Beavers Left Feeling Green As Hendon March On
Hendon FC claimed an important victory at Hampton & Richmond Borough to lift themselves to within four points of the Isthmian Premier Division playoff places. The defeat all but eliminates Borough’s fading hopes of finishing in the top five.
Hampton’s horrendous home form continued on a freezing night at Beveree Stadium, extending their winless run in front of their own supporters to six league games. Incredibly, that small number of games stretches back all the way to a single goal win against Whitehawk on October 13th!
Mark Harper made a couple of changes to his lineup; Malvin Kamara was restored to the starting eleven, while Gary Holloway was missing through illness. Joe Turner reverted to central midfield after playing at right back in Saturday’s defeat at Margate. The Beavers started off brightly, and had the better of the game for the opening quarter of the match. As early as the fifth minute, Charlie Moone hit a lovely dipping volley that dropped on the roof of the net. Joe Turner, possibly Hampton’s most consistent player other than Moone this season, had three efforts inside the first twenty minutes. First, a well worked free kick saw Moone set up Tony Taggart. His shot was blocked, and the loose ball fell to Turner, who drilled his shot wide of the left hand upright. Then, on the quarter hour, he showed some lovely trickery to get into a shooting position, but his effort was tame and easily saved. On nineteen minutes, he poked an effort wide from the edge of the box.
After this, Hendon started to get into the match, and their first chance fell to Lee Angol. Beavers keeper Rodney Chiweshe miscued a clearance, and Angol got onto the loose ball but poked his effort wide. The opening goal came on the half hour from the penalty spot. Billy Jeffreys was adjudged to have challenged with a high foot, and referee Webb pointed to the spot immediately. Junior Morias stepped up and confidently struck the ball into Chiweshe’s bottom right corner. The second wasn’t long in coming, and again it was Morias who got it. Good combination between him and Jack Bennett set up Morias on the edge of the box, and he hit a powerful low shot that went through Chiweshe. Half Time HRBFC 0 Hendon FC 2
The visitors started the second half in the same dominant fashion they ended the first, with Belal Aite-Ouakrim firing over early, before Dean Cracknell headed straight at Chiweshe when it looked easier to score. Alan Bray then presented Hendon with a gilt-edged chance, when he slipped in possession, allowing Morias to break into the penalty area. He drilled the ball into the six yard box, but Jeffreys cleared the ball away from onrushing attackers.
It was eleven minutes into the second half before Hampton registered a shot on goal. Charlie Moone cut in from the left and hit a well struck shot that Hendon keeper Berkeley Laurencin did well to handle on the tricky surface. He wasn’t to be denied for long, though, as on the hour mark he got through on the right side of the penalty area, and fired expertly past Laurencin to reduce the deficit. Ryan Moss then fired wide when clean through. The first substitution for Hampton came on 72 minutes, when Anson Cousins replaced Tony Taggart, and he was involved straight away. He received the ball from an excellent pass from Turner, and crossed towards Moone. Unfortuantely, the ball was slightly behind the striker, and his header was tame and straight at Laurencin. The final chance came for Cousins, who fired wide after a lovely move involving Mo Bettamer and Moone. Full Time HRBFC 1 Hendon FC 2