Beavers Comeback Earns A Point

A stirring fight back from the Beavers gained them a well earned point against Leiston, after being 2-0 then 3-1 down with a half hour to play.

The Beavers came out with a definite sense of purpose and on four minutes, Tom Hickey intercepted a pass in midfield and took the opportunity to drive forward, but his shot was saved easily by keeper Matthews.

On twelve minutes, James Simmonds cut in from the left, and fired a powerful swerving shot, which Matthews had to be alert to save. Simmonds had a further chance just after but couldn’t hit the target.

Just after Gary Holloway had had a shot scrambled cleared on 37 minutes, Leiston took the lead, somewhat against the run of play. A corner from the right found Tom Winter on the edge of the box and his speculative shot threaded its way through the crowd of players into the net.

As the half was coming to a close, the Beavers won a free kick just outside the box. Tony Taggart’s free kick was met by Harkin at the back post, but the header was just wide of the post. Half Time: HRBFC 0 Leiston 1

Immediately after the interval, Leiston extended the lead as Patrick Brothers managed to get to the bye-line, to fire in a pacey cross; on-rushing Winter beat Rodney Chiweshe at the near post to stab the ball home.

It looked an uphill task for the Beavers but they soon reduced the deficit when James Simmonds spun and shot through a congested penalty area on 52 minutes.

Just 4 minutes later, the Leiston lead was back to 2 goals as Gareth Heath beat Rodney Chiweshe at the near post with a cross shot from an acute angle near the bye line, to bury the ball into the opposite corner.

The Beavers were still up for the task, 30 minutes left meant there was enough time for anything to happen and on 68 minutes, a Tony Taggart free kick into the box caused chaos, the ball pinging around the box until Gary Holloway turned and crashed the ball into the roof of the net from 8 yards.

The Beavers were now on top and despite Darren Powell looping a header over the bar after rising highest in the box, they were not to be denied.  With about 10 minutes to go, Tony Taggart swung a dangerous cross into the box, and Ryan Moss ghosted in at the back post to nod the ball in for the equaliser, which had been well deserved.

Leiston tried to rouse themselves after losing the lead, but it was all Hampton & Richmond as they tried to grab a winning goal. Mo Bettamer’s header from Taggart’s cross drifted wide, then Joe Turner’s curling shot didn’t challenge the keeper.

In added time, a floating, teasing cross from Taggart nearly deceived the keeper before landing on the roof of the net, before with almost the last action of the game, Joe Turner took the intiative and after beating defenders, his shot went wide.

This display and the refusal to lie down has demonstrated the team’s pride in their performances, and the willingness to fight till the last second will add an extra dimension to every game as they seek to rise as high as possible in the table over the last few performances.

Hampton & Richmond Borough 3
Simmonds 52, Holloway 68
Moss 78

Leiston 3
Winter 38, 47
G Heath 56

Att 169

Hampton & Richmond Borough
Chiweshe, Kamara (Moss 52), Taggart, Hickey, Jeffreys, Powell (c), Simmonds, Holloway, Harkin (Wells 72), Bettamer, Reece (Turner 56).
Not used: Paul, Wain.

Leiston
Matthews, Ottley-Gooch, Dunbar, Hammond, Jefford, Broadley (c), Winter (J Heath 90), G Heath, M Brothers, Wilson (Osei 51), P Brothers (Henry 65).
Not used: Heath, Jeetoo.

Thanks to Rob Overfield, Press Officer at Hampton, for this report. Follow Rob on twitter: @RabidRobo.

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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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