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Market Drayton Town
Kettering Town
Sat 12 Sep 15:00 - The Emirates FA Cup 15-16 Full time Attendance 221

Market Drayton Town 0-5 Kettering Town

Drayton's FA Cup dreams are dashed as Kettering 'go nap'

Conditions at Greenfields stadium were ideal with both the overhead and playing surfaces conducive to good football. Kettering were awarded a free-kick in the early minutes of the game but Canavan's shot failed to find the target. Everall had back-to-back chances for the home side but shot wide on both occasions.

Grocott met a cross from the left but his first-time volley went inches over the bar. Kettering were applying pressure on the home defence and on 15 minutes Sandy was adjudged to have been impeded in the box and Gooding made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Kettering went further ahead on 20 minutes when Baker-Richardson latched onto a Grocott-driven cross to find the net from 6 yards.

It was one-way traffic and on 35 minutes Brighten should have done better when sent through on goal but failed to find the target.

The third goal was only delayed when on 40 minutes a Lyndon Campbell handball inside the box resulted in Grocott picking the same spot to slot the ball passed the helpless Rawlins and give Kettering a comfortable 3-0 lead.

It was 'as you were' in the second half with Kettering applying sustained pressure which resulted in Grocott making it 4-0 on 55 minutes after enterprising play by Sandy and Brighten.

Drayton at last applied some pressure on the visitor's defence and McAlindon made a fine save from Michael O'Reilly free-kick which was then followed by decent efforts from Will Whieldon and Scott Ryan.

On 75 minutes Jeff Watkins was sent off for a second bookable offence which ended any remote hope of a Market Drayton comeback.

Young Ash Rawlins continued to impress in goal for Drayton making a series of fine saves from Brown, Ogbonna and Bryan. He had to admit defeat on 87 minutes however when Brown made it 5-0 from close range after the young keeper bravely parried a fierce drive from Ogbonna.

Although well beaten on the day Drayton can now concentrate on consolidating their league position and welcome Spalding United to Greenfields on Saturday.

Attendance 155

Report by Ian Taylor, Chairman

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