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Wealdstone legend Richard Jolly scored a last gasp winer for the home side as they came from two down to beat league leaders Hampton & Richmond Borough in a feisty encounter at The Vale. This was Monday Night Football at it’s best!
On a wet night in Ruislip, it took a while for the game to get going, but when it did it was full of drama and action to the very end. There were no television cameras, no fancy touchscreens outlining tactics, and no overpaid pundits talking nonsense to fill the broadcast slot. Instead, there were dedicated supporters braving the conditions, and two sets of players and management desperate for the points to continue their good starts to the season. As Monday Night Football goes, this was by far the best way to experience it.
Hampton started the brighter of the two teams, going on the attack from the off, midfielder Gary Holloway having a shot blocked in the first few seconds. Neither side could impose themselves as the dominant force for the opening stages, but as the half wore on, the visitors started to get on top, and duly took the lead in the 24th minute. Malvin Kamara raided down the right, and crossed to the near post. Tom Hickey flicked the ball on, and Joel Ledgister nodded home at the back stick from a matter of yards out.
At the other end, Tom Pett brought a fantastic save out of Beavers’ keeper Rodney Chiweshe, who tipped the winger’s 25 yard curler over at full stretch. Minutes later, and Stones skipper Wes Parker was guilty of one of the misses of the season, when he put a cross from Peter Dean over the bar from about as far out as Ledgister’s goal. And he was made to rue that miss just two minutes later when James Simmonds drove a cross hard and low from the left wing, and Tom Hickey side footed the ball into the bottom left corner from twelve yards. It was a lovely composed finish from a rather unlikely scorer.
Wealdstone did have a couple of further chances to get themselves back into the game before the break; firstly through Dean, who hit a volley straight at Chiweshe, and then Sean Cronin saw his header cleared off the line. Half time Wealdstone 0 HRBFC 2
In truth, the half time score was a little flattering on Borough, and the lead was halved shortly after the restart. Alex Dyer picked the ball up on the left wing, and curled an incredible shot into the top corner. Borough ‘keeper Chiweshe was helpless as he watched the ball float over his head and into the net. This immediately changed the whole atmosphere at The Vale, as the home fans sensed that the comeback was on. And their hopes were confirmed on the hour, when Sean Cronin superbly volleyed home a corner to level proceedings at 2-2.
Chiweshe was the only keeper really being made to work, and he again pulled off a remarkable save to deny Tom Pett. For Hampton, Charlie Moone hit two free kicks straight at Rikki Banks in the home goal, and then latched onto a through ball before volleying wide from the edge of the area. As the game petered out into a draw, legendary frontman Jolly poked the ball home in the last minute to complete the turnaround.
There was still time for a bit of controversy at the end, as Borough midfielder Gary Holloway was sent off for an elbow as he challenged for a header. Strangely, the referee showed him a second yellow rather than a straight red, something that will benefit the team in the long run as he will now only miss one game instead of three, likely to be the home game with Cray Wanderers on November 17th.
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Posted on October 30, 2012, in UTL Archive and tagged Hampton & Richmond Borough, Isthmian Premier, Joel Ledgister, Peter Dean, Richard Jolly, Sean Cronin, Tom Hickey, Wealdstone FC. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.