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Beaconsfield Town
Kempston Rovers
A Minhas (12', 20')
Full time
N Tshikuna (2', 62'), J Newman (68'), L Heneghan (84')
Sat 14 Oct 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - East Attendance 63

Tshikuna-matata! Nathan is Rovers' Lion King at the Rams

Nathan Tshikuna inspired Rovers to victory away at high flying Beaconsfield with two goals and an assist in a superb second half turnaround.

Kempston started the brighter and right from the off pressed forward. The early pressure led to home keeper Jamie Norris to slice a back pass out for a corner. Luke Heneghan went across to take the corner from the left hand side, whipping the ball across the six yard box to find Nathan Tshikuna unmarked at the far post to nod Rovers into an early lead. The goal was almost a carbon copy of the winning goal from Tuesday night’s dramatic win. Beaconsfield, somewhat stunned by the early goal gathered themselves and drove forward. Heneghan earned himself an early caution for cynically ending a counter attack. On twelve minutes, the hosts deservedly levelled the game, as Morgan cross, Martin Conway in the Rovers goal got a palm to the ball and unfortunately the ball fell to forward Aaron Minhas, who half volleyed into the net from roughly ten yards. On twenty minutes, Beaconsfield found themselves in front, as Cousins long ball found Minhas who took on and beat Robbie Goodman at the by line before making an angle to shoot past Conway and into the roof of the net. A truly special goal. Jake Newman was largely feeding on scraps in front of goal, but did force a save from the keeper on the half hour. Shortly afterwards, Beaconsfield could’ve been three one up as Jones whipped in a right wing cross to tall forward Lewis Putman, who saw his flick header go agonisingly wide of the opposite top corner. Michael Lyon and Heneghan had half chances toward the end of the half, but not enough to really test the home keeper.

Early in the second half, the hosts’ captain Wes Daly took a midfield freekick quickly, spotting Conway off his line, but the ball landed on the roof of the net. Ten minutes into the second half, Jake Newman thought his chance had come as he controlled a Kyal McNulty long ball, with the home keeper attempting a move more fitting for the NFL than the Southern League to attempt to intercept, Newman turned and fired goalward, only to see the effort blocked on the line by Gutteridge. Just after the hour mark, Kempston did manage to get level. Nathan Tshikuna got the ball wide on the left hand side, he cut infield taking his marker with him. He made the angle for the shot and curled an effort toward the top corner – the shot taking a wicked deflection on route to wrong foot the keeper. Conway was called into action to turn away a long range Putman free kick. On seventy minutes, Rovers made the decisive move to turn the game. Very neat interplay on the edge of the area, saw Newman play a one two with Tshikuna, leaving the former with a shooting opportunity just inside the box. He drilled the ball low under the keeper to hand Kempston the lead. Beaconsfield attempted to raise the pressure in an effort to grab a point. Minhas seeing a shot saved from long range, before he found himself free in the box to shoot on goal – only to see his effort blocked by sub Grant Fryer. With ten minutes to play, Ben Shepherd picked up his fifth yellow card of the season, earning himself a one match ban, for kicking the ball away at the award of a free kick. Seven minutes from the end of the match, Rovers made the points safe; a cross into the area was only half cleared, falling to Luke Heneghan on the angle, who volleyed back low and across goal, through a forest of legs and into the far bottom corner. Wes Daly had a late free kick for Beaconsfield but it troubled neither the scoresheet or the result.

Rovers move up one place to fifth in the play offs, with games in hand on most sides around them. On Tuesday, Kempston play host to Southern Premier side Biggleswade Town in the first round of the Bedfordshire Senior Cup. The fixture has reduced admission prices at the turnstiles.

Nathan Tshikuna

Player of the Match

Nathan Tshikuna

Key moments

2:00
Goal Nathan Tshikuna scores for Kempston Rovers
12:00
Goal Aaron Minhas scores for Beaconsfield Town
20:00
Goal Aaron Minhas scores for Beaconsfield Town
62:00
Goal Nathan Tshikuna scores for Kempston Rovers
68:00
Goal Jake Newman scores for Kempston Rovers
84:00
Goal Luke Heneghan scores for Kempston Rovers

Highlights

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90:00 +3:00 Player of the Match
Nathan Tshikuna is awarded player of the match for Kempston Rovers
84:00 Goal 2 - 4
Luke Heneghan scores for Kempston Rovers
83:00 Sub On
Charlie Kuehn is substituted on for Beaconsfield Town
83:00 Sub Off
Scott Cousins is substituted off for Beaconsfield Town
80:00 Yellow Card
Ben Shepherd is yellow carded for Kempston Rovers
69:00 Sub On
Daniel Brown is substituted on for Beaconsfield Town
69:00 Sub Off
Aaron Morgan is substituted off for Beaconsfield Town
68:00 Goal 2 - 3
Jake Newman scores for Kempston Rovers
68:00 Assist
Nathan Tshikuna makes an assist for Kempston Rovers
67:00 Sub On
Callum Lewis is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
67:00 Sub Off
Robbie Goodman is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
65:00 Sub Off
Ollie Jones is substituted off for Beaconsfield Town
65:00 Sub On
Spencer Bellotti is substituted on for Beaconsfield Town
62:00 Goal 2 - 2
Nathan Tshikuna scores for Kempston Rovers
61:00 Sub On
Sam Johnson is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
61:00 Sub Off
Michael Lyon is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
56:00 Sub On
Grant Fryer is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
56:00 Sub Off
George Boland is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
End of period 1
20:00 Goal 2 - 1
Aaron Minhas scores for Beaconsfield Town
12:00 Goal 1 - 1
Aaron Minhas scores for Beaconsfield Town
5:00 Yellow Card
Luke Heneghan is yellow carded for Kempston Rovers
2:00 Goal 0 - 1
Nathan Tshikuna scores for Kempston Rovers
2:00 Assist
Luke Heneghan makes an assist for Kempston Rovers
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Beaconsfield Town
  • Kempston Rovers
  • 0
  • Nathan Tshikuna Goal 2:00'
  • Luke Heneghan Assist 2:00'
  • Luke Heneghan Yellow Card 5:00'
  • Aaron Minhas Goal 12:00'
  • Aaron Minhas Goal 20:00'
  • Grant Fryer Sub On 56:00'
  • George Boland Sub Off 56:00'
  • Michael Lyon Sub Off 61:00'
  • Sam Johnson Sub On 61:00'
  • Nathan Tshikuna Goal 62:00'
  • Ollie Jones Sub Off 65:00'
  • Spencer Bellotti Sub On 65:00'
  • Robbie Goodman Sub Off 67:00'
  • Callum Lewis Sub On 67:00'
  • Nathan Tshikuna Assist 68:00'
  • Jake Newman Goal 68:00'
  • Aaron Morgan Sub Off 69:00'
  • Daniel Brown Sub On 69:00'
  • Ben Shepherd Yellow Card 80:00'
  • Scott Cousins Sub Off 83:00'
  • Charlie Kuehn Sub On 83:00'
  • Luke Heneghan Goal 84:00'

Team selection

Conway, Martin Conway, Martin
McNulty, Kyal McNulty, Kyal
Goodman, Robbie Goodman, Robbie
Heneghan, Luke Heneghan, Luke
Simpson, Seb Simpson, Seb
Mercer, Hateley Mercer, Hateley
Tshikuna, Nathan Tshikuna, Nathan
Shepherd, Ben Shepherd, Ben
Lyon, Michael Lyon, Michael
Newman, Jake Newman, Jake
Boland, George Boland, George
Beaconsfield Town
  • 1. Jamie Norris
  • 2. Omar Vassell
  • 3. Scott Cousins
  • 4. Mitchell Gutteridge
  • 5. Luke Neville
  • 6. Wes Daly
  • 7. Aaron Morgan
  • 8. Stefan Powell
  • 9. Lewis Putman
  • 10. Aaron Minhas
  • 11. Ollie Jones
  • 12. Michael Peacock
  • 14. Charlie Kuehn
  • 15. Andre Costa
  • 16. Daniel Brown
  • 17. Spencer Bellotti

League round up

Other East results

AFC Rushden & Diamonds
0
0
Ashford Town (Middx)
4
0
Hayes & Yeading United
Aylesbury United
1
0
Arlesey Town
0
0
Northwood
Hartley Wintney
1
1
Chalfont St Peter
2
2
Barton Rovers
0
1
AFC Dunstable

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Hayes & Yeading United 20 33
7. Hartley Wintney 17 32
8. Kempston Rovers 20 32
9. Chalfont St Peter 19 32
10. Ashford Town (Middx) 18 30
11. Egham Town 20 29
12. Bedford Town 19 28

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