Match Report - BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE)

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

Goals

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BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE): 0

Goals

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

Andrew Oluwabori 45

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BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE): 1

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Nowakowski 45

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Match Report

Kettering Town v Bradford Park Avenue

Vanarama National League North

Saturday 13th August 2022   3:00pm

 

Kettering Town 

Bradford (Park Avenue)

21

 Cameron Gregory

 

 1

 George Sykes-Kenworthy

 

2

 János Bodnár

 

 2

 Lucas Odunston

 

3

 Harry Reilly             

 

 3

 Reece Staunton

 

4

 Lewis White               

 

 4

 Mitch Lund

 

5

 Ben Toseland

 

 5

 Luca Havern (Capt)

 

6

 Brad Gascoigne

 

 6

 Shane Maroodza       

 Off 90

7

 Andrew Oluwabori

 

 7

 Jamie Spencer   

 Off 67

8

 Gary Stohrer  (Capt)

 

 8

 Simon Richman

 

9

 Jordan Graham

 Off 81

 9

 Jacob Blyth          

 Off 71

10

 Keaton Ward

 Off 88

10

 Sam Fielding

 

11

 Rhys Sharpe

 

11

 Harrison Harper         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Decarrey Sherriff

 

12

 Lloyd Smith       

 

14

 Ben Sault

  On 88

14

 Andre Brooks

 On 67

15

 Sam Bennett

  On 81

15

 Will Longbottom              

 On 90

16

 Andre Wright

 

16

Oli Johnson

 

17

 Neo Richard-Noel

 

17

 Adam Nowakowski            

 On 71

 

Referee: Benjamin Tomlinson   Assistants: Callum Gough and Shaun Barry

For the second season running Bradford would be the first visitors of the season to Latimer Park. Although the teams had very different levels of success in 2021/22 the net result was similar with both sides only having two starters and Kettering one substitute and Bradford two, appearing in their line-ups from 364 days ago. With both teams suffered an opening day loss and predicted, by some, to be at the wrong end of the table in April, they would both be looking to get some points on the board.  Lee Glover started with the same line up which had given a creditable performance at Fylde.  Bradford would present a very different set of problems than the professionals of Fylde, who as the home team, were expected to attack allowing Kettering to be reactive and look to strike on the counter attack.  Today Kettering would be expected to provide the initiative.

With the recent very dry weather the pitch looked better than expected with large patches of yellowing grass alternating with areas of slightly greener ones which served to extenuate the undulating nature of the surface. A smooth passing game played on the floor would be difficult but the same for both sides. The game would be played out under a blazing sun in a cloudless sky with a cooling zephyr blowing diagonally across the pitch from the open side Tin Hat end with a bouncy firm surface. The kick-off was delayed by 5 minutes due to a medical incident in the Tin Hat. Before kick-off there was a minute’s applause to mark the passing of former Poppies manager Mick Jones.

Bradford kicked off attacking the Tin Hat end in old gold shirts and black shorts with Kettering in all red. Kettering were the first team to probe into the opponent's penalty area in the first minute when a Rhys Sharpe long throw was hurled into the box from the stand side but it was easily dealt with by a defender. The game started at a slow pace with the players mindful of lasting ninety minutes in such extreme temperatures coupled with sizing up the nature of the pitch. Bradford were also probing forward but Lewis White showed some good defensive work to shut down the attack. Gary Stohrer quickly drew the referee's attention when challenging for a 50/50 ball just outside the Bradford penalty area which resulted in Gary taking a trip to the turf. Mr Tomlinson saw things differently and awarded Bradford the free kick and gave the Kettering man an extended talking to.  The ball was quickly moved to the opposite end where Gregory had to come to the edge of his area to collect a high ball and was jumped into by Blyth who turned his back going in but nothing was said other than the award of a free kick.  

Kettering won the first corner of the match after eleven minutes when Andrew Oluwabori chased down a hopeful punt forward which the defender appeared to have ample time to deal with but Andy is very quick over the ground and the defender was pressurised into conceding the set piece. Ward's kick was cleared by the defence and was clearly going out for a throw in just to the right of the Kettering bench where it was stopped by a member of the coaching staff. The linesman however flagged that the whole of the ball had not crossed the line and a free kick awarded to Bradford.

The first yellow card of the game was produced after twenty minutes when Harrison Harper was late in on Lewis White as he cleared the ball. The stoppage provided the opportunity for the first drinks break of the game. The free kick from some fifteen yards inside Kettering's half was poor though sailing straight into the hands of keeper Sykes-Kenworthy who then sent his kick aimlessly downfield to Gregory in the Kettering goal.

Five minutes later and Kettering generated their first real chance of the game when they broke down their right. Good work between János Bodnár and Oluwabori enabled Andy to get to the by-line and deliver a cross into the box. It was headed away by a defender but it fell to Sharpe who fired in a half volley which rose just over the bar. Play switched to the other end where good work by Shane Maroodza with Stohrer in close cover led to the visitor's first corner which comes to nothing. Kettering looked to launch a quick counter attack through the pace of Oluwabori but he was impeded as he looked to break clear by Staunton for which the defender received a yellow card. The resulting free kick was once again wasted being struck far too hard and passing over the by-line on the full for a goal kick.

Just before the half hour mark Kettering once again forged an chance via the right wing. Bodnár was found in space and advanced forward before linking up with Oluwabori. Andy cut the ball inside to Keaton Ward but his shot from the edge of the box lacked power and was straight at Sykes-Kenworthy.  With eight minutes remaining in the half Stohrer picked up Kettering's first booking. Gary was in possession in midfield and was forcibly but fairly challenged for the ball, in danger of losing possession Stohrer had to stretch to manage to clear the ball and in doing so lost his feet and brought down the opponent. The referee awarded a free kick and booked Stohrer something which it appeared he was looking for the opportunity to do since early in the game.

Bradford finished the half strongly winning a couple of corners but Cameron Gregory was not tested and made a couple of routine catches. As the game was nearing half time Jamie Spencer and János Bodnár vied for possession of the ball just in front of the Bradford bench with Spencer going to the floor. The referee saw nothing wrong or anything which suggested a head injury and allowed play to continue with Kettering on the attack. Play continued with the player down with Kettering moving the ball around the Bradford penalty area. The Bradford bench became more and more animated. Eventually Bradford cleared the ball downfield and as the referee halted play the Bradford sport therapist ran onto the pitch before being signalled to do so. The player was almost instantaneously sitting up and enjoying a drink and on regaining his feet berating the referee for not halting play immediately in a manner that could have been construed as showing dissent. The game restarted with a drop ball in Kettering's half and the true extent of the “injury” displayed as the player sprinted onto the pitch like a scalded greyhound. With the FA so concerned about the possibility of long-term head injuries by enforcing a ban on heading in under 12 games surely is it not time to introduce a concussion protocol similar to rugby to be completed following in-game head injuries to ensure player safety?

Half Time: Kettering Town  0  Bradford Park Avenue 0

The second half almost got off to an explosive start straight from the kick-off. Ward sent a hopeful ball in the direction of Graham.  As the ball came over his shoulder Jordan hit the ball first time with the outside of his boot to send it looping towards goal.  Sykes-Kenworthy standing off his line had it go over his head but to his relief saw it pass narrowly over the bar.

There now followed Bradford's best spell of the game. Seven minutes into the half Bradford were awarded a free kick. Taken quickly the ball was via Blyth fed onto Maroodza but his cross was deflected behind for the first corner of the second half. The set piece picked out a Bradford player but his free header was met by Gascoigne's head to send it over for a second corner. The corner was met by the unmarked Maroodza at the far post who fired a shot across the goal but Rhys Sharpe was ideally positioned to block the effort on the goal line and clear it.

Ten minutes into the second half  Bodnár sent a ball threaded down the right wing for Oluwabori to run onto. Andy sticking close to the touchline took on the full back and with some trickery managed to win a corner off Staunton but the set piece came to nothing.

Just after the hour mark Kettering were awarded a free kick in front of the stands. The free kick was lifted into the box where it was deflected off a defender but straight at Gascoigne. With little time to react he did well to send his header goalwards but straight at the keeper for an easy catch. A minute later a Kettering long throw in was put behind for a corner but Lewis White's header went well over the bar.

After a drinks break Bradford made the first change of the game with Andre Brooks replacing Jamie Spencer after 67 minutes.  With twenty minutes to go Oluwabori tried his luck on the left wing and the switch paid off as he wove his way through a pair of defenders to give himself a shooting opportunity but he sent his effort just wide with Sykes-Kenworthy a spectator. Shortly after Toseland who had already had a talking to by the referee went into the book for persistent fouling. On this occasion he was not helped by a poor pass from Sharpe which was closer to the opponent than Ben.

On seventy-one minutes Bradford made their second change with Nowakowski replacing Blyth who appeared to be cramping up. There was still no sign of activity on the Kettering bench despite the exhausting conditions.

With just over fifteen minutes to go a nice passing movement down Kettering's right led to Sharpe taking a long range effort from outside the penalty area but once again it was straight at the keeper. As the game was looking like ending in a goalless draw and Kettering were looking to make a substitution Oluwabori produced a moment of individual skill. He picked up the ball some thirty yards out from goal and ran at the defenders, passing by two of them and leaving him 1v1 with the keeper. Andrew picked his spot and coolly side-footed the ball into the corner of the net giving the keeper no chance.  1-0 Kettering 77 mins.

The sparsely populated Tin Hat which had had little to cheer about all game broke into a chorus of “The Town are going up” but the visitors were straight onto the attack from kick off. An attack down Kettering's right saw the ball worked across the edge of the Kettering area eventually ending up at the feet of unmarked substitute Nowakowski who could pick his spot from 10 yards out and easily beat Gregory. 1-1 Bradford 80 mins.

Just like buses no goals for 77 minutes and then two come along at once. Before the restart Kettering finally made their first substitution with Sam Bennett replacing Jordan Graham. With just over five minutes to go Kettering pushed forward looking to retake the lead overloading on Bradford's left with Toseland, Reilly and Sharpe involved. Rhys finished the move with a low shot aimed towards the near post, put behind by Fielding for a corner.  The corner was collected by Sykes-Kenworthy who looked to initiate a quick counter attack by running to the edge of the area and bowling the ball out. Oluwabori however ran alongside him preventing him from drawing back his arm to throw the ball which he did outside the penalty area. The referee overlooked that offence and awarded Bradford a free kick and booked Oluwabori for impeding the keeper.

Kettering made their second substitution with two minutes of regulation time left with Ben Sault replacing Keaton Ward. Shortly after Ben Toseland fired the ball into the box but Sam Bennett's touch sent the ball over the bar. As the added time board was being held up to denote four extra minutes Bradford made their final substitution with Shaun Maroodza making way for Will Longbottom.

 Neither keeper was troubled in time added on with both having to make routine catches.

Full Time: Kettering Town 1  Bradford Park Avenue 1

 A draw was a fair result in the end from a game that after 75 minutes looked like ending goalless.  Neither keeper was tested apart from the goals which both gave the keepers very little chance.  The game was not helped by the stifling conditions which did not allow the game to flow freely. The Bradford manager was bemoaning the pitch after the game saying it prevented his side from winning but it didn't stop them from equalising. It is a very young and inexperienced Kettering team but as the players become more familiar with their teammates an improved performance could be expected. The composition of the bench was curious with all five substitutes being attack minded players with no defenders. A point is a start but there will be much tougher challenges throughout the season with more capable opponents.

Kettering Town yellow cards:  Stohrer, Toseland, Oluwabori - fouls

Bradford Park Avenue yellow cards:  Hopper, Staunton - fouls            

Attendance: 557

Kettering Town ‘’Elgoods Brewery’, Man-of-the-Match – Andrew Oluwabori – Another good performance by the Peterborough youngster following on from last week at Fylde where he was outshone by Gregory's performance. He looked a different class from the other players on both sides and every promising Kettering attack involved him. Unsurprisingly, he works well with fellow Peterborough loanee János Bodnár forming a good partnership on the right. His goal was crafted through determination and skill and a coolly taken finish to make him already a Tin Hat favourite.

Klondike winning ticket, drawn by ex-Poppy goalkeeping legend Gordon Livsey – 05930, won by Alan Riley of Kenilworth who collected £155.


Team Sheet

Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 13th Aug 2022
Kettering Town FC
RED / BLACK
Captain:
0 Andrew Oluwabori
BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE)
WHITE
Captain:
0 Nowakowski