Goal-shy Poppies dumped out of FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round at Boston Utd

Sep 22nd, 2012

Kettering TownWisbech Town

Boston Utd 1
Fairclough 65

Kettering Town 0

Having suffered a bitterly disappointing late defeat at home to Cambridge City on Tuesday night despite leading for 84 minutes, Kettering Town travel to Boston Utd on Saturday for the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round tie hoping to continue their recent results in the FA Cup, rather than their dismal League form of no wins in eight starts.

FA Cup Kettering managed to comfortably overcome Wisbech 3-0 in a replay after a close fought first first tie and the Poppies are hoping to keep their FA Cup journey alive as long as possible in a tough fixture away to Boston Utd. The Pilgrims have made a decidedly mixed start to the season with four wins and four defeats from their eight League starts in the Blue Square North and this tie will be the start of their FA Cup journey.

The tie gets underway and an early corner conceded by Ifil is well collected by Walker in the Poppies goal. A poor back pass is intercepted by Pacome Gele but the keeper does just enough to cover the goal and the Poppies striker fires narrowly wide of the target. A good build up and Ross ghosts pasts two Poppies defenders but couldn’t match it with a quality finish and fires well wide of the goal.

Boston have the edge at the moment as they seem to have settled on the ball quicker with Kettering still trying to find their rhythm, especially in the final third. A corner flashed across the face of the goal as Walker loses it it the air and it skims the crossbar and out, much to the relief of the Poppies traveling support. Micheal King is being replaced on 21 minutes by Ryan Hervel and he is certainly not happy having been taken off by manager John Beck.

The tie is a little scrappy at the moment with both sides showing plenty of huff and puff but not much quality or creativity on display at York Street. Palmer plays in Pacome but the strikers shot is snatched too soon and goes wide of the target. Kettering beginning to stroke the ball around a little better and looking more settled. A break from Boston and Weir-Daley races through with only Walker to beat but the striker’s lobbed effort just clears the Poppies crossbar.

Half-time:   Boston Utd 0   Kettering Town 0

The second-half gets underway with the visitors needing to step up the tempo a little to get something out of this one, either a replay back at Nene Park or snatch a victory. A striker Byerley is driven low and Haystead gets down well to make a fine save to deny Kettering. Perhaps the best opportunity for the home side as a shot rebounds of the crossbar as we head into the last half-hour.

Goal!GOAL: A good spell this from the home side and a scramble in the Poppies area is not cleared by the defence and at the second attempt Ben Fairclough fires past Walker from close range and into the net. Boston have taken the lead on 65 minutes and now have the vital advantage in this cup tie. Walker denies what could have been the killer second for Boston with a superb save.

Palmer almost pulls Kettering back on level terms but his strike is pushed behind the goal for a corner. Poor delivery and easily cleared by the home defence. A Jones header is blocked as Utd press forward in search of what would likely be the killer second goal with about fifteen minutes or so left of the normal ninety minutes. Will Blazio replaces Ryan Hervel, who came on earlier himself to replace King for Kettering.

A good save from Haystead who palms it wide but Kettering really should have equalised. The ball is played in and Kettering again are knocking on the door but can’t get the ball over the line and eventually the home defence manage to clear their lines. A good spell from Kettering but still trailing by the narrowest of margins with just over ten minutes remaining. A corner for Kettering as they press again but the ball in is easily cleared up field.

It’s a real cup-tie atmosphere now on the pitch as both teams attacking whenever they get the chance. A double booking for Ed Palmer and Pacome Gele as Kettering showing a little frustration at still being behind. Walker saves from a good strike and as the corner comes in its headed high over the crossbar. Just over five minutes remaining as time is running out for Kettering.

Burns whips in a corner and a mad scramble ensues as first Blazio miscues then Burns crosses it back in and Pacome fires high over the crossbar. So close again for Kettering but they still can’t find the net despite giving everything they’ve got, the luck is not on their side at the moment and the Boston goal is living a charmed life. Will Blazio blazes well wide from a very tight angle. Time almost up for Kettering and they look like they are heading out of the FA Cup at the 2nd Qualifying Round stage.

Into two minutes of stoppage time and the home side content to boot the ball clear up field as Kettering can’t get control of the ball to form one last attack. The referee blows the final whistle at York Street and Kettering are out of the cup for another year. Today’s match went much the same way of their League results with plenty of huff and puff but no goals to show for it. Effort alone is just not enough, Kettering have got to find someway to score goals, simple as that.

Att: 901

Kettering Town: Walker, Burns, Radford, P.Ifil, Lamplough, Gerring, Palmer, King (Hervel 21, (Blazio), Pacome, Byerley, Mayo. Unused Subs: Gathercole.

Boston Utd: Haystead, Silk, Ward, Stainfield, Jelleyman, Fairclough, Milnes, Ross, Stokes, Weir-Daley, Newsham. Unused Subs: Reed, Field, Marshall, Dyer-Stewart, Smith.