Biggleswade Town’s excellent recent form was brought to a shuddering halt by a lively Kettering Town on Tuesday.
The Poppies ran out deserved 3-1 winners at the Carlsberg Stadium in front of a 249 strong crowd for this Southern League Premier clash.
The Waders did pull themselves back into the match but couldn’t find a leveller and were eventually sunk by a late goal.
Biggleswade were first on the attack, Ian Rees unable to connect with a ball into the Kettering box.
But from then on the Poppies dominated proceedings. And on seven minutes they went ahead when the ball fell to Will Grocott on the edge of the box, he cut inside and rifled home from 20 yards.
That lead was doubled with quarter of an hour gone. Ollie Thorne’s header hit the post and rolled along the goalline –the officials believed it crossed the line and awarded the goal, despite furious appeals.
At that point Kettering threatened to run riot, Liam Canavan juggling the ball before volleying just wide as they pressed th e home defence.
But Biggleswade hauled themselves back into it with 34 minutes gone when Sam Merson nipped in to beat a defender and keeper to the ball, nodding the ball past them and knocking into an empty net. He nearly repeated the feat two minutes later.
Kettering remained the better side as the second half got under way although the Biggleswade back line held firm. They also had Jamie Head to thank for a string of saves to keep the visitors at bay.
In the final 15 minutes the hosts pushed forward for the leveller and were agonisingly close when Michael King’s volley from a corner hit the bar.
But with six minutes left Silvano Obeng raced on to a through ball and smashed it past Head into the bottom corner to seal a deserved win.
Biggleswade have a free weekend – scheduled opponents Chippenham are in FA Cup action – but travel to Kings Lynn in the league on Tuesday.