Match Report - ALFRETON TOWN

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

SAM BENNETT 00

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Substitutions

ALFRETON TOWN: 3

Goals

Southwell 00
Hobson 00
Denton 00

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 1

Goals

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ALFRETON TOWN: 3

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Match Report

Kettering Town v Alfreton Town

Vanarama National League North

Saturday 22th August 2022   3:00pm

 

Kettering Town 

Alfreton Town

21

 Cameron Gregory

 

1

 George Willis

 

2

 Ben Sault

 

2

 Adam Lund            

 

3

 Harry Reilly             

 

3

 Henri Wilder             

 

4

 Lewis White               

 

4

 George Cantrill  

 

5

 Ben Toseland

 

5

 Dominic Smith

 

6

 Brad Gascoigne

 

6

 Dwayne Wiley

 

7

 Andrew Oluwabori

  Off 89

7

 Fraser Preston

 Off 78

8

 Gary Stohrer  (Capt)

  Off 89

8

 Conor Branson (Capt)

 Off 54

15

 Sam Bennett

 

9

 Tom Denton              

 Off 70

10

 Keaton Ward

  Off 74

10

 Dayle Southwell

 

12

 George Cooper

 

11

 Bailey Hobson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 Decarrey Sherriff

  On 89

12

 Lewis Whitham     

 

9

 Jordan Graham

  On 74

13

 Jake Askew

 

14

 Ethan Hill

  On 89

14

 Josh Clackstone

 On 54

17

 Andre Wright

 

15

 Danny Preston

 On 78

18

 Neo Richard-Noel

  

16

 Matt Rhead

 On 70

 

Referee: Reubeyn Ricardo        Assistants:  Ian Ruddock and Sam Weston

After a disappointing result at Curzon Kettering would be looking forward to a more positive result at Latimer Park. Today's opposition would be a difficult test as Alfreton were currently unbeaten and possessed a fair amount of experience in a settled team showing little change from last season's squad and manager by the astute Billy Heath. Lee Glover made one change to the starting XI which lost at Curzon with the welcome return of Mansfield loanee George Cooper who slotted into the back three with Ben Toseland moving out to left wing-back. Rhys Sharpe was the player to make way for George, having failed a pre-match fitness test. The unchanged substitutes bench once again featured four forwards.

The weather was fine with a hot sun but without the oppressive temperatures that hampered the Bradford game. The pitch looked in good condition being a lush green having benefited from the recent rain but it was still on the firm side with a bounce that would catch many players out during the game.

Alfreton kicked off in a dark navy strip with pink flashes attacking the Tin Hat with Kettering in all red. Alfreton were first on the attack winning a throw-in deep inside Kettering's half giving their long throw specialist Adam Lund a chance to hurl the ball towards the towering figure of Tom Denton in the penalty area with the net result of ending up in the arms of Gregory.

Alfreton won the first corner of the game after six minutes when a Dayle Southwell cross was deflected behind off Toseland. The corner was initially cleared but came straight back into the penalty area where it was blocked by a defender but once again fell directly to an Alfreton player, this time Dwayne Wiley who edged forward down Kettering's right before attempting to curl the ball into the goalmouth. The ball was chested behind by Sam Bennett but referee Mr Ricardo awarded a penalty as being in a position behind Bennett could not possibly see where the ball struck the player and guessed at the decision rather than actually witness it. Southwell's initial kick was poor but it still required a great save by Cameron Gregory to keep the ball out. Unfortunately, he could only parry the ball back into the path of the advancing Southwell who converted the easiest of chances to score. 0-1 Alfreton 8 mins.

Kettering won free kick after ten minutes and Ward floated the kick into the penalty area where White was lurking but Willis came off his line well to collect the ball over his head.

After ten minutes of the game meandering along Kettering were awarded a throw in mid way inside the Alfreton half. With no long throw option available Reilly took it short to Ward who returned it to Reilly who made a one-time pass to Oluwabori who fed it inside to Sault who then picked out Bennett on the edge of the penalty area. Sam who carries the ball forward and few yards and then fired in a fierce shot. Willis did well to keep it out but could not deny Bennett who followed up on the rebound giving the keeper no chance at the second attempt. 1-1 Kettering 20 mins.

Five minutes later a mistake by Sault allowed Alfreton to push forward and Southwell was able to get a cross into the box. White could only partially clear the ball but only as far as Preston who set up Hobson for a long range shot which went narrowly wide ending up in the side netting. From the restart Kettering were passing the ball well with Toseland doing well down the left flank to keep the ball in and put in a cross towards the far post where it was met by ward who turned it into the path of Reilly but he scuffed his shot making it easy for Willis to collect.

Alfreton were always looking to utilise Lund's long throw ability and after twenty-eight minutes he sent another one into Kettering's penalty area. Southwell got in Gregory's way as he came to collect and the ball fell to a forward who stabbed the ball goalwards but it was blocked by Gascoigne on the line and cleared away.

Three minutes later and Alfreton were awarded a dubious free kick on the open side when Wilder tried to squeeze past White tight on the touchline. Realising he was not going to get past the Alfreton man tumbled to the floor conning Mr Ricardo into giving a free kick. The ball was lifted into the box aimed towards the far post. It was met by a Kettering head but the clearance only found Wiley whose shot was blocked by George Cooper on the line at the expense of corner. The corner set piece was met by Denton but his header went over the bar ending up on the roof of the net.

With ten minutes left in the half Kettering won their first corner of the game after determined work by Oluwabori, which came to nothing as the ball passed right across the penalty area right on the by-line where White challenged Lund for the ball but fouled the defender. The referee wanted to have a word with Lewis but White didn't help his case by ignoring the official and trotting away and this may have been contributory to him getting a yellow card.

Alfreton finished the better team in the final five minutes of the half with Kettering having to rely on another good block by a defender this time by Reilly. Two minutes later another long high ball was delivered into Kettering's penalty area but it was met by a good punch by Gregory.

 Nothing of note occurred in the additional two minutes Mr Ricardo decided should be played.

 Half Time: Kettering Town 1  Alfreton Town 1

The second half almost started in a sensational manner for Kettering as after kicking off Keaton Ward lifted the ball over the top for Oluwabori to run onto leaving him 1 v 1 against Willis. Andy tried to lift the ball over the keeper but Willis managed to get some contact on the ball and divert it away.

Alfreton made the first personnel change of the game after fifty-four minutes with Josh Clackstone replacing Branson. It appeared to be a tactical move as Branson did not look to be in any difficulty.

Gregory showed a safe pair of hands just before the hour mark when he took a high ball into the box by Clackstone aimed towards Denton one handed and bowled the ball out to initiate a counter attack. The ball was worked down the stand side to Oluwabori who seemed to be chasing a lost cause but managed to get in front of the defender and despite being held managed to attempt a cross which went of the defender for a corner. The corner taken by Ward was far to close to the keeper who came out well to collect and immediately sent it down field to Fraser Preston but Reilly did enough to hold up play and cause the attack to break down.  

After a scrappy period of play Kettering were trying to play the ball out of defence when Sault was caught in possession midway inside his own half. Bailey Hobson challenged him for the ball and it seemed like Sault had resisted but Hobson was more determined and took the ball off Ben and advanced goalwards as the field opened up in front of him as if inviting him forward. Hobson took full advantage moving to the edge of the penalty area, picking his spot and coolly dispatching the ball beyond Gregory's reach and into the bottom corner. 1-2 Alfreton 61 mins.

Alfreton were galvanised by taking the lead. Five minutes later and it was three as once again Kettering displayed a defensive naivety. Moderate pressure from Alfreton after a Lund throw was not cleared with one attempted clearance striking White in the midriff leading to the ball pin-balling around the goalmouth before a deflected Southwell shot fell to Denton who couldn't miss from five yards out. 1-3 Alfreton 66 mins.

Kettering tried to respond as Stohrer fed a good pass out to Toseland. Ben advanced and tried a shot but his aim was awry and the ball flashed across the face of goal with no forward on hand to apply a final touch as the ball goes out for a throw in on the opposite side. Less than a minute later Bennett gets in a similar position and sees his cross pass across the face of the goal untouched.

On seventy minutes Alfreton made their second change in a like for like swap with Matt Rhead replacing Tom Denton. This was followed four minutes later by Kettering making their first swap with Jordan Graham replacing Ward as Kettering looked to rescue something from the game.

Alfreton playing with the confidence on a two-goal lead controlled the closing stages of the game. With fifteen minutes to go Matt Rhead had the chance to seal the victory when presented with a free header at the far post with a ball supplied by Cantrill but he uncharacteristically spurned the opportunity by sending his header wide.

Three minutes later Alfreton made their final substitution with Danny Preston replacing Fraser Preston saving the commentary team from a potential headache. With ten minutes to go Alfreton with a fast break were only denied by a good save by Gregory. Alfreton recycle the ball and play the ball towards Rhead but he is covered by White who conceded a corner which directly results in a second corner. This Southwell kick is played via Rhead to Lund whose low shot was stopped on the near post by Sault positioned there for that purpose but another corner was conceded which this time was cleared.

With four minutes to go Kettering had White to thank for a goal-line clearance to prevent Alfreton increasing their lead from an effort from Danny Preston.

As the board was being prepared to show the additional minutes to be played Kettering made a double substitution with Stohrer who minutes early had been trying to stretch out a cramp and Oluwabori were withdrawn with Decarrey Sheriff and Ethan Hill having a full three minutes in which to turn the game around.

A minute into the additional time to be played Toseland once again exploited space on Alfreton's right and fired a low ball into the box where it was met by Sheriff who executed a scissor kick to send the ball goalwards. Decarrey didn't connect sweetly as if he had the keeper would have been struggling but keeper Willis fell to his right to make the most of a routine save.

 Full Time: Kettering Town 1 Alfreton Town 3

After matching the visitors for the first hour Kettering conceded a soft goal following giving up possession to easily in the middle of the park. Within five minutes it was three again following sloppy defending. Alfreton had done their homework and Oluwabori was for the most part ineffectual being isolated wide out on the right. The distance between Andrew and Sam Bennett seems to be excessive with no player advancing forward to link the attacking players. The substitution of Stohrer and Oluwabori was far too late in the game with just over three minutes left in the game giving their replacements very little time to get up to the speed of the game let alone make a difference.

Onto Boston for Bank Holiday Monday with a game which will have more significance to the supporters than the team with only three of the present squad experiencing the recent history between the two clubs. With Boston currently sitting beneath Kettering in the league table it would be satisfying to come away with three points and add to their current management team's woes.

Kettering Town yellow cards: White - foul

Alfreton Town yellow cards: none  

Attendance: 641

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Brad Gascoigne.  Sponsored by Elgoods Brewery

Once again Brad was solid in the centre of defence with George Cooper slotting smoothly alongside him. An honourable mention for Harry Reilly who with Toseland playing in a more conventional left wing back role enjoyed a more influential role in the game.

Klondike Winning Ticket No -  06539, claimed by Brian Turnbull, who wins £175.

 

 

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Team Sheet

Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 27th Aug 2022
Kettering Town FC
RED / BLACK
Captain:
0 SAM BENNETT
ALFRETON TOWN
WHITE
Captain:
0 Southwell
0 Hobson
0 Denton