Walnut Boys are back on top after Desborough triumph

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AFC Kempston Rovers moved two points clear at the top of the UCL Premier Division with a 2-0 win at Desborough Town on Tuesday night.

Dom Marsala opened the scoring for the visitors on 15 minutes, before recent signing Josh Crawley made it 2-0 nine minutes before the break.
The Walnut Boys had made it 31 matches unbeaten on Saturday after drawing 1-1 at home to Northampton Spencer.

The visitors went close when Ryan Ansell was thwarted by Tom Guiney’s challenge, before Kempston led on 14 minutes, Ash Fuller volleying Josh Crawley’s flick into the net.

Jamaine Ivy missed a chance to extend the home lead as Fuller sent him clear after a quick Josh Winters free kick caught out the Spencer defence.

However, Spencer levelled a minute past the half hour through Dan Stevenson’s header.

Joint boss Jimmy Stoyles said: “Saturday’s performance was okay, we made a few changes through injuries and suspensions, but scored a good goal and created enough pressure and chances in the second half to win the game.

“To be fair Spencer are a well organised, hard-working side and they played really well as a unit asd they created a few chances themselves but we did enough in the game to win it.

“At Desborough, once again we made a few changes with an eye on us playing Saturday and Monday over Easter.

“We spoke before the game around dictating the game through our tempo and once again focussing on making the right decisions and choices.

“We started the game really well and were creating pressure and chances. Jamaine Ivy at times was unplayable up top and was causing Desborough all sorts of problems.

“We took the lead and then approached the second half knowing that a clean sheet wins the game and with our defensive record we were confident on achieving that.

“We continued to manage and dominate the game as Desborough had one shot on target in 90 minutes and never troubled the keeper or back four.”

Kempston lead Leicester Nirvana by two points and visit Eynesbury Rovers on Saturday, while hosting Newport Pagnell on Monday as Stoyles added: “We have two very tough games over Easter against in-form teams.

“Eynesbury are a settled team who play some really good football and are tough to break down. While Pagnell have taken 19 points form a possible 24, so we are fully aware both games will be a big Test for us but one that we are looking forward to.”