Ogbonna the hero as Poppies go through

Kettering Town joint-managers Scott Machin and Thomas Baillie
Kettering Town joint-managers Scott Machin and Thomas Baillie

Dubi Ogbonna was the FA Cup hero for Kettering Town as he struck the winner in a 2-1 first qualifying round success at Aylesbury.

Joint-managers Thomas Baillie and Scott Machin named an unchanged side following the 5-0 thumping of St Ives Town in midweek.

The Poppies suffered an early blow when Jonathon Thorpe twisted his knee after a heavy challenge and had to be replaced by Louis Hamilton.

But Kettering did go in front on 21 minutes when James Clifton’s header from an Andy Gooding free-kick was saved by James Weatherill and Jason Lee was there to finish things off with his first goal since signing from King’s Lynn.

Ogbonna was denied by Weatherill before the break after a defence-splitting pass from Gooding but the visitors drew level five minutes into the second half.

Lynton Goss’ cross fell to Jeanmal Prosper and cut back onto his left foot and fired home.

Jamie McAlindon was forced into a good save as the hosts put the pressure on after that equaliser.

But Kettering eventually battled back into it and Ogbonna headed over before he put his team back in front with a fierce strike into the top corner.

Tommy Hull’s volley bounced off the underside of the crossbar soon after but the Poppies saw the game out, although it ended on a sour note after Weatherill was stretchered off with a suspected broken arm.

Aylesbury: Weatherill; Murphy, Baker, Anthony, Prosper; Price, French, Wadkins, A Goss; Sonner, L Goss. Subs: Hogg, Bateman, Haule, Tomlin, Rudd, Warrington, Gordon

Poppies: McAlindon; Clifton, Hull, Lee, Kinniburgh; Robinson, Solkhon; Thorpe, Gooding, Hall; Ogbonna. Subs: Marsh, Liburd, Bukasa, Moreman, Taylor, Hamilton.

Goals: Lee (21 mins, 0-1), Prosper (50 mins, 1-1), Ogbonna (76 mins, 1-2).

Attendance: 342.