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Kempston Rovers
Arlesey Town
H Stratton (10', 36'), J Newman (31', 39'), J Ivy (84')
Full time
Sat 21 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - East Attendance 91

Rampant Rovers

Kempston stretched their unbeaten streak to nine matches with a resounding five nil win over Arlesey Town in the sunshine at Hillgrounds

Already relegated Arlesey arrived at Hillgrounds with no points from their last six games and facing the reality of football at their lowest level since the turn of the century and Kempston Rovers were in no mood to provide any sympathy, running riot in a ten minute spell at the end of the first half.

Joint managers Jimmy Stoyles and Gary Flinn took the opportunity to make some changes to the side after the midweek draw at Barton and gave Harry Stratton his first start for the club since joining and again saw Munashe Sundire deployed in a midfield role.

It took ten minutes for the lively Stratton to repay the faith in him as he got on to a cut back from Benjamin Acquaye in the area and fired an effort goalward, deflected in via an Arlesey leg, for his first goal in Rovers colours. The lead was nearly doubled straight away as Robbie Goodman fired in a cross, resulting in some penalty area pin ball that saw the ball flash wide via Kyal McNulty. Rovers pressed forwards as the half unfolded, but couldn’t quite find the killer pass. Ben Shepherd twice put the ball across the visitors goal, where it was begging to be put away, but on both occasions, no one in red and white was there to turn it home. Just after the half hour mark, Kempston did get the second goal that their pressure had deserved. Mason Spence putting in a cross from the left hand side for Jake Newman to flick into the top of the net from around the penalty spot for his thirtieth goal of the season. After a drinks break, Rovers found an extra gear and netted twice in the space of three minutes to put the game to bed. In what was the best move of the game, Acquaye rolled the ball into Shepherd, where the midfielder flicked the ball over the head of his marker and was about to pull the trigger when he appeared to be brought down. Harry Stratton was first to the loose ball and slipped it into the net before the referee could point to the spot for the foul on Shepherd. Arlesey, desperate not to sink in the game, had an effort at goal straight from the kick off, but with Martin Conway scrambling to get there, it drifted wide. Three minutes later, McNulty threaded the ball into Newman on the edge of the area and the forward’s shot on the turn was too powerful for the Arlesey keeper to keep out. Acquaye and Newman had further chances in the half to extend the lead for the hosts, Newman putting the ball over from a cut back, missing the chance for a first half hat-trick. Kempston thought they had made it five at the end of the half, but the goal was ruled out for a foul on the goal keeper as the cross came in. Rovers went into the break four nil up.

The second half began at a lot slower pace than the first with the visitors making a double change at the break, they showed a greater resilience to Kempston’s attacking football. Mason Spence had the first real chance for the hosts in the second half, but his effort was blocked. Nathan Tshikuna volleyed wide of goal from a free kick with ten minutes to go. Kempston did manage to extend the lead with nine minutes to go, substitute Jamaine Ivy smashing home from close range after a ball played in by fellow sub Josh Crawley.

The victory, Kempston’s biggest of the season so far, keeps Rovers in ninth place in the league. However, AFC Dunstable’s commanding win at Bedford Town means that Rovers faint play off hopes are now over for the season despite being on a run of nine games unbeaten. Rovers will host their final home game of the season on Tuesday evening, as high-flying Hartley Wintney come into town, before signing off the league campaign with two away fixtures at Thame and Hanwell.

Match sponsors Mario’s Hair Design selected Munashe Sundire as their man of the match, while The KR Supporters Club, also match sponsors, selected Harry Stratton for their award.

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Munashe Sundire

Player of the Match

Munashe Sundire
Harry Stratton

Player of the Match

Harry Stratton

Key moments

10:00
Goal Harry Stratton scores for Kempston Rovers
31:00
Goal Jake Newman scores for Kempston Rovers
36:00
Goal Harry Stratton scores for Kempston Rovers
39:00
Goal Jake Newman scores for Kempston Rovers
84:00
Goal Jamaine Ivy scores for Kempston Rovers

Highlights

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90:00 +3:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Martin Conway keeps a clean sheet for Kempston Rovers
90:00 +3:00 Player of the Match
Munashe Sundire is awarded player of the match for Kempston Rovers
90:00 +3:00 Player of the Match
Harry Stratton is awarded player of the match for Kempston Rovers
84:00 Goal 5 - 0
Jamaine Ivy scores for Kempston Rovers
84:00 Assist
Josh Crawley makes an assist for Kempston Rovers
80:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Lamond is yellow carded for Arlesey Town
77:00 Yellow Card
Jake Newman is yellow carded for Kempston Rovers
75:00 Sub On
Josh Crawley is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
75:00 Sub Off
Ben Shepherd is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
64:00 Sub Off
Harry Stratton is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
64:00 Sub On
Nathan Tshikuna is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
54:00 Sub Off
Hafid Bounyafe is substituted off for Arlesey Town
54:00 Sub On
Ryan Lamond is substituted on for Arlesey Town
50:00 Sub Off
Kyal McNulty is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
50:00 Sub On
Jamaine Ivy is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
49:00 Yellow Card
Ash Farooqi is yellow carded for Arlesey Town
45:00 Sub On
Kai Stonnell is substituted on for Arlesey Town
45:00 Sub Off
Kye Andrews is substituted off for Arlesey Town
45:00 Sub On
Phil Payne is substituted on for Arlesey Town
45:00 Sub Off
Taz Andrews is substituted off for Arlesey Town
End of period 1
44:00 Yellow Card
Hafid Bounyafe is yellow carded for Arlesey Town
39:00 Goal 4 - 0
Jake Newman scores for Kempston Rovers
39:00 Assist
Kyal McNulty makes an assist for Kempston Rovers
36:00 Goal 3 - 0
Harry Stratton scores for Kempston Rovers
31:00 Assist
Mason Spence makes an assist for Kempston Rovers
31:00 Goal 2 - 0
Jake Newman scores for Kempston Rovers
10:00 Assist
Benjamin Acquaye makes an assist for Kempston Rovers
10:00 Goal 1 - 0
Harry Stratton scores for Kempston Rovers
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As it happened

  • Kempston Rovers
  • Arlesey Town
  • 0
  • Benjamin Acquaye Assist 10:00'
  • Harry Stratton Goal 10:00'
  • Mason Spence Assist 31:00'
  • Jake Newman Goal 31:00'
  • Harry Stratton Goal 36:00'
  • Kyal McNulty Assist 39:00'
  • Jake Newman Goal 39:00'
  • Hafid Bounyafe Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Phil Payne Sub On 45:00'
  • Taz Andrews Sub Off 45:00'
  • Kye Andrews Sub Off 45:00'
  • Kai Stonnell Sub On 45:00'
  • Ash Farooqi Yellow Card 49:00'
  • Jamaine Ivy Sub On 50:00'
  • Kyal McNulty Sub Off 50:00'
  • Hafid Bounyafe Sub Off 54:00'
  • Ryan Lamond Sub On 54:00'
  • Harry Stratton Sub Off 64:00'
  • Nathan Tshikuna Sub On 64:00'
  • Ben Shepherd Sub Off 75:00'
  • Josh Crawley Sub On 75:00'
  • Jake Newman Yellow Card 77:00'
  • Ryan Lamond Yellow Card 80:00'
  • Jamaine Ivy Goal 84:00'
  • Josh Crawley Assist 84:00'

Team selection

Arlesey Town
  • 1. Lewis Elsome
  • 2. Hafid Bounyafe
  • 3. Bill Plumpton
  • 4. Taz Andrews
  • 5. Henry Musaj
  • 6. Ash Farooqi
  • 7. Arti Kraniqi
  • 8. Kye Andrews
  • 9. Tony Williams
  • 10. Taylor Rhiney
  • 11. Keanu Williams
  • 12. Phil Payne
  • 14. Ryan Lamond
  • 15. Luke Abraham
  • 16. Kai Stonnell
  • 17. Dion Gibbs

League round up

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0
1
Hartley Wintney
Aylesbury United
1
2
Chalfont St Peter
Barton Rovers
3
1
Beaconsfield Town
0
1
Hayes & Yeading United
0
2
AFC Dunstable
0
1
AFC Rushden & Diamonds
Northwood
1
3

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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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