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Kempston Rovers
Bedford Town
J Newman (42'), L Heneghan (92')
Full time
C Donnelly (29')
Sat 10 Mar 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - East Attendance 255

Derby Day Delight

Luke Heneghan’s stunning stoppage time goal gave Kempston Rovers victory in ‘el Kempstico’

Midfielder Luke Heneghan sent Hillgrounds into a state of delirium with a twenty five yard wonder goal two minutes into stoppage time at the end of the game to seal a comeback victory for the Walnut Boys in this pulsating and full-blooded local derby.

Nathan Tshikuna had the game’s first chance in the sixth minute, but the lively winger fired over from long range. Bedford’s first chance was also put over the bar, Grant after a knock down from a free kick. Kempston felt they should’ve had a penalty as captain Jamaine Ivy showed some deft touches to surge into the Bedford box, where he was bundled to the ground as defenders converged. Josh Crawley had a shot flash wide of the target for the hosts shortly afterward. Bedford may feel they should’ve taken the lead on the quarter hour as veteran forward Paul Benson saw his shot initially saved by Martin Conway, the follow up looked to be goal bound only for a last gasp intervention on the line from Robbie Goodman. Bedford Town did take the lead just before the half hour, Jimmy Hartley burst down the right hand side and pulled back a cross, Benson’s mis-kick fell perfectly for Callum Donnelly, who swept home for his first goal of the season for the Eagles. Moments later, Jake Newman raced onto a long ball and managed to beat the on-rushing Kyle Forster as he raced out of goal. Newman looked to get to the loose ball and slide into the empty net, but Rovers’ leading marksman was crowded out and the danger passed. As the half wore on, the challenges became more robust and the referee had to be stern and in control as Donnelly and Olukamni were involved in needless challenges for the visitors. Kempston drew level moments before half time, Josh Crawley nodding down to Newman. Newman showed a turn of pace to burst passed his man on the outside and power a finish beyond Forster at his near post. It is Jake’s twenty fifth goal of the season in all competitions, the highest return in a single season for any Rovers player since 2011. The two sides left the field at the break level.

The second half nearly began perfectly for the visitors, Olukamni drifted a cross to the back post that went only just wide. Tommy Hull had a header saved by Conway from a free kick, although the header was somewhat tame. Josh Crawley then saw a header flash just wide before Robbie Goodman powered a long range effort wide in a breathless opening five minutes to the second half. Ben Shepherd was booked for his reaction to a heavy challenge from Donnelly, who escaped caution for his part in the incident. The game then settled down as both sides looked to make the small adjustments to gain the upper hand. In the seventieth minute, a poor clearance from Forster left him way out of goal while the ball was at the feet of Crawley. The forward’s long range effort drifted wide of the target. With fifteen minutes to go, Rovers again thought they should’ve had a penalty. Jake Newman broke into the box, his first shot was saved as was the follow up the ball broke to sub Benjamin Acquaye who’s effort appeared to strike a hand as it was blocked. Bedford pressed forward in search of their own winner, but with five minutes left they were cut open on the counter attack. Nathan Tshikuna raced clear, but pulled his effort wide. Moments later, another counter attack saw Newman lay the ball back to Acquaye, who took aim from the edge of the area, his effort came agonisingly back off the foot of the post and went behind. Tshikuna went through again in the last minute, between him and Acquaye they had three bites at the cherry. One was cleared off the line and the other two blocked by desperate Eagles defenders. Tommy Hull for Bedford and Luke Heneghan for Rovers had efforts wide from long range either side of the ninety minute mark. Then, two minutes into stoppage time, Heneghan battled for possession in the left hand channel before weighing up the chance. The midfielder curled the ball perfectly into the only place the stranded Forster couldn’t reach in the goal from fully twenty five yards out to spark scenes of delirium on the terraces.

There was further joy for Kempston after the game as it was confirmed that last season’s player of the year Munashe ‘Manny’ Sundire had re-joined the club.

Victory for Kempston leap-frogs them over Bedford Town in the table as well as Moneyfields into eighth place, nine points off the play off places. Rovers are next in action on Tuesday night when they travel to Egham Town for the re-arranged league fixture before next weekend’s trip to Barton Rovers. Bedford Town must wait till next weekend to travel to Hanwell Town.

Man of the match, as chosen by match sponsors Phoenix Roadshow, Luke Heneghan

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Key moments

Goal Callum Donnelly scores for Bedford Town
Goal Jake Newman scores for Kempston Rovers
90:00 +2:00
Goal Luke Heneghan scores for Kempston Rovers


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90:00 +4:00 Player of the Match
Luke Heneghan is awarded player of the match for Kempston Rovers
90:00 +3:00 Yellow Card
Jake Newman is yellow carded for Kempston Rovers
90:00 +2:00 Goal 2 - 1
Luke Heneghan scores for Kempston Rovers
82:00 Sub On
Jamale McKenzie-Lowe is substituted on for Bedford Town
82:00 Sub Off
Lee Roache is substituted off for Bedford Town
81:00 Sub Off
Ben Shepherd is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
81:00 Sub On
Luke Heneghan is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
74:00 Sub Off
Jamaine Ivy is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
74:00 Sub On
Mason Spence is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
71:00 Sub Off
Josh Crawley is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
71:00 Sub On
Ben Acquaye is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
60:00 Sub On
David Manu is substituted on for Bedford Town
60:00 Sub Off
Andre Olukamni is substituted off for Bedford Town
58:00 Yellow Card
Devante Stanley is yellow carded for Bedford Town
56:00 Yellow Card
Ben Shepherd is yellow carded for Kempston Rovers
54:00 Sub On
Dean Dummett is substituted on for Bedford Town
54:00 Sub Off
Ashton Grant is substituted off for Bedford Town
48:00 Yellow Card
Alex Collard is yellow carded for Kempston Rovers
End of period 1
42:00 Assist
Josh Crawley makes an assist for Kempston Rovers
42:00 Goal 1 - 1
Jake Newman scores for Kempston Rovers
29:00 Goal 0 - 1
Callum Donnelly scores for Bedford Town
10:00 Yellow Card
Kyal McNulty is yellow carded for Kempston Rovers
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As it happened

  • Kempston Rovers
  • Bedford Town
  • 0
  • Kyal McNulty Yellow Card 10:00'
  • Callum Donnelly Goal 29:00'
  • Josh Crawley Assist 42:00'
  • Jake Newman Goal 42:00'
  • Alex Collard Yellow Card 48:00'
  • Ashton Grant Sub Off 54:00'
  • Dean Dummett Sub On 54:00'
  • Ben Shepherd Yellow Card 56:00'
  • Devante Stanley Yellow Card 58:00'
  • David Manu Sub On 60:00'
  • Andre Olukamni Sub Off 60:00'
  • Josh Crawley Sub Off 71:00'
  • Ben Acquaye Sub On 71:00'
  • Jamaine Ivy Sub Off 74:00'
  • Mason Spence Sub On 74:00'
  • Ben Shepherd Sub Off 81:00'
  • Luke Heneghan Sub On 81:00'
  • Lee Roache Sub Off 82:00'
  • Jamale McKenzie-Lowe Sub On 82:00'
  • Luke Heneghan Goal 90:00 +2:00'
  • Jake Newman Yellow Card 90:00 +3:00'

Team selection

Kempston Rovers
Bedford Town
  • 1. Kyle Forster
  • 2. Devante Stanley
  • 3. Mayo Balogun
  • 4. James Peters
  • 5. Tommy Hull
  • 6. Ashton Grant
  • 7. Jimmy Hartley
  • 8. Callum Donnelly
  • 9. Paul Benson
  • 10. Lee Roache
  • 11. Andre Olukamni
  • 12. Dean Dummett
  • 14. Jamale McKenzie-Lowe
  • 15. David Manu
  • 16. Bradley Woods-Garness
  • 17. David Moli

League round up

Other East results

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