Match Report - AFC TELFORD UNITED

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

SAM BENNETT 00

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Substitutions

AFC TELFORD UNITED: 0

Goals

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

Andrew Oluwabori 45

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AFC TELFORD UNITED: 0

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Match Report

Kettering Town v AFC Telford United

Vanarama National League North

Tuesday 16th August 2022   7:45pm

 

Kettering Town 

AFC Telford United

21

 Cameron Gregory

 

1

 Luke Pilling

 

2

 Ben Sault

  Off 80

5

 Jordan Piggott            

 

3

 Harry Reilly             

 

6

 Harry Flowers             

 

4

 Lewis White               

 

4

 Matt Brown  (Capt)  

 

5

 Ben Toseland

 

30

 Matt Carson

 

6

 Brad Gascoigne

 

7

 Carl Baker

 

7

 Andrew Oluwabori

 Off 90

8

  Liam Nolan

 

8

 Gary Stohrer  (Capt)

 

12

 Robbie Evans

 Off 65

15

 Sam Bennett

  Off 87

14

 Prince Ekpolo              

 Off 65

10

 Keaton Ward

  Off 82

15

 Devarn Green

 

11

 Rhys Sharpe

 

16

 Nathan Blissett

 Off 89

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Decarrey Sherriff

  On 80

2

 Josh Dugmore     

 On 65

9

 Jordan Graham

 

3

 Brad Bood

 

14

 Ethan Hill

  On 82

17

 Lewis Baker

 On 89

17

 Andre Wright

 

22

 Sam McLintock

 On 65

18

 Neo Richard-Noel

  On 90

24

 Josh Waite

 

 

Referee: Jamie O'Connor        Assistants: 

A quick return of action to Latimer Park being only three days since the last home game with Kettering looking to build on a solid point marred by a solitary defensive lapse. AFC Telford have had a good start to the season with four points from two games. Two players who appeared in the Telford squad for the corresponding fixture to this last season are now Poppies Keaton Ward and Andre Wright. Lee Glover makes two changes to Saturday's starting XI with Ben Sault replacing the ill János Bodnár and Sam Bennett is chosen to make his first competitive start in a Kettering shirt at the expense of Jordan Graham who drops to the bench. Recent Signing Ethan Hill fills the free spot on the bench.

After Saturday's blistering conditions the coolness of the evening provides a climate more conducive to football. With a light rain falling during the players warm up it turned into a full-blown downpour as the teams returned to the dressing rooms but abated slightly when they returned for the kick-off. Two pluses 1) there was no real wind driving the rain into the players and 2) the rain was not cold.  

Kettering in all red kicked off defending the Tin Hat with Telford in white shirts and black shorts. The first ten minutes passed with nothing of note happening and the first notable event was a minute later with a break by Kettering down Telford's left through the industrious Oluwabori. Andy took on the full back and bested him to send in a low cross aimed towards the near post where Sam Bennett managed to get to the ball in front of his marker but his touch sent the ball over the bar for a goal-kick.

On the quarter hour mark Kettering probed down Telford's right with Sharpe, Keaton and Bennett linking up well before feeding the ball into the penalty area for Sharpe to chase, but the ball ran away from him for a goal kick. Telford immediately switched play to the opposite end and forced Kettering to concede a corner, the first of the game. The ball was swung over from the stand side by Matt Carson and was headed home by Flowers but in doing so the referee adjudged that he had fouled Stohrer in the process and awarded the hosts a free-kick.

After twenty-five minutes a long ball forward was held up well by the tall figure of Nathan Blissett. a relation of Luther Blissett, who laid the ball back to Devarn Green on the left wing. The forward cut inside his marker and chanced his arm from 25 yards out but it was wide of the post.

Just before the half-hour a Kettering attack through Oluwabori was brought to a halt by Robbie Evans foul some 30 yards from goal. The free-kick was sent into the box by Ward but before it could develop further it was flagged offside by the linesman. Three minutes later another Kettering attack was impeded by an Evans foul on Oluwabori the referee initially waved on playing the advantage but it was followed almost immediately by a foul on Ward which brought play to a halt. The referee had seen enough and issued the first yellow card of the game to Evans. The resulting free-kick eventually fell to Ben Sault but his low shot the first of the game on target was straight at Pilling.

On thirty-eight minutes Telford won a free-kick midway inside Kettering's half and sent their big men forward into the box. Carson's delivery was poor though and it was a simple catch for Gregory who looked to start a quick counter attack by throwing the ball out towards Bennett. Sam managed to get the drop on Ekpolo but the Telford man took one for the team and halted the attack by bringing down the Kettering man to earn the second caution of the game.

With just under five minutes to go in the half a long clearance from Telford's defence is picked up by Sault 10 yards deep in Kettering's half. Under pressure from Ekpolo he momentarily loses possession but sticks to the task and wins the ball back and sends a diagonal ball angled toward the burger bar. The ball passes between two Telford defenders and Bennett who was beyond the right back runs on to collect the ball. Sam with no support inside and 5 yards from the by-line looked to have waited too long but he cut inside of Piggott and close to the corner of the 6-yard box fired in a fierce low shot from an acute angle beating Pilling at his near post.1-0 Kettering 41 mins.

The important thing for Kettering was to protect their lead as in the two previous games they had surrendered their advantage very quickly but all that Telford could muster was a long range effort from Evans which passed well wide.  

 Half Time: Kettering Town 1  AFC Telford United 0

 

Telford were back out on the pitch early for the restart having to wait three or four minutes before the match officials and Kettering joined them. Shortly after the restart the rain started to fall in earnest.  The first chance of the second half fell to Telford through their best player Devarn Green. He cuts inside and tried a curling shot to beat Gregory but Lewis White managed to get in the way and deflect it behind for a unproductive corner.

Five minutes into the half Sault and Nolan challenged for a 50/50 ball on the half way line. The Telford player went down with a scream of pain resulting in Kettering's first yellow card of the game.

Eleven minutes of the second half had passed when Telford were offered a way back into the match. A Telford throw-in on the half way line was nodded on where it was met by Stohrer but his attempted clearance spun up into the air and carried to Green who turned inside his marker and nodded the ball into the path of Evans. Evans worked an opening for himself and fired in a shot which was blocked by Gascoigne and rebounded to Green who recycled the ball to Carson who switched the play to the opposite side of the penalty area picking out Carl Baker. Rhys Sharpe was covering but rather rashly left his feet and attempted to slide in to dispossess the forward. Contact was made and the Telford man took the invitation and went down in the box. Penalty. Matt Carson struck the ball hard and low to the left as Gregory dove the opposite way but the kick was inches too wide and struck the inside of the post with such force it ran away for a throw-in on the open side. This represented the high tide mark for Telford's threats on the Kettering goal with Cameron Gregory remaining untroubled for the rest of the match,

Kettering responded by pushing forward playing the ball towards Oluwabori on the half way line but up against two defenders one of them managed to touch the ball back to Piggott who with Bennett closing in side footed it back to Pilling. The goalie looked all at sea taking a massive swing at the ball with his left leg and completely failed to make contact. Bennett chasing the ball down didn't have the pace to reach the ball and turn it into an empty net with the ball trickling over the goal line with Sam a couple of yards short of reaching it. The corner came to nothing.

With twenty-five minutes to go Telford gifted Kettering a second goal. Ben Toseland hoofed an aimless high ball deep into Telford's half which ran through to Pilling. The keeper fed it out to the left back Carson who squared the ball to Liam Nolan. The Telford man concentrating more on where he was going to play the ball allowed the ball to pass him by where it was pounced upon by Oluwabori. Nolan tried to win the ball back but Andy easily avoided the challenge as he neared the edge of the penalty area with Flowers and the keeper to beat. He took the ball past  Flowers then switched the ball to his left  foot where, just like on Saturday, he picked his spot and calmly passed the ball into the corner of the net leaving Pilling no chance,  2-0 Kettering 64 mins.

Telford responded through Green out wide and managed to get past Reilly with ease but with time and space over hit his cross which was recovered by Piggott a couple of yards in from the touchline. His cross was much better picking out the 6' 5” Blissett in the middle but he sent his header well wide. Telford followed this by making a double substitution with Josh Dugmore and Sam McLintock replacing Ekpolo and Evans who were both on yellows. Telford changed their shape from a flat back four to a central three and wing backs with Green moving forward to play alongside Blissett. 

With twenty minutes to go Keaton Ward had a chance to seal the win but saw his shot from the edge of the box hit the post. Shortly after Kettering had a penalty shout of their own as Oluwabori a constant threat was brought down by Pilling as the keeper came through the back of Andy sliding on the wet surface to force the ball away but the referee was unconvinced.

With just over ten minutes left of the game Telford had their first shot of the game on target when Sam McLintock rifled in a shot from the edge of the box but it was straight at Cameron Gregory.  Kettering were controlling the game looking to strike on the counter attack and with Oluwabori willing to run at the defence Telford were struggling to contain him resorting to double teaming him of just plain foul play which Liam Nolan did to become the third Telford player in the book

Kettering made their first substitution with eight minutes to go with new signing Ethan Hill replacing Keaton Ward. Kettering were determined to keep a clean sheet and Brad Gascoigne made a good block to stop a fierce drive getting through to Gregory. Two successive Telford corners came to nothing and when the ball fell to an unmarked Blissett some five yards out he fluffed his lines being unable to connect with the waist high ball before the defence scrambled it away.  Five minutes later Kettering replaced Sam Bennett with Andre Wright. Telford made their final substitution with one minute remaining of the 90 minutes with Lewis Baker, the son of No.7 Carl Baker replacing Blissett.    

As the board indicating an additional four minutes to be played was raised, Andy Oluwabori left the pitch to be replaced by Neo Richard-Noel. By this time the rain was coming down so heavily that visibility across the pitch was being obscured. There was still time for Piggott to make another controlled back pass to the keeper who took another mighty swing at the ball this time with his right foot missing it completely showing that he was equally inept with both feet with the ball hitting his standing leg and going behind for a corner which Kettering tried to keep the ball in the corner. It did break clear though to Andre Wright whose shot was well saved by Pilling at the near post resulting in another corner. With the rain showing no sign of abating Mr O'Connor sounded the final whistle at the first opportunity.

 Full Time: Kettering Town 2  AFC Telford United 0

 

A fine win for Kettering played in atrocious conditions with torrential rain forming puddles on the pitch before the final whistle. The conditions, which unsurprisingly, were the same for both teams but Kettering applied themselves to the task more diligently than the visitors whose heads dropped after the penalty miss. By preventing the quick Telford riposte after scoring and the clean sheet will be massively buoy the defensive units confidence.

Any complaints about Poppies TV commentary being partisan should listen to the BBC Radio Shropshire commentator who spent 90 minutes bemoaning the state of the pitch, the disallowed goal and the rainy conditions blaming them for shocking mistakes by the Telford players, describing Kettering as “nothing special”. A team good enough to beat his team 2-0 and restrict them to a single shot on target all game.

Kettering Town yellow cards: Sault - foul

AFC Telford United yellow cards: Evans, Ekpolo, Nolan – fouls  

Attendance: 472

Kettering Town ‘Elgoods Brewery’, Man-of-the-Match – Sam Bennett.  

Sam made the most of his first competitive start by crafting a goal out of almost nothing and generally causing the defence problems for the entire game. Callum has adapted swiftly to the higher level and spent most of the second half terrorising the Telford left back delivering a string of good balls in from the right wing. Capped off with a goal and an assist.

Klondike Winning Ticket No – 06115 claimed by Daz Keech who won £155.


Team Sheet

Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 16th Aug 2022
Kettering Town FC
RED / BLACK
Captain:
0 SAM BENNETT
0 Andrew Oluwabori
AFC TELFORD UNITED
WHITE
Captain: