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Kempston Rovers
Thame United
Full time
D West (3'), E Hercules (52'), H Mepham (60'), J Essex (77')
Tue 19 Dec 19:45 - The Evo-Stik South - East Attendance 73

United Thame the Walnut Boys

Kempston Rovers crashed to their heaviest home league defeat since March 2014 at the hands of Thame United.

A furious Jimmy Stoyles refused to name a man of the match at the end of game as Rovers were roundly beaten on a cold winter’s night at Hillgrounds.

The Oxfordshire side were worthy winners and wasted no time at all in getting themselves in front. An unfortunate ricochet on a clearance by Jordan Lee cannoned off Alex Stoyles and straight into the path of a Thame attacker, who played in Dan West to gently lift the ball over the advancing Martin Conway in the home goal after only two minutes play. A matter of moments later, Rovers should’ve been level, Hill in the Thame goal failed to claim a free kick and when the ball fell kindly for Nathan Tshikuna, the winger somehow contrived to hit the bar from inside the six yard box. Sam Johnson had to be withdrawn on the half hour for the hosts as he couldn’t shake off the after effects of an earlier robust challenge. Tshikuna had a couple of long range efforts and Kyal McNulty had a shot wide as the half wore on. West went into the book for the visitors after a questionable lunge on Ben Shepherd. Michael Lyon also got a card from the referee for a late challenge on West.

Just as quickly as they scored in the first half, Thame doubled their lead in the second. A free kick was played into the box and a strong header from Hercules found the corner of the net. Before the hour mark, Kempston were three down as a cross was played into the box from the right hand side and not cleared properly. Harry Mepham capitalised and slammed home from close range. Five minutes later, a curious passage of play ended with Jordan Lee in the referee’s note book, the full back was clearly barged to the floor when going for the ball by Goss, he recovered his feet and mistimed a challenge on the Thame man. Ben Shepherd hit a free kick just wide for Rovers on seventy minutes before he was subbed off. With fifteen minutes to go, Seb Simpson had a header from a corner cleared off the line. Two minutes later, Thame wrapped the game up with a left wing cross landing perfectly on the unmarked head of sub Jamie Essex. As the clock wound down, sub Josh Crawley brilliantly turned his man, flicking it above his head on the turn before shooting wide.

Kempston Rovers vs Thame United
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Defeat sees Rovers in ninth place in the table ahead of this Saturday’s final game before Christmas at home to Moneyfields. This game is followed by the Supporters Club race night in the bar, all are welcome for the seven o’clock start.

5 sports clubs amongst winners in the Jewson Building Better Communities competition.

Key moments

3:00
Goal Dan West scores for Thame United
52:00
Goal Ellis Hercules scores for Thame United
60:00
Goal Harry Mepham scores for Thame United
77:00
Goal Jamie Essex scores for Thame United

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Kempston Rovers vs Thame United
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Highlights

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90:00 +1:00 Player of the Match
A player is awarded player of the match for Kempston Rovers
84:00 Sub Off
Lynton Goss is substituted off for Thame United
84:00 Sub On
Nick Harrison is substituted on for Thame United
77:00 Goal 0 - 4
Jamie Essex scores for Thame United
73:00 Sub On
Jordan Davis is substituted on for Thame United
73:00 Sub Off
Ellis Hercules is substituted off for Thame United
70:00 Sub On
Josh Crawley is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
70:00 Sub Off
Ben Shepherd is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
70:00 Sub Off
Dan West is substituted off for Thame United
70:00 Sub On
Jamie Essex is substituted on for Thame United
65:00 Yellow Card
Jordan Lee is yellow carded for Kempston Rovers
60:00 Goal 0 - 3
Harry Mepham scores for Thame United
56:00 Sub On
Jamaine Ivy is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
56:00 Sub Off
Michael Lyon is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
52:00 Goal 0 - 2
Ellis Hercules scores for Thame United
End of period 1
44:00 Yellow Card
Jordan Lee is yellow carded for Kempston Rovers
40:00 Yellow Card
Dan West is yellow carded for Thame United
29:00 Sub On
Luke Heneghan is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
29:00 Sub Off
Sam Johnson is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
3:00 Goal 0 - 1
Dan West scores for Thame United
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As it happened

  • Kempston Rovers
  • Thame United
  • 0
  • Dan West Goal 3:00'
  • Sam Johnson Sub Off 29:00'
  • Luke Heneghan Sub On 29:00'
  • Dan West Yellow Card 40:00'
  • Jordan Lee Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Ellis Hercules Goal 52:00'
  • Michael Lyon Sub Off 56:00'
  • Jamaine Ivy Sub On 56:00'
  • Harry Mepham Goal 60:00'
  • Jordan Lee Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Ben Shepherd Sub Off 70:00'
  • Josh Crawley Sub On 70:00'
  • Dan West Sub Off 70:00'
  • Jamie Essex Sub On 70:00'
  • Ellis Hercules Sub Off 73:00'
  • Jordan Davis Sub On 73:00'
  • Jamie Essex Goal 77:00'
  • Lynton Goss Sub Off 84:00'
  • Nick Harrison Sub On 84:00'

Team selection

Thame United
  • 1. Craig Hill
  • 2. Calvin Evans
  • 3. Harry Mepham
  • 4. Ellis Hercules
  • 5. James McGowan
  • 6. Adam Morris
  • 7. Ben Connelly
  • 8. Lynton Goss
  • 9. Ben Sturgess
  • 10. Dan West
  • 11. David Lynn
  • 12. Jordan Davis
  • 14. Nick Harrison
  • 15. Jamie Essex

League round up

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1
Ashford Town (Middx)
3
0
Aylesbury United
2
2
Hartley Wintney

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Beaconsfield Town 42 92
2. AFC Rushden & Diamonds 42 91
3. Hayes & Yeading United 42 83
4. Hartley Wintney 42 82
5. AFC Dunstable 42 79
6. Cambridge City 42 77
7. Kempston Rovers 42 73

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