Michael Lyon struck a late winner as 10-man AFC Kempston Rovers ground out a 2-1 victory over Wisbech in Saturday’s UCL Premier Clash at Hillgrounds.
With an injury to Ieuan Riley, who has been playing well in centre-midfield, Rovers brought in Ben Shepherd for his first start.
Kempston started off the game in a fluid and dominant manor, keeping and moving the ball much better than of late in the midfield and in the final third.
They demonstrated some very good combination play, creating plenty of chances and forcing the Wisbech keeper into a number of good saves.
After 12 minutes Rovers took the lead from a well worked move as an acute pass from Dom Marsala sent Robbie Goodman through on the overlap, and a good cross found Ash Fuller who slotted home.
However, on 42 minutes Kempston were reduced to 10 men when Shepherd was shown a red card for kicking out in retaliation.
The second half started evenly, with Jermaine Ivy playing exceptionally as the lone target man for Rovers.
Wisbech never really threatened Walnut Boys keeper Martin Conway, but they restored parity on 77 minutes as Billy Smith hit a superb 25-yard shot into the top corner for 1-1.
Rovers made two changes to inject a bit more pace and energy into the game and on 82 minutes, Shane Bush was sent through one-on-one by a Seb Simpson pass.
The Wisbech keeper was fast off his line and made another good save, but the ball rebounded to Lyon who hit a superb 20-yard shot into the bottom corner to win the game for Rovers.
Kempston joint-manager Jimmy Stoyles said: “A vocal and supportive crowd urged the team to keep going; we had to trust that our spirit, togetherness and organisation would see us through which it did and we fully deserved three points to keep this run going.
“Performances like this don’t just happen – through the lads’ constant commitment to being better, training very hard every week on our fitness, and putting into practice and improving the way we want to play, we got what we deserved.”