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Kempston Rovers
Hartley Wintney
J Newman (31')
Full time
Tue 24 Apr 19:45 - The Evo-Stik South - East Attendance 74

Rovers unbeaten in ten

Kempston Rovers rode their luck at times to extend their unbeaten run to ten matches at the expense of Hartley Wintney

Kempston signed off their home league campaign with a hard earned victory over high flying Hartley by a single goal. The game was initially delayed by fifteen minutes by the referee on the advice of the FA as the visitors had not arrived as early as they had hoped to.

As the game began, the visitors had the better of the chances, as Jack French was first closed down on the edge of the area before he could shoot and then stretched to fire across goal in the first fifteen minutes. It took Rovers twenty minutes to get their first real chance as Jamaine Ivy surged forward and played in Jake Newman, who saw his shot blocked. The loose ball fell to Luke Heneghan, who was unable to get the ball back into the danger zone, thanks to a last ditch block. Minutes later, a corner was swung into the box by the visitors, assisted by the gusty wind, where it required clearing off the line by the Rovers defence. Just after the half hour, Kempston took the lead, slightly against the run of play. A Heneghan corner was nodded down by Alex Collard and helped over the line by Jake Newman for his thirty second goal of the season in all competitions. Another Hartley corner was headed off the line by Kempston before Webb tested Martin Conway after a well worked move. Rovers held on to be in front at the break.

Ten minutes after the interval, Hartley played a free kick into the box, where Martin Conway came out to claim, only to see the ball slip through his hands. The resulting easy chance was stoically blocked on the line by Alex Collard. With ten minutes to go, Kempston should have made the game safe, sub Ash Fuller played an inch perfect ball over the top to Newman who raced toward goal. The forward’s thunderous shot came smacking back off the post and away to safety. Rovers had to ride their luck in the final few minutes as a succession of Hartley shots had to be deflected wide or over the bar but held on for a noteable win over their high-flying visitors.

The win lifts Kempston into eight place in the table, above Bedford Town with two games of the season to play. Saturday sees Rovers on the road to Thame United, while the season finished four days later with the re-arranged date at Hanwell Town.

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Player of the Match

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Key moments

Goal Jake Newman scores for Kempston Rovers


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90:00 +4:00 Player of the Match
Mason Spence is awarded player of the match for Kempston Rovers
90:00 +4:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Martin Conway keeps a clean sheet for Kempston Rovers
88:00 Sub On
Grant Fryer is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
88:00 Sub Off
Jamaine Ivy is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
82:00 Sub On
Harry Stratton is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
82:00 Sub Off
Ben Acquaye is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
79:00 Sub On
Louis Paget is substituted on for Hartley Wintney
79:00 Sub Off
Declan Shuttleworth is substituted off for Hartley Wintney
66:00 Sub Off
Luke Heneghan is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
66:00 Sub On
Ash Fuller is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
66:00 Sub Off
James Tennant is substituted off for Hartley Wintney
66:00 Sub On
Paul Hodges is substituted on for Hartley Wintney
64:00 Yellow Card
Munashe Sundire is yellow carded for Kempston Rovers
End of period 1
31:00 Goal 1 - 0
Jake Newman scores for Kempston Rovers
31:00 Assist
Alex Collard makes an assist for Kempston Rovers
21:00 Yellow Card
Kyal McNulty is yellow carded for Kempston Rovers
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Kempston Rovers
  • Hartley Wintney
  • 0
  • Kyal McNulty Yellow Card 21:00'
  • Alex Collard Assist 31:00'
  • Jake Newman Goal 31:00'
  • Munashe Sundire Yellow Card 64:00'
  • Luke Heneghan Sub Off 66:00'
  • Ash Fuller Sub On 66:00'
  • James Tennant Sub Off 66:00'
  • Paul Hodges Sub On 66:00'
  • Declan Shuttleworth Sub Off 79:00'
  • Louis Paget Sub On 79:00'
  • Ben Acquaye Sub Off 82:00'
  • Harry Stratton Sub On 82:00'
  • Jamaine Ivy Sub Off 88:00'
  • Grant Fryer Sub On 88:00'

Team selection

Kempston Rovers
Hartley Wintney
  • 1. Paul Strudley
  • 2. Declan Shuttleworth
  • 3. Nicholas Hutchings
  • 4. Liam Eagle
  • 5. Jack Ball
  • 6. Tyrone Smith
  • 7. Dean Stow
  • 8. Jack French
  • 9. Nic Ciardini
  • 10. Josh Webb
  • 11. James Tennant
  • 12. Louis Paget
  • 14. George Frise
  • 15. Paul Hodges
  • 20. David Gorski

League round up

Other East results

AFC Rushden & Diamonds
Beaconsfield Town
AFC Dunstable
Arlesey Town
Ashford Town (Middx)


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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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