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16:55 9th April 2012
By  Webteam

Cambridge United 2-0 Kettering Town

16:53 FULL-TIME: Cambridge United 2-0 Kettering Town. That's it, it's all over here and goals either side of half time from Andy Pugh and Harry Pell have earned Cambridge United the three points.

16:49 Kettering make their final change as Van Engel is replaced by Navarro, and at the same time the fourth official indicates four minutes of added time.

16:46 James Jennings clatters into Van Engel who is left in a heap on the floor, fair challenge though.

16:45 Liam Hughes makes his first contribution by firing a free kick over the bar from twenty five yards.

16:44 A double sub from Cambridge here as Pugh and Thorpe are replaced by Liam Hughes and Liam Hurst.

16:42 The tannoy announcer has just let everyone know that the match sponsors have chosen James Jennings as the man of the match.

16:40 Kettering make their second change as Petranyuk replaces Noubissie.

16:39 Ben Ford makes a smart save to deny Shaw.

16:38 GOAL: Cambridge United 2-0 Kettering Town. A free kick straight from the training ground from the U's sees Roberts cross to the far post which Gash heads back across goal and Harry Pell puts it in the back of the net to score his first goal for United.

16:34RED CARD! Gash breaks the offside and runs through clean at goal, and knocks it past the on-rushing keeper Kelvin Jack who handles it outside the area and is off! With no sub keeper on the bench Ben Ford takes the gloves. Free kick to the U's just outside the area which Jennings has curled wide.

16:32 Kettering sub now as Joyce is replaced by Van Engel.

16:30 Harry Pell blocks a cross and concedes a corner, which is swung in left footed but it goes straight out for a goal kick. A scuffle results in Naisbitt and James Gray being booked.

16:26 Today's attendence is 2,578 with 109 from Kettering.

16:23 Luke Berry shoots from just outside the area after Pugh's effort was blocked by a defender but it's wide and a goal kick.

16:21 It's all Cambridge here as Harry Pell has a shot cleared off the line before Jenning's skips past a couple of defenders and wins a corner which this time Jack punches away. This should be three or four nil.

16:19 Another fine save from Jack to deny Gash this time who shoots on the turn, but the keeper finger tips it onto the bar and out for corner which is again caught by Jack.

16:18 Danny Mills is fortunate not to be booked as he clatters Jennings.

16:17 Fantastic cross from Jennings but Thorpe, Pugh or Gash can't connect.

16:14 Jennings whips in a corner but Jack says thankyou very much and collects.

16:10 Kettering win their first corner but it's defended well by Cambridge.

16:08 Another great chance missed by United as this time Luke Berry places his shot inches wide after connecting onto Thorpe's clever pull back.

16:04 Kettering get the second half started.

15:46 HALF-TIME: Cambridge United 1-0 Kettering Town. A wonder strike from Andy Pugh seperates the two sides at half-time but Cambridge will feel they should be further ahead as they have dominated the game so far.

15:45 One minute of added time to be played.

15:41 Great save by Jack to deny Pugh from six yards with a strong header. Jack comes and collects the resulting corner.

15:40 Ben Joyce has Kettering's first effort on target but his weak header is easily caught by Naisbitt.

15:37 Luke Berry volleys at goal after Gash's clever knock down but Kelvin Jack saves well in the Kettering goal.

15:34 A Cambridge corner now won by Gash and taken by Jennings is missed by everyone as it runs across the face of the goal.

15:32 Pugh releases Thorpe down the right who's cross is just behind Gash who knocks it out for a goal kick.

15:28 A delightful ball from Shaw finds Thorpe on the right wing who's first touch is great and his cross his headed behind for a corner, which after a couple of half clearences, falls to the feet of Berry who shoots from distance and is only just wide of the right hand post.

15:24 A mix up between a defender and Jack almost allows Gash to sneak in and score but they just about do enough.

15:23 Kettering work the ball into the Cambridge area well but Gray's cross goes out for a goal kick.

15:20 James Gray has the first shot at goal for Kettering but it's well wide from twenty yards.

15:18 Andy Pugh tries to play in Jennings with a clever little pass but JJ is just offside.

15:17 James Gray is looking clever for the visitors down the left wing and will need to be watched.

15:14 David Bridges has conceded a free kick just outside the area, swung in by Thorpe but Kettering head clear.

15:12 Jennings bursts into the area but his touch has let him down and the keeper smothers at his feet.

15:10 GOAL: Cambridge United 1-0 Kettering Town What a great goal! Andy Pugh picks up a poor clearance and takes one touch before shooting with power low into the bottom left corner leaving Jack with no chance.

15:08 A long boot forward from Naisbitt is flicked forward by Gash and Pugh latches onto it and fires at goal but it's just wide.

15:07 Blaine Hudson hits a ball into the area from deep which is just to high for Gash and it goes out for a goal kick.

15:03 Jonathon Thorpe wastes a cross by hitting it into the crowd behind the goal from a good position out on the right wing.

15:02 Kettering waste the oppurtunity to launch a long throw into the Cambridge area by throwing it out for a goal kick.

15:00 Cambridge United get the game underway, Cambridge kicking towards the Newmarket road end this half.

14:50 The teams have finished their warm-up's and are back in the changing rooms, join me for kick-off at 3pm.


Cambridge United: Danny Naisbitt, James Jennings, Rory McAuley, Blaine Hudson, Kevin Roberts, Harry Pell, Luke Berry, Tom Shaw, Jonathon Thorpe, Andy Pugh, Michael Gash. Subs: Rossi Jarvis, Liam Hughes, Josh Dawkin, Ashley Corker, Liam Hurst.

Kettering Town: Kelvin Jack, Marcus Kelly, Nathan Ralph, Danny Mills, David Bridges, Patrick Noubissie, Charles Wyke, Ben Ford, James Gray, Ben Joyce, Max York. Subs: John Lesley Van Engel, Jaime Navarro, Taras Petranyuk.

14:30 Good afternoon folks and welcome to the R Costings Abbey Stadium for today's Easter Monday clash between the U's and recently relegated Kettering. Team news to follow.

Match report provided by reporter Sam Line.

    Data provided by Press Association