Beavers Back On Course

Dave Tarpey’s 23rd goal of the season enabled the Beavers to take an unexpected but ultimately deserved victory over a Dover line up that looked jaded, and not in the kind of form you’d expect of a playoff chasing team, writes Rob Overfield.

Manager Mark Harper named an unchanged line up from the one that started at Weston-Super-Mare, a rare and welcome decision for him to be able to make. Most of the opening exchanges were limited to the centre of the field with neither team seriously challenging the others goal, the exception being Walker’s shot from the edge of the box in the 8th minute, which was blocked by Billy Jeffreys. However, this was the exception. The Beavers created a chance of their own on 21 minutes as Josh Huggins played in Tarpey on the edge of the box; his accurate shot was blocked though by the onrushing keeper Ruiz for a corner.

When the goal came, it came slightly out of the blue on 32 minutes. Charlie Moone managed to make a powerful dart to the by-line; his low cross flew between a defender’s legs to Dave Tarpey and his shot gave Ruiz no chance from 12 yards. For the next 25 minutes, across the half time break, the game reverted to the centre of the pitch; Dover attempting to get a foothold and the Beavers absorbing the pressure. It wasn’t until the hour mark that Dover got a decent sight of goal, Bricknell managing to get on the end of a looping pass into the area; his first time lob was well over.

With just 20 minutes left, Dover created the first meaningful chance as Barry Cogan’s shot/cross sped just wide of Walker’s head and then the post. Dover continued to create half chances; Donovan Simmonds beat Billy Jeffreys for pace but the final shot was wide of Craig Ross’s post. Just a handful of minutes were left as Bricknell thought he was through from Edman’s pass but an unkind bounce and the challenge of Craig Ross saw the chance evaporate to the annoyance of the home support. After soaking up much pressure, the Beavers made a couple of chances of their own in stoppage time; Tarpey firing a long range shot straight at Ruiz and then Moone forced a full length save from the keeper, the rebound not rolling anywhere near a Hampton player. Two great wins over two top ten teams and away from home as well have been a massive bonus for the club’s survival and confidence is even higher than 7 days ago. This will bode well for the return to Beveree action this Saturday vs Sutton Utd.

Dover Athletic 0

Tarpey 32

Att: 525

Ross, Ferrell, Jenkins, Jefferys, Powell, Huggins, Collier, Jones, Tarpey, Simmonds, Moone,

Bench: James, Andrews, Turner, Hickey, Bennett

Bookings: Jenkins 31, Simmonds 31, Powell 38

Subs: Andrews for Huggins 83, James for Ferrell 90

Many thanks to Hampton & Richmond’s Press Officer, Rob Overfield, for this report. You can find out more information on the club via the links below.

Hampton & Richmond Borough FC’s Website

HRBFC on Twitter

Rob on Twitter


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!

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