Crowd trouble disrupts Trophy

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Crowd trouble caused a 19-minute hold-up in the FA Umbro Trophy match between GM Vauxhall Conference sides Stevenage Borough and Kettering at Stevenage on Saturday.

The third-round match was suspended after 33 minutes when fighting broke out among rival fans. The trouble flared shortly after the Kettering midfield player, Rob Haworth was sent off for tripping the Stevenage full-back Rob Mitchell. He had been booked just two minutes earlier for kicking the ball away.

Within moments, fighting broke out between rival fans and the referee, Phillip Joslin, immediately took both teams from the field and into the sanctuary of the dressing-rooms.

Stevenage were leading 1-0 when play was held up, and went on to record a 3-0 win once the police had been able to restore order.

Stevenage are leading the Conference at the moment, but would be unable to take their place in the Endsleigh League should they win the title, because their Broadhall Way ground does not yet meet the League's criteria.