Match Report - SOUTHPORT

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Decarrey Sheriff 00

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Substitutions

SOUTHPORT: 1

Goals

Tyler Walton 00

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

Decarrey Sheriff 45

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SOUTHPORT: 1

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Match Report

Kettering Town v Southport

Vanarama National League North

Tuesday 1st February 2022   7:45pm

 

Kettering Town 

Southport

1

 Jackson Smith

 

1

 Cam Mason

 

2

 Connor Barrett

 

2

 Charlie Oliver         

 

3

 Alex Brown

 

3

 Jack Doyle              

 

4

 Chris Smith

 

5

 Adam Anson   (Capt)            

 

5

 Connor Johnson

 

6

 Doug Tharme

 

6

 George Cooper

 

8

 Charlie Munro

 

17

 Decarrey Sheriff

 

16

 Dylan Vassallo

 Off 75

8

 Connor Kennedy (Capt)

 

11

 Tyler Walton          

 

9

 Gary Stohrer

 

18

 Jack Bainbridge

 

10

 Jordon Crawford

 

7

 Connor Woods

 Off 75

11

 Rhys Sharpe

 

9

 Jordan Archer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

7

 Charlie O'Connell

 

4

 Russell Benjamin        

 

12

 Kevin Joshua

 

12

 Issac Buckley-Ricketts

 On 75

14

 Riccardo Calder

 

13

 Tony McMillan

 

15

 Saul Milovanovic

 

19

 Liam Edwards

 

16

 Lauric Diakiesse

 

20

 Ryan Corrigan

 On 75

 

Referee: Aaron Bannister        Assistants:  Stuart Richardson and Ian Jackson

After securing their first win under the new Ian Culverhouse and Paul Bastock management team Kettering faced another tough home match against the inform Southport. The Sandgrounders currently on a 14-league game unbeaten run with their last league defeat being at York on October 9th almost 4 months ago. Kettering were boosted by the very welcome one-month extension to George Cooper's loan deal, a player who has become an integral member of the team. The Kettering line up showed one change from the side who brought three points away from Darlington. Chris Smith who played the second half in the North-East took over in the back three in the number 4 shirt with Rhys Sharpe reverting to the number 11 relegating Riccardo Calder, who was hobbling after taking a knock-on Saturday, to the bench.

Apart from a strong wind blowing diagonally across the pitch the conditions were good being not too cold and dry. The pitch looked in good condition considering how the pitch usually is at this time of year. Southport wearing light blue shirts with dark blue sleeves, dark blue shorts and light blue socks kicked off attacking the Tin Hat where a small contingent of travelling supporters assisted with a drum were making a disproportional amount of noise.

Southport were straight on the attack with Woods finding himself in possession inside Kettering's penalty area causing Brown to have to concede a corner inside the first minute. Vassallo sent a good kick over from the stand side and caused a fair degree of concern in the penalty area with the hosts struggling to clear the ball. Eventually Stohrer managed to clear the Kettering lines but without any sense of confidence. Three minutes later and Kettering were made to pay for their soporific start. Southport won a throw-in in front of the gazebo stand. Doug Tharme, a transfer deadline day sale to Blackpool but loaned back to Southport, delivered a perfect looping long throw into the penalty area where Tyler Walton found space between two defenders and had the simplest task to nod the ball home from 6 yards out. 0-1 Southport 4 mins.

For a team that consistently utilises the long throw offensively it was disappointing for Kettering to concede such a goal. Kettering reacted positively though and from the restart broke well down the right wing through Sheriff. Decarrey cut inside but his shot from distance passed wide of the post untroubling Mason. From the resulting goal-kick Southport moved the ball quickly to the other end with a confident passing movement belying any concerns about the quality of the playing surface. It was concerning to the home supporters at the ease that the visitors cut through the Kettering defence the move only ceasing due to Rhys Sharpe putting the ball behind for Southport's second corner of the game. The kick was a good one being delivered into the heart of the goalmouth; however, Jackson Smith rose well in the crowded area and cleared the ball with a firm two-handed punch. The ball was reclaimed by Southport and played forward to Woods who showed good skills in beating two players before being dispossessed by Alex Brown at which Woods performed a theatrical leap into the air worthy of Tom Daley in an attempt to deceive the referee into award a penalty. Mr Bannister merely waved to play on.         

On the quarter hour mark Kettering won a throw-in on the open side half way inside Southport's half. Rhys Sharpe delivered a long throw into the penalty area where it was nodded on by Connor Kennedy and Decarrey Sheriff pounced onto the loose ball on the floor and stabbed it home from close range.  1-1 Kettering 15 mins

Southport set about restoring their lead with a long goal kick aimed towards Jordan Archer who got his head to the ball and nodded it outside to Woods who advanced some yards drawing a defender towards him before slipping the ball outside to Jack Bainbridge who tried a shot, it grazed a defender which took some of the power from the shot giving Jackson Smith a routine catch.

On twenty minutes Southport were awarded a free kick 10 yards inside their half and goalkeeper Mason sent a wind assisted ball deep into Kettering's penalty area where it appeared to come of Tharme but Southport were awarded the corner on the stand side. Vassallo sent in another good set piece delivery which caused a scramble within the penalty area with neither side able to get a decisive touch on the ball before after what seemed like an age Kettering were able to hack the ball clear.

Kettering finished the half the better of the two sides with a penalty shout turned down by the referee on thirty-three minutes. Brown was advancing deep into Southport's territory pushing the ball past Oliver and trying to run past the defender. As he was edging out the visitor in the race to the ball, he appeared to get a shoulder into his back causing Alex to tumble to the deck but the referee just waved play on. Six minutes later a long throw in by Brown flicked on by Johnson led to Cameron Mason almost being caught out causing him to have to tip the ball over the bar at the last moment. From the resulting corner on the stand side the ball carried all the way across the area where it was retrieved by Kennedy who fed the ball into the feet of Jordon Crawford who had his back to the goal. Jordan made a skillful turn to give him separation from his marker and unleash a fierce shot, unfortunately the ball flashed across the face of the goal. Nothing of note occurred in the remaining five minutes of the half.

 Half Time: Kettering Town 1  Southport 1

With neither side making any half-time changes Kettering made a bright start to the second half having a penalty shout inside the first minute of the half. Attacking direct from the kick-off the ball fell to Crawford in the penalty area whose shot was blocked. The ball fell to Tharme but before he could clear the ball Kennedy came from his blind-side and managed to get between the player and the ball and as the defender continued his clearance attempt made contact with Kennedy and the ball. The ball was cleared and Kennedy went down but the referee saw no offence. Moments later Connor Barrett was set to break clear after winning the ball on the half-way line but the referee adjudged that he had won the ball unfairly with a high boot a seemingly harsh decision.

Kettering with the wind blowing in their favour were now taking control of the game. Seven minutes into the half Jordon Crawford wove his way forward to the edge of the penalty area but unselfishly chose to pass rather than shoot but the pass was cut out and the opening was gone.

Fifty-seven minutes into the game and the referee issued his first yellow card cautioning Connor Barrett. Connor was chasing a ball running towards the by-line for a Southport goal kick. Tharme was trying to shield the ball as it was slowing down. Connor attempted to get by the defender who responded by thrusting his hip further towards Barrett who fell. With no resistance Tharme also lost his feet and clattered into the advertising boards. A couple of Southport players wanted to make more of the incident especially Munro. When normal service was resumed and play recommenced with a goal-kick Barrett was booked in an attempt to defuse the situation.

The goal-kick resulted in a free-kick to Kettering as Archer fouled Chris Smith. Jackson Smith took the free-kick 10 yards deep inside Kettering's half. Bainbridge headed clear but straight to Sharpe who looped the ball forward to Sheriff.  Decarrey picked his spot from 6 yards and slotted it calmly past Mason. 2-1 Kettering 60 mins

Connor Johnson was cautioned after sixty-eight minutes for a ill-conceived challenge on Woods who made the most of the challenge by squealing in order to sway the referee's decision making. After the briefest of attention from the physio the player was swiftly on his feet showing no ill effects. Jack Bainbridge joined Johnson in the book five minutes later when he caught Kennedy in the head with a wayward hand. The player contested the decision but should have been thankful that the sanction wasn't more serious as some officials could've considered it a red card offence.

With a quarter of a hour to go Southport made a double substitution in order to salvage something from the game with Vassallo and Woods being replaced by Issac Buckley-Ricketts and Ryan Corrigan.

Inside the last five minutes Southport had two chances to preserve their unbeaten streak. On forty-two minutes danger man Archer managed to get free of the shackles of Chris Smith and fire in a good shot but Jackson Smith was equal to it and made a good save. In the final minute of regulation time Walton managed to break clear but his shot went over the bar for a goal-kick but keeper Smith had it covered all the way.

With four additional minutes to play Kettering saw out the game with an improved game management allowing no threats on the Kettering goal.

 Full Time: Kettering Town 2  Southport 1

A good win for Kettering after a very slow start which had the home supporters fearing the worst after the first 10 minutes but after equalising the hosts took control of the game and restricted the visitor's to very few openings. With Mr Culverhouse looking to recruit players to bolster the size of the squad the current incumbents of the starting places are performing well to make Ian's job that bit more difficult for the nicest of reasons.

  

Kettering Town yellow cards: Barrett, Johnson - fouls

Southport yellow cards:  Bainbridge - foul

Attendance: 670

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Decarrey Sheriff– chosen by Alfen.  

With two goals Decarrey took his tally to four goals in four games. His coolness in front of goal when presented with a 1v1 with a keeper made the difference between three points and one. A mention must be made of the performance by Chris Smith in his first full game since returning from injury. Given the task of marking prolific goal scorer Jordan Archer he started slowly as did the rest of the Kettering team but as the game went on he gradually assumed dominance over the forward so he provided no threat in the second half


Team Sheet

Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 01st Feb 2022
Kettering Town FC
RED / BLACK
Captain:
0 Decarrey Sheriff
0 Decarrey Sheriff
SOUTHPORT
YELLOW / BLACK
Captain:
0 Tyler Walton