Poppies 2-1 winners at home to AFC Mansfield, FA Cup 2nd qualifying round

AFC MansfieldKettering Town

Kettering Town 2
Solkhon 24pen
Milnes 56

AFC Mansfield 1
Wells 78

It’s back to the FA Cup this Saturday, as Kettering Town host Northern Premier League Division One East outfit AFC Mansfield at Latimer Park. Following last Saturday’s disappointment of losing their first game of the season the Poppies will be looking to bounce back in the knockout competition and add to their record tally of FA Cup goals.

Goal!GOAL: Kettering applying the pressure early on from successive corners should have taken the lead from a Rowe-Turner header close in. The visitors respond with a corner that the home side eventually scramble clear. Broadhead brings down Hoenes and its a penalty to Kettering. Up steps Brett Solkhon, sends keeper the wrong way and gives Poppies the lead.

It was a clear-cut penalty and Broadhead was shown the yellow card. Milnes almost makes it two but drags it just wide of the target. Milnes almost connects with a cross but it goes wide. Poppies keeper White is struggling to shake off what looks like a knee problem after slipping and twisting it. A late flurry by Kettering headed into the break where they should arguably be leading by more than the single goal.

Half-time:   Kettering Town 1   AFC Mansfield 0

Goal!GOAL: A strong start to the second-half for the Poppies and the visitors try to get back on level terms but it’s scrambled clear. A free-kick for Kettering on the edge of the area is taken by Ben Milnes and he curls it past the keeper into the top corner to make it 2-0 on 56 minutes. A great strike by Milnes and Poppies looking to take control of this cup tie now.

Kelly tries a chip but it doesn’t quite clear the keeper and a shot flies wide of the target as Kettering try to put this cup tie to bed. Mansfield keeper White makes a good save from a well-struck effort by Richens heading into the final twenty minutes or so at Latimer Park. Poppies swap out Towers for Toseland, into the last fifteen minutes of normal time.

Goal!GOAL: Kettering looked to be cruising but couldn’t find the killer third goal. They are now going to be under a lot of pressure as the visitors pull a goak back to make it 2-1. White misses a cross in the Poppies goal and its an easy tap-in for Brad Wells to score. Kettering need to regain their composure for the final ten minutes or so.

Almost a third but Solkhon heads just over from a corner. A Milnes strike flies just wide of the target but at least the ball is at the right end of the field as far as the Poppies supporters are concerned. Kettering struggle to defend set pieces and Mansfield have an opportunity but this time the Poppies defence manages to clear the danger. An offside relieves the pressure on Kettering heading into stoppage time.

Borg replaces Hoenes for Kettering. Kettering just need to hold their composure to make it safely through to the next round of the FA Cup with stoppage time ticking away. There goes the final whistle and Kettering are into the hat for the 3rd qualifying round. They should really have cruised it with better finishing but managed to survive a jittery finish and run out winners.

Att: 504

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