Kettering Town will meet Wisbech Town again at Nene Park on Tuesday after a 0-0 draw in Cambridgeshire.
The Poppies were without injured pair Jamie Griffiths and Omar Beckles with Robbie Peake and Will Blazio coming in to replace them.
The early exchanges were even with Will Blazio forcing Lea Jordan into an early save while Chris Bacon’s shot was deflected wide at the other end.
Laurie Walker just about kept out Dubi Ogbanna’s shot after he cut in from the left but the Poppies really should have been in front with three chances in the space of a minute.
First, Robbie Peake’s effort was cleared off the line by Scott Johnson and when the ball was recycled back into the area, David Mayo somehow headed against the post when it seemed easier to score.
And there was still time for Jordan to pull off a smart save from Warren Byerley to complete a crazy 60 seconds.
But Wisbech responded well to that and Phil Ifil cleared Paul Cousins’ header off the line before Steven Reed sent a long-range effort just over the bar.
The hosts came out the better in the second half and Anthony Reeve headed over at the far post before Ogbanna failed to take advantage of a sight of goal when he dragged his shot wide after speeding away from his marker.
Kettering struggled to create anything, although Ben Gerring flicked a header over the bar from Oscar Radford’s long throw.
But the game finished evenly and an even game probably got the scoreline it merited.
Wisbech (3-5-2): Jordan; Cousins, Fairweather, Reeve; Spafford, Millson, Reed, Lunn, Johnson; D Ogbanna (sub Gale, 89 mins), Bacon. Subs not used: McGeorge, Cartwright, T Ogbanna, Clayton.
Poppies (4-4-2): Walker; Ifil, Gerring, Radford, Lamplough; Mayo, Burns, Palmer, Peake (sub Gyasi, h-t); Byerley, Blazio. Subs not used: Hervel, King.
Bookings: Gerring, Reeve (both fouls).