Hampton Break Rocks In Dominant Display
Hampton & Richmond Borough Press Officer, Rob Overfield, gives us the official report from Borough’s five star display at Bognor.
After the disappointment of Saturday’s defeat, a Tuesday night trip to Nyewood Lane to face Bognor Regis Town didn’t exactly set the pulses racing but for those who braved the journey, it will go down as an amazing night. A 15 minute first half hat-trick by Ryan Moss killed off the game before the half time Bovril was ready.
Due to injuries, illness and availability issues, the Beavers had to shuffle players around with Alan Bray moving into a central role, Joe Turner and Tony Taggart taking on full back positions, and there were starts for reserve team members Clayton Murray and Matt Reece. Charlie Moone had to settle for a place on the bench due to illness.
The first 20 minutes or so were quite even with Turner coming closest for the Beavers before Pearce and Crane attempted to threaten Rodney Chiweshe’s goal, but not succeeding.
However, on 25 minutes, Mo Bettamer – who acted as an effective foil for Moss all game – broke through in midfield. His run to the left drew the defenders out of position enough for a delightful inside pass to find Moss who finished neatly past Stoner.
Bognor Regis were stung by the slightly unexpected opener, and Crane nearly got in at the post but Chiweshe was equal to it, and batted the ball clear away from the onrushing Woods.
Two minutes later, Ryan Moss got his second as the Beavers counter attacked quickly, the Rocks being sluggish in their attempts to stop the wave of red. Moss’s left foot drive gave Stoner no chance from 20 yards, and it was clear the team were ready to take the upper hand.
Just ninety seconds later, on the 39th minute, the Beavers countered again and killed the game. Moss claimed his third from the right hand side, crashing the ball through Stoner’s despairing dive. The hosts looked bewildered at the state of affairs and there was only one winner from here, despite recent defensive performances.
On 57 minutes, it just got better for the Beavers as Matt Reece won a corner on the Beavers left. Joe Turner’s wicked near post corner sent keeper Stoner into a panic, his attempted catch ended up in the back of the net, the goal being credited to the keeper although Joe maintains it should really be his!
With the game being pretty much safe, George Wells and Jacob Peace got their chances, coming on for Reece and Bettamer respectively and although Simon Woods attempted to knock the gloss off the evening, Rodney Chiweshe was equal to it and dived bravely in a melee to smother the loose ball.
The cherry on the cake for the Beavers came deep in stoppage time as Clayton Murray – who put in a impressive performance on the right of midfield – cut in off his wing to let fly with a curling thunderbolt of a shot which left Stoner wondering what flew past him into the top corner for his first senior goal.
There was barely time for the shell-shocked hosts to restart for referee Hatzdakis brought the game to a close.
It’s been nearly 5 years since the Beavers scored 5 in a game, and it was well worth the wait.
Bognor Regis Town 0
Hampton & Richmond Borough 5
Moss 25, 38, 39
Stoner OG 57,
Bognor Regis Town
Stoner, Marzetti, Wollers, Crane, Pearce S, Warren, Beck, Wills (c), Woods, Dodd, Stockford.
Subs: Kempson, Tuck, Pearce O, Whyte, Boyle.
Hampton & Richmond Borough
Chiweshe, Turner, Taggart, Jeffreys (c), Bray, Murray, Bettamer (Peace 79), Holloway, Moss, Simmonds, Reece (Wells 75).
Subs: Moone, Hustwick, Harkin.