Hampton & Richmond Borough Press Officer, Rob Overfield, reports on the Easter Saturday clash between Borough and Kingstonian.
Another fruitless afternoon in front of the Beveree faithful for the Beavers, who despite plenty of effort and good approach play, just couldn’t convert the possession and play into goals. A decent start by the Beavers saw both Tony Taggart and James Simmonds attempt to beat Tolfrey from distance but the keeper had a couple of easy saves.
On eleven minutes, a corner was won by McCollin, whose half-volley was beaten clear by Rodney Chiweshe, that corner was cleared by the head of Darren Powell, but the ball flew across goal and Somner was on hand to volley the ball past Chiweshe. Just six minutes later, McCollin was in space again and it took a last ditch tackle by Alan Bray to deflect the shot back to Chiweshe.
Hampton came back into the game and on 32 minutes, Beavers striker Mo Bettamer had a golden opportunity from Joe Turner’s cross, but he swung at the ball too soon and the ball dribbled away.
As the half was coming to a close, a Tony Taggart free kick looked to be causing Kingstonian keeper Rob Tolfrey some trouble but it drifted over the bar. HT HRBFC 0 K’s 1
Early in the second half, Hampton’s Gary Holloway charged into the box and his shot was blocked. From the corner, Darren Powell’s header flew over.
On 52 minutes, Mo Bettamer managed to find enough space to get a shot on target, but the effort was blocked away.
Kingstonian were making it difficult for the Beavers, and a scramble in the Hampton box just after the hour could have seen them extend the lead, but bodies were thrown in the way of shots and the ball eventually was cleared.
10 minutes later, Ryan Moss got on the end of a good Mo Harkin cross, but he was unable to get his header down on target.
With a couple of minutes left, Matt Somner dived in with a slightly reckless challenge on Joe Turner; the referee had no hesitation in dismissing the defender for a flying shin high challenge that could have seriously hurt Joe, had it connected.
Deep in stoppage time, Ryan Moss had a shot blocked at point blank range, and from the resulting corner, Alan Bray has his last gasp shot also charged down.
Hampton & Richmond Borough 0
Hampton & Richmond Borough
Chiweshe, Turner, Taggart, Bray, Powell (c), Hickey, Bettamer (Kamara 71), Holloway, Moss, Simmonds, Murray (Cousins 55 (Harkin 71)).
Not used: Hustwick.
Tolfrey, Sidorowicz (Murphy 79), Bird, Somner (c), Gayle (Goode 19), Huckle, Wanadio, Taylor, Okai, McCollin, Pattison (Hall 79).
Not used: Sulayman, Williams.