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Hanwell Town
Kempston Rovers
I Kartita (23')
Full time
J Newman (10'), R Goodman (49')
Tue 1 May 19:45 - The Evo-Stik South - East Attendance 89

Rovers finish on a high

Kempston Rovers extended their unbeaten streak to end the season with no loss in twelve with a win away at Hanwell Town

Ever present Robbie Goodman, playing his fifty second game of the season for Kempston, scrambled home a second half winner to settle this rearranged game. This was the third attempt to play this fixture, the previous two falling foul of the dreadful spring weather, however you wouldn't have known it looking at the pitch, which was in a near pristine condition more akin to the opening game than the final one.

Before the match, both sides formed a guard of honour for the Hanwell manager, Ray Duffy, in charge of his final game for the club after nearly a thousand matches involved with the club. Interestingly, his successor started in defence for the hosts.

It took ten minutes for Kempston to take the lead, a Luke Heneghan corner was headed down at the far post by Alex Collard. Jake Newman was on hand to turn the ball goalwards, finding the net via the finger tips of the luckless goal keeper. The Walnut Boys had several further chances to extend the lead, Nathan Tshikuna seemed determined to add to his goal tally for the season, seeing three superb efforts kept out. The Hosts managed to level the scores midway through the half, lively winger Imedd Kartita finding the top corner of the net from outside the box. The two sides went in level at the break.

Less than five minutes into the second half and the game saw its winning goal. Robbie Goodman surging forward down the right hand side, got a cross into the area toward Newman. A Hanwell foot deflected the cross back to Goodman, who bundled the ball home at the near post via the keeper and the post. The hosts enjoyed their best spell of the game after Rovers made their first two changes, earning a succession of corners, but never really testing Martin Conway in the Kempston goal. Nathan Tshikuna continued to threaten and hit the base of the post with a stinging shot. Alex Collard marshalled the defence very well, making numerous significant clearances and coming close with a couple of headers at the other end.

The final whistle signalled not only the end of the game, but also of the season for both clubs. Kempston extending their unbeaten run to twelve games to rise to seventh place in the final table, above Bedford Town for the second successive season. Ultimately, Rovers fell short of the play off places again, but have a lot of positives to take into next season, where the aim will undoubtedly be to go one better.

With no further fixtures to play, the only other event on the Kempston calendar this season is awards evening. Presentation of the end of season awards will take place at the club this Saturday, fifth May from seven thirty.

Alex Collard

Player of the Match

Alex Collard
Nathan Tshikuna

Player of the Match

Nathan Tshikuna
Robbie Goodman

Player of the Match

Robbie Goodman

Key moments

10:00
Goal Jake Newman scores for Kempston Rovers
23:00
Goal Imedd Kartita scores for Hanwell Town
49:00
Goal Robbie Goodman scores for Kempston Rovers

Highlights

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90:00 +4:00 Player of the Match
Nathan Tshikuna is awarded player of the match for Kempston Rovers
90:00 +4:00 Player of the Match
Robbie Goodman is awarded player of the match for Kempston Rovers
90:00 +4:00 Player of the Match
Alex Collard is awarded player of the match for Kempston Rovers
79:00 Sub On
Harry Stratton is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
79:00 Sub Off
Luke Heneghan is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
75:00 Sub On
Nick Turner is substituted on for Hanwell Town
75:00 Sub Off
Chris Mills is substituted off for Hanwell Town
65:00 Sub On
Ash Fuller is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
65:00 Sub Off
Jamaine Ivy is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
61:00 Sub Off
Robbie Goodman is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
61:00 Sub On
Mason Spence is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
49:00 Goal 1 - 2
Robbie Goodman scores for Kempston Rovers
45:00 Sub On
Tom Hunt is substituted on for Hanwell Town
45:00 Sub Off
Ricky Pither is substituted off for Hanwell Town
End of period 1
23:00 Goal 1 - 1
Imedd Kartita scores for Hanwell Town
10:00 Goal 0 - 1
Jake Newman scores for Kempston Rovers
10:00 Assist
Alex Collard makes an assist for Kempston Rovers
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As it happened

  • Hanwell Town
  • Kempston Rovers
  • 0
  • Alex Collard Assist 10:00'
  • Jake Newman Goal 10:00'
  • Imedd Kartita Goal 23:00'
  • Tom Hunt Sub On 45:00'
  • Ricky Pither Sub Off 45:00'
  • Robbie Goodman Goal 49:00'
  • Robbie Goodman Sub Off 61:00'
  • Mason Spence Sub On 61:00'
  • Jamaine Ivy Sub Off 65:00'
  • Ash Fuller Sub On 65:00'
  • Chris Mills Sub Off 75:00'
  • Nick Turner Sub On 75:00'
  • Luke Heneghan Sub Off 79:00'
  • Harry Stratton Sub On 79:00'

Team selection

Hanwell Town
  • 1. Sam Bunting
  • 2. Alfie Cain
  • 3. Wayne Carter
  • 4. Oliver Duffy
  • 5. Peter Dean
  • 6. Tom Duffy
  • 7. Mason Welch-Turner
  • 8. Chris Mills
  • 9. Ricky Pither
  • 10. Anthony O'Conner
  • 11. Imedd Kartita
  • 12. Tom Hunt
  • 14. Mergim Qarri
  • 15. Nick Turner
  • 16. Marco Alfonso

League round up

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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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