Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 0


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Match Report

Tyrone Lewthwaite's second half goal was enough to seperate the two teams, as hiis third goal of the season was the difference in an exciting Isuzu FA Trophy contest at Latimer Park.  


Kettering Town v Gloucester 

Isuzu FA Trophy Second Round

Saturday 19th November 2022   3:00pm

Kettering Town 

Gloucester City


 Cameron Gregory



 Brandon Hall



 Ellis Myles



 Jack James        



 Lewis White



 Ben Nugent             



 Brad Gascoigne              



 Junior Tiensa          



 George Cooper            



 Owen Evans



 Stephan Morley



 Sean O'Brien 



 Rhys Sharpe



 Matt Buse



 Ethan Hill



 Jake Andrews             



 Gary Stohrer  (Capt)



 Tre Mitford



 Keaton Ward



 Matt McClure   (Capt)



 Tyrone Lewthwaite



 Jack Hill                   

 Off 88














 Kemy Agustien



 Callum Blackford          



 Sam Bennett



 Tim Hill         

 On 88


 Decarry Sheriff



 Lewis Ford



 Jordan Graham



 Matthew Barnes-Homer

 On 68


 Harrison Foulkes



 Elliot Jones



Referee: Farai Hallam       Assistants: Hayden Lavender and Mark Chalkley

A break from league action for the Poppies in the FA Trophy with a reverse fixture of last year's competition with a home tie against Gloucester City. Kettering's performance in that game was disappointing to say the least suffering a heavy 3-0 defeat after having comprehensively beaten the host's 2-0 in the league three months previously. Kettering were hoping to carry their home league form into the game having won four and drew one of their last five home games. Gloucester for their part were looking to snap a four-match losing streak.

Kettering would be strengthened by the return of George Cooper, Stephan Morley and Cameron Gregory from injury.  This allowed Lee Glover to revert to a 5-3-2 formation after the flat back four utilised at Chorley. To accommodate these returnees Kemy Agustien and Harrison Foulkes reverted to the bench and Ben Toseland from the match day squad completely. Former Poppy Tre Mitford would be lining up for the visitors having joined them in the summer from Brackley.

After a week where plenty of rain had fallen in Burton Latimer the pitch looked very heavy with the grass quite long. Morning rain contributed to making the playing surface rather slippery but it had stopped by kick-off time.  Heavy cloud cover meant that the floodlights were on from the start and the chance of the game being completed without further rain seemed remote.

Gloucester in white fronted shirts with pale green backs and green shorts kicked off attacking the Tin Hat. Kettering started well for a change and were awarded a throw-in close to the turnstiles after three minutes. Rhys Sharpe delivered a long throw into the visitor’s goalmouth but it was flicked on by Morley but it evaded Cooper allowing Hall to kick it clear. Two minutes later Kettering were awarded a free kick about twenty yards out on the stand side following Nugent man-handling Lewthwaite.  It was a perfect position for Morley to create an opening. Stephan duly delivered and picked out an open White. Lewis missed the chance of celebrating his birthday with a goal as he sent his free header wide of the target.  

Gloucester City's first attack of note was after eight minutes when Sharpe gave away a silly free-kick some thirty yards out on the stand side. Andrews sent the ball into Kettering's penalty area but the defence handled it with little concern. Gloucester kept the pressure on and good work by Evans and O'Brien down the left set up Matt McClure with a shooting opportunity which was blocked well by Gascoigne at the expense of the game's first corner which came to nothing.

On the quarter hour mark Kettering had a golden opportunity to open the scoring. With Gloucester's central defenders looked questioningly at the linesman expecting an off-side flag Lewthwaite timed his run wide to perfection onto a White through ball and ran through to be 1v1 against Brandon Hall.  Tyrone decided to take the ball around the keeper rather than attempt a shot. This slight delay enabled Jack James to get between Tyrone and the goal to block his initial shot. The ball rebounded to Lewthwaite but Hall had also recovered his ground and turned the ball around the post foe an ineffective corner. Five minutes later and Hall was in action again when Morley threaded a ball through to Ward inside Gloucester's penalty area. Keaton with his back to goal pivoted and fired and shot towards the near post in a slick turn only to see Hall thwart him with a sharp save.

With twenty minutes to go in the half Owen Evans was fed the ball down Kettering's right he advanced with the ball closely shepherded by Myles before he cut inside to give himself room to slide the ball inside to O'Brien on the edge of the box but the Gloucester man sent his shot wide.   As the half entered its final five minutes O'Brien threaded the ball forward for Mitford to run onto. Cameron Gregory was alert to the danger though and was quickly out of his penalty area to reach the ball first and clear the ball downfield. This was the final action of note of the half.

  Half Time: Kettering Town 0    Gloucester City  0

Neither side made any personnel changes at half-time as Kettering attacked the Tin Hat.  With the game scheduled to go straight to a penalty shoot-out decider if the scores remained level after ninety minutes. The first action of note of the second half was by Mr Hallam who had been allowing the game to flow making allowances to the players due to the tricky conditions underfoot. As Myles tried to go past Owen Evans the defender extended his arm to pull the Kettering player back in order to halt the attack. As Evans had committed an almost identical foul in the first half on Myles earning him a talking to, a yellow card was fully justified. Just like buses you wait all game for a booking and then another comes along straight after. Myles was shepherding a ball out for a goal kick and O'Brien rushed in and bowled Ellis over and then tried to kick the ball out from under the defender. The referee blew for a Kettering free-kick straight away and as Myles got to his feet, he shoved O'Brien in the back to express his displeasure at the treatment that had been dished out to him. The Gloucester player turned and after a brief pause showing petulance gave Myles a full-blooded two-handed shove in the chest pushing the defender once again to the floor. After a bit more pushing involving other players the net result was that both O'Brien and Myles were cautioned.

On fifty-seven minutes Gloucester had their best chance of the game when Buse aimed a shot low towards the near post but Gregory performed his only real save, and a good one at that, of the game turning the ball around the post for a corner which was headed over by Nugent for a goal-kick.

On the hour mark as a kick from hand by Gregory initiated a thrust down Gloucester's left from a left. Ward managed to keep the ball in play and played a looping ball forward into the box for Stohrer charging forward in support to run onto.  Gary played a return pass back to Keaton who hit his shot narrowly wide. A couple of minutes later Stohrer once again set Ward up with a chance this time Keaton's shot was on target but Brandon Hall held onto to it well with a good save.

On sixty-eight minutes Gloucester were forced into making a substitution as Owen Evans went down in some pain as another Kettering attack was broken up. With the Gloucester man still on the floor Mr Hallam halted the game with goalkeeper Hall in possession to allow the defender to receive treatment. After a couple of minutes of treatment, the therapist indicated to the Gloucester bench the Evans would need to be replaced. With no substitute ready to come on Jake Andrews went to the floor in the middle of the field supposedly also in need of treatment. The physio left the hobbling Evans to make his own way back to the bench and went to treat Andrews. Conveniently the length of time that Andrews required treatment was precisely the same time as that required by the substitute Matthew Barnes Homer to make himself ready to come onto the pitch meaning that Gloucester did not have to play any period of time at ten men.

With seventy minutes on the clock Stohrer probed forward on Gloucester's left and in attempting to go past Nugent was brought down by the defender earning himself a booking. The free-kick about ten yards from the by-line was taken by Ward who looked to have overhit it as it looped towards the far post but it was met by Lewis White who nodded it back into the middle where it was swept home from about six yards out by Lewthwaite scoring his third goal at the Tin Hat end in as many matches.1-0 Kettering 71 mins

Kettering looked to put the game out of Gloucester's reach as Ward caught Andrews in possession and forced him into making a mistake allowing Keaton to burst forward and fire off a shot from eighteen yards. Hall kept his side in the tie by pulling off another good save at the expense of conceding a corner which came to nothing except a Gloucester counter attack which culminated in McClure sending an effort wide from an acute angle.

With ten minutes to go Hill, who had given another good performance, was played forward by Myles. Ethan carried the ball forward and with Lewthwaite and Ward in support in the middle it was a promising move but it was brought to a halt as Junior Tiensia cynically brought the midfielder down right on the edge of the penalty area. Morley's in swinging free-kick was palmed away by Hall, Gloucester's man of the match, at the last moment before being cleared by a defender. In the closing stages Lewthwaite picked up an unnecessary booking by kicking the ball away after being caught offside deep in Gloucester's half.

With two minutes remaining of regulation time remaining Gloucester made a second substitution with Tim Hill replacing Jack Hill. In the final minute Morley lobbed the ball forward for Stohrer who broke through Gloucester's back line and found himself with only the keeper to beat. From an acute angle Gary lifted the ball over the keeper only to see it pass agonisingly just past the wrong side of the post.  Despite the time taken for Gloucester to make their substitution only four additional minutes were adjudged to be played. During this time Keaton Ward was played through to be 1v1 against Hall but the keeper made a good save, the last action of the game.

Full Time: Kettering Town 1  Gloucester City  0

Kettering started the game positively for a change and shaded the first half with Hall being the busier of the keepers. Kettering continued on the front foot in the second half and were deserving of their victory. The addition of Morley and Myles to the defence has stiffened the defence with their experience being most welcome. It must be remembered that for all his commanding performances this season it is his first season at this level. The return of Gregory must be welcomed as well as Harrison Foulkes has performed, he is only here on loan. Another advantage of Gregory appearing is that it cup-ties him for the competition making him a less attractive signing for other non-league sides. 

Kettering Town yellow cards:   Myles, Lewthwaite – unsporting conduct

Gloucester City yellow cards:  Evans, Nugent – foul       O'Brien – unsporting conduct

Attendance: 446

Elgoods Brewery - Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match – Tyrone Lewthwaite - Scoring his third goal in as many matches in front of the Tin-Hat Tyrone has handled the step up in level very well. Once again, he was man handled and pulled by the defenders for all the game getting very few if any decisions from the referee but this will encourage him to hone his game. He was an eager chaser of the ball looking to close down defenders when the chance arose. He started looking a bit leggy towards the end of the game and remained on the pitch despite Bennett and Sheriff being available on the bench. His only blot on his copybook was the needless booking for kicking the ball away after conceding a free-kick. Mention must be made of the midfield trio of Ward, Hill and Stohrer who all put a good shift controlling midfield.

Klondike Winning Ticket no – 09069. £165 was claimed by VP Mel Hopkins.

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Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 19th Nov 2022
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