F.A. Cup extra preliminary round
A.F.C. Kempston Rovers 0 Wembley 1
Alex Mokeni-Kane netted an 86th minute winner as Wembley ran out winners against AFC Kempston Rovers in the FA Cup.
Mokeni-Kane had been on the fringes of the Wembley team for some time but may have cemented his place in the Lions' line-up for the next few games thanks to his late heroics in netting the only goal of the game.
Wembley, who have suffered an extremely poor start to their league campaign, losing three of their four games so far, were looking for the some cup inspiration to boost their morale and kick-start their season.
Despite the dramatic ending, the game itself was far from a classic cup-tie as both sides nervously tried to avoid defeat.
Neither team seemed willing or able to impose any kind of authority upon proceedings but the Lions had to survive a couple of scares early on as the home side mildly threatened.
In the second minute, Ashley Windridge burst through Wembley's ranks, only to be denied a shot on goal by Bart Fogler's brilliant smothering save.
Despite the bright start, the game continued in far more tentative fashion and it took until midway through the first half for there to be another genuine goal scoring opportunity.
Scott Sinclair arrived unaccompanied at the first post, but the opportunity went begging for the home side as he sliced the ball well wide of the target from close range.
Wembley then started to come into the game more, with new striker Yassini Fehmi-Gil, looking the most likely player to break the deadlock in the run up to half time. Several of his fierce drives were blocked by some desperate defending just before the interval.
Despite this late pressure, it was Rovers who started the second half the better, providing plenty of pressure and possession to proceedings, but were let down by their lack of a cutting edge and end product.
Then, as the game headed towards the close, the home sides greater fitness levels started to tell. Both Fehmi-Gil and Mokeni-Kane had opportunities, whilst substitute Adrian Dinham also went close.
Fogler was forced into another excellent save as Rovers briefly threatened on the counter-attack but it was Wembley's assaults which finally provided the breakthrough.
Mokeni- Kane collected the ball just outside the area and let loose a blistering strike, which the unfortunate Rovers goal keeper was agonisingly unable to prevent from inching across the line.
Dinham then could have put the game beyond doubt late on, but failed to take his chance, as the single goal was enough to take Wembley into the next round.