Match Report - BOSTON UNITED

Half Time:

Kettering Town FC: 3

Goals

Decarrey Sheriff 00
FRANKIE MAGUIRE 00
LEWIS WHITE 00

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Substitutions

BOSTON UNITED: 2

Goals

Wright 00
Platt 00

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Full Time:

Kettering Town FC: 3

Goals

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BOSTON UNITED: 2

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Match Report

 

Kettering Town 

Boston United

1

 Harrison Foulkes

 

33

 Tiernan Brooks

 

15

 Ellis Myles

 

23

 Zak Mills        

 

4

 Lewis White

 

4

 Tom Platt

 

6

 Brad Gascoigne              

 

6

 Luke Shiels     (Capt)      

 

16

 George Forsyth

 

3

 Ethan Sephton

 

3

 Josh Flanagan           

 Off 45

7

 Scott Pollock

 Off 84

11

 Rhys Sharpe

 

14

 Will Atkinson

 Off 79

2

 Frankie Maguire

 

16

 Ben Pollock            

 

8

 Gary Stohrer  (Capt)

 

32

 Lirak Hasani

 

7

 Sam Bennett

 Off 73

9

 Jordan Burrow                   

 

19

 Tyrone Lewthwaite

 

10

 Jake Wright 

 Off 69

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Substitutes

 

 

Substitutes

 

12

 George Cooper

 

11

 Tre Mitford

 On 84

10

 Keaton Ward

 On 73

19

 Zak Goodson

 On 69

17

 Decarry Sheriff

 On 45

21

 Sam McLintock

 

14

 Ethan Hill

 

25

 Jo Cummings

 

13

 Harry Hogg

 

29

 Luther Munakandafa

 On 79

 

Referee: Liam Corbett      Assistants: Ian Ruddock and Ian Jackson

When the last Kettering home match was played, Christmas was still two and a half weeks away and so after a enforced break of eight weeks caused by the weather, some summer breaks are shorter, football returned to Latimer Park. Tonight's match could not be any more important with Kettering sitting in the final relegation place tonight's visitors Boston United sat one place higher in the table having played one more game and holding a single point advantage.  The game was most definitely a relegation 6 pointer as a home defeat would see a three point gap open up between Kettering and a place of safety in the league table. This game was a rearrange fixture following the postponement of the original fixture on January 14th. Of the three Kettering players that left Latimer Park for Boston in the summer only Jordan Crawford remains although his tenure in Lincolnshire looks to be coming to an end. Goalkeeper Rhys Davies left at Christmas for Ilkeston and left-back Alex Brown for Chester in early December. Boston have restocked their supply of ex-Poppies by signing Tre Mitford who played in the last game at LP for Gloucester and appears to be looking for a complete set of NLN team registrations being on team number four and goalkeeper Cameron Gregory who, would be unavailable for tonight's game still serving the suspension for him seeing red at Bradford Park Avenue whilst still a red.    After Saturday's insipid performance in defeat at Alfreton Lee Glover should have had no trouble in rallying the team to produce the goods in a must win match.

On a night perfect for football, weather conditions were good a crisp evening, dry with no wind. The pitch looked in good condition presenting a perfectly playable playing surface taking a stud with no noticeable damp spots. Kick-off was delayed by 10 minutes to allow all the large crowd to enter the ground in good order with the numbers swelled by a sizeable contingent of Boston supporters which contributed to the good atmosphere inside the ground but with no segregation. Before kick-off there was a minute’s applause to mark the passing of former Kettering Town youth player Kelsey Walsh.

With Boston in their traditional yellow and black stripes adding to the atmosphere of this important game Kettering in red with their backs to the Tin Hat populated by at least 200 travelling supporters kicked off and the ball was sent high into the Boston half where it was headed away by a defender but only to Tyrone Lewthwaite who flicked the ball forward towards Sam Bennett where Ben Pollock conceded an early free kick in a dangerous area just outside the penalty area for a foul on Bennett.  Forsyth and Maguire stood over the ball as the referee moved the Boston 4-man wall back 10 yards into their own penalty area. Maguire struck the ball sweetly and keeper Tier nan Brooks was diving full stretch towards the low shot but was relieved to see the ball pass inches the wrong side of the post for the Kettering fans.

Boston responded with a free kick the next minute when Lewthwaite committed a foul just inside the Boston half. The ball was lifted high diagonally across the pitch where Forsyth appeared to be impeded in his attempt to head the ball but no foul was given and the ball fell to Hasani who crossed the ball low into the danger area. The ball was partially cleared towards Bennett but Tom Platt got to the ball first and played a nice exchange of passes with Lirak Hasani who fed the ball onto the overlapping Zak Mills who took the ball towards the corner flag and delivered a deep cross towards the far post where a seemingly unmarked Jake Wright headed the ball back across the goal to open the scoring.  0-1 Boston 4 mins

Ten minutes had passed when a long speculative high ball was played forward by Boston down Kettering's right. Lewis White was first to the ball and was shepherding it out towards the touch line hoping for the goal-kick but Wright was in close attendance as the ball trickled to a stop just short of the line. White faced with having to play the ball was badgered by Wright who managed to get between defender and ball a bit pushing by both resulted in both players going to ground and the referee halting play with his whistle. The situation was not helped but a second Boston player running to the spot and trying to make more of the situation which resulted in a brief flare of emotion from White which earned him a dressing down from the ref but not caution. The second Boston player who reacted more than Wright, the player who'd been fouled warranted no words from the referee. The net result a free kick a yard in from the by-line a couple of yards outside of the penalty area. Scott Pollock lifted the ball over to the far side of the goal where Tom Platt headed it back into the middle where Wright from no more than 5 yards out with the golden opportunity of doubling his tally skied the ball over the bar by a distance larger than his distance from the goal-line. A major let off for the hosts.

Having kept his cards in his pocket for White the referee produced one three minutes later following a foul deep inside Kettering's half by Boston left-back Ethan Sephton.  Ellis Myles shaped up to take the free kick quickly but Sephton stood over the ball to prevent it knowing that there were acres of open space behind him. The referee instructed him to move but after initially retreating as the referee turned away advanced towards the ball leading Myles to kick the ball at the defender. Not wishing to appear biased the referee evened it up a minute later issuing a caution to Gascoigne after a halting a Boston counter attack by bumping Pollock to the floor.

Kettering starting back into the game generating some pressure playing the game inside the Boston half but none of it resulting in any work for the Boston keeper which leads to the first corner of the game after 18 minutes but it comes to nothing. Two minutes later Kettering are on the attack again going down Boston's left but it is halted when Maguire goes down under pressure from two Boston players and it is flagged by the linesman. The players involved accept the decision but Wright takes exception and begins berating the official which in turn leads to him getting a telling off from Mr Corbett. The kick was sent into the box but it did not fall to a free red shirt but the ball is not cleared and is eventually sent goalwards only for it to be blocked by a defender on the six-yard box. Kettering recycled the ball and stayed on the front foot but a high ball aimed towards Lewthwaite was claimed high by Brooks which relieved the pressure as the Kettering fans behind the goal were starting to make some noise.

Any rise in optimism amongst the home fans that a positive outcome could be achieved took a severe knock just after the half hour mark when Boston won a corner on the stand side. Scott Pollock's corner looked to have missed everyone but skipper Shiels twisted his body to get his head to the ball to divert the ball weakly towards the middle of the goal where Myles and Wright contested the ball the ball bounced off the defender and Tom Platt who had managed to get goal side of George Forsyth reacted quickest stretched out a leg to poke the ball slowly but accurately just inside the post out of reach of Foulkes. 0-2 Boston 34 mins

Gary Stohrer tried to lead from the front and he led an immediate response but his long range effort was deflected wide for another fruitless corner. Five minutes before half time Kettering once again tried to exert pressure on the Boston goal winning two consecutive corners but failed to test the Boston keeper. In the additional two minutes deemed to be played Kettering finally tested Brooks in the Boston goal. A long throw in from the open side by Rhys Sharpe was turned goalwards. The effort looked to be too high but Brooks played safe and helped the ball on its way for another unproductive corner before Mr Corbett brought the half to an end. It was enough for some of the home fans with boos coming from behind the goal and choosing to leave at half time.

Half Time: Kettering Town 0    Boston United  2

With it being essential that Kettering obtain at least a point from the game changes would need to be made after a lack lustre first half performance. Lee Glover enacted a formation and personnel change. Josh Flanagan was withdrawn to be replaced by Decarrey Sheriff. Rhys Sharpe moved to left back and the formation was changed from 5-3-2 to 4-3-3 with George Franklin moving into midfield.

Kettering started positively and forced a corner in the opening minutes of the second half but after being only partially cleared Maguire's shot was deflected into the arms of the keeper. Boston were not sitting back on their lead and moved the ball out onto Kettering's left from where Jordan Burrow was picked out by a cross but his header was straight at Foulkes who made a simple catch.

Just before the hour mark Kettering gained another corner this resulted in Forsyth trying his luck but his shot went over the bar. Two minutes later Kettering were on the attack again. Forsyth in midfield lifted the ball into the path of Miles who took the ball in stride and played it first time to the feet of Sheriff just on the edge of the penalty area. Miles continued his run on the overlap drawing one of the defenders close to Decarrey away. Sheriff had other ideas in mind and turned inside towards the middle of the park and after a few steps making space for himself sent in a low shot on the turn. Brooks diving at full length managed to get a hand to the ball to turn it behind for a corner. The corner was header clear but collected by a Kettering played who fed the ball out to Maguire who lifted the ball back into the goalmouth where it was met by a solid punch by the keeper with a defender completing the clearance. Three minutes later Forsyth sent a diagonal ball forward behind the defenders for the energetic Maguire to run onto gaining possession close to the corner flag. A Boston player quickly closed down Frankie but the Sheffield youngster had the confidence and ability to take him on turning him first one way then the other going past the defender close to the by-line before sending in a low ball to Sam Bennet who turned and shot but Shiels defending managed to get a partial block on the ball to send it into the middle of the goalmouth. Lewthwaite got a small but meaningful contact to send the ball in the direction of Sheriff who poked it home from close range. 1-2 Kettering 64 mins.

There was light at the end of the tunnel down but Boston were determined to snuff it out looking to regain their two goal cushion. They made their first substitution with just over 20 minutes to go with Zak Woodson replacing the goalscorer Wright. They exerted great pressure on the Kettering from a corner with both Atkinson and Burrow being denied by defenders putting their bodies on the line and blocking the ball before it reached Foulkes and a good headed clearance from a goal bound shot by Lewthwaite frustrating the visitors.

Kettering weathered the storm though and responded with a substitution of their own on 73 minutes with Keaton Ward replacing Sam Bennett just before a Sharpe long throw launched into the box from the stand side. The ball was headed away by a defender but collected by the scurrying Maguire who turned and advanced down the left flank playing a 1-2 with the newly arrived Ward before facing up to the defender he beat for the first goal. Instead of taking the defender on he threaded the ball between two defenders to the closely marked Sheriff in the box with his back to the goal, before running the same route to collect a ball played into his path by Decarrey. Frankie controlled the ball and before he could be closed down lashed an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net from an acute angle. 2-2 Kettering 74 mins.

Despair had been replaced by joy in the Kettering fans hearts and that changed to ecstasy four minutes later when Rhys Sharpe lifted a free kick, following a foul on Maguire, wide on the open side just inside Boston's half down the left wing towards Keaton Ward who with a cushioned header nodded it back to Maguire. Frankie lofted the ball to Forsyth who was just on the edge of the penalty area who lobbed the ball towards the penalty spot where the unlikely figure of White challenged Platt who was back-pedalling for the ball. Lewis was not to be denied and was determined to get his head to the ball which he did to send it low to the keeper's right to complete the comeback and spark jubilant scenes in the Tin Hat. A perfect time to score your first goal for the club. 3-2 Kettering 78 mins.

Boston responded by making a substitution which they were preparing to make as the free kick was being taken with Luther Munakandafa replacing Atkinson. Five minutes after the goal it could have been worse as a long ball out from Kettering's defence was chased down by Sheriff. All on his own Decarrey did well to turn away fro the defender and carry the ball forward. Support was not readily to hand but Lewthwaite made up ground to provide an option but Sheriff by that time was faced by two defenders. Decarrey chose the positive option and drove at the defenders who were forced to concede a corner The set piece from the stand side was aimed towards the far post where it was met by Brad Gascoigne who headed it narrowly over.

Boston had no option but to press forward now and on eighty-four minutes made their final change with Tre Mitford replacing the tiring Scott Pollock. Boston managed to force three corners in the remaining regulation time and an additional four minutes but could not make any meaningful attempt on goal.

Full Time: Kettering Town 3  Boston United  2

This was a classic game of two halves for the first 45 minutes Boston were in the ascendancy. Two goals to the good and everything was going their way whilst Kettering were failing to convert possession into threats on goal. Whatever was said in the home changing room worked wonders. It was a totally different team that performed in the second 45 minutes part of that catalyst was the introduction of Decarrey Sheriff and his shot from the edge of the penalty area appeared to give the team self-belief over their ability to salvage a result from the game. The second half comeback made this one of the most memorable games in the ten years the team have been at Latimer Park up alongside the come back from behind New Year's Day win over AFC Rushden & Diamonds with the injury time winner. The fact that the team managed to do it in front of the largest attendance of the season bodes well as too many times in the past the club has failed to produce the goods in front of the biggest audience but hopefully return for another key fixture on February 11th for the visit of Buxton. Not only was it three points snatched from a relegation rival but the psychological damage to a rival losing a game in such a manner which at half time seemed it the bag could knock their confidence and self-belief for their next few matches. Mention must also be made of the performance by Mr Corbett the referee who controlled a highly charged match in a very efficient manner.

Kettering Town yellow cards:   Gascoigne - foul

Boston United yellow cards:   – fouls   Sephton - dissent

Attendance: 985

Elgoods Brewery Kettering Town Man-of-the-Match picked by Match sponsor Carlsberg – Frankie Maguire – Sometimes when a player arrives on loan their commitment to the cause and willingness to put in that extra effort can be questionable. In the case of Frankie Maguire, he plays like his very life depends on the result. This 110% effort coupled with his undoubted ability makes him a special talent. His performance on Boxing Day at Peterborough was fundamental in Kettering's win that day. At Bradford Park Avenue he contributed fully in the rear-guard action in the attempt to hold on for a point, always looking for an opening to press forward to help keep the home side wary of the counter-attack. He was substituted that day and looked disappointed that he had been but his body language spoke of his fatigue which could have led to problems being on a yellow card with his mind trying to urge his body to further extend himself. In this game he contributed directly to the build up to two of the goals providing the ball into the penalty area. The equaliser he scored is a contender for goal of the season not only for the inter-passing leading to him rifling a forceful shot into the roof of the net but the importance of it. The Kettering fans demand effort and passion from their players and Frankie has both in spades and shows it in his reactions.


Team Sheet

Location: Home (LATIMER PARK)
Kick Off: 31st Jan 2023
Kettering Town FC
RED / BLACK
Captain:
0 Decarrey Sheriff
0 LEWIS WHITE
0 FRANKIE MAGUIRE
BOSTON UNITED
PINK AND GREY
Captain:
0 Wright
0 Platt