Match Of The (Mid)Week: Lincoln City 1-2 Kettering Town

The FA Cup manages strange and unusual ways to mete out justice. Just ask Tommy Hutchison, who scored both goals in the 1981 final – one at each end, for Spurs and Manchester City. A week ago on Saturday, Kettering Town of the Blue Square Premier must have felt as if they had done enough to beat League Two side Lincoln City when the excellently-named Exodus Geohaghan gave them the side with five minutes to play of a match that they had dominated, only for Lincoln to level things up a minute later after a horrific defensive error. It looked as if they had blown their chance of making it past league opposition. Kettering’s rise from being close to laughing stocks to the summit of non-league football has been a startling one. In October 2005, they installed Paul Gascoigne as manager, apparently unaware of the chronic alcoholism that was blighting his life at the time. He managed just thirty-nine days in charge before being sacked. The following season there were more strange tales from Rockingham Road. With two matches left to play they sacked manager Morrell Maison, bringing in Graham Westley to replace him, but Westley left after a play-off defeat by Farsley Celtic. This time, the club got it right, bringing in Mark Cooper from Tamworth, and last season they won the Blue Square North. This season, they...

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