Home | 17 September 2016 | Attendance: 241
THERE was a closely-fought battle at Dales Lane where Kettering Town edged through to the next round courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Rushall Olympic.
Despite seeing plenty of the ball in the opening exchanges, The Pics fell behind when Wilson Carvalho curled home well from the edge of the area with eight minutes on the clock.
There was a good chance for the visitors to double their advantage just before the half-hour mark when a low ball in from the left found Spencer Weir-Daley who dragged his effort inches wide.
Some hesitation in defence by Rushall allowed Weir-Daley to break through and he coolly slotted the ball past Jose Veiga to make it 2-0 on 40 minutes.
The start of the second half saw Veiga at his acrobatic best to deny James Brighton before The Pics pulled a goal back on 58 minutes when Zak Martin’s teasing ball into the danger zone was met by Reid who made no mistake.
As the home side started to increase the pressure, a flick-on by Aaron Forde fell to Martin whose sweet strike was well saved by Paul White.
The visitors’ ‘keeper then produced a superb double save in the closing stages to deny Martin and then Mo Diop from the follow-up and in doing so, help his side make it through to the next round.
RUSHALL OLYMPIC: Veiga, Christophorou, Martin, Forde, Whittall, Kettle, Keates (Diop 72), Walters (Partodikromo 46), McKenzie, Bottomer (Mugisha 60), Reid. Subs not used: Antonio , Arnold.
GOAL(S): Reid (58)
KETTERING TOWN: White, Bateman, Langdon, Solkhorn, Haran, Mulligan, Carvalho (Mohamed 76), Hicks (Hornby 55), Howe, Weir-Daley (O’Connor 66), Brighton. Subs not used: Bradshaw, Hill, Baker, Wilson.
GOAL(S): Carvalho (8), Weir-Daley (40)
BOOKING(S): Haran, Bateman
PHOTOS: Amanda Benbow Photography.