Seven clean sheets in the first eight games of the season, and joint top of the Isthmian League Premier Division table, not to mention still in the FA Cup. What a dream start to the season for Hampton & Richmond Borough! Read the rest of this entry
Hampton & Richmond Borough avoided the cliched “banana skin” to cruise into the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup at the expense of AFC Kempston Rovers, and achieved a new club record along the way. Read the rest of this entry
Saturday, July 28th was a good day for me. I regularly watch two non-league clubs; Hampton & Richmond Borough and Ashford Town (Middlesex). On the aforementioned date, these two clubs played each other at Ashford’s Robert Parker Stadium in a preseason friendly.
I had dramas leading up to the game, as my car pretty much gave up the ghost, and I had to ask the wife to borrow hers! With that sorted, I headed off to Ashford’s ground in anticipation of a cracking match in perfect footballing conditions. I was also looking forward to one of their tasty hotdogs! Alas, that didn’t happen as the lady who normally runs the snack bar was away, but I did have a couple of lovely cold rolls and a coffee.
The absence of a team sheet didn’t make things any easier regarding who was turning out to play, but between us we fathomed most of the team! There appeared to be only one unfamiliar face lining up at the start, in the number eleven shirt for Hampton. Both sides had early headers go over, Charlie Moone for Hampton, and Dan Brown’s looping effort for the home side. Brown raced clear of the Beavers’ backline after a dozen minutes, but Craig Ross pulled off a good near post save to deny the striker.
Against the run of play, Hampton took the lead. Karle Carder played a lofted through ball to trialist JJ Bates, and the ex-Harrow Borough forward lifted the ball over the onrushing Ashford goalkeeper to break the deadlock. It was a lovely show of pace and composure from the striker, and only makes me want Hampton to sign him even more! Hopefully, there will be news of that in the coming days.
Ashford continued to be the better side for the remainder of the first half, and could consider themselves unlucky to be behind at the interval. Mark Bitmead almost levelled when his cross nearly deceived Craig Ross, but the ball nestled in the side netting. Hampton manager Mark Harper changed goalkeeper at half time, with Rodney Chiweshe taking Ross’ place between the sticks, and he was called into action immediately. Dan Brown got through and outmuscled Dean Inman, but his shot was easily repelled by the sub keeper.
The remainder of the game passed without too much incident or goalmouth action, and was most memorable for Ashford’s chairman, Dave Baker, chatting to me and Rob (Press Officer at Hampton) for the whole of the second half. A nicer bloke it would be tough to meet.
The game finished 1-0 to Hampton, and was n the whole a very enjoyable experience. It was great to see the two clubs I watch most playing each other, and great to see two clubs playing football the “right way.” There is still plenty of work for Mark Harper and his staff to do before the start of the Isthmian season, but there were some good signs. JJ Bates looked really good, and Karle Carder had an excellent match. And, of course, there was a clean sheet kept.
On top of the team that played today, there are still some important players to come back. James Simmonds, our most creative and impressive midfielder, and Billy Jeffreys, a good centreback, are in the US and due back before the season starts. Joe Ledgister should hopefully sign a new deal and score the goals this season.
All in all, things are looking promising for the coming season, and I cannot wait for it to get underway.
Another unhappy night for the team as Salisbury managed to convert the precious few chances they made, the second goal wasn’t even a proper shot but in the end not even Dean Inman’s 3rd goal of the season in stoppage made much of a difference, writes Rob Overfield.
The Beavers started the better and on 18 minutes, Tarpey managed to get through; turning inside and beating two defenders, but Salisbury keeper Puddy was equal to it and tipped it wide. More of the chances were coming the Beavers way; Tarpey had another shot blocked, Simmonds header ballooned over and it just looked a matter of time before they took the lead. Nathan Collier looked to have created a good chance with a mazy run into the box, but when he got there, the ball suddenly developed a mind of its own and got caught under his feet, giving the Salisbury defenders a chance to clear the ball. The first half was drawing to its close when, against the run of play, Salisbury took the lead. Lossasso collected the rebound fromGriffin’s attempt and accurately placed a bobbling shot past the diving Ross into the corner of the net. The frustration in the team was beginning to show and the half time break looked to be much needed but in the last action of the half, Salisbury freakishly doubled the lead. Danny Webb chased a loose cross, catching up close to the by-line, and more in hope than expectation, lobbed the ball back into the goalmouth. It looped high and slothfully into the air, looking like it was going over the bar but it quickly dipped and dropped into the opposite side of the goal, to everyone’s shock and amazement. HT HRBFC 0 Salisbury 2
The second half turned into Beavers dominance; Tarpey had two clear opportunities within 5 minutes of the restart, hitting one shot at Puddy and then only managing to direct a simple header into Puddy’s hand after a neat cross from Reece Jones. Tarpey was the recipient of most of the chances but the touch that had seen him score 24 goals deserted him; put through by Powell, his shot was blocked by Puddy and Reece Jones could do nothing with the rebound. James Simmonds wasn’t to be ignored and with just 20 mins left on the clock, his attempt went wildly over after Darren Powell had created the opening. Time was running out for the Beavers, and Salisbury nearly caught them on the counter with 5 minutes to go but the shot was scrambled wide. Hampton fought back, Karle Andrews playing a delightful pass through the Salisbury defence but Tarpey had the ball taken off his feet by Puddy in a desperate dive. One of the chances was sure to be converted and as stoppage time began, some 5 minutes in total, the Beavers finally did get that goal. A corner had been forced and the box was crowded with Powell and Inman taking their places; the cross was only half cleared to Inman who with his back to goal, lifted it over his head past Puddy for the best goal he’ll get this year. It was late but was it too late? With time almost up, another corner to the beavers was awarded, and Inman again came storming in at the back post to meet Ferrell’s cross; his powerful header was on target but was straight at the flying Puddy, who clawed the ball away, saving the win for the Whites. This was a winnable game but the efforts of Puddy in the Whites’ goal meant it was not to be.
Hampton now have just three games left to preserve their Conference South status, starting with a home game against high flying Welling United this Saturday.
Many thanks to Rob Overfield for this report. Rob is the Press Officer at the Beveree Stadium, and he can be found on twitter here. The club are also on twitter, and you can visit their website by clicking here.
In a disappointing and ultimately fruitless journey to the south coast, the Beavers came home having dropped 3 points to relegation rivals, having Darren Powell nursing a niggle and with Dean Inman facing his 3rd suspension of the season, being dismissed for two bookable offences again, writes Rob Overfield. Read the rest of this entry
The Beavers continued their fine away form with a resolute and effective performance against a Farnborough club that has troubles, on and off the pitch, writes Rob Overfield. Read the rest of this entry
Maidenhead leave The Beveree with the point they came for in dull, drab match that sees Hampton striker sent off for violent conduct. Read the rest of this entry
Hampton gain a well deserved, and much needed, point after holding runaway leaders Woking at The Beveree. Read the rest of this entry