Gloucester City welcomed Kettering Town on a wet and cold morning at Oxstalls Sports Park.
1st Qtr - Gloucester started brightly moving the ball through the 3rds to get in behind Kettering’s units a few chances created, also looking to press from the front with a high intensity. Kettering managed to get a foot hold in the game with the effectiveness of their left sided unit working in tandem to create overloads to produce opportunities for their strikers. An unfortunate pass by the Gloucester keeper fell to a Kettering player who rounded the keeper to make it 1-0. 5 minutes later, Gloucester with effective decision making by moving the ball from right flank through centre mid and onto the left flank to find Ameer Courts who advanced forward to find space between the RB & CB to calmly slot the ball past the keeper, 1-1.
2nd Qtr - The quarter started evenly but as the quarter went on Gloucester lost positional discipline in midfield which allowed Kettering to advance forward behind the units to enable quick movement up the pitch. Due to Kettering’s quick play into the central areas, the ball was played over the top in between CB and GK which led to a mixup and Kettering capitalised to make it 2-1. Kettering continued to make the most of Gloucester’s lack of alertness in midfield to work the ball through to find their 2nd of the quarter and to make it 3-1 with a calm composed finish.
3rd Qtr - this period started very evenly with a high intensity from both teams in and out of possession. Gloucester got caught out with Kettering’s attack on the left flank due to looking to get back into the game, where the ball was moved efficiently and effectively and played across the face of the Gloucesters goal for a timely made run and finished in a composed manner to make it 4-1. This did not dent Gloucesters attitude to continue to press to get back into the game, a few chances of getting in behind the Kettering’s back line was rewarded with a free kick that Ameer Courts calmly dispatched past the keeper with power to make it 4-2. Good possession through the 3rds enabled Gloucester to create a couple more chances but some good saves from the GK prevented Gloucester from reducing the deficit.
4th Qtr - Kettering in this period were unfortunate to not extend their lead on a few occasions with hitting the woodwork. They continued to work the ball in the wide areas to great effect. Gloucester tired due to trying push to reduce the deficit but continued to use the ball well at times.
We would like to wish Kettering all the best for the remainder of the season and look forward to the return fixture.
|31||Brandon Vance (GK)|
|1||Harry Tanser (GK)|