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Kempston Rovers
J Ivy (38'), L Heneghan (44'), J Crawley (58')
Full time
J Briggs (9')
Sat 23 Dec 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - East Attendance 72

Rovers take three points for a Merry Christmas

Kempston rallied from a goal down to win with style against Moneyfields

Josh Crawley and Luke Heneghan scored wonder goals in this tough encounter to seal a sensational turnaround victory for the Walnut Boys against combative opponents in the last game before Christmas, and indeed last home game of the year.

For those that don’t remember or weren’t there, Moneyfields were our hosts on the opening day of the season. Rovers were extremely unfortunate not to come away with a point, despite playing much of the game with only nine men as they fell victim to Moneyfields’ tactics.

The referee was in action as early as the sixth minute when he had to sort out some afters following an innoculous challenge. Jordan Lee was shown a yellow card for Rovers for his part in the transgretions and there was a yellow card shown for the visitors but it was unclear who to. The visitors were the better in the opening ten minutes, despite arriving at the ground late, and were in front on the nine minute mark. Rovers switched off for a throw in which allowed Joe Briggs in to score the opening goal. Rovers dug in and responded to the physical tactics that the visitors were emplying and matched them in the challenge. Nathan Tshikuna rode several challenges, interplaying with Crawley and Jamaine Ivy before his shot unfortunately hit the side netting. On the half hour, Jake Newman had a chance from the edge of the area, but the defender closing him down did enough to take all the sting out of the shot. Shortly afterward, Luke Heneghan put an excellent cross in to the area looking for Newman, who appeared to have been fouled as he burst in to the box. The forward couldn’t believe that none of the officials saw the foul. As Rovers pressed forward more, Crawley had a volley saved superbly by Mowthorpe in the away goal. In the thirty eighth minute, the pressure told. A ball into the box found its way to Jamaine Ivy, who found the half yard he needed to get a shot away. It trickled gleefully into the bottom corner for the equaliser. Jake Newman appeared to be book in the celebrations trying to retrieve the ball. As the half wore on, Tshikuna saw a cross headed off the line, before in stoppage time; a needlessly conceded free kick gave Luke Heneghan a chance on the edge of the area. The midfielder stepped up and curled the ball deliciously into the top corner leaving Mowthorpe no chance.

Kempston Rovers vs Moneyfields
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Rovers carried their momentum into the second period. Firm challenges from Kyal McNulty, Seb Simpson and McNulty again regained the ball for the hosts and allowed Crawley to cross in to the box, finding Tshikuna, who unluckily shot wide. This was a different Rovers from the one that played on Tuesday night, clearly. There was fire in their eyes. Just before the hour mark, Kempston made the game safe. A flick on from Newman saw Josh Crawley run clear on goal. The ball sat up perfectly for him to caress it up and over the advancing keeper from the edge of the box for a gloriously lobbed goal. Mistakes began to occur for the visitors as a panicked clearance hit against Heneghan had the keeper scrambling back to prevent a calamitous goal. On seventy minutes, Martin Conway came out to collect a hopeful long punt upfield. Having caught the ball, he was then needlessly kicked by Pennery, who could’ve received worse than the yellow card he got. Josh Crawley headed wide from a free kick late on. Brett Poate found his name in the referee’s notebook as well near the end for a reckless lunge. Sub Ben Shepherd also found his name in the book in stoppage time for a late tackle. Rovers were roared from the field at full time for their steely, determined performance. Rovers’ fans stayed long into the night, enjoying the Supporters Club Race Night along with the victory.
The result lifts Rovers back up to seventh place ahead of two tough looking games. Rushden & Diamonds is the destination on Boxing day, 3pm kick off. Before we kick off the new year with a visit from high-flying Cambridge City.

Rovers would like to thank fans for their support in 2017, have a very merry Christmas.

Man of the Match – Kyal McNulty – although every single player deserves credit for this performance and their commitment and desire to win today.

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

Kyal McNulty

Player of the Match

Kyal McNulty

Key moments

Goal Joseph Briggs scores for Moneyfields
Goal Jamaine Ivy scores for Kempston Rovers
Goal Luke Heneghan scores for Kempston Rovers
Goal Josh Crawley scores for Kempston Rovers

Videos and photos

Kempston Rovers vs Moneyfields
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90:00 +6:00 Player of the Match
Kyal McNulty is awarded player of the match for Kempston Rovers
89:00 Yellow Card
Ben Shepherd is yellow carded for Kempston Rovers
89:00 Sub Off
Substitution off for Moneyfields
89:00 Sub On
Curtis Da Costa is substituted on for Moneyfields
88:00 Sub Off
Josh Crawley is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
88:00 Sub On
Ieuan Riley is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
85:00 Sub Off
Luke Heneghan is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
85:00 Sub On
Ben Shepherd is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
80:00 Yellow Card
Brett Poate is yellow carded for Moneyfields
75:00 Sub On
Robbie Goodman is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
75:00 Sub Off
Jamaine Ivy is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
70:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Pennery is yellow carded for Moneyfields
66:00 Sub Off
Gary Austin is substituted off for Moneyfields
66:00 Sub On
Max Smith is substituted on for Moneyfields
58:00 Goal 3 - 1
Josh Crawley scores for Kempston Rovers
58:00 Assist
Jake Newman makes an assist for Kempston Rovers
End of period 1
44:00 Goal 2 - 1
Luke Heneghan scores for Kempston Rovers
38:00 Goal 1 - 1
Jamaine Ivy scores for Kempston Rovers
38:00 Assist
Nathan Tshikuna makes an assist for Kempston Rovers
38:00 Yellow Card
Jake Newman is yellow carded for Kempston Rovers
9:00 Goal 0 - 1
Joseph Briggs scores for Moneyfields
6:00 Yellow Card
Jordan Lee is yellow carded for Kempston Rovers
6:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Moneyfields
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Kempston Rovers
  • Moneyfields
  • 0
  • Jordan Lee Yellow Card 6:00'
  • Yellow Card 6:00'
  • Joseph Briggs Goal 9:00'
  • Jamaine Ivy Goal 38:00'
  • Jake Newman Yellow Card 38:00'
  • Nathan Tshikuna Assist 38:00'
  • Luke Heneghan Goal 44:00'
  • Josh Crawley Goal 58:00'
  • Jake Newman Assist 58:00'
  • Gary Austin Sub Off 66:00'
  • Max Smith Sub On 66:00'
  • Ryan Pennery Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Jamaine Ivy Sub Off 75:00'
  • Robbie Goodman Sub On 75:00'
  • Brett Poate Yellow Card 80:00'
  • Luke Heneghan Sub Off 85:00'
  • Ben Shepherd Sub On 85:00'
  • Josh Crawley Sub Off 88:00'
  • Ieuan Riley Sub On 88:00'
  • Ben Shepherd Yellow Card 89:00'
  • Sub Off 89:00'
  • Curtis Da Costa Sub On 89:00'

Team selection

  • 1. Steven Mowthorpe
  • 2. Tyler Giddings
  • 3. Conor Bailey
  • 4. Jake Raine
  • 5. Brett Poate
  • 6. Sam Pearce
  • 7. Gary Austin
  • 8. Joseph Briggs
  • 9. Ryan Pennery
  • 10. Steve Hutchings
  • 11. Daniel Wooden
  • 12. Curtis Da Costa
  • 14. Max Smith
  • 15. Gavin Spurway
  • 16. Nathan Paxton
  • 17. Jamie Ford

League round up

Other East results

Ashford Town (Middx)
Hayes & Yeading United
Barton Rovers
Beaconsfield Town
Aylesbury United
AFC Dunstable
AFC Rushden & Diamonds
Arlesey Town
Hartley Wintney
Chalfont St Peter


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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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