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L Heneghan (70', 71')
Full time
J Bell (28')
Sat 10 Feb 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - East Attendance 67

Heneghan is the comeback king

A quickfire double from Luke Heneghan saw Kempston Rovers come from behind to win against Marlow

Kempston Rovers arrived at this fixture on the back of one defeat in four league games, looking to do the double over Marlow this season. The midweek defeat at Hitchin Town saw Rovers exit the League Cup at the quarter final stage, leaving Rovers with a clear run at the end of the season with one eye on the play off positions.

The game took a while to get going on a very heavy surface, Jamaine Ivy had the first half chance of the game with a flying header wide from a deep cross by Hateley Mercer on the quarter hour. On twenty minutes, Josh Crawley laid the ball off on the edge of the box for Jake Newman to hit first time, beating the keeper but not the far post. The ball came back off the upright and was cleared to safety. The visitors took the lead with their first attack of the game just before the half hour. English surged into the box from the right wing, cutting inside before releasing a shot that was too hot for Carl Knox to handle. The keeper’s parry bounced off the feet of Bell, who probably didn’t know too much about opening the scoring from seven yards. English saw a shot over the bar after a well worked throw in shortly afterwards. Seven minutes before the break, Marlow were looking to the referee as Bell went to ground in the area after bursting through. The official was unmoved and play continued. As the clock ticked into first half stoppage time, Ben Shepherd played through Crawley who shot low across the goal only to see the ball cleared from the goal line. In first half stoppage time Rovers should’ve levelled the score as a corner was headed down to Robbie Goodman, whose snap shot was blocked at point blank range by Grant in the Marlow goal, although Grant may not have known too much about it. Despite the late pressure in the half from Rovers, Marlow held the lead at the break.

The second half took a similar time to the first to get going, and much as the first half it was Rovers that looked to ignite the game first. Luke Heneghan played the ball into the box, where Jake Newman had perfectly beaten the offside trap, but couldn’t make enough contact on the ball to trouble Grant. Josh Crawley couldn’t quite get his foot to a Heneghan cross on sixty seven minutes. The game was to turn in the seventieth minute. A Rovers free kick was nodded down by Robbie Goodman to Josh Crawley, who flicked the ball toward Luke Heneghan. The midfielder directed the ball goalward and saw it bobble in after the keeper couldn’t get down to it quickly enough. Less that sixty seconds later, Crawley was free on the left hand side coming in to the box. Heneghan was free in the middle, screaming for the ball. He was duly found and tapped in from a handful of yards. Marlow rushed to the linesman, claiming offside, but the officials were unmoved and the goal stood. Marlow hit the post with fifteen minutes to go, a flick on a cross from the left hand side hit the far post before Hateley Mercer manfully blocked the follow up. As the game wore on, Marlow keeper Grant was booked for foul and abusive language to the referee and his assistant, before he completely air kicked a back pass from his full back – fortunately for him, the ball rolled wide of the goal. Jake Newman had a late header over the bar to seal the win, before in stoppage time Marlow sub Holder-Spooner was given a last warning for aggressive behaviour toward Robbie Goodman. Rovers held on to pick up back to back league wins.

Kempston Rovers vs Marlow
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In the bar afterwards, players and fans said their goodbyes to crowd favourite Samuel Johnson as the winger leaves to play for Lower Hutt City in New Zealand. His last act as a Rovers player was to name Hateley Mercer man of the match.

Next weekend, Rovers travel to Ashford Town (Middlesex). The next game at Hillgrounds will be against high-flying Beaconsfield Town on the 24th February at 3pm, where entry to the game is ‘pay what you want’.

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Key moments

Goal Junaid Bell scores for Marlow
Goal Luke Heneghan scores for Kempston Rovers
Goal Luke Heneghan scores for Kempston Rovers

Videos and photos

Kempston Rovers vs Marlow
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90:00 +3:00 Player of the Match
Hateley Mercer is awarded player of the match for Kempston Rovers
86:00 Yellow Card
Ben Shepherd is yellow carded for Kempston Rovers
85:00 Yellow Card
Calum Gallimore is yellow carded for Marlow
82:00 Sub On
Kelvin Bossman is substituted on for Marlow
82:00 Sub Off
Kameron English is substituted off for Marlow
80:00 Yellow Card
Simon Grant is yellow carded for Marlow
73:00 Sub On
Nathan Tshikuna is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
73:00 Sub Off
Josh Crawley is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
71:00 Assist
Josh Crawley makes an assist for Kempston Rovers
71:00 Goal 2 - 1
Luke Heneghan scores for Kempston Rovers
70:00 Assist
Josh Crawley makes an assist for Kempston Rovers
70:00 Goal 1 - 1
Luke Heneghan scores for Kempston Rovers
69:00 Sub Off
Jamaine Ivy is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
69:00 Sub On
Ash Fuller is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
62:00 Sub On
Kyal McNulty is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
62:00 Sub Off
Alex Collard is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
End of period 1
41:00 Sub On
Jordace Holder-Spooner is substituted on for Marlow
41:00 Sub Off
Curtis Chapple is substituted off for Marlow
30:00 Yellow Card
Hateley Mercer is yellow carded for Kempston Rovers
28:00 Goal 0 - 1
Junaid Bell scores for Marlow
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Kempston Rovers
  • Marlow
  • 0
  • Junaid Bell Goal 28:00'
  • Hateley Mercer Yellow Card 30:00'
  • Curtis Chapple Sub Off 41:00'
  • Jordace Holder-Spooner Sub On 41:00'
  • Alex Collard Sub Off 62:00'
  • Kyal McNulty Sub On 62:00'
  • Jamaine Ivy Sub Off 69:00'
  • Ash Fuller Sub On 69:00'
  • Josh Crawley Assist 70:00'
  • Luke Heneghan Goal 70:00'
  • Josh Crawley Assist 71:00'
  • Luke Heneghan Goal 71:00'
  • Josh Crawley Sub Off 73:00'
  • Nathan Tshikuna Sub On 73:00'
  • Simon Grant Yellow Card 80:00'
  • Kameron English Sub Off 82:00'
  • Kelvin Bossman Sub On 82:00'
  • Calum Gallimore Yellow Card 85:00'
  • Ben Shepherd Yellow Card 86:00'

Team selection

Kempston Rovers
  • 1. Simon Grant
  • 2. Calum Gallimore
  • 3. Leslie Sackey
  • 4. Jack Kerrigan
  • 5. Alex Salmon
  • 6. Chris Ovenden
  • 7. Allen Bossman
  • 8. Junaid Bell
  • 9. Kameron English
  • 10. Lee Barney
  • 11. Curtis Chapple
  • 12. Fabian Etienne
  • 14. Charlie Barton
  • 15. Jordace Holder-Spooner
  • 16. Kelvin Bossman
  • 17. Phil Brown

League round up

Other East results

Arlesey Town
AFC Rushden & Diamonds
Ashford Town (Middx)
Barton Rovers
Beaconsfield Town
Chalfont St Peter
Aylesbury United
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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