Poppies still struggling with lack of goals at Wisbech Town in FA Cup 1st Qual Round – replay on Tuesday at Nene ParkSep 8th, 2012
Wisbech Town 0
Kettering Town 0
Kettering Town travel to Wisbech Town on Saturday for the FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round tie hoping to break their duck and pick up their first victory of the season to progress to the next round. With the club’s finances constantly in the news, a long cup run is likely the only way to provide any dramatic impact on keeping them going until the end of the season. As most Poppies fans are aware, Kettering are the highest all-time goal scorers in the FA Cup (845 goals), but will certainly need to put their shooting boots on to add to that tally, something they have so far struggled with in the opening six league matches.
Although it’s an early entry point for Kettering into the competition from previous years, Wisbech have already survived two rounds, including a replay against Desborough Town, winning 5-2 at the Waterworks Field after being held 1-1 at home. The Fenmen managed to comfortably overcome Yaxley 3-0 in the preliminary round to set up the tie with the Poppies. Wisbech currently sit 3rd in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division with three wins and only one defeat from their opening five league fixtures, having scored 13 and conceded just 3 goals.
The match gets underway and a couple of early chances at either end as the two teams settle quickly into the cup tie. Poppies keeper Laurie Walker gets down well to save a drilled effort and at the other end a Kettering attack is kept out by the upright in a lively start at Fenland Stadium.
Kettering continue to press forward in numbers as first Peake, Mayo with a close-in header and then Byerley all have efforts repulsed in a good spell of domination for the Poppies who are looking good value in the opening half-hour. Kettering finally manage to beat Wisbech keeper Jordan and put the ball in the net but the effort is disallowed by the referee for a foul and the score remains 0-0 heading towards half-time.
An effort from the home side flies just over the crossbar. Will Blazio blasts an effort wide of the target as the first 45 minutes comes to a close with the two sides still deadlocked at 0-0 despite good chnaces at either end and the woodwork seeing it’s fair share of strikes.
Half-time: Wisbech Town 0 Kettering Town 0
The second-half gets underway at the Fenland Stadium and Robert Peake has been replaced by Gyasi for Kettering as the home side straight on the offensive but the final effort is wide of the target. Wisbech look to be the stronger side at the moment as they press forward in search of the breakthrough. Two decent chances for the home side but so far neither has been able to break the deadlock.
After the early promise of the first hour the match has certainly gone a little flat and at this point it’s almost as if both side have already settled for a replay. Still the odd chance being created though as Kettering push forward but the final ball flies well wide of the target and almost immediately at the other end Wisbech send an effort well wide so as not to be left out.
The referee’s whistle ends what started out a very lively contest and threatened to be a decent cup tie with plenty of early chances falling to both teams, but the longer it went on the more the urgency and pace dropped off. The two sides will now need a replay at Nene Park on Tuesday night to decide who goes through to the 2nd Qualifying Round after the match, perhaps unsurprisingly given Kettering lack of goalscoring, ends 0-0.
Kettering Town: Walker, P.Ifil, Lamplough, Palmer, Gerring, Radford, Peake (Gyasi,46), Burns, Blazio, Byerley, Mayo. Unused Subs: Hervel, King.
Wisbech Town: Jordan, Stafford, Johnson, Cousins, Fairweather, Reeve, Bacon, Millson, Ogbonna (Gale 89), Reid, Lunn. Unused subs: McGeorge, Cartwright, Ogbonna, Clayton.