Beavers Frustrated By Magpies

Maidenhead leave The Beveree with the point they came for in dull, drab match that sees Hampton striker sent off for violent conduct.

On a dreary Saturday afternoon, there was an equally dreary match between a Hampton & Richmond side that had no cutting edge, and a Maidenhead United side that was quite happy to take a point. The home side did make a bright start to the game, with Charlie Moone forcing a save from visiting keeper Billy Lumley, and Dean Inman heading wide from the resulting corner. A few minutes later, Charlie Moone chased a hopeful long ball, getting to it just before it went out of play and hooking the ball across the penalty area. On loan midfielder Reece Jones met the cross, but his header was tipped over the bar by Lumley.

It was ten minutes into the match before Maidenhead had their first effort on goal, a long range shot from Daniel Brown that went well wide. Just after this, the visitors made the first of two enforced first half substitutions, with Leigh Henry being replaced by Mark Nisbet. Hampton put together a lovely move on the quarter hour, left back Neil Jenkins playing a super crossfield pass to Tarpey. He laid the ball off to Moone, but his shot went narrowly wide. Not an awful lot happened after that in the first half, Maidenhead made their second change, Charlie Strutton going off and being replaced by Manny Williamz. A cross from Alex Wall did clip the Hampton crossbar before a freekick was drilled wide of Craig Ross’ goal. Reece Jones then hit a twenty five yard thunderbolt that was tipped over, and that was that. A drab half finished with no score.

The second half was a slight, but only slight, improvement. Jones hit another shot wide from distance, and Inman headed wide from a Jenkins freekick. The best chance for Hampton fell to Moone on 58 minutes. A mix up in the United defence allowed Tarpey to play in Moone, but his shot was easily dealt with by Lumley. The resulting corner from Jenkins hit the bar, but was cleared, and that was about it for Beavers’ fans to get excited about. Maidenhead had a ten minute spell of pressure when they probably should have scored. During this spell, Daniel Brown hit a shot over, Craig Ross made a couple of saves and a shot hit the bar. They then created their best chance, and possibly the best of the match, when Reece Tison-Lascaris was clean through but put his shot woefully wide.

The flashpoint occurred in the 87th minute. Dave Tarpey, after failing to get the better of a defender, lashed out and kicked the player. He was shown a straight red card, and therefore will serve a three match ban when it kicks in. With Joel Ledgister out for an indeterminate length of time with an horrific knee injury, that leaves Hampton manager Mark Harper with just Charlie Moone in attack. He may try and bring in a new face to get him through the next few weeks.

The result leaves Hampton in 21st place in the Conference South table, while Maidenhead are 16th.

Hampton & Richmond Borough: Ross, Ferrell(c), Powell, Inman, Jenkins, Collier (Turner 81), Huggins (Andrews 65), Jones, Simmonds (James 74), Tarpey, Moone. Subs not used: Hickey, Peace.

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About James Bartaby

Hey, I'm James and I'm relatively new to non-league football, having only taken in my first match in September 2011. Despite it being a 0-4 defeat for Hampton & Richmond Borough, I became a huge fan of the club and NL in general. So much so that they are now the first club that I mention when talking about which team I support! I just got massively disillusioned with top flight football in this country and the attitudes of the lawmakers and top clubs in general, and I wanted to start taking my son to see decent football. I am now the club's Deputy Press Officer, and loving every minute!

Posted on March 20, 2012, in UTL Archive and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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