Bamber Bridge 3-2 Kettering Town

Bamber Bridge vs. Kettering Town
Bamber Bridge vs. Kettering Town

A magnificent brace from Brett Ormerod sent Bamber Bridge through to the FA Cup fourth qualifying round after a thrilling 3-2 replay victory over Kettering Town.

The game at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium had all the ingredients of a fine FA Cup tie.

Brig opened the scoring four minutes before the interval, left back Darren Green showed a great technique when volleying in from the edge of the box.

Kettering drew themselves level early in the second half, Will Grocott pounced on a loose ball to slot in from a tight angle.

Ormerod scored his first of the night in the 54th minute finishing well from inside the box after he was played through by Sam Joel.

But the hosts were pegged back again five minutes later, Curtis Thompson was caught in possession and striker Dubi Ogbonna curled an effort into the top corner.

The winner came seven minutes before the final whistle, Ormerod and Joel combined again and the latter peeled off his marker to tap into an empty net.

Victory not only hands Brig £7,500 in prize money, but they will travel to National League North outfit Brackley Town on October 24 to battle it out for a place in the first round proper.

After a quiet start, it was the visitors who had first sight on goal in the eighth minute.

Midfielder James Brighton got in behind Curtis Thompson but his low shot was blocked by the legs of goalkeeper Lee Dovey.

Brig had a couple of shaky moments shortly after as Dovey sliced a clearance and Glenn Steel’s poor back pass almost allowed Liam Canvan in on goal.

The hosts settled and Joe Booth was the first to test Jamie McAlindon in fortunate circumstances.

Rebus Richard-Noel’s clearance rebounded off the Brig midfielder’s leg and straight into the visiting shot stopper’s hands.

McAlindon acrobatically denied Steel in the 18th minute and no less than 30 seconds later, he comfortably caught a Joel header.

Shortly before the half hour, Dovey was forced to tip Ogbonna’s shot over for a corner.

Canavan and in particular Jevani Brown were causing Brig plenty of problems and both Steel and Matt Lawlor had to make last ditch clearances.

The game looked as if it would be even at the break but the hosts opened the scoring in emphatic style.

Andy Gooding failed to clear his lines from a Jamie Milligan corner, lurking on the edge of the box was Green and the Brig full-back showed a great technique rifling his volley into the right corner.

Kettering had first sight on goal in the second half and with that they equalised in the 51st minute.

Brig’s back-line failed to clear their lines and pouncing on a loose ball was Grocott and he neatly slid his shot under Dovey and in.

Two minutes later and Kettering should have taken the lead, Ogbonna broke down the left, he surged into the box but he could only balloon his shot over.

The were hosts were made to pay for Ogbonna’s miss as Brig regained the lead one minute later.

Joel’s superb through ball found Ormerod and the former Southampton striker showed great class in finishing from an acute angle.

But again the visitors drew level as Brig were made to pay for their sloppy defending.

Right-back Thompson was caught in possession by Ogbonna, the forward atoned his earlier miss and curled an effort into the top right corner.

The Poppies were buoyed by their equaliser and the Brig back-line were put under immense pressure.

Thompson was again caught in possession this time by Courtney Baker-Richardson but the substitute was thwarted by an impressive Dovey save.

Joel failed to steer his header on target in the 82nd minute but two minutes later he was the provider of Brig’s third goal.

He showed a great turn of pace to break into the box and his pinpoint cross handed Ormerod the easiest of finishes from two yards.

The hosts had chances to put the game to bed but McAlindon turned Stu Vasey’s effort wide and Gooding cleared Lawlor’s header off the line.

In stoppage time, Baker-Richardson stabbed an effort wide and Dominic Langdon headed over.

Bamber Bridge: Dovey, Thompson (Mahoney 84), Green, Lawlor, Steel, Booth, Joel, McKenna (c), Ormerod, Linney (Vasey 60), Milligan (Marlow 96)

Subs not used: Kay, Alexander, Moss

Kettering Town: McAlindon, Richard-Noel, Kinniburgh (Obeng 86), Solkhon (c), Langdon, Gooding, Grocott (Baker-Richardson 66), Brown (Williams 86), Ogbonna, Canavan, Brighton

Subs not used: Bryan, Harmon, Ordonez,

Referee: Mark Dwyer (Castleford)

Attendance: 478