Match Report - HEREFORD FC

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

Goals

Gary Stohrer 00
TYRONE LEWTHWAITE 00

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Substitutions

HEREFORD: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 2

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HEREFORD: 0

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Match Report

Kettering Town v Hereford

Vanarama National League North

Tuesday 8th November 2022   19:45pm

 

Kettering Town 

Hereford

21

 Harrison Foulkes

 

12

 Dale Eve

 

15

 Ellis Myles

 

2

 Jared Hodgkiss        

 

12

 George Cooper            

 

3

 Jack Evans             

 

6

 Brad Gascoigne              

 

4

 Luke Haines   (Capt)          

 

3

 Stephan Morley

 

9

 Aaron Amadi-Holloway

 Off 89

11

 Rhys Sharpe

 

10

 Harry Pinchard   

 

14

 Ethan Hill

 

11

 Miles Storey

 

8

 Gary Stohrer  (Capt)

 

15

 Jethro Hanson              

 

10

 Keaton Ward

 

16

 Orrin Pendley

 Off 46

18

 Kemy Agustien

 

23

 Tyrone Barnett

 

19

 Tyrone Lewthwaite

 Off 68

25

 Jack Holmes                   

 Off 65

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

5

 Ben Toseland

 

6

 Kane Thompson-Sommers          

 

7

 Sam Bennett

 

14

 Mark Derricott          

 On 65

17

 Decarrey Sheriff

 On 68

19

 Justice Campbell

 

9

 Jordan Graham

 

24

 James Caton

 On 89

1

 Cameron Gregory

 

26

 Jordan Thompson

 On 46

 

Referee: Reubyn Ricardo       Assistants: Callum Gough and Callum Parke

Saturday's defeat at Brackley once again raised the level of expectation on the team with Kettering's home performances keeping the wolf from the door. History did not bode well for the hosts as Kettering had failed to register a win against the phoenix club in seven attempts. The visitors were also entering the game after a defeat having lost on national TV against Portsmouth in the FA Cup on Friday evening. Kettering were forced into making a change in defence as Lewis White was suspended following his dismissal against Banbury. Ellis Myles would make his home debut at right back having played at Brackley. He would be hoping for a longer Kettering career than the two previous right backs Ibrahim Bakare and Kornell McDonald who have since left the club with a combined total of 5 league appearances. Stephan Morley moved inside to form part of the central three with Rhys Sharpe playing at left back.

Another chilly evening at Latimer Park with a stiff wind blowing from the stand side. Kettering in all red defending the Tin Hat as Hereford in white shirts and black shirts kicked off. Hereford had the first attack of note after five minutes when a long ball was played down Kettering's left. With Hereford's wide player looking to be a distance off-side and with no flag forthcoming from the linesman he delivered a ball into the goalmouth forcing Harrison Foulkes to concede a corner. The set piece picked out Jordan Barnett but his header glanced off Brad Gascoigne's head who was challenging for the ball for another corner which came to nothing.

Hereford had the best of the opening stages in terms of possession and as the game progressed Kettering came more into the match. Just after ten minutes into the game Rhys Sharpe delivered a long throw into the box it was partially cleared but only as far as Ellis Myles who sent in a good cross so much so that a defender chose the safest course of action by sending it behind for a corner which went behind for a second corner which was partially cleared to Ethan Hill but his effort was sent high up into the air by a block and then successfully cleared by the visitors.

After fifteen minutes Mr Ricardo had cause to give Luke Haines a stiff talking to for his incessant questioning of the referee's actions. Three minutes later Miles Storey had some success down Kettering's right getting to the by-line but had to stretch to prevent the ball going behind and this meant that his cross lacked any power as it went straight into the arms of Foulkes.

Twenty minutes into the game and Kettering showed that the playing surface despite the opinion of many visiting teams, usually those which have lost, is suited to playing passing football as Kettering swept from one end of the pitch to the other with a fine flowing passing movement  involving six different players. It was capped by Kettering's Mansfield connection with Ward playing a nice 1-2 with Hill on the edge of Hereford's penalty area. Ethan touched the ball back into Keaton's path who struck a sweet dipping shot which passed narrowly over the bar. The resulting goal kick was sent down Kettering's left towards Storey where a rare mistake by Gascoigne allowed the forward to get by the defender.  Brad quickly recovered closing Storey down who sent a cross-field pass which was collected by Hodgkiss who sent a dangerous lofted cross towards the far post. The cross was caught by the wind and made it difficult for Foulkes to judge its flight and evaded him dropping beyond him to Storey who similarly foxed by the ball's flight could only side foot it into the side netting.

Just after the half hour mark Kettering would take the lead. A probe down Hereford's left resulted with a Hereford player being in possession on the edge of the penalty area facing his own goal. He fed the ball back to former Poppy Orrin Pendley some six yards in front of goal who in the act of attempting to clear the ball lost his footing and merely sent the ball a couple of yards forward to the feet of a surprised Stohrer.  After managing to get the ball out from under his feet Gary swept the ball home. 1-0 Kettering 31 mins

Hereford responded well to going behind and started applying pressure on the Kettering defence desperate to retain their lead to half-time. Hodgkiss had a shot from distance pass narrowly wide and a corner from the stand side was delivered precisely into Kettering's goalmouth but it evaded everyone going out the opposite side for a goal-kick. Kettering had a shout for a penalty turned down when Stohrer went down in the box but Mr Ricardo was justified in declining the appeal and as Hereford broke forward Keaton Ward was booked for having a nibble at the back of the ball carrier's legs to disrupt the attacking move one minute before half-time. The resulting free-kick came to nothing.

Half Time: Kettering Town 1    Hereford  0

Hereford made a personnel change at half-time with Jordan Thompson replacing Orrin Pendley. Kettering started the second half on the front foot pressing Hereford deep inside their half. This paid off five minutes into the half when a misplaced pass out of defence was sent straight to Stohrer who fed the ball to Ward in space on the edge of the box. Keaton declined the chance of the first time shot opting to move the ball to his right but he was quickly closed down by the defence depriving Ward of a shooting chance and his lofted ball into the goal-mouth was an easy catch for Eve. A minute later a clearance out of defence by Kettering was collected by Lewthwaite in the middle of the park just inside his own half. Ty fed the ball back to Sharpe and continued his run out toward the open side. Rhys recognised the run and sent a perfect ball down the line for the forward to run onto. Thompson the covering defender was completely floored by Lewthwaite's acceleration as the youngster sped past the flat-footed defender. Tyrone took the ball under control as a defender from the middle closed in and displaying a high degree of coolness, he carefully picked his spot and planted the ball in the far corner beyond the reach of the keeper.  2-0 Kettering 51 mins

Kettering could have further increased their lead a couple of minutes later when following a nasty foul, a late uncontrolled lunge by Haines on Stohrer, for which he was rightfully cautioned and could have been adjudged a red, the hosts were awarded a free-kick just outside the Hereford penalty area in a central position. With Hereford still marshalling their defence with no wall in place and Morley standing over the ball Mr Ricardo blew his whistle and Stephan dabbed the ball forward along the floor to an unmarked Hill who struck a first time shot which was well saved by Eve who'd stayed alert.

On the hour mark Ethan Hill picked up an harsh booking when challenging for the ball between two Hereford players. Ethan suffered contact from behind causing him to stumble into the player facing him. Two minutes later Jack Holmes drove into the Kettering penalty area but his shot was blocked as was the follow up effort from the rebound. It was Holmes' last contribution as three minutes later Hereford made their second change with him making way for Mark Derricott.

Hereford were pressing for a way back into the game but Harrison Foulkes was equal to it and produced some good saves coupled with tenacious Kettering defending. Kettering made their only substitution of the game after sixty-eight minutes when the weary Lewthwaite was replaced by Decarrey Sheriff. The break in play appeared to break Hereford's concentration as a misplaced pass was given to Ward a few yards outside the Hereford penalty area. Keaton moved to his right and fired in a low shot which was dealt with by Dale Eve by his foot.

With just under twenty minutes to go a long ball forward from Eve was nodded on by Amadi-Holloway into the path of the Hereford wide man who drove towards the near post before cutting the ball across the face of the goal an advancing forward had to adjust his run to get onto the ball and the delay enabled Ellis Myles to get in position to block the shot the rebound was recycled and a shot was parried by Foulkes but the ball was still loose as it broke to Amadi-Holloway. It caught him slightly unaware and bounced forwards towards Myles. Eager to retain possession Aaron bounded forward bundling the defender over in a process for which Mr Ricardo awarded a free-kick allowing Kettering to relieve the pressure.

Kettering were still playing a high line challenging for the ball in Hereford's half. Hanson attempting to carry the ball forward was challenged by a Kettering midfielder and lost his footing and tumbled to the floor. With no whistle from the referee Pinchard so certain that a free-kick should have been awarded he picked the ball up to place it for a set piece. There was a free-kick awarded by Mr Ricardo, but against the Hereford player for handball much to the embarrassment of the youngster.

Hereford finished strongly as they won four corners in the final ten minutes but none of them caused any concern in the Kettering defence. Hereford made their final substitution as the game entered its last minute of normal time as Amadi-Holloway hobbled off to be replaced by James Caton. Mr Ricardo adjudged that four additional minutes would be played with Hereford managing one final shot which passed over the bar.

Full Time: Kettering Town 2  Hereford  0

As with the Banbury game Kettering started slowly as the visitors made the better start but as the game went on the hosts grew into the game so that by the time they took the lead they were the better team. Kettering have been guilty this season of surrendering hard earned leads shortly after gaining them.  Hereford responded positively to falling behind but Kettering retained their shape to go in at half time with the lead. Kettering came out for the second half on the front foot and their efforts were rewarded as they extended their lead. Hereford pressed more as the game went on but Kettering defended with the same resilience as the Banbury game and achieved a second clean sheet in consecutive home games. The team must now start producing the same tenacity on the road to start climbing away from the wrong end of the table.

Kettering Town yellow cards:   Hill, Ward – foul   

Hereford yellow cards:  Haines – foul       

Attendance: 576

Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Gary Stohrer -  As captain Gary has done more than just wear the skipper's armband and participate in the coin toss. He has led by example to encourage his team to play for the shirt and the fans. Hopefully now he has ended his goal drought he will find the net more often.

Klondike Winning Ticket no – 08921, claimed by Steve Garrett of Kettering, who wins £155.


Team Sheet

Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 08th Nov 2022
Kettering Town FC
RED / BLACK
Captain:
0 Gary Stohrer
0 TYRONE LEWTHWAITE
HEREFORD
WHITE / BLACK
Captain: