Match Report - Corby Town
Kettering Town FC: 1
Jevani Brown 02
Corby Town: 0
Aaron Hassell > Sekou Kromah33
Kettering Town FC: 2
Ben Baker 85
Dubi Ogbonna > Mohammed Hamid60
Justin Marsden > Silvano Obeng68
Saul Williams > Ben Baker78
Corby Town: 1
Ashley Sammons 49
Karsonga Tshimanga > Spencer Weir-Daley71
Cedric Kipre > Brian Bell81
Kettering scored early in the first half through Jevani Brown and Corby equalised early in the second period through Ashley Sammons. With the game looking like going to penalties, Kettering substitute Ben Baker scored with his first touch in the 85th minute to win the tie.
Both Managers rang the changes, although The Poppies fielded nine players who had featured in this season’s league matches. The other two players, Charles Marshall and Peter Sweeney came in from the Under-21’s.
After Dubi Ogbonna had charged down a kick from Corby keeper, Sam Donkin, Kettering keeper, Jamie McAlindon had to save straight away from Karsonga Tshimanga.
Kettering took the lead after just two minutes. Good work by Ogbonna set up Jevani Brown and his left foot shot was over Donkin for a classy finish.
McAlindon saved again, this time from Ashley Sammons, and Ogbonna again charged down a clearance from Donkin - but the ball did not fall kindly for him.
Corby leading scorer, Sammons, fired a free kick over the bar and McAlindon with the help of a defender scrambled away a shot off the line from Kurtis Revan.
It was an open game and Kettering’s Saul Williams made a good run down the left only to see his cross go begging. Jevani Brown was looking sharp and a 28th minute run saw his shot go across Donkin - but just wide.
Sammons fired wide and McAlindon was in action again on 31 minutes as he smothered at the feet of Tshimanga. The Steelmen did get the ball in the net through Danny Draper - but the Assistant ruled him offside.
The busier keeper, McAlindon, came to Dom Langdon’s rescue just before the break as he claimed a loose back header at the feet of the Corby attacker.
There was just time for Donkin to make a save from Brown as Kettering went in at the break a goal to the good.
In the first minute of the second half Kettering could have been two up. Justin Marsden did well on the left and crossed for Ogbonna but the ball came off the side of the striker’s head and just wide.
The equaliser came on 49 minutes from that man Sammons, who took advantage of an Ollie Thorne error and stroked the ball past McAlindon.
Kurtis Revan continued to look threatening on the right and had two shots saved. In between times Donkin came out to smother from Saul Williams.
Donkin then saved well from Kettering substitute Mohammed Hamid and at the other end Revan shot again - but this time it was wide.
The Poppies had a great chance on 72 minutes as Brown played Williams clear and with only Donkin to beat he fired wide of the left upright.
Silvano Obeng replaced Marsden and saw a 73rd minute shot saved. Ben Baker, also from the Under-21’s, made his debut and with his first touch scored what was to be the winner.
Danny Harmon got away on the right and his early low cross was met with an assured finish at the far post - giving Donkin no chance.
McAlindon was called on twice in the remaining minutes – taking a free kick from Sammons and just getting to a Spencer Weir-Daley shot and pushing it round the post.
Poppies Man of the Match: Peter Sweeney