Ten-man Rovers dig deep against Rothwell to climb back to the summit

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AFC Kempston Rovers returned to the top of the UCL Premier Division with a 3-1 victory over in-form Rothwell on Tuesday night.

Rovers started the game very well, but found themselves down to 10 men as Gary Ridgway was harshly dismissed after just five minutes.

Undeterred, it was Kempston who took the lead on 30 minutes as Josh Crawley crossed for Harry Winters to tuck home for 1-0.

With Kempston keeping the pressure on, Shane Bush made a run in behind the defence to out muscle the Rothwell centre-back and slot the ball pat the advancing goalkeeper following more good play from Winters and Crawley.

The second half was a well managed performance from AFC, with the back four looking solid and disciplined, and the midfield and lone striker working hard for each other.

Rothwell pulled a goal back from a corner, but Kempston replied alomst immediately as Bush got his second with another tidy finish to make sure of the win.

Rovers should have killed the game off with a fourth goal, but a missed penalty kept the score at 3-1 which is how the game finished.