The second half started badly with Will Haining having to be replaced by Trotman as early as the 48th. minute and the patched up defence started to struggle. Gregan had to take contol and his allies were basically three young kids whom he had only just met. Kettering deservedly pulled back a goal after some shoddy marking but soon after Paul Warne was rewarded for his hard work with a goal after a stumble from Musselwhite allowed him to knock the ball over the line. The Latics looked to have the game all over when a good header from Trotman put them 1-3 ahead but the defence went absent soon after and allowed the Poppies a gift of a goal to give the home side a lifeline.
More pushing and prodding by the home side resulted in another equaliser just six minutes from time after poor defending had allowed a looping header to beat Les Pogliacomi. With the game heading for a replay Chris Hall (pictured) who had been on as subsitute for Chris Porter won the game in the last minute as he was left unmarked to finish off a delightfully floated Warne cross at the back post. It was game, set and match by that stage. The travelling army of Latics fans breathed a sigh of relief and left Kettering wondering what might have been. Roll on a good draw in the second round.