Football: Young charges ease pressure on Flynn

Kettering Town 0 Wrexham 2

BRIAN FLYNN can breathe a little easier this morning. Two of his youngest players, Stephen Roberts and Danny Williams, struck their first senior goals at Rockingham Road, simultaneously ending Wrexham's run of eight games without a win and Kettering's hopes of emulating their Conference neighbours, Rushden & Diamonds, by upsetting supposed superiors in the FA Cup.

Flynn, who took over as manager at the Racecourse Ground 10 years ago this month, came under fire from Wrexham's fans last weekend. Having needed a late penalty to earn last night's replay, he may have feared the worst against opponents unbeaten at home. Instead, ruthless finishing and agile goalkeeping from Kevin Dearden ensured a relatively smooth passage to a second-round home tie against Rochdale.

After five Second Division games in which their only goals had come from the spot, Wrexham wasted little time in rediscovering the knack of scoring from open play. In the 12th minute, Kettering's clearance of a Gareth Owen corner was met with a thunderous first-time volley by Stephen Roberts, although the scorer's brother, Neil, was blocking the keeper's view in an offside position.

Another opportunist goal, whipped in low past Adam Sollitt by Williams from just outside the area, gave Wrexham a two-goal cushion after 22 minutes. Kettering, however, created the more clear-cut chances, with Dearden and Brett McNamara often appearing to be engaged in a personal duel.

Dearden's best save, immediately after the opening goal, was a one-handed effort from McNamara. He again excelled in the seconds after Wrexham doubled their advantage, his outstretched left foot diverting Craig Adams' shot behind. From the corner, Craig Norman's header clipped the crossbar; a sign, perhaps, that Flynn's luck had changed at last.

Kettering sent on the much-travelled Carl Shutt as a third attacker. Yet fortune continued to favour Wrexham. Three minutes after the substitution, Lee Hudson's 20-yard drive shook the base of Dearden's right-hand upright and rebounded into play.

Darren Ferguson, the only member of the Manchester United manager's family competing in the competition this season, used his experience to try to take the feet out of the tie. Owen's volley from a Kevin Russell cross would have done the job, only for Sollitt to be perfectly positioned to prevent a third goal that would have reflected harshly on the part-timers.

Kettering Town (3-4-1-2): Sollitt; Cox, Vowden, Norman (Ridgway, 63); Diuk (Shutt, h-t), Fisher, Adams, Setchell; Brown; Hudson, McNamara. Substitutes not used: Hopkins, Banya, Wilson (gk).

Wrexham (4-4-2): Dearden; McGregor, S Roberts, Carey, Hardy; Russell, Williams, Ferguson, Owen; Connolly, N Roberts. Substitutes not used: Ridler, Gibson, Stevens, Faulconbridge, Walsh (gk).

Referee: A Wiley (Burntwood, Staffs).

Life and Style
health
Life and Style
Steve Shaw shows Kate how to get wet behind the ears and how to align her neck
healthSteven Shaw - the 'Buddha of Breaststroke' - applies Alexander Technique to the watery sport
Arts and Entertainment
The sight of a bucking bronco in the shape of a pink penis was too much for Hollywood actor and gay rights supporter Martin Sheen, prompting him to boycott a scene in the TV series Grace and Frankie
tv
Arts and Entertainment
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
TVSPOILER ALERT: It's all coming together as series returns to form
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Sport
footballShirt then goes on sale on Gumtree
Voices
Terry Sue-Patt as Benny in the BBC children’s soap ‘Grange Hill’
voicesGrace Dent on Grange Hill and Terry Sue-Patt
Arts and Entertainment
Performers drink tea at the Glastonbury festival in 2010
music
Arts and Entertainment
Twin Peaks stars Joan Chen, Michael Ontkean, Kyle Maclachlan and Piper Laurie
tvName confirmed for third series
Sport
Cameron Jerome
footballCanaries beat Boro to gain promotion to the Premier League
Arts and Entertainment
art
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Guru Careers: Software Developer / C# Developer

£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...

Guru Careers: Software Developer

£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant / Resourcer

£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...

Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AngularJS)

£25000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, JavaScript, HTML...

Day In a Page

Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine