Beavers Back To Winning Ways

The Beavers returned to winning ways with a comfortable victory in North London, against a Wingate & Finchley squad that are finding life tough this season.

Manager Mark Harper chose to give striker Joel Ledgister a rest, and give JJ Bates a start for the first time in a while.

Within two minutes, Charlie Moone forced a decent save from keeper Bobby Smith. Wingate then broke quickly down the right, and when faced with what was in effect an open goal, Burrell proceeded to place his shot wide of the post.

Fifteen minutes later, Joe Turner gathered a loose ball on the edge of the box and his first time shot forced Smith into another save.

Hampton were stll prone to mistakes and still looked somewhat vulnerable; midway through the half, Laird’s cross was met by Burrell again, and his header had to be punched clear pretty smartly by Chiweshe.

Just before the interval, the Beavers finally got the goal their pressure had deserved.  Charlie Moone broke through into the box; his shot was saved by Smith, the rebound fell to Moone and the shot was blocked by Smith again, Moone’s 3rd attempt was blocked on the line, before JJ Bates fired his shot past the defenders on the line and into the net.

The second half started quietly, Wingate were looking composed, and the Beavers seemed to be making hard work of the game. Chances were at a premium for both sides, Scott Shulton for the hosts being the only one to force a save from the keeper, Rodney Chiweshe having to fling himself to his left for tip the shot for a corner.

With just 15 minutes to go, the Beavers began to up their game, and it paid dividends. Moone made strides with the ball down the right; his low cross was met in the box by Tom Hickey, who gleefully buried the ball into the roof of the net.

Wingate looked to have had the stuffing knocked out of them, and within the last five minutes, the Beavers extended their lead with a classy goal. A quick throw from keeper Rodney Chiweshe found Karle Carder, who played it forward to James Simmonds.  Simmonds sprinted to the goal-line, and his delightful cross found Joe Turner, who from 3 yds out nodded the ball home.

Wingate & Finchley 0

Hampton & Richmond Borough 3
Bates 42
Hickey 75
Turner 86

Att 131

HRBFC: Chiweshe, Kamara, Jenkins (c) (Powell 73), Hustwick, Bray, Carder, Turner, Holloway, Moone, Bates (Simmonds 63), Harkin (Hickey 57).

Subs not used: Ledgister, Bettamer

Rob Overfield

Press Officer – Hampton & Richmond Borough FC


Many thanks to Rob for this report, which can also be found on the club’s official website.


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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