Match Report - Bamber Bridge
Kettering Town FC: 0
Bamber Bridge: 1
Darren Green 40
Kettering Town FC: 2
Will Grocott 51
Dubi Ogbonna 58
Will Grocott > Courtney Baker-Richardson65
Jevani Brown > Saul Williams85
Steve Kinniburgh > Silvano Obeng85
Bamber Bridge: 3
Brett Ormerod 53
Brett Ormerod 82
Curtis Thompson > Daniel Mahoney83
Regan Linney > Stuart Vasey59
Jamie Milligan > Chris Marlow94
Its small margins that sometimes win games and the Poppies again fell foul of defensive lapses in their problem right back area, and indeed in front of goal where good chances went begging.
The Brig took the lead on 41 minutes with a great volley from left back Darren Green and the Poppies duly responded with Will Grocott’s 51st minute equaliser. The lead lasted just three minutes as Brett Ormerod scored and again Kettering equalized five minutes later with a superb Dubi Ogbonna strike.
The Poppies had chances to go in front, but were undone by Ormerod’s winner with just 7 minutes left.
With injuries to Ollie Thorne and Gary Mulligan and the unavailability of Elliot Sandy at work, in came Reubus Richard-Noel for his first start of the season at right back, with Will Grocott and Jevani Brown starting the game.
The Poppies started the game well. Dubi Ogbonna created a chance for James Brighton on the left and the shot was saved by Lee Dovey, who used his legs well to stop the shot going just inside the left upright. Then Dovey’s poor clearance a minute later, gave Brighton the chance to cross for Ogbonna - but the keeper recovered to catch the cross.
Bamber’s best early chance was a deflection off of Joe Booth on Reubus Richard-Noel’s clearance which rocketed into Jamie McAlindon’s arms. Then Glen Steel’s header from a free kick saw McAlindon make a comfortable save.
The keeper was again in action on 19 minutes as he held Sam Joel’s header from Curtis Thompson’s cross.
Jevani Brown had had a quiet start and his 21st minute shot was well over the bar. McAlindon was sharply off his line to smother from Regan Linney, and then Kettering nearly scored at the other end as Brown’s cross came off Thompson but just cleared the bar.
Dom Langdon got a glance on a James Brighton corner but the ball hit Ogbonna and the chance was gone. Another Brighton free kick shot across the keeper and was just out of Ogbonna’s reach.
Kettering were having the better of the play in the last third of the half, albeit that Linney could not make the best of a defensive error.
Kettering did get the ball in the net, but Brighton was flagged for offside and Ogbonna’s header was saved, although again the Assistant’s flag went up for another offside.
The home side took the lead four minutes before the break. Richard-Noel toe-ended the ball 40 yards for a cheap corner and although the ball was won by the Kettering defence, the ball fell for Darren Steel who unleashed an unstoppable left foot volley from 18 yards through a crowd of players.
There was just time for Joel to cross from the left but his cross sailed out of the danger area.
The second period saw Kettering equalise in the 51st minute - as they did last Saturday. Neat interplay by the Poppies caused confusion in the home area and Will Grocott, on the right, placed a shot across Dovey and in at the far post.
Kettering surged forward after the goal and Ogbonna got himself clear on the left and with only Dovey to beat, he lifted the shot over the bar. It was a great chance to put the Poppies into the lead for the first time in this tie.
They were to pay heavily for that miss as, straight away, Ormerod got clear on the left and the finish past McAlindon was clinical. Ormerod, looking offside, then got away on the right and curled a right foot shot past the far post.
Kettering equalised again on 59 minutes. Ogbonna got the better of Thompson on the left and this time curled a peach of a shot in at the far corner, giving Dovey no chance.
Andy Gooding created a chance, but the shot was straight at Dovey and then substitute, Courtney Baker-Richardson won the ball on the left, got clear, shot, and Dovey made a good save, diving to his left.
Liam Canavan’s 74th minute shot was well blocked out, and at the other end, Joel stretched to meet a cross and headed over.
As it began to look likely that extra time would be needed, the Brig scored what was to be the winner. Joel got clear down the left and squared the ball for Ormerod to have an easy finish in the six yard box.
Kettering had to throw bodies forward and both Silvano Obeng and Saul Williams came off the bench.
Baker- Richardson could not get his header under the bar from Richard-Noel’s cross and then slack defending gave home substitute Stuart Vassey a chance and McAlindon made his best save of the match. Then from a corner Gooding headed off the line from Matt Lawlor.
The Poppies tried all they could to find an equaliser and two Brighton crosses saw Baker-Richardson poke wide and Brett Solkhon loop a header over the bar.
Kettering now revert back to league action on Saturday when they entertain Histon.
Attendance: 478 (Poppies Fans: About 60).
Poppies Man of the Match: James Brighton