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Stratford Town
Kettering Town
M Taylor (18')
Full time
B Milnes (16'), G Stohrer (45'), D Kelly-Evans (54', 68' Sent Off)
Sat 1 Sep 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Division Central

Match Report, Stats & Photos Stratford Town 1 Kettering Town 3


Town unable to stop leaders Kettering making in 6 out of 6.

Match Report Kevin Hand, Match Stats Rob Abrahams, Photographs by Granty

Evo-Stik Premier Division Central League at the Arden Garages Stadium.

* Though it be honest………..

Stratford Town v Kettering Town pictures by Granty
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Stratford 1 Kettering 3 (1-2) HT

In front of an enthusiastic crowd of 396 Town were yet again on the wrong end of the score line in a high quality encounter. Town slip to 18th in the league just 2 places of the relegation zone while Kettering stride on at the top clear of the rest.

The opening exchanges were even with Taylor lively up front and Ahenkorah linking the play together well. The first moment of quality came in the 16th minute when the influential Andrea Borg set up Ben Milnes to fire home in style from 25 yards to give Kettering the lead. Within 2 minutes Town were level when Taylor outpaced the Poppies’ defence and the impetuous Paul White in the Kettering goal was left stranded for the Stratford striker to roll in the equalizer into an unguarded net.

Stratford, through Shariff and Carvalho, grew in confidence and was more than a match for the league leaders. The stylish Rhys Hoeness was well marshaled by McAteer and Skendi but on then on 39 minutes he eluded them, only for Nathan Vaughan to make a brilliant save from 6 yards, from a Ben Milnes’ tantalizing cross.

With the half drawing to a close the game swung back to Kettering when on 45 minutes defender Gary Stohrer nipped through the ‘sleep-walking’ Town defence and his low shot to Vaughan’s left crept into the bottom of the net. Was the keeper ‘unsighted’ or injured for it seemed a soft goal? The answer came early in the second half when Vaughan was withdrawn nursing a thigh strain. He was replaced by James Behan.

Kettering had the better of the opening exchanges in the second half playing with verve and no little skill. The game appeared ‘wrapped-up’ when on 54 minutes Dion Kelly-Evans made it 3-1 to the Poppies with a fabulous strike.

Taylor and Ahenkorah gave way for debutants Kevin Monteiro and Walsall youngster Cody Fisher and Town was once more competitive. The sending off of Dion Kelly-Evans on 68 minutes for a late challenge on Will Grocott re-energised the game and with Albi Skandi pushed forward Town looked threatening. Kettering quickly re-organised and although hard pressed saw the game out successfully ensuring a happy trip back home on the A14.

After the game manager Darren Byfield remained upbeat and emphasized how Town’s next two home games were critical in getting back on track. He’s looking to a successful cup run starting with Alvechurch next Saturday and a victory in the league over Bedworth the following Saturday. Of the defence today he was critical of their inability to close down and block at vital moments in the game.

Man of the match: Jamie McAteer

* Though it be honest, it is never good to bring bad news. Antony and Cleopatra Act 2 Scene 5

Next up:

Saturday 08 September 3.00pm Alvechurch (H) 1st Qualifying Round FA Cup
Saturday 15 September 3.00pm Bedworth (H) – Evo-Stik Premier Division

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Jamie McAteer

Player of the Match

Jamie McAteer

Key moments

Goal Ben Milnes scores for Kettering Town
Goal Mikey Taylor scores for Stratford Town
Goal Gary Stohrer scores for Kettering Town
Goal Dion Kelly-Evans scores for Kettering Town
Red Card Dion Kelly-Evans is sent off for Kettering Town

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90:00 Player of the Match
Jamie McAteer is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
75:00 Sub On
Ben Toseland is substituted on for Kettering Town
75:00 Sub Off
Ben Milnes is substituted off for Kettering Town
68:00 Red Card 1 - 3
Dion Kelly-Evans is sent off for Kettering Town
56:00 Sub Off
Edwin Ahenkorah is substituted off for Stratford Town
56:00 Sub On
Cody Fisher is substituted on for Stratford Town
56:00 Sub Off
Mikey Taylor is substituted off for Stratford Town
56:00 Sub On
Kevin Monteiro is substituted on for Stratford Town
55:00 Sub Off
Nathan Vaughan is substituted off for Stratford Town
55:00 Sub On
James Behan is substituted on for Stratford Town
54:00 Goal 1 - 3
Dion Kelly-Evans scores for Kettering Town
46:00 Sub Off
Declan Towers is substituted off for Kettering Town
46:00 Sub On
Brett Solkhon is substituted on for Kettering Town
45:00 Goal 1 - 2
Gary Stohrer scores for Kettering Town
End of period 1
21:00 Yellow Card
Lewis Wilson is yellow carded for Stratford Town
18:00 Goal 1 - 1
Mikey Taylor scores for Stratford Town
16:00 Goal 0 - 1
Ben Milnes scores for Kettering Town
11:00 Yellow Card
Gary Stohrer is yellow carded for Kettering Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Stratford Town
  • Kettering Town
  • 0
  • Gary Stohrer Yellow Card 11:00'
  • Ben Milnes Goal 16:00'
  • Mikey Taylor Goal 18:00'
  • Lewis Wilson Yellow Card 21:00'
  • Gary Stohrer Goal 45:00'
  • Declan Towers Sub Off 46:00'
  • Brett Solkhon Sub On 46:00'
  • Dion Kelly-Evans Goal 54:00'
  • Nathan Vaughan Sub Off 55:00'
  • James Behan Sub On 55:00'
  • Edwin Ahenkorah Sub Off 56:00'
  • Cody Fisher Sub On 56:00'
  • Mikey Taylor Sub Off 56:00'
  • Kevin Monteiro Sub On 56:00'
  • Dion Kelly-Evans Red Card 68:00'
  • Ben Milnes Sub Off 75:00'
  • Ben Toseland Sub On 75:00'

Team selection

Vaughan, Nathan Vaughan, Nathan
Skendi, Albi Skendi, Albi
McAteer, Jamie McAteer, Jamie
Wilson, Lewis Wilson, Lewis
Dias, Claudio Dias, Claudio
Carvalho, Wilson Carvalho, Wilson
Ahenkorah, Edwin Ahenkorah, Edwin
Fry, James Fry, James
Grocott, Will Grocott, Will
Taylor, Mikey Taylor, Mikey
Shariff, Nabil Shariff, Nabil
Kettering Town
  • 1. Paul White
  • 2. Durell Berry
  • 3. Gary Stohrer
  • 4. Michael Richens
  • 5. Ben Milnes
  • 6. Rhys Hoeness
  • 7. Dion Kelly-Evans
  • 8. Marcus Kelly
  • 9. Declan Towers
  • 10. Andrea Borg
  • 11. Lathaniel Rowe-Turner
  • 12. Ben Toseland
  • 13. Brett Solkhon
  • 14. Matty Foy
  • 15. Richard Lavery
  • 16. Jahvan Davidson-Miller

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Kettering Town 39 88
2. Stourbridge 39 76
3. King's Lynn Town 39 73
4. Alvechurch 39 71
5. Stratford Town 39 69
6. Biggleswade Town 39 63
7. Coalville Town 39 61

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