With 249 away fans, there were a tad over 4000 at Field Mill. They witnessed a goal-less game but this was a very,very good Kettering team. Their back three of John Dempster, Ian Roper and Exodus Geohaghan were exceptional beating Perry and Duffy to the ball every time. Stags keeper Alan Marriott had to make one decent save in each half, but such was the defensive protection afforded by the Kettering back-line, their stopper, Lee Harper had a very quiet afternoon.
The Stags did have the ball in the Kettering net on 44, but Rob Duffy was adjudged to have used a hand, and was duly booked.
Both teams knew they had been in a game - both Dempster and Roper needed treatment for head wounds along with Stags' skipper Luke Jones. Another casualty for the Stags was veteran full back Craig Armstrong who appeared to pull a hamstring - he was replaced by Luke Graham.
Luke Jones - ouch!
The one decent chance that the home team created in the second half came in the 83rd minute. A quick free-kick released Briscoe down the left - he fired the ball across the goal to where Daryl Clare was waiting, but the striker could only side-foot wide of the post when he ought to have scored. F-T 0-0
A good point I suppose, but as the season progresses the Stags are going to have to learn how to break down this type of defence - because there are going to be more occasions when a plan B is needed, something sadly missing today. Still unbeaten at home though!!!