Ten-man Waders hit by late Kettering winner

Kettering Town v Biggleswade Town 2015 NNL-150411-103929002
Kettering Town v Biggleswade Town 2015 NNL-150411-103929002

A late sucker punch own goal denied ten-man Biggleswade Town a point they richly deserved at Kettering Town on Tuesday.

Forced to play 80 minutes a man short after Callum Lewis was harshly sent off, they lost 2-1 despite matching their hosts for much of the game.

The Southern League Premier fixture burst into life on 11 minutes when Lewis was sent off by referee Robbie Dadley for a reckless challenge on Liam Canavan.

It looked a harsh one and with Biggleswade feeling a sense of injustice, it galvanised them and after an otherwise uneventful first period they shocked the Latimer Park crowd by taking the lead on 53 minutes.

An attempted clearance saw the ball sliced high towards the far post. And while everyone stood still, Chris Marsh rose to send a powerful header in the corner.

There was almost an instant response as Ogbonna cracked a decent strike off the post. But the Waders nearly went further ahead as Hill was forced to tip a well-struck Sam Merson free-kick over the bar.

However inside 11 minutes Kettering were level. The ball was delivered into the area, Ogbonna held it and laid it off and Brett Solkhon, making his 400th appearance for the Poppies, thumped it past Ian Brown.

The 10 men battled back and so nearly regained the lead when Lewis Hilliard’s deflected shot smacked off the post with Hill well beaten.

Brown pushed away an inswinging Brighton free-kick that missed everyone while Solkhon headed over when unmarked from the resulting corner.

It didn’t look like the winner would arrive but then, with 86 minutes lady luck turned its back on Biggleswade.

Will Grocott sent in a corner from the left and as the heads went up, the ball bounced off Andrew Iwediuno and found the net.

Waders head to Hitchin on Saturday before hosting Arlesey Town in the Red Insure Cup second round on Tuesday.