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Kempston Rovers
Egham Town
B Shepherd (17'), R Goodman (35')
Full time
B Matthew (52', 76' Pen)
Sat 11 Nov 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - East Attendance 109

A game of two halves

Rovers denied a dramatic late win by the linesman’s flag as Egham fight back from two goals down in a cliched game of two halves

Following Rovers cold, wet Tuesday night, we had a story book game of two halves that was robbed of a fairy tale ending by a linesman who clearly left his cliche dictionary at home.

Following a run of three defeats, Rovers started much brighter than in recent games and were pressing and winning the ball back in the middle of the park as well as keeping possession and playing the ball around. The first quarter hour whizzed by without any clear cut goal mouth action, but in the sixteenth minute saw Rovers win a free kick on the edge of the box as Jamaine Ivy was brought down rather needlessly. Ben Shepherd line up the kick, just to the left of the middle about twenty five yards out. The midfielder stepped up and curled the ball beautifully into the top left corner of the net. The relief was palpable and with going in front, Rovers saw some of the confidence that had ebbed away in the last few games restored. On the twenty minute mark, there was a let off as Matt Woods turned in the Rovers area and decided to take a tumble, the visitors were adamant that it was a ‘cast iron’ penalty, however, the referee asked to speak with the Egham captain Wiseman when play went dead to advise him that his team mate was not endearing himself with theatrics. Kempston nearly helped Egham to an equaliser on the half hour, a free kick pumped into the box by Phillips was met by the head of Robbie Goodman, heading toward his own goal. Disaster was averted by the brilliant acrobatics of Martin Conway. Goodman got on the end of another free kick three minutes later, at the right end. Flicking on Ash Fuller’s deep dead ball and finding the bottom corner for two nil. Jake Newman had a close range shot saved and Fuller saw a stinging volley blocked before the half time whistle. Rovers went to the locker room two goals up and playing very well.

Seven minutes into the second half, Egham clawed themselves back into the game. A corner from the right was not properly cleared and another footballing cliche, the goal mouth scramble ensued. Brendan Matthew got the final touch over the line to cut the lead to a single goal. Two minutes later, Woods found himself in the referee’s notebook, earning a caution for a trip on Shepherd. A small scuffle followed the foul, but the official chose not to take any further action than one yellow card. Fifteen minutes from the end, Rovers tried to break out from defending a corner. Jamaine Ivy, attempting to get to the ball, was adjudged to have impeded the Egham man for a very soft penalty. Matthew put the penalty straight down the middle to level the scores. Conway was forced into action to keep the scores level, saving a vicious volley from Cole low to his left. Three minutes from the end, Grant Fryer met a deep free kick with a flying header, which was palmed away by Ohman in the Egham goal, who got up superbly to deny sub Sam Johnson on the follow up. The following corner was delayed for Fryer to receive treatment after he clashed heads with a defender going for the original ball. Fryer was stretchered from the field and was visibly unwell as he was applauded from the pitch. In the dressing room he was fliting in and out of consciousness. He left the ground in an ambulance. Rovers physio Colin Hodsden said the player was stable as he was taken by ambulance to hospital. Everyone at the club wishes him a speedy recovery. In the time added on for the lengthy stoppage, Rovers thought they had won it as Johnson crossed for Newman to head home, but the linesman deemed Rovers top scorer to be offside.

Kempston Rovers vs Egham Town
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The match may have ended as a draw, but Rovers will take many positives from a cliched game of two halves, they may have been sick as a parrot at not holding on to the lead, but will be over the moon at some of their first half play and if Ben Shepherd had tangled with visiting skipper Wiseman, there would surely have been a nativity-fuelled flurry of puns as well.

Rovers will play host to our good friends Chalfont St. Peter on Tuesday evening. The fixture later in the month at home to Thame United is to be re-scheduled as a result of their progress in the FA Trophy.

Key moments

17:00
Goal Ben Shepherd scores for Kempston Rovers
35:00
Goal Robbie Goodman scores for Kempston Rovers
52:00
Goal Brendan Matthew scores for Egham Town
76:00
Scored Penalty Brendan Matthew scores a penalty for Egham Town

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Kempston Rovers vs Egham Town
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Highlights

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90:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
Kyal McNulty is awarded player of the match for Kempston Rovers
87:00 Sub Off
Grant Fryer is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
87:00 Sub On
Alex Stoyles is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
82:00 Sub Off
Jamaine Ivy is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
82:00 Sub On
Sam Macrae is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
76:00 Scored Penalty 2 - 2
Brendan Matthew scores a penalty for Egham Town
73:00 Sub Off
Liam Tack is substituted off for Egham Town
73:00 Sub On
Jordan Berry is substituted on for Egham Town
68:00 Sub Off
Matt Stockill is substituted off for Egham Town
68:00 Sub On
Jordan Fredericks is substituted on for Egham Town
61:00 Sub Off
Nathan Tshikuna is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
61:00 Sub On
Sam Johnson is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
54:00 Yellow Card
Matt Woods is yellow carded for Egham Town
52:00 Goal 2 - 1
Brendan Matthew scores for Egham Town
End of period 1
35:00 Assist
Ash Fuller makes an assist for Kempston Rovers
35:00 Goal 2 - 0
Robbie Goodman scores for Kempston Rovers
17:00 Goal 1 - 0
Ben Shepherd scores for Kempston Rovers
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Kempston Rovers
  • Egham Town
  • 0
  • Ben Shepherd Goal 17:00'
  • Robbie Goodman Goal 35:00'
  • Ash Fuller Assist 35:00'
  • Brendan Matthew Goal 52:00'
  • Matt Woods Yellow Card 54:00'
  • Nathan Tshikuna Sub Off 61:00'
  • Sam Johnson Sub On 61:00'
  • Matt Stockill Sub Off 68:00'
  • Jordan Fredericks Sub On 68:00'
  • Liam Tack Sub Off 73:00'
  • Jordan Berry Sub On 73:00'
  • Brendan Matthew Scored Penalty 76:00'
  • Jamaine Ivy Sub Off 82:00'
  • Sam Macrae Sub On 82:00'
  • Grant Fryer Sub Off 87:00'
  • Alex Stoyles Sub On 87:00'
  • Kyal McNulty Player of the Match 90:00 +5:00'

Team selection

Egham Town
  • 1. Patrick Ohman
  • 2. Callum Webb
  • 3. Ryan Phillips
  • 4. Devante McKain
  • 5. Mitchell Wiseman
  • 6. Rhys Paul
  • 7. Lewis Cole
  • 8. Liam Tack
  • 9. Brendan Matthew
  • 10. Matt Woods
  • 11. Matt Stockill
  • 12. Wayne Carter
  • 14. Jordan Berry
  • 15. Jordan Fredericks
  • 16. Aarron Berry
  • 17. Ryan Debatista

League round up

Other East results

Barton Rovers
1
1
Northwood
Chalfont St Peter
1
0
AFC Dunstable
Hayes & Yeading United
2
1
Arlesey Town
1
4
AFC Rushden & Diamonds

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# Team Pl Pts
9. Ashford Town (Middx) 12 23
10. Bedford Town 15 22
11. Kempston Rovers 15 22
12. Egham Town 15 22
13. Northwood 16 21
14. Thame United 15 20
15. Marlow 15 19

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