Cogenhoe Utd 1
Kettering Town 4
Hall 13, 30, 70
Kettering Town travel to near neighbours Cogenhoe Utd to play in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup. The Cooks play in the United Counties League Premier Division where they are off to a flying start winning 3 out of 3 fixtures. They host the Poppies fresh off a 3-1 victory over Wembley FC in the previous round. Kettering have made several player changes and rotated their squad for this FA Cup tie.
The match gets underway with Kettering in their familiar red and black and the home side sporting blue and white. Cogenhoe manager said his side would be tough on the Poppies and Jonathon Thorpe is clattered into seconds after the start. Kettering probing the home defence and looking for an early opening out wide with the pace of Hall and Thorpe. McAlindon misses a bouncing ball and to the relief of the Poppies traveling support in just clears the crossbar.
GOAL: Straight down the other end as Thorpe finds Taylor who cleverly beats his man, plays in Josh Moreman and he finds Andy Hall who cuts in from the wing and smashes into the net. A lightning counter from Kettering who almost fell behind but now lead 1-0 after 13 minutes gone of this cup-tie.
A good run from Alfie Taylor eventually is deflected by Cate into the side netting for a corner. Henry Eze can’t get his foot round the ball and blasts it past the post from close in. A shot comes in from a free-kick and it just skims the top of the crossbar as Kettering have another lucky escape from a set piece just outside the area.
GOAL: A ball whipped into the area from out wide by Andy Hall evades a host of players before it bounces past the Cogenhoe keeper and into the net. Incredibly it seems nobody got a touch as it bounced in the area and Kettering are 2-0 up with half-an-hour gone with both goals coming from Hall.
GOAL: Kettering concede a corner and the ball comes in to the far post where it’s smashed across the goal by Dan Thomason and into the opposite corner of the net. The Poppies defence caught flat there as the corner came in and the home side have pulled a goal back just before half-time.
Half-time: Cogenhoe Utd 1 Kettering Town 2
The second-half gets underway at with Kettering making their 400th appearance in the FA Cup and having already added to their highest total goals tally, increasing it to 848 at this point. Dan Thomason with a cynical foul is shown the yellow card for Cogenhoe. Hall bursts into the area looking for his hat-trick but blasts it over the crossbar. Kettering making a good start to the second-half but lack that quality finish at the moment.
GOAL: Shots raining in on the home goal, first from Bukasa and then Solkhon is denied by the stretching keeper. Kettering moving the ball around well and it falls to Ash Robinson who looks up and strikes a thunderbolt from 25 yds out which flies past the keeper and into the net. A superb strike from Robinson puts Kettering in control at 3-1 up.
Emery makes way for Herbet for Cogenhoe. Josh Moreman is replaced by Nat Liburd for Kettering. Cognehoe on a counter split the Poppies defence but the ball is blasted over the bar from close range. Liburd almost makes an instant impression but can’t get his head on Bukasa’s cross. Caton is replaced by for Jones Cogenhoe.
GOAL: It’s been coming for a while now as live-wire Andy Hall cuts inside, makes a little space from his marker and fires past the keeper into the net. It’s a hat-trick for Hall and Kettering are 4-1 up and looking in total control now at Compton Park in this FA Cup Preliminary Round tie.
Kettering have made two substitutions going into the final stages of this cup tie as Hamilton is replaced by Thorpe and hat-trick hero Hall is replaced by Reebus Richard-Noel. Into the final few minutes of this tie with Kettering easing into the next round after scoring their 850th goal in the competition. The whistle brings the tie to and end and a hat-trick from Hall helps Kettering move on to face Aylesbury in the next round.
Kettering Town: McIlindon, Clifton, Eze, Hull, Bukasa, Thorpe (Hamilton 74), Solkhon, Robinson, Hall (Richard-Noel 82), Moreman (Liburd 64), Taylor. Unused Subs: Marsh, Kinniburgh, Gooding, Crowie.
Cogenhoe Utd: Brassington, Cayton (Jones 68), Smeathers, Harris, Urquhart, Leslie, Thomason, McGowan, Emery (C.Herbert 62), Heavey, Allen (D.Herbert 42). Unused Subs: Olowoyo, Parkes, Gordon, Ducharme.
Kettering Town FC have unveiled an ambitious plan to move back into the Borough with the targeted location being the site of the now closed Avondale Schools.
The transfer of Ross Oulton from Daventry Town was confirmed and goalkeeper Nick Bennion from St Ives also comes to the Poppies as Alastair Worby is unsure of his availability for the coming season due to work commitments.
Poppies Club President Sid Chapman has passed away after a long illness. Sid was a life-long Poppies fan and has been associated with the Poppies in some way or another for many decades, including a long spell as groundsman at Rockingham Rd.
Former Poppy Brett Solkhon has agreed non-contract terms with Kettering Town for the coming season.
Kettering Town have registered 22 year old forward Andrew Osei-Siribour from Arlesey Town. He goes straight into the squad for Saturday's home fixture against Royston Town.
Cogenhoe Utd 1
Kettering Town 4
Hall 13, 30, 70
Kettering Town 1
Daventry Town 0
Kettering Town 3
Gooding 90 pen
North Greenford Utd 1
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