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Kempston Rovers - Match centre

Egham Town
Kempston Rovers
B Matthew (58')
Full time
S Simpson (4'), B Acquaye (23'), J Newman (95')
Tue 13 Mar 19:45 - The Evo-Stik South - East Attendance 54

Third Time Is The Charm

Kempston record third straight win with a near-perfect away performance

Kempston Rovers made it three wins from three at Egham Town on Tuesday night with a resolute away performance on a difficult pitch. This fixture had already been postponed twice and the recent weather had certainly left its mark on the playing surface, meaning anything even remotely resembling passing football was out of the question. The match was played against a back drop of smoke from a bonfire that had been burning for some time within the ground perimeter – no one at Egham seemed particularly alarmed by this, so we must assume they were in control of the situation, but the smoke persisted throughout the game and well into the night.

Rovers took the lead early on through a Seb Simpson goal after Egham failed to deal with a corner. The defender smashed home from fourteen yards with the keeper helpless after a Benjamin Acquaye knockdown. Shortly before the half hour, the lead was doubled as Jake Newman flicked on a long ball to Acquaye, who was able to race clear and slot past the advancing keeper at the near post for his first Rovers goal on his first start for the club. Newman and Saturday’s hero Luke Heneghan had efforts well saved by the Egham keeper as the half wore on, Egham’s keeper blocked Newman with his feet and was able to parry Heneghan’s long range stinger. Late in the half, Alex Collard proved his worth with a manful block from very close range at the feet of Wiseman.

After the break, Egham mounted more pressure but rarely threatened the goal seriously. Their first effort on target resulted in them pulling a goal back, as Brendan Matthew took advantage of a poorly cleared corner to get his side back in to the game. For all their pressure and possession, Egham didn't really threaten an equaliser and as the game wore on it was Kempston that looked the more likely to add to their lead. Deep into stoppage time, sub Munashe Sundire played Jake Newman through on the counter, the forward had the freedom of the entire half to plan his finish and he duly obliged with his twenty sixth goal of the season to wrap up an effective, if not spectacular, away performance from Rovers where the only negative was not keeping a clean sheet.

The victory takes the club to within six points of the play off places with nine games of the season to go. Egham remain in fourteenth place with this defeat and judging by the cat-calls from the stands, it has not gone down well with the locals. Next up for Kempston is the short trip to Barton Rovers on Saturday.

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Seb Simpson

Player of the Match

Seb Simpson

Key moments

4:00
Goal Seb Simpson scores for Kempston Rovers
23:00
Goal Ben Acquaye scores for Kempston Rovers
58:00
Goal Brendan Matthew scores for Egham Town
90:00 +5:00
Goal Jake Newman scores for Kempston Rovers

Highlights

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90:00 +6:00 Player of the Match
Seb Simpson is awarded player of the match for Kempston Rovers
90:00 +5:00 Assist
Munashe Sundire makes an assist for Kempston Rovers
90:00 +5:00 Goal 1 - 3
Jake Newman scores for Kempston Rovers
90:00 +3:00 Yellow Card
Nathan Tshikuna is yellow carded for Kempston Rovers
85:00 Sub On
Lauric Diakiesse is substituted on for Egham Town
85:00 Sub Off
Rhys Paul is substituted off for Egham Town
83:00 Sub On
Harry Stratton is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
83:00 Sub Off
Ben Acquaye is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
81:00 Yellow Card
Rhys Paul is yellow carded for Egham Town
80:00 Sub Off
Grieg Stewart is substituted off for Egham Town
80:00 Sub On
Stephan Forbes-Hamilton is substituted on for Egham Town
73:00 Sub On
Munashe Sundire is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
73:00 Sub Off
Hateley Mercer is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
65:00 Yellow Card
Hateley Mercer is yellow carded for Kempston Rovers
61:00 Sub Off
Kyal McNulty is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
61:00 Sub On
Ben Shepherd is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
58:00 Goal 1 - 2
Brendan Matthew scores for Egham Town
End of period 1
23:00 Assist
Jake Newman makes an assist for Kempston Rovers
23:00 Goal 0 - 2
Ben Acquaye scores for Kempston Rovers
4:00 Goal 0 - 1
Seb Simpson scores for Kempston Rovers
4:00 Assist
Ben Acquaye makes an assist for Kempston Rovers
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Egham Town
  • Kempston Rovers
  • 0
  • Ben Acquaye Assist 4:00'
  • Seb Simpson Goal 4:00'
  • Jake Newman Assist 23:00'
  • Ben Acquaye Goal 23:00'
  • Brendan Matthew Goal 58:00'
  • Kyal McNulty Sub Off 61:00'
  • Ben Shepherd Sub On 61:00'
  • Hateley Mercer Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Hateley Mercer Sub Off 73:00'
  • Munashe Sundire Sub On 73:00'
  • Grieg Stewart Sub Off 80:00'
  • Stephan Forbes-Hamilton Sub On 80:00'
  • Rhys Paul Yellow Card 81:00'
  • Ben Acquaye Sub Off 83:00'
  • Harry Stratton Sub On 83:00'
  • Rhys Paul Sub Off 85:00'
  • Lauric Diakiesse Sub On 85:00'
  • Nathan Tshikuna Yellow Card 90:00 +3:00'
  • Munashe Sundire Assist 90:00 +5:00'
  • Jake Newman Goal 90:00 +5:00'

Team selection

Egham Town
  • 1. Matt Nolan
  • 2. Greg Hayden
  • 3. Alex Nolan
  • 4. Rhys Paul
  • 5. Mitch Wiseman
  • 6. Devante McKain
  • 7. Josh Andrew
  • 8. Grieg Stewart
  • 9. Brendan Matthew
  • 10. Ashley Lodge
  • 11. Michael Kalu
  • 12. Stephan Forbes-Hamilton
  • 14. Daniel Julienne
  • 15. Lauric Diakiesse
  • 16. Conrad Lucan
  • 17. Joel Jacobs

League round up

Other East results

1
4
Hayes & Yeading United
AFC Rushden & Diamonds
P
P
AFC Dunstable
0
3
Hartley Wintney

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# 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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