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Kempston Rovers - Match centre

Hitchin Town
Kempston Rovers
B Donnelly (14'), C Vincent (88')
Full time
Mon 5 Feb 19:45 - The BigFreeBet.com Challenge Cup 17-18 Attendance 105

Rovers under the influenza at Hitchin

Kempston Rovers, with several first team players unavailable due to a winter sickness bug, bowed out of the Southern League Cup at the quarter final stage with a spirited performance away at Premier Division Hitchin Town.

The opening half was a very cagey affair, mostly played in the middle of the park as both sides felt out their opponent. It was the hosts though that opened the scoring just before the quarter hour, a missed interception allowed Hitchin to break through the left hand channel. The ball was played across goal, where Brett Donnelly was waiting to tap home from eight yards. Thereafter the remainder of the half consisted of industrious midfield play. Hitchin pressed Rovers on the ball and forced turnovers in possession, but Rovers back line stood resolute to the efforts of the hosts.

It was in the fifty first minute that Rovers registered their first effort of the night, George Boland warming the gloves of Johnson in the Hitchin goal from the edge of the box. Kempston should’ve levelled just before the hour as Luke Heneghan played a delicious cross field through ball to Jake Newman. The forward saw his effort smothered by Johnson as he rushed from his line to deny the one on one situation. Shortly afterward, Newman hit the side netting after rounding Johnson from an extremely tight angle. As Rovers pressed forward, they were left vulnerable to the counter attack. Hitchin broke with pace and purpose. From a late corner, sub Patrick Tshikala scuffed a volley across the Rovers box to the far post where fellow sub Vincent was there to stab the ball over the line to settle the matter.

Rovers bow out of the competition for the second time this season, but can hold their heads high as the depleted side more than matched a strong Hitchin side. Kempston can take heart from the chances they created and must be proud of reaching the quarter finals, even if it did need a little help to get past round two.

Hitchin Town vs Kempston Rovers
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On Saturday, Rovers play host to Marlow in a three o clock kick off.

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Seb Simpson

Player of the Match

Seb Simpson

Key moments

14:00
Goal Brett Donnelly scores for Hitchin Town
88:00
Goal Connor Vincent scores for Hitchin Town

Videos and photos

Hitchin Town vs Kempston Rovers
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Highlights

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90:00 +3:00 Player of the Match
Seb Simpson is awarded player of the match for Kempston Rovers
88:00 Goal 2 - 0
Connor Vincent scores for Hitchin Town
80:00 Sub On
Alex Stoyles is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
80:00 Sub Off
Alex Collard is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
78:00 Sub On
Patrick Tshikala is substituted on for Hitchin Town
78:00 Sub Off
Brett Donnelly is substituted off for Hitchin Town
73:00 Yellow Card
Jake Newman is yellow carded for Kempston Rovers
69:00 Sub Off
Charlie Smith is substituted off for Hitchin Town
69:00 Sub On
Connor Vincent is substituted on for Hitchin Town
61:00 Yellow Card
Seb Simpson is yellow carded for Kempston Rovers
58:00 Sub Off
Jamaine Ivy is substituted off for Kempston Rovers
58:00 Sub On
Ben Acquaye is substituted on for Kempston Rovers
47:00 Yellow Card
Dan Webb is yellow carded for Hitchin Town
End of period 1
14:00 Goal 1 - 0
Brett Donnelly scores for Hitchin Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Hitchin Town
  • Kempston Rovers
  • 0
  • Brett Donnelly Goal 14:00'
  • Dan Webb Yellow Card 47:00'
  • Jamaine Ivy Sub Off 58:00'
  • Ben Acquaye Sub On 58:00'
  • Seb Simpson Yellow Card 61:00'
  • Charlie Smith Sub Off 69:00'
  • Connor Vincent Sub On 69:00'
  • Jake Newman Yellow Card 73:00'
  • Brett Donnelly Sub Off 78:00'
  • Patrick Tshikala Sub On 78:00'
  • Alex Collard Sub Off 80:00'
  • Alex Stoyles Sub On 80:00'
  • Connor Vincent Goal 88:00'

Team selection

Kempston Rovers
Hitchin Town
  • 1. Michael Johnson
  • 2. Jack James
  • 3. Toby Syme
  • 4. Lewis Rolfe
  • 5. Dan Webb
  • 6. Kevin Byrne
  • 7. Lucas Kirkpatrick
  • 8. Charlie Smith
  • 9. Brett Donnelly
  • 10. Robbie Burns
  • 11. Josh Bickerstaff
  • 12. Connor Vincent
  • 14. Tremayne Charles
  • 15. Ben Walster
  • 16. Patrick Tshikala

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