Beavers Over The Moone With Trophy Win

Hampton saw off fellow Ryman Premier side Leiston at the second time of asking at Beveree Stadium thanks to a brace from Charlie Moone and a fine strike from Tom Hickey in his last game before a five game suspension.

Mark Harper reverted to a four man defence for this replay, with Anson Cousins coming in at left back, while Gary Holloway served his one match suspension for the two yellow cards he received at Wealdstone a fortnight ago.

It was the home side that started off the brighter, in a first half they dominated for the most part. Mo Harkin, in his second successive start, was lively from the off, and as early as the second minute he brought a brilliant save from visiting goalkeeper Danny Potter. Picking up the ball on the left, he drove at the Leiston defence before unleashing a rocket of a shot that was arrowing into the top corner until Potter’s intervention. This led to two corners, and from the second Max Hustwick got up highest, but couldn’t get his header on target.

Charlie Moone gets through to slot home his second goal

Hampton had the home fans celebrating on seven minutes, when Harkin broke down the left, before turning back onto his favoured right foot and curling in a lovely cross. Charlie Moone, who scored his first goal for a month in the first meeting, met the ball with a deft header that gave Potter no chance at his near post. Just a minute later, the lead could have been doubled when Mo Bettamer broke into the penalty area, but he was well tackled as he was about to shoot, and the chance went begging.

Leiston did have a couple of attacks after this; firstly, Patrick Brothers surged down the left wing and drilled a cross into the box, but it was deflected into Rodney Chiweshe’s hands. Then Stuart Broadley curled a freekick well over the bar, but they were not creating an awful lot going forward. Instead, it was the home side that continued to press, Bettamer and Moone putting chances narrowly wide.

And celebrates his strike

Eight minutes before the break, Joe Turner, playing in central midfield, showed some great strength and footwork to wriggle clear, and he sent the ball across the edge of the box to Mo Harkin in space. However, instead of shooting, he teed up Joel Ledgister, who shot tamely at Potter. Hampton weren’t denied for long, though, and doubled the lead a minute later. A corner was only partially cleared to Tom Hickey eighteen yards out, and he duly despatched a low left foot shot that went into the bottom corner via a slight deflection. The final five minutes of the half saw a few chances, with Osei curling a shot narrowly over after a mistake from Kamara, and a header cleared off the line by Hustwick before Charlier Moone latched onto a through ball and slotted the ball home confidently to increase the halftime scoreline. HT HRBFC 3 Leiston 0

Leiston must have had a rocket during the break from manager Mark Morsley, because they came out fired up for the second half, and immediately set about trying to reduce the deficit. They got themselves on the scoresheet seven minutes into the half when Rhys Henry’s long range shot squeezed under Chiweshe’s hand. This seemed to shake the home side, and for periods of the second half they looked disjointed. James Simmonds came on for Mo Harkin after 57 minutes, and started combining well with the attackers. It was Leiston who were looking the more likely to score, though, Gareth Heath dragging a shot wide, before he crossed for Smy who headed wide.

It wasn’t until the last twenty minutes that Harper’s men looked like putting the game to bed. On 73 minutes, Joel Ledgister curled a freekick into the box, and Hustwick met it with a glancing header which he was unlucky to see rebound off the inside of the post. Moone then saw a shot deflected wide, and from the resulting corner, a combination of Ledgister and Hustwick headed over. With a shade over ten minutes left, the home fans were left fearing extra time when Gareth Heath glanced home a cross from Henry to make it 3-2. Harper responded by bringing JJ Bates on for Bettamer, and he had a great chance with a couple of minutes left, when a lovely flick from Simmonds put him through. He looked to slot it past Potter, but the keeper saved well. Joel Ledgister had hit a 25 yard shot just wide a minute earlier, and Tom Hickey came even closer in the ninetieth minute, his thunderbolt smacking the same post that had earlier denied Hustwick.

However, despite a last long range shot from Osei that went straight at Chiweshe, Leiston didn’t threaten again, and Hampton held on to the win to secure safe passage through to the first round. They will now entertain Blue Square South side Chelmsford City at Beveree Stadium on Saturday, November 24th after The Clarets won 4-2 at Dover after extra time in their own replay.

Moone 7 & 45+1
Hickey 38

Leiston 2
Henry 52
Heath 79

Attendance 160

HRBFC: Chiweshe, Kamara, Jenkins(c), Cousins, Hustwick, Turner, Ledgister, Hickey, Moone, Bettamer (Bates 82), Harkin (Simmonds 57). Subs not used: Paul, Carder, Wain.


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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