Kettering Town 2
Gooding 25 pen
Lincoln Utd 1
Kettering Town are back in a knockout competition at Latimer Park on Saturday when they host Lincoln Utd but this time it’s in the FA Trophy Preliminary Round. The Poppies will be keen to snap out of their mini-slump at home having lost their last three competitive fixtures at Latimer Park and having been dumped out of the FA Cup, Senior Cup and Red Insure Cup this is their last chance at a ‘cup run’. Kettering will be without Josh Moreman who has gone out on loan to Huntingdon but Dubi Ogbonna should be back in the squad.
The match gets underway at Latimer Park with Kettering in their familiar Red and Black strip and Lincoln in Claret and Sky Blue. The visitors settle quickest with the Poppies having to defend successive corners early on in the face of a strong wind. Kettering hit back, winning corners themselves but can’t convert them into an early lead as they begin to settle.
GOAL: An Andy Gooding strike doesn’t have the power to beat the Utd keeper who collects comfortably. The ball is played into the Utd area by Noel-Rebus and a clear handball by Brooks as the referee points to the penalty spot. Andy Gooding steps up and fires past the keeper into the bottom left-hand corner to give the Poppies a 1-0 lead with 25 minutes gone.
GOAL: A glancing header from Utd at a corner just drops wide of the target. At the other end the ball is played into the feet of Andy Hall and he looks up and buries a superb strike past the keeper who cannot get across to keep it out. Good pressure from the home side and a great finish from Hall makes it 2-0 shortly after the half-hour mark.
Noel-Rebus wins a corner, played in by Gooding, but Lee’s header is over the crossbar. Clifton is booked for a foul and joins Robinson who was shown the Yellow card earlier. Ogbonna twists and turns on the edge of the area but his shot is high over the crossbar. A backwards glancing header flies just wide of the Poppies upright as McAlindon looks on.
Half-time: Kettering Town 2 Lincoln Utd 0
The second-half gets underway with Kettering picking up where they left off as Ogbonna can’t quite wrap his foot around the ball as it goes wide of the goal. Ogbonna again comes close as he squeezes between two defenders but his shot is blocked. Cotton replaces Brooks for Utd. Jacklin blocks a shot from Ogbonna as Kettering continue to press.
A Yellow card shown to Field for a foul on Noel-Rebus, the free-kick is played in but Solkhon’s header is too close to the keeper. Hamilton comes on to replace Noel-Rebus for Kettering. Smith shown the Yellow card for late challenge on Clifton. Ogbonna shown a Yellow card but the Utd player’s reaction somehow escapes punishment.
GOAL: Kettering on the defensive as the ball finds the feet of Andrew Hutchinson and he fires confidently past McAlindon and into the net. The deficit is reduced to 2-1 and with ten minutes or so of normal time remaining its time for Kettering to get back their earlier tempo and more possession.
Smith is replaced by Asplin for Utd and Kinninburgh comes on to replace Bukasa for Poppies. Jepson is the final throw of the dice for Kettering as he come on to replace Taylor and hopefully see out the final few minutes. The final whistle brings shouts of relief for the home crowd after they hung in there, tailing off from their impressive first-half display, but squeezing into the 1st Qualifying Round round where they face a trip to Mickleover Sports.
Kettering Town: McAlindon, Clifton, Bukasa (Kinniburgh 85), Gooding, Solkhon, Lee, Noel-Rebus (Hamilton 72), Robinson, Ogbonna, Taylor (Jepson 86), Hall. Subs: Liburd, Marsh.
Lincoln Utd: Peet, Wright, Field, Toyne, Jacklin, Ward, Nichol, Brooks (Cotton 55), Hutchinson, Ruthean (Cann 60), Smith (Asplin 85). Subs not used: Brown, McDaid.
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Kettering Town 2
Gooding 25 pen
Lincoln Utd 1
Kettering Town 0
Bedford Town 0
Sorko sent off 90
Kettering Town 4
Ogbonna 17, 75
Clifton 29, 87
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