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    Born and raised in Manchester, support the Blue half of the City. Currently residing in Manchester, but frequently visit Sheffield

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    In Pep we Trust...

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  1. Cheers Gav. Glad you enjoyed it. I genuinely couldn't believe it when we kept winning and that final was one of the best games I've ever had a team involved in on any version!!
  2. Cheers Matt - glad you're enjoying it --- The papers had been a buzz over the next few days, words like miracle bandied about regularly, but to be honest, with over a month to go, and his team riding high in the league, Joris was paying no attention – he focused on his side’s league form. However, he knew that whether they won or lost, they had achieved something special, something that every Brighton fan would remember forever – and nothing could take that away Sunday March 31st, 2002 The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff – League Cup Final Home Dressing Room – 2.30pm Joris Houtten stood with his players round him, ninety minutes away from the biggest game of their lives – he sensed nerves, sensed excitement and sensed his players were ready “Boys, this is it. You have worked so hard to be here and made me so proud. Ninety more minutes, and I want you to go out there with nothing to lose, play your hearts out and show the world that we are to be reckoned with” He had a routine before games, and this didn’t change before this game. His team did their usual warm up, and eventually filtered back into the dressing room at half past three. Everyone was ready, and he walked out side by side with Claudio Ranieri, the jovial Italian smiling as always, and Joris took in the atmosphere – he may never experience this again … The game kicked off, and as expected, the Premiership side took early control, and they sent one half of the stadium into silence within four minutes, Zola laying the ball off to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and the Dutch striker powering a bullet of a shot past Kuipers. He could have doubled the lead less than two minutes later, racing through but hitting the shot straight at Kuipers. His side could have been forgiven for throwing the towel in but that was the last thing they did, and Dirk Lehmann was inches away from an equaliser, heading just over the bar, This gave the crowd some hope, and maybe made the Chelsea players just wary that they could cause problems The game went into a slight lull for the next ten minutes or so, but then it went berserk. Gudjohnsen fired a shot in, an easy save for the keeper, but from the long throw, Brighton broke, Agustin collecting it and spraying it wide to Oatway. Oatway flicked it down the line to Adolfo, who squared the ball across the box, Celestine Babayaro getting tangled up in his own feet and Lehmann, the big German, slotted the ball into the corner and sent the Brighton fans ballistic. Joris sensed something in the Chelsea players demeanour, and hoped his players did too, but he didn’t need to worry, as they did. They controlled the game for the next few minutes, before a simple Route One goal, saw them take the lead, a long ball from Danny Cullip headed down by Lehmann, and Ernest Chirwali, our anchorman, smashed it in from the edge of the box. Brighton led 2-1, and the place was going mental Chelsea were stunned, and they seemed to have lost the ability to pass the ball, as a mistake from Jody Morris allowed Adolfo in, and the Spaniard rounded the ‘keeper to slot the ball into the empty net. 32 minutes played, and Brighton lead 3-1. Wow. The whole stadium was in shock by this point, but eith still just less than an hour of football to play, Chelsea still had a chance. Mikael Forssell and Eidur Gudjohnsen both had opportunities to get them back into it before half time, before Mickey Standing blazed over just before half time, but nobody expected the 3-1 scoreline … As expected, Chelsea had been given a rollocking at half time, and came out all guns blazing, Zola, Hasselbaink and Poyet all testing Kuipers in the first five minutes of the half, but the ‘keeper stayed strong. Joris was frantically trying to calm his players down, getting them to keep the ball, and eventually it did, and incredibly, they managed to extend the lead, a bit of luck allowing the ball to fall to Agustin, and he poked it home into the net to, everyone thought, seal a remarkable victory. The problem now was, having never played on a pitch this size before, they were starting to tire, and Chelsea could easily take advantage It took less than two minutes for this to happen, Forssell heading home Zola’s cross, and six minutes later, it was almost 4-3, and in reality it should have been, Hasselbaink collecting the ball, turning inside and firing wide, inexplicably firing wide. Once again, the Brighton players managed to get a grip slightly, keeping the ball, and eventually they carved out an opening, Adolfo getting the chance, but his heavy legs started to show and he hit it straight to the keeper. That was a big chance and one they could regret. They did a few minutes later, Forssell scoring a second, tapping in from a lovely Poyet lay off, and suddenly, Chelsea were favourites for the game. The next fifteen minutes was utterly crazy. Mickey Standing scored the goal of the game, smashing a thirty yard shot into the top corner from out of nowhere to once again extend the lead, before Forssell completed his hat-trick a few minutes later to make it 5-4. If it went to extra time, Chelsea were hiugh favourites, but Joris told every man to head back except Zamora, who stayed on the halfway line. This is what led to the game changing moment, a hoof allowing Zamora to attack the goal, and he was brought down by Carlo Cudicini to eanr a penalty, The referee was lenient and didn’t send him off, but the Italian ‘keeper saved Agustin’s spot kick to make the nerves even more visible. Chelsea had two more chances to seal the game, Zola striking the post and Hasselbaink firing at Kuipers, but after 93 minutes, the whistle blew. Brighton, and Joris Houtten, had pulled off a miracle. They had won the League Cup, an incredible achievement for a Division Two club. Ranieri was gracious in defeat, and after less than a year in football management, Joris had lifted a trophy – and a major cup competition at that Brighton 5-4 Chelsea (Hasselbaink 4, Lehmann 23, Chirwali 29, Adolfo 32, Agustin 52, Forssell 54, 69, 79, Standing 72) -- And so, ladies and gents, that brings to a close this short story. I wanted to share it with you all as I have never, on any version of CM or FM, had a cup run like that with a lower division team. The final was amazing and probably one of my best achievements on the game to be honest I still have this save, and play it regularly, although I am slightly further ahead now. I hope you all enjoyed the read and hopefully, I'll be back at some point with another story I've been working on in the near future Sherm
  3. Wednesday 5th December, 2001 League Cup Quarter Final – Aston Villa (H) Still expecting to go out, after what had already been a brilliant cup run, the game that saw Villa visit the Withdean was, probably, the dullest of the run thus far. The visitors started slowly, but JLloyd Samuel got himself sent off for deliberate handball, pushing the ball away from a through pass to stop the attack, and this led the way for the unexpected. Slight signs of tiredness were creeping in on the small and threadbare squad for the home side, but their heart and determination shone through. Chances were few and far between but it only took one goal to settle the tie, as Charlie Oatway curled home a brilliant effort from the edge of the ‘D’ and secured a second successive win against a Premiership side and advanced in to the two legged Semi Final stage Brighton 1-0 Aston Villa (Oatway 64) -- It was a constant wave of red bombing forward, with Owen, Fowler, Heskey and Murphy all forcing saves, Gerrard firing wide and Berger missing a glorious opportunity. It was backs to the wall time, but they held on, and after 94 long, hard, arduous minutes, the whistle finally blew. Joris Houtton had masterminded a third successive victory over a Premier League side – mind you, with a trip to Anfield for the second leg, it still meant they had hard work ahead … Wednesday 27th February, 2002 Anfield, Liverpool – 8.34pm The Brighton players sat in the dressing room, water in hand and listening to their charismatic Dutch manager “Boys we are 45 minutes away. You’ve worked so so hard to get here, and you only have 45 more minutes to put effort in – that’s one half of football. I’m not going to sit here and tell you how to play football. I want everything you have left out there – that’s all I ask. Whatever happens, you can be proud of yourselves. I know I'm proud of you. Now let’s give it our best!” They had worked so hard to stop the home side scoring, but Joris was a realist – he knew they would have to face a barrage in this second half, and eventually, players of the quality of Liverpool – Owen, Fowler, Heskey, Berger, Litmanen – would score a goal. And what do they say about buses? When you wait ages for one, two or three come at once. However, he had not reckoned on the sheer brilliance of his goalkeeper Michel Kuipers. He flung himself at everything, tipping balls round the post, over the bar, collecting crosses. He was sensational – not only that, but he got three kicks to the face going for loose balls, but he did it all in the cause of the team Joris eventually took a look at the clock, to see 88:46 on the board – with the four minutes of injury time they were due to have, it would be heartbreaking from here to lose it now. Every man back, and resilience ringing in their ears, and 4,000 Brighton fans cheering them on, they held on…and held on, and held on, and held on, even surviving a late penalty shout, before the final whistle of Uriah Rennie sounded. The shrill blast sent Joris sinking to his knees, with his staff around him and his players in ecstasy on the field. Lowly Brighton, Division Two Brighton, had beaten Liverpool, had survived four games against Premiership clubs, and would now face a trip to Cardiff at the end of March for the League Cup final. Utterly incredible
  4. Wednesday 31st October, 2001 League Cup Round Three – Huddersfield (H) Dominant. That’s the only way to describe this performance. 2-0 up after nine minutes, 3-1 at half time. Lehmann thumped home the first inside three minutes, before a lovely move resulted in a ball pulled back to the edge of the box and Carpenter fired it in low into the corner. Chances came and went, and the game could have been out of sight by the time that Andy Booth headed his side back in to the game. It made no difference as Wicks responded likewise, heading home from a corner and sending the team in at half time 3-1 ahead. They took their foot off the gas early on in the second half, but the visitors almost looked resigned to defeat. Two more goals followed, as Crosby and Joni secured a passage through with ease Brighton 5-1 Huddersfield (Lehmann 3, Carpenter 9, Wicks 45+1, Crosby 75, Joni 85) … Wednesday 28th November, 2001 League Cup Round Four – Manchester United (A) This was the game that everyone thought they would be losing and end their great run – well, not only were those people wrong, but what a game of football. United were runaway leaders of the Premier League, and were fully expected to wipe the floor with their visitors. It wasn’t to be, and after 57 minutes of defensive heroism, Lehmann fired the ball into the roof of the net, toe poking it high and shocking Old Trafford. It lasted less than a minute, Andy Cole heading home an equaliser. The striker put United ahead fifteen minutes from time, but five minutes later, the game changed, as John O’Shea fouled Lehmann, earnt himself a red card and Joni curled home the resulting free-kick. This ensured extra time, but still the Division Two side wouldn’t give in, and Luke Chadwick’s 104th minute goal was cancelled out by Agustin, meaning they had scored three at Old Trafford, a feat not achieved by many, and penalties ensued. Misses from Denis Irwin and Paul Scholes, accompanied by a 100% record of all four Brighton players, and United were out. Inexplicably, knocked out at home to the Division Two leaders Man Utd 3-3 Brighton (aet) (Lehmann 57, Joni 80, Agustin 113 – Brighton won 4-2 on pens) -- The second half kicked off with their manager’s words ringing in their ears. Keep going lads, we’re still in this. Whether the visitors took their foot off the gas or not is a debate to be had, but the home side were fantastic for the next 45 minutes, Mickey Standing had been brought in on loan to replace the departed Richard Carpenter, and had started like a house on fire, and it was the Villa loanee who equalised, powering forward with strength and pace, brushing Henxhoz off the ball on the way, and sliding the ball home past Jerzy Dudek. This shell shocked the Premiership side, they were completely caught unaware, and this showed, as that man again collected the ball from Joni, cut inside from the left and curled home a wonderful effort into the top corner – This prompted a look at the scoreboard, and after 56 minutes, it read, amazingly, Brighton 2-1 Liverpool, Incredible…
  5. Wednesday 30th January, 2002 Withdean Stadium, Brighton – 7:42pm Joris Houtton stood on the touchline, his arms folded and sweat dripping down his brow. He had only been manager of Brighton and Hove Albion since June 2001, and had quickly established himself with the fans. Free flowing, attacking football, a no fear, never say die attitude, and a chance of promotion – however, it was this moment here that had him more nervous than he had been all season His side were just about to kick off their first leg of the League Cup Semi Final – yes, a Semi Final of a major cup competition. Not since the FA Cup 18 years previously, when they were beaten in the final, had they been this far in a cup. Then though, they were a side in the top flight – now they were riding high in Division Two He was awoken from his thoughts by the shrill blast of the whistle, and Dirk Lehmann got them underway… -- August 21st, 2001 League Cup Round One – Norwich (H) It had started back in August, with no ambitions of success, when they welcomed Norwich to the Withdean. It was an open game, Lehmann and Brooker both testing the visiting ‘keeper early on, before Agustin smashed a thirty yarder onto the bar, but it was Marc Libbra who opened the scoring, racing onto a long ball and slotting home past Omar Johansson. However, Lehmann used his strength in the air to level it up right on the break, the big German powering home a header. The second half was much of the same, waves of yellow and then waves of blue and white, but a crazy sixty seconds saw the next two goals, Llewellyn scoring on 76:23, before Geoff Pitcher slammed home from the edge of the area on 77:45, and that minute meant extra time. This was a little more subdued, both teams cautious, but it was just before the half time changeover that the game was won, Charlie Oatway volleying home from a Brooker cross to send them into the next round Brighton 3-2 Norwich (aet) (Lehmann 45, Pitcher 78, Oatway 104) … Wednesday 19th September, 2001 League Cup Round Two – Crystal Palace (A) If the first game had been hard work, then this one was more so, and required all of their defensive qualities and fighting spirit as they could muster. Lehmann was injured and Zamora tired from the game three days previously, so Lee Steele started up front, and it was the striker who opened up the scoring, collecting Helder Rosario’s long ball, playing a one two with Brooker and dinking the ball over the ‘keeper. They battled hard through the game, and just when it looked nailed on that they would hang on, Fan Zhiyi levelled, capitalising on a slip by Hugo Rodrigues and sliding home. The defender was distraught, but he was saved by his team mates, a scramble in the box falling to Melton, who hit the ball as hard as he could into the top corner, sealing the game Crystal Palace 1-2 Brighton (Steele 14, Melton 90+2) -- The visitors had shown why they were two divisions above, as they created early chances, but after 10 minutes, the game was still 0-0. Chances had been mainly Liverpool’s, but Lehmann had tested the ‘keeper once. However, a lovely little passing move saw the visitors take the lead, Fowler latching onto the pass and smashing the ball into the top corner. It made no difference to how they played, how they fought and how they got back into the game – even though they were still 1-0 behind at half time, Lehmann and Oatway both testing Dudek and Agustin rattling the post
  6. Votes sent and claimed - Sorry its close to the deadline Mark, been away this past week
  7. Well that went well. First man sacked!
  8. “Well, we’re looking good for promotion aren’t we?” Ritchie had popped into the office to have a chat, and his Cheshire Cat grin could be seen all the way through the county “Long way to go yet Ritchie but I have to agree we look superb at the moment” “How do you think we will fare if we go up?” “Woah, easy. Let’s get this season done first” .. I appreciate optimism and I appreciate looking to the future but Ritchie was getting slightly carried away with it all – we still had 24 games to play before the end of the season and we could have a huge collapse The Southern League Cup was next, and we comfortably saw ourselves through to the Third Round Southern League Cup ; 2nd Round Kettering vs Aylesbury We didn’t score the goals until the second half, but we strolled through the game anyway. The visiting ‘keeper was forced into making several first half saves, but eventually it was a player of his own that beat him, Rudge turning in a cross past him in the 52nd minute. Sebastiao sealed it with a double, scoring twice in 12 minutes, and that sealed the passage through comfortably Kettering 3-0 Aylesbury (Rudge OG 52, Sebastiao 64, 76) -- The year was drawing to a close rapidly, and we had three league games to see us into 2016, and the first of these was Aylesbury Utd Southern League Division 1 ; Game 19 Kettering vs Aylesbury Utd This was another good performance from the lads, and Eurico Sebastiao continued his great scoring run of late, opening the scoring within 34 seconds of the kick off, heading past the ‘keeper from Allen’s cross. We missed several chances within the rest of the half, but ten minutes into the second half, we scored two more, the penalty won by Sebastiao and converted by Atiku, and then the striker himself with his sixth in his last four games extended our lead. We conceded a silly goal late on, but Ronan Murray’s first for the club before that has already sealed the points Kettering 4-1 Aylesbury Utd (Sebastiao 1, 54, Atiku pen 50, Murray 67)
  9. We certainly had a good position going into December, sitting 14 points clear atop the table and our league form superb, however, we had three of the top six in our next three games, so I expected some tough games coming up for us The first of these was a visit from second place Bedworth, a team that were fighting for a playoff place but couldn’t catch us up, and so it was in this game too Southern League Division 1 ; Game 17 Kettering vs Bedworth This was a thoroughly professional and competent performance, as we controlled the game from the opening whistle. It looked bad when Atiku picked up a slight knock in the warm up, but his replacement, Jimmy Phillips, ran the show. He jinked his way down the right hand side and whipped a cross in, Eurico Sebastiao meeting the cross and slammed his header home past the ‘keeper. It was simple enough for the second goal too, Phillips this time nipping in and rounding the ‘keeper, sliding the ball home for the second. We could have had more but it didn’t matter and we extended our lead at the top Kettering 2-0 Bedworth (Sebastiao 37, Phillips 51) -- We had clicked really well and were on a great run, and it continued in our next game just three days later, as we travelled to play Royston Southern League Division 1 ; Game 18 Royston vs Kettering Again a fantastic performance – clinical, smooth and silky. The midfield was brilliant in this game, controlling the pace and tempo, and it was the passing we had that was the key to winning the game. Tom Naylor scored the opener, picking up the ball in his own half, spreading it wide for Ifeanyi Allen, who returned it to the defender for him to curl the ball into the goal. We could have had more, forcing the ‘keeper into multiple saves, but it was Eurico Sebastiao who sealed the win, sliding the ball home and continuing our fantastic league form Royston 0-2 Kettering (Naylor 11, Sebastiao 67)
  10. We were playing well, and we had lost one of our last 15 games, while winning the others, so we could not fault our form, and we had seen our lead at the top extend to 12 points, mainly thanks to the teams in and around us beating each other while we won, so when we travelled to Daventry for our next game, confidence was high Southern League Division 1 ; Game 16 Daventry vs Kettering Bit of a tougher game, as we expected with the home side sitting in a playoff place, and they actually took the lead in this game, following a save from Erlandsson, and the rebound was smashed home, but our big Ghanian showed why he was so adored by our fans when he curled home a brilliant free-kick from 35 yards, leaving the ‘keeper with no chance. The second half was a difficult one, as we tried and failed on numerous occasions to break down the home defence, but you can guess who it was who finally broke the deadlock, Atiku winning, and then converting the penalty in the 81st minute, and we continued our winning run in the league Daventry 1-2 Kettering (Atiku 37, pen 81) -- We added a new addition to our ranks just 48 hours before our final game of the month, with Notts County winger Ronan Murray costing us £5,000, but he would be straight into the first team squad and add his pace and trickery to an already talented midfield. He didn’t however sign in time to make the squad for the FA Trophy third qualifying round, in which we welcomed Bishops Stortford FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round Kettering vs Bishops Stortford I have to be honest, this defeat really annoyed me. We created 21 chances compared with the visitors 4, and we lost 3-2! The visitors were 2-0up at half time, a couple of errors from the defence costing us badly, and we never recovered. Ibrahim Atiku pulled one back on 692 minutes, but it was the final five minutes that was unbelievable. Jimmy Phillips levelled it up two minutes into injury time, but a misplaced pass from Hussain Mohammed allowed the visitors to break and seal the win, ensuring their passage into the next round Kettering 2-3 Bishops Stortford (Atiku 62, Phillips 90+2)
  11. Back into league action, and we certainly didn’t have much time between games, as we welcomed lowly St Ives to Latimer Park Southern League Division 1 ; Game 14 Kettering vs St Ives The visitors had struggled through the early stages of the season, and sat just a point off the drop zone, and this was apparent through the game, as we won with ease and composure. Ibrahim Atiku was brilliant in this game, controlling the game from midfield, and it was he who curled us in front, a beautiful finish from the edge of the box. He set Ifeanyi Allen away for the second too, sliding him in for him to poke it past the ‘keeper. We could have had more but we maintained our lead at the top of the table Kettering 2-0 St Ives (Atiku 35, Allen 67) We added another goalkeeper to the ranks after this game, as youngster Tim Erlandsson joined on a free. He was full of potential and despite Simon Locke’s good form, I had intentions for him to play a few games in rotation. However, Simon kept his place for the next League game Southern League Division 1 ; Game 15 Kettering vs Beaconsfield This was, probably, our best and most professional performance of the season so far, as we were superb for the full 90 minutes. Jimmy Phillips was the star of the show, racking up three assists and a goal, and it was his jinking run that led to the opener, as he nipped into the box and pulled the ball back for Ibrahim Atiku to slam home his 13th goal of the season. Those two combined again for the second, as they played a nice little move and the ball ended up at the feet of Tom Naylor, who lashed home a shot from 25 yards into the top corner, a great strike from the centre half. Seven minutes later, we were three ahead, Atiku sliding the ball through for Phillips, who rounded the ‘keeper and slotted home. The final goal came less than a minute into the second half, Phillips combining with Ifeanyi Allen and the left winger curled a lovely shot into the bottom corner. Really pleasing win and great performance Kettering 4-0 Beaconsfield (Atiku 10, Naylor 17, Phillips 24, Allen 46)
  12. Gav - you are correct, ten wins on the bounce and to be fair, 4-1 was harsh as we had chances - I didn't realise just how many cup competitions the lower league sides had to play though!! -- We had reached the FA Cup first round, which had been our goal, and to be fair, the lads did themselves proud, 4-1 was a harsh defeat, but we had little time to dwell, as more cup action followed, and the Southern League Cup saw us travel to Shortwood, who, I’ll be honest, I had never heard of. With the form we had shown of late, it didn’t matter too much. Southern League Cup 1st Round Shortwood vs Kettering Shows what I know eh? Fair play to the home side, they gave us a real scare, and were probably the better side for the ninety minutes. We started slowly and were poor in the midfield, sloppy with our passes, and it was some of these passes that led to chances for the other side, and it was only thanks to Simon Locke we stayed level, as he pulled off three excellent saves, including a brilliant double save that saw him tip a ball onto the post and recover to smother the rebound. The second half was of a similar ilk, as we were second best, but we were saved in the final five minutes by substitute Ifeanyi Allen, as he burst clear on the counter attack, sliding the ball through the ‘keepers legs. He sealed it in injury time, sliding home again and sending us through Shortwood 0-2 Kettering (Allen 86, 90+3) .. The FA Trophy had qualifying rounds too, and it was one of these that we faced next, as we visited Chesham. This proved to be a comfortable afternoons work against lesser opposition than ourselves, and we were never out of second gear FA Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round Chesham vs Kettering We got a great start here, Teddy Ngoy powering home a header from six yards to give us the lead. We somehow contrived to see ourselves go in at the interval level despite having chances galore, including twice hitting the woodwork and forcing some good saves, but we were comfortable through the second half. Although we did have to wait until the 78th minute to regain the lead, Eurico Sebastiao racing clear and sliding the ball home, before our striker scored again in stoppage time and smashed the ball home into the top corner and secured the win Chesham 1-3 Kettering (Ngoy 3, Sebastiao 78, 90+1)
  13. I was pleased with the run of wins we had put together in the league, and I expected that to continue, as we welcomed Hanwell to Latimer Park Southern League Divison 1 ; Game 13 Kettering vs Hanwell Our best performance of the season without doubt. We were fantastic from first whistle to last and dominated the visitors, they couldn’t get near us, and every player on our team played well. The opening goal was 25 minutes in, Eurico Sebastiao collecting the ball from Ibrahim Atiku, knocking it past his defender and smashing in at the near post. The striker returned the favour five minutes later, slipping through Atiku and he fired across into the corner of the goal. Ifeanyi Allen made it 3-0 just before the break, cutting inside from the left and smashing a shot into the top corner. The game was won by this point, but a header from Tom Naylor, and a volley from Josh Moreman sent us to a thumping 5-0 win and actually sent us clear at the top, stretching out lead to five points Kettering 5-0 Hanwell (Sebastiao 25, Atiku 30, Allen 42, Naylor 57, Moreman 85) -- So, after four qualifying rounds, six games, and a preliminary round before that, we had been drawn against Crewe in the First Round of the FA Cup. They were League opposition and obviously a few levels above us, so while I didn’t expect the win, as long as we gave a good account of ourselves, that’s all we could ask FA Cup 1st Round Crewe vs Kettering If you look at the score at the end of this game, you’d think it was all one day traffic but in all fairness, we gave a good showing. We created chances in the first half, testing the ‘keeper on a couple of occasions, so when Eurico Sebastiao scored on the 36th minute, I couldn’t explain how we were only equalising and not going ahead. We dominated the rest of the half, but the superior finishing of the home side took a hold in the second 45, as even though we played well and had chances ourselves, the three chances they had, they put away, sending us packing with a 4-1 defeat, a defeat that was harsh on our players Crewe 4-1 Kettering (Sebastiao 36)
  14. More cup action came up for the next game, as we had our first qualifying round for the FA Trophy. This was a competition I didn’t care for, we already had enough games on, what with the League and all of the games we’d had to qualify for the FA Cup and the Southern League Cup coming up, the FA Trophy was the least of my concerns, so with us drawn against AFC Hayes, I opted to field a reserve side FA Trophy 1st Qualifying Round Kettering vs AFC Hayes Even with a reserve side out, we cruised to a win, and we never looked troubled from the moment Warren Morgan raced through to score in the tenth minute, we were never endangered and never needed to get out of first gear. Morgan could have had a hat trick in the first half, hitting the post and forcing a couple of saves from the ‘keeper, and we had to wait until the 73rd minute to seal the win, a cross from Josh Moreman hitting the defender and looping into the far corner to seal the win and safe passage through Kettering 2-0 AFC Hayes (Morgan 10, Crossley OG 73) -- The buzz from the takeover had started to die down, but deep down I couldn’t hide my excitement. This was a chance for me to take this team as far as possible, certainly into the football league, and make us into a dynasty. I wasn’t overly concerned with transfer fees, but the ability to pay decent wages and attract better talent would see us head up the leagues quickly, certainly if we attracted the right players for the side
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