AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College went into this match looking for a repeat of last year, making it to the Bedfordshire Senior Trophy Final. In their way was a young Kempston Rovers Development side who have seen an upturn in fortunes recently in terms of results. The game had been postponed twice previously so it was good to finally get the game played at Towns HQ of Wixams. Ryan Smith and Taylor Bakogeorge were rewarded for their performances coming on against Shefford last week with starts. This move saw Perry Ronayne and Chris Wright drop to the bench. Also back from injury and on the bench was Michael Stephenson along side Michael Sexton.
Town started brightly with Bakogeroge and Daniel Green being ever threats in wide areas but Town were unable to finish off several flowing moves. Rovers were left frustrated for long spells as they were unable to get a foot hold in the game with the back three of Aaran Chaplin, Ben Luke and Justin Newman defending well and keeping a solid shape, seeing the Rovers front line repeatedly running into offside positions.
The only goal of the game was to come in the 51st minute. A long ball from Chaplin saw Courtney Boughton chase it down into the Rovers area. As the Rovers keeper came out to meet Boughton, Boughton was stronger in the tackle and he came away with the ball. After taking a touch to get the ball under control he played the ball into the path of Delroy Phillips who had the simple task of rolling the ball into the empty net.
For the remaining 40 minutes Town dominated the game and if it wasn't for three of four very good saves and blocks form the Rovers keeper and defenders the game would have been out of sight. With the game coming to a close Rovers had one spell of pressure in the final five minutes but all they had to show from it was a long shot that was easily gathered by Drew Holyoak in the Town goal.
Town now move into the final to be played on Wednesday March 8th against The 61 Club. Next Saturday Town are back in league action against second place Oakley. A win would see Town continue to climb the table with several games in hand on the teams around them.