Match Report - SOUTHPORT

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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SOUTHPORT: 0

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0

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SOUTHPORT: 0

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Match Report

 

 

 

Kettering Town v Southport

 

Vanarama National League North

Saturday 26th November 2022   3:00pm

 

Kettering Town 

Southport

21

 Cameron Gregory

 

13

 Tony McMillan

 

15

 Ellis Myles

 

3

 Jack Doyle        

 

4

 Lewis White

 

4

 Chris Doyle   (Capt)           

 

6

 Brad Gascoigne              

 

6

 Declan Evans          

 

12

 George Cooper            

 

8

 Charlie Munro

 Off 72

3

 Stephan Morley

 

9

 Jordan Archer  

 

11

 Rhys Sharpe

 Off 85

11

 Tyler Walton

 

14

 Ethan Hill

 Off 78

14

 Keenan Quansah             

 

8

 Gary Stohrer  (Capt)

 

15

 Josh Hmami

 

10

 Keaton Ward

 

18

 Jack Bainbridge

 

19

 Tyrone Lewthwaite

 

19

 Michael Carberry                   

 Off 72

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

18

 George Franklin

  On 85

1

 Cam Mason          

 

7

 Sam Bennett

 

2

 Charlie Oliver        

 On 72

17

 Decarry Sheriff

  On 78

5

 Adam Anson

 

9

 Jordan Graham

 

12

 Connor Heath

 On 72

1

 Harry Hogg

 

17

 Niall Watson

 

 

Referee: William Davis       Assistants: Matthew Jackson and Samuel Clayton

Kettering would be looking to continue their good league form with today's visit of Southport who have been victorious in their last three away matches failing to concede a goal. In last season’s corresponding fixture Kettering ended an extended unbeaten sequence for Southport with a 2-1 win with Decarrey Sheriff scoring twice which saw them fall away from play-off contention break a position where they sit in this season's table.

Kettering would begin the match with the same starting XI which overcame Gloucester in the FA Trophy. There were two changes on the bench. Harry Hogg was included due to the return of Harrison Foulkes to Derby on the completion of his loan and a new signing George Forsyth from Bromsgrove Sporting taking the place of Kemy Agustien.

Another wet week in Northamptonshire saw the pitch looking very heavy and bearing the scars of having had a much-needed cut. Despite being the tail end of November, it was not a cold day but a stiff breeze was blowing from the Tin Hat end.

Southport in light blue shirts and black shorts started the game attacking the Tin Hat. The first incident of note happened in the first five minutes when Ethan Hill running parallel to the edge of the penalty area went to the floor after contact with a defender but Kettering's appeals for a free-kick in perfect Stephan Morley territory were waved away by the referee.

It would be after another ten minutes of play before the next noteworthy action took place as Southport probed forward down Kettering's right. Jack Bainbridge advanced and delivered a dangerous low ball into Kettering's penalty area where Gascoigne opted for safety first and put the ball behind for a corner. Southport packed the six-yard box with players for a kick aimed towards the near post. Gregory managed to get through the crowd to get to the ball to ensure that the ball didn't creep in untouched at the post by putting a glove on it to give Southport another corner. This set piece was cleared but the ball came straight back down Kettering's right but the ball into the middle was an easy catch for Gregory.

Kettering's first chance at goal came after twenty minutes following a long throw in on the open side from Rhys Sharpe. The ball was headed into the air a couple of times before the ball fell to Gascoigne on the far side of the penalty area. Brad took a touch and then hit a left-footed drive that passed narrowly passed the far post.

On the half hour mark Michael Carberry had some more success on Kettering's right making some space for himself and driving an inviting low diagonal ball into the penalty area but nobody could get a touch on it and it went out for a goal-kick on the opposite side. Six minutes later Carberry picked up the first booking of the game when he caught Myles late whilst attempting to clear the ball. It looked to be a harsh caution as it appeared that his rear foot lost grip causing him to lunge forwards.

With just over five minutes to go in the half a defensive error presented Hill with a golden opportunity allowing him to advance into the penalty area 1v1 against Tony McMillan. Ethan opted to hit the ball with his left foot rather than his stronger right and only succeeded in dragging his shot wide of the post. Southport responded well and play was switched to opposite end where the ball was worked to Tyler Evans some twenty yards out in a central position. He struck a fierce dipping shot which a well-positioned Gregory had to tip over the bar for an unproductive corner. Southport won another corner in the final minute of the half but Kettering's defence was equal to it.

  Half Time: Kettering Town 0  Southport  0

Southport started the second half on the front foot and in its first minute a long throw-in into Kettering's penalty area was headed behind for a early corner. Once again Southport packed the goal mouth and under pressure Gregory was forced to punch the ball away for a follow up corner which was dealt with efficiently by the defence. Gregory was tested again five minutes later when a high looping ball carried on the wind was lifted into Kettering's box but Cameron safely caught it.

On fifty-five minutes Kettering were awarded a free-kick following another foul on Gary Stohrer. The set-piece was lifted into the visitor's penalty area by Morley where it held up in the wind. Underneath it was Ellis Myles who turned in into the middle to the feet of White. With his back to the goal Lewis attempted to back-heel the ball goal-wards but he didn't connect with the ball cleanly and the ball was scrambled clear.

 With an hour played a ball out of Defence was played down Southport's right and for once Lewthwaite was able to escape the clutches of Evans, who'd been manhandling and tugging the shirt of the forward all game, and break into the open space behind him. Tyrone held the ball well waiting for the arrival of support which came in the form of Ward who received a pass to feet on the edge of the penalty area. Keaton moved to his right to make space for himself and unleashed a fierce shot which drew a fine full-length diving save from Tony McMillan to keep the scores level. Five minutes later and Stohrer was advancing down the middle of the park with the ball he played a nicely weighted ball out to the right where Lewthwaite coming from behind the defender to run onto the ball in the clear only for the linesman to raise his flag for offside which appeared to be a wrong decision. This would be Kettering's last attacking flourish as most of the action for the remainder of the game would be towards the new stand end.

Southport won a corner shortly after but the big men who came up from the back to pack the box would have been disappointed to see the ball go straight out before reaching the near post. Southport made the first change of personnel of the game with a double substitution with Connor Heath and Charlie Oliver replacing Michael Carberry and Charlie Munro.

With a quarter of an hour to go Jack Bainbridge had a pot at goal but it was blocked by Myles. The rebound was kind to Southport with the rebound going back to Bainbridge but once again his shot was blocked by Ellis this time at the expense of a corner. Hmami's corner was a good one but it somehow managed to pass through the crowded six box with neither side's players managing to get a touch on it.  Three minutes later a Southport free kick was lifted into the box but it was headed over the bar for a goal-kick.  Kettering to the opportunity to make its first substitution with Decarrey Sheriff coming on for Ethan Hill with Ward dropping back into midfield.  Shortly after Sharpe lost possession in the middle of the field and in order to prevent a Southport break hauled back the Southport player conceding a free-kick and receiving a yellow card.

With five minutes to go Kettering gave a debut to George Franklin withdrawing Rhys Sharpe in a straight swap. Southport spent the rest of the game pushing forward but produced nothing to threaten the Kettering goal as the game wound it's way to a scoreless draw.

Full Time: Kettering Town 0  Southport  0

With neither side producing the necessary spark to trouble the oppositions defence neither manager can be surprised with the final result. Between the two keepers only McMillan had to make a good save but he should have been tested by Hill at the end of the first half. Kettering can be content with another clean sheet but Lee Glover must be wondering why his team cannot replicate the same defensive efficiency on the road. Southport should be content with a point as not too many teams will take points away from Latimer Park.

Kettering Town yellow cards:   Sharpe - foul

Southport yellow cards:  Carberry  – foul 

Attendance: 541

Elgoods Brewery Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – George Cooper -  A solid performance from the Mansfield youngster in a competent Kettering defence nicely bookended with the two experienced full-backs of Morley and Myles.

Klondike Ticket winning no – 09764 – wins £165.

 

 

 

 

 


Team Sheet

Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 26th Nov 2022
Kettering Town FC
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Captain:
SOUTHPORT
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