Cambridge 2-0 Kettering

A goal in each half saw mid-table Cambridge United heap more misery on relegated Kettering Town.

Andy Pugh scored his third goal of the season with a strike from 20 yards, while Luke Berry went close.

Goalkeeper Kelvin Jack was shown Kettering's 17th red card of the season when he handled outside the area trying to deny Michael Gash.

Midfielder Ben Ford took over in goal and conceded once, to Harry Pell's close-range strike.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Cambridge United manager Jez George told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

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We should have scored more - George

"We dominated the game from start to finish. Kettering have obviously got their problems but we can't feel sorry for them until after the game.

"I felt we went about business in the right way. We played some good football and the only thing that was missing was the finish on the chances we created. It should have been at least three or four by half time.

"So the lack of ability to score a second goal comes to the front of your mind and we just had so many chances to do that it was frightening."

Kettering Town caretaker manager Ashley Westwood told BBC Northampton:

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Westwood still keen on Poppies job

"We've gone behind to a good strike. At half-time, I'd said the game was flat and there to be won. In the second half, we were having a good go and we might have gone on to get something.

"Kelvin Jack has been sent off, and because we haven't got a sub goalkeeper, we've got done. It was an uphill battle we were never going to win.

"Kettering is a decent club, it'll probably be the best stadium in whichever division we're in and it's an attractive job for anyone. I wouldn't want to walk out on this job now."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Cambridge Utd

  • 01 Naisbitt Booked
  • 02 Roberts
  • 03 Jennings
  • 12 McAuley
  • 25 Hudson
  • 06 Shaw
  • 18 Berry
  • 23 Pell
  • 27 Thorpe (Hughes - 86' )
  • 09 Gash
  • 15 Pugh (Hurst - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Corker
  • 16 Jarvis
  • 17 Hughes
  • 22 Dawkin
  • 31 Hurst

Kettering

  • 31 Jack Dismissed
  • 17 Ralth
  • 20 Bridges
  • 23 Noubissie (Petranyuk - 82' )
  • 34 York
  • 11 Kelly
  • 26 Ford
  • 30 Joyce (Van Engel - 73' )
  • 18 Mills
  • 25 Wyke Booked
  • 29 Gray Booked

Substitutes

  • 22 Navarro
  • 10 Van Engel (Navarro - 90' )
  • 35 Petranyuk
Ref: Whitton
Att: 2,578

Match Stats

Shots

23 6

On target

9 2

Corners

8 3

Fouls

5 19

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Hurst on Max York. Free kick taken by Max York.

90:00 +1:19

Rory McAuley takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +1:19 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Charlie Wyke for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +1:02

Charlie Wyke challenges Tom Shaw unfairly and gives away a free kick.

90:00 +0:11 Substitution

Substitution Jaime Navarro comes on in place of John Van Engel.

90:00 +0:01

The ball is swung over by Max York.

89:38

Unfair challenge on Charlie Wyke by Blaine Hudson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by James Gray.

84:47

Liam Hughes has an effort direct from the free kick.

84:47 Substitution

Substitution Liam Hughes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonathon Thorpe.

84:47 Substitution

Substitution Liam Hurst on for Andy Pugh.

84:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Bridges on Tom Shaw.

84:28

Charlie Wyke challenges Harry Pell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James Jennings.

83:11

Charlie Wyke is caught offside. Blaine Hudson takes the indirect free kick.

82:10

The ball is delivered by James Jennings, Rory McAuley has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

81:44

Corner taken right-footed by Jonathon Thorpe.

81:07 Substitution

Substitution Patrick Noubissie leaves the field to be replaced by Taras Petranyuk.

80:48

Michael Gash takes a shot. Save made by Ben Ford.

80:30

Foul by James Gray on Harry Pell, free kick awarded. James Jennings takes the free kick.

79:34

Assist by Michael Gash.

79:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Harry Pell - Cambridge 2 - 0 Kettering Harry Pell finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cambridge Utd 2-0 Kettering.

79:01

Kevin Roberts sends in a cross, Michael Gash takes a shot.

78:17

Foul by James Gray on Tom Shaw, free kick awarded. Jonathon Thorpe restarts play with the free kick.

75:21

James Jennings shoots direct from the free kick.

75:21 Dismissal

Dismissal Red card for Kelvin Jack.

74:41

Michael Gash takes a shot. Kelvin Jack is adjudged to have handled the ball.

73:57

Harry Pell fouled by Charlie Wyke, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Naisbitt takes the direct free kick.

72:58 Substitution

Substitution John Van Engel comes on in place of Ben Joyce.

72:07 Booking

Booking Danny Naisbitt booked.

72:03 Booking

Booking Booking for James Gray.

70:59

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ben Ford.

70:51

James Gray crosses the ball, Harry Pell gets a block in.

68:36

Centre by James Gray.

67:19

The ball is sent over by Michael Gash, save by Kelvin Jack.

65:20

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Mills on Harry Pell. Danny Naisbitt takes the direct free kick.

64:20

Luke Berry takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

63:38

David Bridges challenges Andy Pugh unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Jennings takes the direct free kick.

62:18

James Jennings takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, save by Kelvin Jack.

62:08

James Jennings produces a cross, David Bridges manages to make a clearance.

61:45

Harry Pell takes a shot. Nathan Ralph gets a block in.

59:57

Inswinging corner taken by James Jennings from the right by-line played to the near post, save by Kelvin Jack.

59:38

Michael Gash takes a shot. Kelvin Jack makes a save.

58:59

Danny Mills gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Jennings. James Jennings takes the free kick.

57:46

James Jennings sends in a cross, clearance by James Gray.

57:04

Patrick Noubissie concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Pugh. Danny Naisbitt takes the free kick.

56:05

Max York sends in a cross, save by Danny Naisbitt.

54:45

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by James Jennings, Kelvin Jack makes a save.

53:52

The ball is delivered by Jonathon Thorpe, Harry Pell produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

51:43

A cross is delivered by Ben Ford, Tom Shaw makes a clearance.

51:24

Corner taken right-footed by Ben Joyce to the near post, Kevin Roberts manages to make a clearance.

51:04

A cross is delivered by Danny Mills.

49:26

Jonathon Thorpe produces a cross, Luke Berry has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

48:56

Foul by Ben Ford on Jonathon Thorpe, free kick awarded. Kevin Roberts takes the direct free kick.

47:34

Marcus Kelly has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

46:41

The assistant referee signals for offside against Michael Gash. David Bridges takes the indirect free kick.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +0:54 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +0:07

The ball is swung over by Jonathon Thorpe, Kelvin Jack makes a save.

43:09

James Gray concedes a free kick for a foul on Rory McAuley. Free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

41:45

Charlie Wyke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Pugh. Jonathon Thorpe delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.

41:21

Corner taken by James Jennings, save made by Kelvin Jack.

40:58

The ball is swung over by Tom Shaw, Andy Pugh takes a shot. Save made by Kelvin Jack.

40:24

Blaine Hudson fouled by Charlie Wyke, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by James Jennings.

39:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Max York by Michael Gash. Max York restarts play with the free kick.

39:31

The ball is sent over by Patrick Noubissie, Ben Joyce takes a shot. Danny Naisbitt makes a comfortable save.

37:20

Unfair challenge on Jonathon Thorpe by Ben Ford results in a free kick. Kevin Roberts restarts play with the free kick.

36:36

Luke Berry takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Kelvin Jack.

36:26

Harry Pell delivers the ball, Nathan Ralph manages to make a clearance.

35:05

Foul by Tom Shaw on Charlie Wyke, free kick awarded. Patrick Noubissie takes the direct free kick.

33:56

Corner taken by James Jennings from the right by-line to the near post, Header by Michael Gash from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

33:47

Michael Gash crosses the ball, David Bridges gets a block in.

32:47

James Jennings takes the outswinging corner, Luke Berry produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

31:51

A cross is delivered by Jonathon Thorpe, Effort on goal by Michael Gash from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

30:22

Outswinging corner taken by James Gray from the right by-line played to the near post, Ben Joyce takes a shot. Michael Gash makes a clearance.

29:08

Luke Berry produces a right-footed shot from a long way out which goes wide right of the goal.

28:24

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by James Jennings played to the near post, Ben Ford manages to make a clearance.

28:15

Jonathon Thorpe crosses the ball, clearance made by Max York.

25:33

Tom Shaw takes a shot. Blocked by Patrick Noubissie.

23:55

Effort on goal by Andy Pugh from 12 yards. Save by Kelvin Jack.

23:20

A cross is delivered by James Gray.

22:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathon Thorpe by Marcus Kelly. Direct free kick taken by Blaine Hudson.

21:20

Danny Mills sends in a cross, Kevin Roberts makes a clearance.

19:28

Effort from long distance by James Gray goes wide right of the target.

19:17

Centre by Danny Mills, blocked by James Jennings.

17:39

The official flags James Jennings offside. Indirect free kick taken by David Bridges.

16:28

The ball is swung over by James Gray, Kevin Roberts makes a clearance.

15:39

The ball is delivered by Max York, clearance made by Blaine Hudson.

15:24

Marcus Kelly takes a shot. Tom Shaw gets a block in.

14:51

James Gray delivers the ball, Blaine Hudson manages to make a clearance.

13:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Pugh by David Bridges. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jonathon Thorpe from left channel, clearance made by Charlie Wyke.

12:23

James Jennings takes a shot. Save by Kelvin Jack.

11:18

Ben Joyce produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

9:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy Pugh - Cambridge 1 - 0 Kettering A goal is scored by Andy Pugh from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cambridge Utd 1-0 Kettering.

9:00

Ben Ford concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathon Thorpe. Free kick crossed left-footed by James Jennings from right channel, Ben Ford makes a clearance.

8:25

Andy Pugh takes a shot. Save by Kelvin Jack.

7:37

Unfair challenge on Rory McAuley by Ben Joyce results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Naisbitt.

6:33

The ball is delivered by Blaine Hudson.

5:43

Ben Joyce crosses the ball, clearance by Rory McAuley.

3:22

The ball is swung over by Jonathon Thorpe.

0:43

Unfair challenge on Patrick Noubissie by Luke Berry results in a free kick. Kelvin Jack restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The match begins.

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