behind right on the edge of the penalty area with the referee failing to have a word with the perpetrator of a cynical foul. The free kick came to nothing. Shortly after George Cooper made an uncharacteristic mistake and gave away possession cheaply in midfield. It looked like Kettering would be made to pay a high price as Morgan-Smith was clear bearing down on goal. However, Riccardo Calder came to the rescue making up distance and performing a perfect tackle on the forward, hooking the ball away from him as he was making ready to shoot. The tackle had to be so precise as any misjudgement would have been a stonewall penalty and probable red card. Riccardo made another good tackle this time challenging firmly for 50/50 ball with Foulkes which looked fair but the referee was no doubt swayed by the Kidderminster's player shout and theatrical flight which earned his side a free kick and Calder a talking to. Foulkes was a bit quieter shortly after when he caught Stohrer late as Gary was in the act of clearing the ball. 

Just before the half hour mark goal scorer Hemmings showed good skills making good progress down the open side and into the penalty area before off-loading the ball toward Morgan-Smith but Rhys Davies was off his line sharply to pick the ball off the toes of the forward.

Gary Stohrer was being his usual determined self in midfield battling in every tackle he lost possession to Keziah Martin but took the ball straight back by stretching out a leg and hooking it back leaving the Kidderminster player on the floor before being fouled himself and winning a free kick. Martin was hurt though and after some treatment it was clear that he would need to come off and was replaced by Devonte Redmond.

With just over ten minutes Kettering produced a fine flowing movement with Riccardo Calder picking up the ball on the halfway line he advanced and fed the ball to Connor Kennedy who picked out Brown on the flank. Alex sent in a cross towards Jordon Crawford in the middle of the box but Simpson was equal to the effort diving to his left and holding the ball well.

Five minutes later and the action is at the other end with good work again from the suspiciously looking like offside Morgan-Smith delivering a high ball into the box. With visiting captain Lewis Montrose looking to get on the end of it Calder once again produces the defensive goods by leaping up and heading the ball away for a corner. The corner from the open side is taken well by Davies but on landing slips on the muddy surface and turns on his ankle. The damage is beyond Rachel's capabilities to repair and the sad sight of a player leaving the pitch on a stretcher follows. With no keeper on the bench Connor Johnson dons the yellow jersey with his place at centre back being taken by Kevin Joshua. In the added time Kidderminster won a corner and managed to get the ball in the net but the referee had spotted an infringement and had blown his whistle before the ball had crossed the line and the goal would not stand.

Half Time: Kettering Town 1  Kidderminster Harriers 0

Mr Culverhouse's first half time team talk at the club couldn't have found his team in a tighter spot 1-0 down from the visitor's only threat on goal and a stand in goalkeeper for the second half. The new manager would learn plenty about the team's spirit from the next 45 minutes.

Five minutes into the half and Jordon Crawford again threatens the Kidderminster goal but he didn’t manage to connect cleanly with the ball and was a simple catch for Simpson.

With 25 minutes to go Kidderminster made their second substitution with Marcus Dinanga replacing Omari Sterling. Within a minute of the substitution the referee produced the first yellow card of the night with Joe Foulkes booked for kicking the ball away at a free kick. Kettering took the opportunity to make their second substitution with Riccardo Calder making way for Mikey Conlon.

Six minutes later excellent work by Jordon Crawford chasing a seemingly hopeless cause down the right wing drove deep into Kidderminster territory. Unable to get past two men he fed the ball inside to the supporting Stohrer who carried on the forward progress to the by-line before sending in a low cross towards the near post. Sheriff tried to turn the ball into goal but was crowded out for a goal kick.

On seventy-four minutes Alex Brown almost caught Luke Simpson out with a speculative shot from way out wide the ball was dipping but passed over the bar rippling the top of the net. Before the resulting goal kick Kettering made their final substitution with Saul Milovanovic replacing Rhys Sharpe.

With under ten minutes left of the goal Johnson's goal came under threat for the first time in the half. Hemmings did well turning inside two defenders in the box but the finish did not match the approach work and he screwed his effort wide of the far post.

With the final whistle approaching Kidderminster made their final substitution in the 88th minute with Ashley Hemmings making way for Mark Carrington.

Within a minute Kettering thought that they had secured a deserved point with a last-minute equaliser. A high ball into the box was contested by Kennedy and the goalkeeper. Simpson got a hand to it but couldn't draw the ball in allowing it to go onto Crawford who nodded the ball home from close range. The Tin Hat erupted but an infringement seen by the referee, the Kidderminster manager and very few others meant that the goal would not stand and a free kick to the visitors was the outcome. Deep into injury time Connor Barrett showed persistence tight on the by-line in the Kidderminster penalty area and managed to send the ball into the middle. Simpson was beaten for once but he was covered by a defender behind him on the line who managed to scramble the ball away after taking it on his chest. The ball was sent straight back in and Sheriff found himself free at the back post and stabbed the ball goalwards but once again Simpson was there to thwart Kettering sticking out a boot and sending the ball behind. The corner was swung in from the open side and Kevin Joshua rose highest to get a clean head on the ball but he managed to send the ball the wrong side of the post. Time ran out for Kettering and the referee called a halt to proceedings shortly after.

Full Time: Kettering Town 0  Kidderminster Harriers 1

For the second match running Kettering were denied a point at the very death. Mr Culverhouse will be very pleased with the effort put in by his new team although disappointed by the result.  Connor Johnson will never have such a quiet second half for many seasons, if ever. Hopefully, with the string of recent player departures and the revenue garnered by the sale of Callum Powell the budget for replacement players should be healthy. However, the new management team must quickly appraise the resources the club already possesses before splashing the cash. 

Kettering Town yellow cards:

Kidderminster Harriers yellow cards: Foulkes – kicking ball away   

Attendance: 864

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Alex Brown– chosen by Elgoods Brewery.  

Another solid display by Alex. Solid defensively and contributing equally as much getting forward at every opportunity down the left wing providing telling balls into the danger area. He teammate on the opposite flank Connor Barrett also was back to his best after having a recent dip in his high standards.

Klondike Ticket winning no: 00678. Won by Martin Turner, Roger Ashby and Bob Miller, who recieve £160.


Team Sheet

Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 25th Jan 2022
Kettering Town FC
RED / BLACK
Captain:
Kidderminster Harriers
YELLOW
Captain:
0 Morgan-smith