Lacklustre Poppies dumped out at home to Chalfont St Peter in FA Cup 2nd Qual Round

Chalfont St PeterKettering Town

Kettering Town 0
Hull sent-off 85

Chalfont St Peter 1
Headley 9

Kettering Town are back in FA Cup action on Saturday when they host fellow Division One Central side Chalfont St Peter at Latimer Park in the Second Qualifying Round tie. Kettering narrowly edged out Aylesbury 2-1 in the previous round while Chalfont narrowly beat Hungerford Town by the same scoreline to set up this tie.

The FA Cup tie gets underway at Latimer Park with Kettering in their familiar Red and Black stripes and the visitors sporting Yellow and Green. Gooding wins a corner on the left but the cross in is comfortably claimed by the Saints keeper. The home side perhaps having slightly more of the possession but as yet not creating a clear-cut chance on goal.

Goal!GOAL: Chalfont pick the ball up out wide and cut inside unchallenged and play through a forest of red shirts to an unmarked yellow shirt who calmly slots it past McAlindon at the far post. Shades of last week’s poor defending there as the visitors take an early lead in the winner takes all cup tie.

The ball is flying around the middle of the pitch but neither side is able to put a foot on it at the moment. A good volley from Andy Hall is just deflected wide for a corner which Clifton heads over the crossbar. Better from Kettering who have started a little flat, fallen behind to another simple goal and are in need of a spark to get them going.

Chalfont passing the ball around and looking very comfortable midway through the first-half, 1-0 up, with the Poppies still a little way off the pace. Moreman almost gets his boot on the ball but can’t guide Hall’s cross into the net. Ogbonna robs a defender but twisting and turning waiting for support he eventually fires over the crossbar.

Another corner for Kettering, whipped in by Hall but easily cleared. A free-kick for the visitors should have resulted in a second but they failed to get a decent header when unmarked. Solkhon’s cross is headed over the crossbar by Andy Hall at the far post, stretching to get some power behind it. Moreman booked for a two-footed lunge that luckily did not connect.

Half-time:   Kettering Town 0   Chalfont St Peter 1

The second-half gets underway with no changes as yet. A corner for Kettering, followed by a second but the effort is charged down and the Saints clear. McAlindon scrambles to recover a loose pass as Kettering are trying to gain some measure of composure on the ball. The Saints are packing their defence and content to try and hit back on the counter.

Louis Hamilton replaces Josh Moreman for Kettering on 65 minutes to try and liven things up. Saints making a change as Lewis replaces Lascott. Ogbonna meets a cross but he somehow puts it wide of the target with twenty minutes remaining for Kettering to rescue their chances of a good FA Cup run.

Kettering pressing forward to try and break down the massed Yellow ranks of the visitors holding onto their narrow 1-0 lead. A free kick for Kettering is headed out for a throw as they continue to press and Clifton’s volley flies just wide of the goal. Ogbonna comes close but his shot on the turn is just past the outside of the upright.

Chalfont swap out Haynes for Haley and Kettering swap Ash Robinson for Nat Liburd going into the final fifteen minutes. Chalfont make their final change due to an injury. A Yellow card for kicking the ball away by a Saints player. Hall wins a free-kick out on the left its played in but on one even close and it’s easily cleared.

Into the final few minutes and at this point Kettering are heading out of the FA Cup unless they can produce something a quality above what they’ve done so far this afternoon. Tommy Hull is the last man, receives a Red Card for his poor challenge and probably deserved it to be honest.

Chalfont fire just wide of the post on a fast break as Kettering desperately pump the ball forward at every opportunity but its just coming straight back out, poor stuff. Drama at the death as the keeper stretches to palm out a Solkhon effort that looked as though it was heading in. Too little too late as the final whistle sounds, ending Poppies Cup run for another season.

It’s difficult to pinpoint what has happened to Kettering given their flying start to the season and recent back-to-back 5-0 wins. It’s now back-to-back defeats and today’s puts them out of the FA Cup. Last week they looked very fragile at the back, today they looked very lacklustre and lacking in quality finishing up front. That’s definitely one for the management team to sort out before next week’s away game at Beaconsfield SYCOB.

Att: 696

Kettering Town: McAlindon, Clifton, Kinniburgh, Gooding, Hull, Lee, Solkhon, Ogbonna, Robinson, Moreman, Hall. Subs: Liburd, Marsh, Bukasa, Hamilton, Taylor.

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