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Kempston Rovers
Hythe Town
Full time
D Grant (62')
Sat 7 Oct 15:00 - The FA Trophy 17-18 Attendance 132

Dean on hand to Grant Hythe passage to next round

Kempston Rovers slip out of the FA Trophy at the first hurdle with defeat at home to Hythe Town.

The Walnut Boys failed to make pressure pay as their Isthmian League Division One opponents closed out a clever victory to advance to the next round.

The game took a while to get going as both sides looked to feel each other out, the first real chance of note came Kempston’s way as a Sam Johnson corner was headed over the top by Robbie Goodman. It was Rovers keeper, Martin Conway who was first called into action however as twenty minutes in, full back Ryan Palmer skipped beyond a challenge to put a cross in for Ashley Miller, only for the forwards shot to roll tamely into the arms of Conway. Sam Johnson saw an effort go over the bar after some scrappy build up play when Hythe couldn’t clear their lines. Dean Grant had a flicked header saved by Conway from a free kick. Leading scorer, Jake Newman was frustrated up front by the dominant David Cook, but the Rovers forward did manage a driven shot on the half hour that the referee deemed had been tipped over the bar by the visiting keeper William Godmon. Five minutes before the break, Hythe hit the crossbar. A free kick, cheaply given away thirty yards from goal, very centrally placed, was hit hard and true by the lively Kieron Campbell. Rovers keeper, Conway was relieved to see the woodwork come to his side’s rescue. The two sides went in goal less at the break.

The second half began much as the first, slow and considered play married with good game and clock management from the visitors. Hythe took a deserved lead in the sixty second minute as Palmer floated a free kick into the box, finding the head of Dean Grant between several defenders to divert the ball home. In the immediate aftermath of the goal, Rovers attempted to step up a gear and were twice thwarted by the visitors, unfairly according to the referee. First Ash Fuller was hauled to the ground when attempting to break away. Visiting captain Ryan Johnson was shown a yellow card for his endeavours. Less than two minutes later, substitute Sid Sollis also had his name taken when he kicked the ball away as Rovers tried to take a quick free kick. It took until the eighty second minute for Rovers to register a shot on target, Sam Johnson latching on to a Luke Heneghan through ball, only to be challenged as he pulled the trigger, resulting in a tame effort. Michael Lyon was the first Kempston player to have his name taken by the referee for a lunging challenge on an opponent. With just five minutes left, frustrations threatened to boil over as Kieron Campbell conceded a cheap foul in the Rovers penalty area and proceeded to run away with the ball. Conway, who was trying to get on with the game, attempted to recover the ball. The referee booked Campbell for attempting to delay the game unnecessarily. With stoppage time approaching, Jake Newman thought he was in on goal, but was denied by Godmon who was very quickly off his line. The keeper was caught by Newman’s challenge for the ball. Newman was booked for his trouble and the keeper got to wind the clock down a little further. Deep into added time, in a desperate attempt to rescue proceedings, Conway had come forward to play the ball in the Hythe half, but his cross only found a blue shirt. A breakaway looked likely, but was halted by a foul by George Boland as the midfielder took one for the team, as the expression goes, and was booked. Hythe held out for the win and advance to face a tricky away tie at Isthmian Premier side Leatherhead. Rovers will lick their wounds and go again on Tuesday evening against Hayes & Yeading in the league.

Ben Shepherd

Player of the Match

Ben Shepherd

Key moments

Goal Dean Grant scores for Hythe Town


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90:00 +4:00 Yellow Card
George Boland is yellow carded for Kempston Rovers
90:00 Player of the Match
Ben Shepherd is awarded player of the match for Kempston Rovers
88:00 Yellow Card
Jake Newman is yellow carded for Kempston Rovers
88:00 Sub Off
Sam Johnson is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
88:00 Sub On
Adam Moussi is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
87:00 Sub On
Ben Wilson is substituted on for Hythe Town
87:00 Sub Off
Charlie Webster is substituted off for Hythe Town
84:00 Yellow Card
Kieron Campbell is yellow carded for Hythe Town
82:00 Sub On
Nathan Tshikuna is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
82:00 Sub Off
Michael Lyon is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
79:00 Yellow Card
Michael Lyon is yellow carded for Kempston Rovers
74:00 Sub Off
Kyal McNulty is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
74:00 Sub On
Jamaine Ivy is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
72:00 Sub Off
Jordan Johnson-Palmer is substituted off for Hythe Town
72:00 Sub On
Mitchell Chapman is substituted on for Hythe Town
67:00 Yellow Card
Sidney Sollis is yellow carded for Hythe Town
65:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Johnson is yellow carded for Hythe Town
62:00 Goal 0 - 1
Dean Grant scores for Hythe Town
61:00 Sub On
Sidney Sollis is substituted on for Hythe Town
61:00 Sub Off
Ashley Miller is substituted off for Hythe Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Kempston Rovers
  • Hythe Town
  • 0
  • Ashley Miller Sub Off 61:00'
  • Sidney Sollis Sub On 61:00'
  • Dean Grant Goal 62:00'
  • Ryan Johnson Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Sidney Sollis Yellow Card 67:00'
  • Mitchell Chapman Sub On 72:00'
  • Jordan Johnson-Palmer Sub Off 72:00'
  • Jamaine Ivy Sub On 74:00'
  • Kyal McNulty Sub Off 74:00'
  • Michael Lyon Yellow Card 79:00'
  • Nathan Tshikuna Sub On 82:00'
  • Michael Lyon Sub Off 82:00'
  • Kieron Campbell Yellow Card 84:00'
  • Charlie Webster Sub Off 87:00'
  • Ben Wilson Sub On 87:00'
  • Adam Moussi Sub On 88:00'
  • Sam Johnson Sub Off 88:00'
  • Jake Newman Yellow Card 88:00'
  • George Boland Yellow Card 90:00 +4:00'

Team selection

Conway, Martin Conway, Martin
McNulty, Kyal McNulty, Kyal
Goodman, Robbie Goodman, Robbie
Heneghan, Luke Heneghan, Luke
Simpson, Seb Simpson, Seb
Lyon, Michael Lyon, Michael
Johnson, Sam Johnson, Sam
Shepherd, Ben Shepherd, Ben
Fuller, Ash Fuller, Ash
Newman, Jake Newman, Jake
Boland, George Boland, George
Kempston Rovers
Hythe Town
  • 1. William Godmon
  • 2. Jeralo Aboagye
  • 3. Ryan Palmer
  • 4. Ryan Johnson
  • 5. Mitchell Dickinson
  • 6. Jordan Johnson-Palmer
  • 7. David Cook
  • 8. Charlie Webster
  • 9. Dean Grant
  • 10. Ashley Miller
  • 11. Kieron Campbell
  • 12. Sidney Sollis
  • 14. Mitchell Chapman
  • 15. Ben Wilson
  • 16. Jerson Dos Santos
  • 17. Louis Lawlor


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