Match Report - CURZON ASHTON

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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CURZON ASHTON: 1

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HANCOCK 00

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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CURZON ASHTON: 1

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Match Report

Curzon Ashton v Kettering Town

Vanarama National League North

Saturday 20th August 2022   3:00pm Tameside Stadium, Ashton-under-Lyne

Curzon Ashton 

Kettering Town

1

 Chris Renshaw

 

21

 Cameron Gregory

 

3

 Connor Hampson

 Off 73

2

 Ben Sault       

 

4

 Marcus Poscha

 

3

 Harry Reilly             

 

5

 Devon Matthews

 

4

 Lewis White               

 

7

 Ryan Hall

 

5

 Ben Toseland

 Off 71

8

 Sam Walker

 

6

 Brad Gascoigne

 

9

 Tom Peers

 

7

 Andrew Oluwabori

 

10

 Joshua Hancock

 Off 80

8

 Gary Stohrer  (Capt)          

 

11

 William Hayhurst

 

15

 Sam Bennett

 Off 58

17

 Jordan Richards

 

10

 Keaton Ward

 Off 67

21

 Craig Mahon  (Capt)

 Off 80

11

 Rhys Sharpe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

6

 Connor Dimaio

 On 80

12

 Decarrey Sheriff         

 On 71

12

 George Waring

 On 73

14

 Ethan Hill

 On 67

19

 Craig Hobson

 

9

 Jordan Graham

 On 58

22

 Adam Barton

 On 80

16

 Andre Wright

 

25

 Bentio Lowe

 

18

 Neo Richard-Noel

 

 

Referee: Richard Holmes       Assistants:  William Vaughan and Francis Sibley

Another quick return to the North-West to visit the Tameside Stadium venue of Kettering's final game of last season when by only securing a point a play-off berth was missed. Lee Glover kept faith with the side which produced the team's first win on the previous damp Tuesday evening. Hosts Curzon Ashton also gained their first win on the same night, an away victory at much fancied Kidderminster Harriers.   

On a bright warm afternoon with a strong breeze blowing lengthways to the pitch strong enough to influence play. The pitch looked perfect, a flat even surface with luxuriant green turf watered before kick-off with the integral sprinkler system, the benefits of a council owned facility utilised by Manchester City's academy team, although the ground staff were concerned that the pitch only recently re-laid might start to cut up as insufficient time had been given for the surface to bed in.

Kettering kicked off in all red with the wind at their backs with Curzon in all blue. Kettering started brightly and had the first meaningful attack of the game after four minutes with an advance up the middle of the park through Oluwabori before he was fouled but the referee waved play on playing the advantage with Ward in possession. Keaton fed the ball wide to Sharpe but his cross was deflected behind by a defender for an early corner but the set piece came to nothing. Two minutes later Kettering were on the attack again and the ball was worked to Keaton Ward who was caught late by Tom Peers whilst attempting a shot from the edge of the penalty area. The referee with the pitch markings to assist him failed to ensure that the defensive wall was 10 yards from the free kick with the wall inching forwards after he turned his back to take up his position. The kick went straight into the wall but the rebound played forward resulted in the first of many offside flags against the Poppies.

On the quarter hour mark Kettering generated another opening after a wayward clearance by keeper Renshaw which fell to Ward who quickly linked up with Harry Reilly who found Bennett with a good pass. Sam's first time shot deflected off Matthews into the side netting for a corner which again came to nothing. Curzon responded by quickly moving the ball to the opposite end with Hancock threading the ball through for Peers to run onto leaving him 1v1 against Gregory but Cameron was alert to the danger and off his line quickly to comfortably collect the ball before the Curzon man could reach it.

After twenty-six minutes Keaton Ward chanced his arm with a long range shot which fizzed narrowly over the bar.

With thirty minutes played Kettering had the best chance of the game so far. Stohrer advanced down Curzon's left. Gary fed the ball outside to Reilly who did well to keep the ball in but he returned the ball to Stohrer deep inside Curzon's penalty area who lifted the ball back into the middle where Sharpe five yards out threw himself at the ball to head it goal bound. Chris Renshaw in goal with very little time to react contorted his body and flung a hand at the ball and managed to lift the ball over the bar for a tremendous save. Once again, a Kettering corner comes to nothing.

 With seven minutes left in the half Curzon probed forward down Kettering's left the ball was lifted along the edge of the penalty area where Stohrer was guilty of conceding position too easily. The ball fell to Peers who nudged the ball forward to Josh Hancock who had all sorts of space six yards out and poked the ball past Gregory giving the keeper no chance. 1-0 Curzon Ashton 38 mins

Falling behind somewhat against the run of play through Curzon's first serious attack. Kettering were pressing for an equaliser four minutes later. A Sharpe long throw-in from midway inside the Curzon half was nodded goalwards by Gascoigne in the penalty area but Curzon's skipper Craig Mahon headed the ball off the goal line and away.  

In the final minute of the half Sam Walker played the ball over the top to a suspiciously looking off-side Tom Peers left 1v1 against Gregory. Lewis White was playing to the whistle though and performed a goal saving tackle on the forward who had hesitated too long having to be content with a corner. The corner was taken short to an unmarked player but his ball lifted into the box was met by a solid punch by Gregory who cleared the danger.

 Half Time: Curzon Ashton 1  Kettering Town 0

Kettering were first on the attack in the second half now playing into a gusting strong breeze. Sam Bennett looked to have broken clear of the Curzon back line after forty-seven minutes but he was called off-side in a marginal decision when the ball was kicked and not when it reached the player. Oluwabori was again looking to be Kettering's biggest threat but Curzon had done their homework and he was quickly closed down, usually by two players. He tested Renshaw with a long-range effort but it was straight at the keeper and seven minutes later saw his shot blocked well by Matthews with the rebound running kindly for the hosts ending in the hands of Renshaw. Curzon responded with a fine fluid passing move with the ball eventually ending up with Hayhurst who curled his shot narrowly round the post with Gregory beaten.

Ten minutes into the half and the referee produced his yellow card for the first time cautioning Reilly for a foul catching Mahon late after conceding possession in midfield. Two minutes later Sharpe joined him in the book for another foul on Mahon.  

Just before the hour mark Kettering desperate to get something from the game made their first change replacing Bennett with Jordan Graham. Shortly after Kettering forced a corner but once again the delivery was poor ending up a routine claim by the keeper who immediately launched a counter attack. The ball was worked forward and lifted into Kettering's penalty area where Gascoigne was forced to head the ball behind.  The corner was aimed towards the far post where it picked out Connor Hampson whose free header sent the ball goalwards but Jordan Graham headed it off the goal-line to clear the danger. Curzon were playing with the confidence of a team with a lead and both Hall and Hancock had efforts from distance which were not far off the mark.

Hampson became the first Curzon player to be cautioned after sixty-seven minutes after slipping over when challenged by Oluwabori handled the ball to prevent Andy taking advantage of the situation.

With twenty minutes to go Kettering almost got back into the game when a Reilly effort from 25 yards struck the base of the post with Renshaw beaten Graham on the follow up is crowded out and off balance could not turn the ball in. With time running out Kettering made their second substitution with Decarrey Sherriff replacing Ben Toseland as they changed into a  4-3-3 formation.

Shortly after the substitution Peers was lucky to only receive a yellow after appearing to use an elbow in a challenge on Stohrer. During the stoppage Curzon replaced Hampson with George Waring. Sherriff made an immediate impression taking on the tall centre half Matthews on the floor and narrowly failed to win the ball. Kettering were pressing and moved the ball well around the edge of the Curzon penalty area but the final product a shot from Ward was weak and straight at Renshaw.

With ten minutes to go Curzon made a double substitution with Mahon and Hancock making way for the towering Adam Barton and Connor Dimaio.

A sloppy back pass from Lewis White left Cameron Gregory out on a limb as he rushed to the edge of his penalty area to close down a Curzon forward and brought him down just outside the box and was punished by a yellow card. Jordan Richards took the resulting free kick but sent it just wide of the target.

With just over five minutes to go Kettering made their final swap with Ward being replaced by Andre Wright. Curzon had a chance to seal the victory almost straight after when Ryan Hall broke through to be 1v1 against Gregory but Cameron stood tall and pulled of a good save to give Kettering some home.

The referee deemed that Kettering would have an extra four minutes in order to rescue something from the game extended as the Curzon keeper required treatment at the death. Kettering played most of the additional time in the Curzon half but failed to threaten the home goal. On ninety-two minutes Kettering won a free kick but once again the delivery was poor and was cleared easily by the defence. Kettering forced another corner on the ninety-five-minute mark for Kettering's last chance. For once the corner was decent but Wright's header trickled wide.

 Full Time: Curzon Ashton 1  Kettering Town 0

 It's goals that win matches and Kettering for all their possession and flowing passing did not take their chances whereas Curzon scored from their first shot on target. A lapse in concentration at the end of the first half was rescued with a key tackle by White to save falling further behind. Kettering showed a lack of urgency in the second half appearing to believe that their first half dominance would deliver them the way back into the game but playing into the wind the tall Curzon centre half had the measure of the Kettering attack. It was not until the final ten minutes of the match that Kettering exerted any real pressure on the Curzon goal but it was a case of too little too late.

Curzon Ashton yellow cards: Connor - foul, Peers - elbow

Kettering Town yellow cards:  Reilly, Sharpe, Gregory - fouls

Attendance: 278 – about 50 Poppies fans.

Kettering Town ‘Elgoods Brewery’, Man-of-the-Match – Brad Gascoigne

Brad has been a colossus so far this season a rock in the centre of the back line leading by example for the two younger players flanking him. Following up three faultless performances today was no different always willing to put his self on the line throwing himself in front of shots to block them and playing through to the final whistle despite being in some discomfort.


Team Sheet

Location: Away (AWAY)
Kick Off: 20th Aug 2022
Kettering Town FC
RED / BLACK
Captain:
CURZON ASHTON
BLUE
Captain:
0 HANCOCK