City and Kettering eked out a goalless draw in this FA Cup first round tie at Rockingham Road, meaning a replay is needed to see who will face Bristol City away in Round Two. The Poppies, currently propping up the Conference, battled hard and nearly took the lead after six minutes, Lee Hudson put in a cross that deflected kindly to Phil Brown, he struck a shot just wide of the post. Hudson fired a shot over from around 25 yards out before a Carl Adams free kick was hacked away. Finally City responded and Clint Marcelle had a near post shot blocked before David Brown had a low drive superbly saved by Ian Bowling, the ball rebounded back to Brown but he blasted wide.
Hudson fired wide with the break approaching after Musslewhite’s headed clearance dropped at his feet around 30 yards out. City were stronger after the interval and David Brightwell’s close range header from a Philpott free kick forced a good save from Bowling. On the hour mark Gary Brabin hammered a shot against the post after another Philpott free kick which popped loose in the box. Later David Brown rifled a shot through a congested penalty area which struck Bowling’s legs and bounced away to safety. Neither side had the cutting edge necessary and will have to do it all again on Tuesday 28th at Boothferry Park, the winners will meet Bristol City in the next round. The Robins beat Chesterfield 1-0 away to set up a second round tie at Ashton Gate to be played December 9th.