Byerley brace puts Poppies through 3-0 at home to Wisbech Town in FA Cup 1st Qual Rnd ReplaySep 11th, 2012
Kettering Town 3
Byerley (pen)30, 70
Wisbech Town 0
Kettering Town play host to Wisbech Town on Tuesday night in the FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round Replay following a 0-0 draw in the first fixture at the Fenland Stadium on Saturday. Despite a lively opening and several chances for either side to progress to the next round the match faded towards the final whistle and so the two teams will battle it out again with a trip to Boston United on 22nd September awaiting the eventual winner.
A lively opening and the visitors almost took the lead within the first five minutes but a clearance off the line from Phil Ifil keeps his side on level terms. Gerring makes a last gasp tackle to deny another opportunity from the Wisbech strikers who are the more dominant in the early stages. Andrew Burns is booked for a challenge as the home defence is under pressure with fifteen minutes gone but still holding their own at the back. Defending hasn’t really been too much of an issue this season, the real problems are in the goalscoring department.
GOAL: As if right on cue. Kettering battling to get back into this one after being under the cosh early on and looking a little more promising going forward. Warren Byerley lays a ball through to David Mayo and the pacey striker shrugs off his marker and fires past the visiting keeper and into the net. Byerley needs a little attention from the physio but he’ll be buoyed by his side taking the lead with what was really their first direct attempt on target.
GOAL: Kettering almost increased their lead as a scramble in the area eventually falls to Byerley but the keeper gets down low to keep out his clever back-heel. The ball is played back in and again a scramble ensues this time it ends with Ed Palmer receiving a high boot to his head and the referee pointing to the spot. Up steps Warren Byerley and hits a confident ball from the spot-kick past Jordan and into the net. Half-an-hour gone and Kettering lead 2-0.
After an shaky start, Kettering looking good value for their 2-0 lead and continue to press forward in search of further goals. Will Blazio looking lively in attack heading into the break as the match settles back down again after a frenzied period of pressure from the Poppies that produced two goals. Radford’s strike comfortably held by the Wisbech keeper. Kettering deal with a corner as the half-time whistle sounds and brings a fruitful first 45 minutes to the home side, leading 2-0.
Half-time: Kettering Town 2 Wisbech Town 0
The second-half gets underway and immediately Will Blazio is shown the yellow card by the referee for a foul. McGeorge replaces Reed for Wisbech. Ryan Hervel’s wayward strike finds Byerley but the Poppies striker narrow puts it past the outside of the upright. Mayo is hauled down and the referee awards Kettering the free kick but it’s cleared out by the visitor’s defence. Kettering able to put their foot on the ball following their earlier two goal cushion.
Wisbech working hard to try and get back into this one but so far the Poppies defence is coping well with the visitor’s attack. Byerley and Mayo are looking very lively up front for Kettering and the pair combining to produce good opportunities for the home side to increase their lead. At the other end Walker has to be alert to collect an effort on target from Bacon and a warning that it’s not all over just yet despite Kettering looking fairly comfortable with their two-goal lead.
GOAL: A corner for Kettering played into the area but King doesn’t connect cleanly and his shot is cleared back upfield. Midway through the second-half and Kettering still leading 2-0 despite the increased efforts of the visitors to try and get back into the match. Another corner for Kettering is headed on by Ben Gerring and looks goal-bound but just in case Warren Byerley is on hand at the far post to head the ball across the line and into the net to make it 3-0 to Kettering who are now surely through to the next round.
Gerring blocks an effort from Bonner and a second attempt goes behind for a goal kick to Kettering. John Beck looks to make a substitution and Robert Peake comes on to replace Will Blazio as the cup tie heads into the final fifteen minutes. Wisbech win a corner but the strike from 25yds out is blazed well wide of the target with keeper Walker watching on. Gerring comes close with his header but it sails just over the crossbar from Byerley’s cross. Bacon is replaced by Jimson for Wisbech’s final substitution with less than five minutes of normal time remaining.
The final whistle sounds and Kettering run out comfortable 3-0 winners after weathering the early storm from Wisbech to progress to the next round and an away tie with Boston United. The first time this season Kettering have scored more than a single goal and their first win of the new season. A much improved performance all round and especially in the finishing department from the front pairing of Byerley and Mayo. A very meagre attendance (ironically for arguably their best performance of the season so far) but at least Kettering gain a much-needed winner’s bonus of £3,000 from the FA prize fund and head into the next round.