Poppies hero Hall aims for more in the cup

Andy Hall was the hat-trick hero for Kettering Town in their FA Cup win over Cogenhoe United. Pictures by Dave Ikin
Andy Hall was the hat-trick hero for Kettering Town in their FA Cup win over Cogenhoe United. Pictures by Dave Ikin

Andy Hall is hoping Kettering Town can enjoy an extended run in this season’s FA Cup.

The winger, who returned to the club during the summer, was the Poppies hero in their preliminary round clash at Cogenhoe United at the weekend as he hit a hat-trick in the 4-1 victory at Compton Park.

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Kettering now face a trip to Southern League Division One Central rivals Aylesbury in the first qualifying round on September 13.

And while Hall is keen for the club to go further, he knows the quest for promotion remains the priority.

“The most important thing was getting the win but it’s always nice to score and to get a hat-trick is even better,” Hall said.

“There are one or two who are trying to claim the second goal but it went straight in and it was definitely my goal.

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Cogenhoe v Kettering NNL-140830-185458009

“We were dominating the game and they scored late in the first half. So half-time was probably a good thing for us.

“We came out in the second half and did a good job and we are through to the next round, which is what we wanted.

“You always want to go as far as you can. The FA Cup is something the fans always enjoy.

“Hopefully we can have a good run but we know the league is our main priority.”

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Cogenhoe v Kettering NNL-140830-185411009

Hall, meanwhile, believes the strength in depth in the Kettering squad was there for all to see at the weekend.

The Poppies rested both Steve Kinniburgh and Andy Gooding while the likes of Ash Robinson, who scored the other goal with a fine long-range strike, Jon Bukasa and Alfie Taylor all impressed after being handed starts.

“We have a good squad, Ash (Robinson), Jon (Bukasa) and Alfie (Taylor) all came in and did really well,” Hall added.

“That shows the depth we have and it’s good there are lads who can come in and do the job.

“I am glad I don’t have to pick the team because the managers have a bit of a headache now.

“All the players can do is get their heads down in training and let the managers make the decisions.”

The Poppies return to league duty at the weekend when they head to AFC Hayes.