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Aylesbury United
Kempston Rovers
Full time
A Collard (36'), L Heneghan (89')
Sat 3 Feb 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - East Attendance 116

Collard steals the show against his former side

Alex Collard put in a battling man of the match display, including scoring the winning goal, against his former side to quiet the dissenting voices among the home crowd.

Kempston Rovers came away from this fixture with three vital points and a clean sheet as the home manager Ben Williams admitted after the game that the Walnut Boys back four and keeper were “the best organised unit” that he had come across this season, which included one of his former players in Alex Collard.

Rovers could’ve taken the lead as early as thirty nine seconds, as from the kick off, the ball was played forward and worked out wide. Luke Heneghan cross into the box, where the ball was nodded back toward goal by Robbie Goodman. Jamaine Ivy then laid the ball back to Seb Simpson who just couldn’t keep his shot down. Jake Newman then had a shot hit the side netting, still within the first ninety seconds. The home side took until the quarter hour to register a meaningful attack, Hirst beat the offside trap to cross for Seaton, who saw his shot blocked by Alex Collard. Collard, returning to face his former side for the first time since joining Rovers in December, had to tolerate taunts and cat-calls from his former fans with every touch of the ball. In the twentieth minute, Ieuan Riley was shown a yellow card for a lunging challenge. With less than ten minutes to go of the half, Rovers made the breakthrough. A Luke Heneghan corner was met by Robbie Goodman. The header was blocked on the line and in the ensuing melee, Alex Collard struck goalwards. Young Aylesbury debutant keeper Sampat did his best to deflect the shot wide, but it trickled agonisingly inside the post. It was Collard’s first goal for Rovers in his seventh appearance, silencing the dissenting home fans. Collard proved a hero at the other end of the pitch before the break, recovering well to tackle Hirst when the forward was bearing down on goal. In first half stoppage time, Riley received a last warning from the referee after a perceived high foot on Hogg in the middle of the park. The Ducks midfielder went down clutching his face, but received treatment to the shoulder. Rovers led one nil at the break.

At the start of the second half, Rovers withdrew Riley to replace him with Nathan Tshikuna. The young attacker nearly made an instant impact, with a long range shot on goal in the fifty fifth minute, Sampat dealt with it well in the Ducks goal. On the hour mark, Jake Newman found himself free wide on the left, his pull back cross found Seb Simpson in the D on the edge of the box, the Kempston captain checked back on to his left foot and curled the ball toward goal. With the keeper rooted to the spot, the ball came back off the post. With fifteen minutes left on the clock, there was a worrying moment for Kempston as keeper Carl Knox came out to meet a deep cross, bravely blocking the attack but taking the full force of a boot to the chest. Thankfully, he was able to see out the game, moments later producing a crucial save from Ducks’ sub Berry to keep Rovers in front. Jake Newman would’ve hoped for better with a late chance, blazing over when he had done the hard part and wiggled himself through on goal. In the eighty ninth minute, Rovers sealed the points. A poor throw out from Sampat was seized upon by Luke Heneghan. The creative midfielder drove with the ball toward the edge of the box before unleashing a daisy cutter in to the near bottom corner of the net. As Rovers celebrated, home fans made for the exits, making sure that the home bench knew exactly what they thought of their new goalkeeper. In stoppage time, Rovers had the chance to add gloss to the scoreline, as Newman was threaded through by Heneghan. The forward did everything right as he rounded the keeper, but he paid the price for wanting to check back and finish with his left foot, allowing a defender to get back and clear off the line. Man of the match Collard finished the game with a bloody nose after a clash of heads in stoppage time before right at the death, Alex Stoyles threw his body on the line to manfully block an Aylesbury shot and help preserve the clean sheet.

Aylesbury United vs Kempston Rovers
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With the other results of the day, Rovers stay in eleventh place despite the win. Next up is Monday night’s trip to Hitchin for the League Cup Quarter Final, kick off is at 7:45. Full preview of the tie is already on our website.

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Key moments

Goal Alex Collard scores for Kempston Rovers
Goal Luke Heneghan scores for Kempston Rovers

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Aylesbury United vs Kempston Rovers
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90:00 +8:00 Player of the Match
Alex Collard is awarded player of the match for Kempston Rovers
90:00 +8:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Carl Knox keeps a clean sheet for Kempston Rovers
89:00 Goal 0 - 2
Luke Heneghan scores for Kempston Rovers
88:00 Sub On
Gavin Hinds-Cadette is substituted on for Aylesbury United
88:00 Sub Off
Jeanmal Prosper is substituted off for Aylesbury United
79:00 Yellow Card
Jake Bewley is yellow carded for Aylesbury United
75:00 Sub Off
Hateley Mercer is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
75:00 Sub On
Kyal McNulty is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
70:00 Yellow Card
Alex Stoyles is yellow carded for Kempston Rovers
64:00 Sub On
Josh Crawley is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
64:00 Sub Off
Sam Johnson is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
52:00 Sub On
Aaron Berry is substituted on for Aylesbury United
52:00 Sub Off
Aaron Couch is substituted off for Aylesbury United
48:00 Yellow Card
Ben Seaton is yellow carded for Aylesbury United
45:00 Sub Off
Ieuan Riley is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
45:00 Sub On
Nathan Tshikuna is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
End of period 1
36:00 Goal 0 - 1
Alex Collard scores for Kempston Rovers
20:00 Yellow Card
Ieuan Riley is yellow carded for Kempston Rovers
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Aylesbury United
  • Kempston Rovers
  • 0
  • Ieuan Riley Yellow Card 20:00'
  • Alex Collard Goal 36:00'
  • Ieuan Riley Sub Off 45:00'
  • Nathan Tshikuna Sub On 45:00'
  • Ben Seaton Yellow Card 48:00'
  • Aaron Couch Sub Off 52:00'
  • Aaron Berry Sub On 52:00'
  • Sam Johnson Sub Off 64:00'
  • Josh Crawley Sub On 64:00'
  • Alex Stoyles Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Hateley Mercer Sub Off 75:00'
  • Kyal McNulty Sub On 75:00'
  • Jake Bewley Yellow Card 79:00'
  • Jeanmal Prosper Sub Off 88:00'
  • Gavin Hinds-Cadette Sub On 88:00'
  • Luke Heneghan Goal 89:00'

Team selection

Kempston Rovers
Aylesbury United
  • 1. Mo Sampat
  • 2. Jeanmal Prosper
  • 3. Jake Bewley
  • 4. Jack Wood
  • 5. Callum Mapley
  • 6. Ollie Hogg
  • 7. Harry Jones
  • 8. Greg Williams
  • 9. Horatio Hirst
  • 10. Ben Seaton
  • 11. Aaron Couch
  • 12. Gavin Hinds-Cadette
  • 14. Ollie Stanbridge
  • 15. Aaron Berry

League round up

Other East results

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


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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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