Match Report - SCARBOROUGH ATHLETIC
Kettering Town FC: 0
SCARBOROUGH ATHLETIC: 3
Kettering Town FC: 0
SCARBOROUGH ATHLETIC: 5
A much under strength Kettering squad arrived at the Flamingo Land Stadium and suffered a second thrashing in consecutive away games- this time 5-0 in an easy victory for Scarborough Athletic. The home side were 3-0 up at half time with goals from Lewis Maloney,Kieran Weledji and Kieran Burton. Further goals in the second half came from Michael Coulson and Ashley Jackson.
THE KETTERING SQUAD:
Not available today were the following players: Cameron Gregory, Rhys Sharpe, George Cooper and Harry Reilly – all injured. Andrew Oluwabori does not seem to have had his loan extended. Neo Richard-Noel is on loan at another club and Andre Wright was not at the game (presumed injured?). Only 12 senior players were therefore available with Jordan Graham on the bench, loan keeper Harrison Foulkes making his debut and youth players, Jack Kempson, Harry Moores and Ethan Brazier joining goalkeeping coach, Harry Hogg on the bench.
The teams lined up:
1 Joe Cracknell
2 Kieran Weledji (8 Ryan Watson,46)
3 Ashley Jackson
4 Lewis Maloney
5 Will Thornton
6 Bailey Gooda
7 Michael Coulson (Captain)
10 Kieran Glynn
11 Luca Colville
15 Kieran Burton (20 Dan Bramall,69)
22 Hassan Ayari (33 Ciaran McGuckin,59)
17 Darren Dom Tear
18 Simon Heslop
Yellow Card: Weledji,30
1 Harrison Foulkes
20 Kornell McDonald
2 Ben Sault
4 Lewis White
5 Ben Toseland
6 Brad Gascoigne
8 Gary Stohrer (Captain)
10 Keaton Ward
14 Ethan Hill
15 Sam Bennett (9 Jordan Graham,56)
17 Decarrey Sheriff
21 Harry Hogg (G/K)
16 Ethan Brazier
18 Jack Empson
19 Harry Moors
Yellow cards: None
Athletic started quickly. A 1st minute long throw saw Kettering keeper, Harrison Foulkes fail to get a positive touch on the ball and home skipper Michael Coulson had a good shooting chance which he blazed over the bar.
The Poppies then missed a glorious chance to take a 6th minute lead. Ben Sault’s through ball sent Sam Bennett clear but his shot was too near home keeper,Joe Cracknell, who pushed the effort wide. The next minute saw Decarrey Sheriff also sent clear- but he was pulled back for an offside.
The home side took the lead, however, in the 11th minute through a direct free kick. Kettering conceded an unnecessary foul 20 yards out and Lewis Maloney’s strike was in the top left hand corner, giving Foulkes no chance.
Decarrey Sheriff was looking lively and got in a cross from the right which was taken by Cracknell. A couple of minutes later the Kettering goal led a charmed life as Kornell Mcdonald, playing on the left, lost the ball. Foulkes made a save, the rebound saw a defender make a great block and finally a third effort flew wide.
The Poppies put together a decent flowing move in the 17th minute which led to Sault firing just over. At this stage Kettering remained firmly in the game and on 24 minutes they broke, with Keaton Ward sent clear, but inexplicably he lost control of the ball with no one around him, and the defence got back to block him out.
At the other end Kieran Weledji got past McDonald on the right and Foulkes made a decent save at the near post. There was further immediate danger for Kettering as Hassan Ayari drifted past two defenders on the left and keeper Foulkes again did well to get the ball off the wide man as he shot. Kieran Glynn then drifted in from the left along the 18 yard line but he scuffed the shot wide.
It was 2-0 on 35 minutes. A long throw into the box was partly cleared by the visiting defence, only to be recycled and Weledji, looking suspiciously offside, poked the ball home and the goal was given.
Scarborough flooded forward in search of more goals with Coulson also getting the better of McDonald on the right with Foulkes taking his cross. On 40 minutes, Foulkes saved a Coulson shot and a follow up shot cannoned off a defender for a corner. From the restart Kieran Burton headed in unchallenged in the six yard box to make it 3-0.
At this juncture there was no way back for the beleaguered Poppies. They tried to get forward though, as Ward skewed a shot wide. Then Sheriff’s cross from the left saw no Kettering players in the six yard box and right on half time the same player cleverly lifted the ball over a defender and with the outside of his left foot lobbed the keeper only to see the ball land on top of the net. But the nearest to a goal before the break were Scarborough as Lewis White headed a cross marginally over his own crossbar.
SCARBOROUGH ATHLETIC 3 - 0 KETTERING TOWN
Kettering started the half with no changes, although both Bennett and Brad Gascoigne appeared to be limping. Ryan Watson, a half time substitute for Athletic, soon got in for a shot but poked it wide. Kettering’s first attack saw Ben Toseland’s long throw into the area cleared for a corner and Sheriff’s over head kick went high over the bar.
Another long throw into the Kettering six yard box came off a Kettering head and Foulkes did well to tip over. Jordan Graham replaced the limping Bennett on 56 minutes, and his first touch - a shot on the turn, was poor as it dribbled to Cracknell.
Home substitute,Ciaran McGuckin, was looking really lively and making some incisive runs. His 63rd minute low shot saw Foulkes dive low to his left to make a decent save. Kettering did counter and three minutes later a good move saw McDonald’s cross forced away for a corner. Ward’s restart saw a defender clear the ball over his own cross bar, under pressure, from a yard or two out. Then Sheriff’s cross spelled danger as a defender cleared for an unproductive corner.
Just as Kettering might have felt they could gain more momentum from this spell of play it was taken from them. As McGuckin raced into an offside position the ball by-passed him on the right and the cross came in to the back post. Gary Stohrer missed the ball completely, allowing Coulson an easy finish to make it 4-0 on 71 minutes.
Kettering attacked from the restart and Graham had a good shout for a penalty as he was tripped in the box - but the Referee waived away the appeals.
McGuckin had a good run into the right side of the penalty area on 77 minutes – but the shot was in the side netting. Four minutes later it was 5-0. Home defender,Ashley Jackson, decided to try his luck from fully 30 yards out and the left foot shot beat Foulkes to his left just inside the upright.
McGuckin’s run and shot was saved by Foulkes and the same player had the ball in the net on 87 minutes, but he was offside. All Kettering could muster was a poor Graham shot and it was nearly 6-0 as Luca Colville rattled the upright with a last minute curler.
Another day to forget for Kettering Town FC, who, on this form, will see rock bottom of the league very soon.
SCARBOROUGH ATHLETIC 5 - 0 KETTERING TOWN
Match Officials: Referee: Mike Crusham; Assistants: Maca Gibson and Jan Suchecki
Attendance: 1505 (Kettering fans 62 plus 9 officials and media- thank you for the support)
Poppies Media Elgoods Brewery Man of the Match: Decarrey Sheriff
Saturday 15th: HOME to Spennymoor Town at 3pm
Saturday 22nd: Away at Chester City at 3pm
Tuesday 25th: Away at Farsley Celtic at 7.45pm
Saturday 29th HOME to Blyth Spartans at 3pm
Match report posted by Sadman KTFC.