The farcical situation surrounding the conclusion of the Ryman League Premier Division season once again highlights the laughable and lackadaisical approach toward administration from the game’s governing body. Read the rest of this entry
Hampton & Richmond Borough were defeated in a match they started dominantly on Canvey Island, with John Sands netting a brace for The Gulls on his debut.
The day saw plenty of rain in the morning, and several postponements up and down the leagues (even Concord Rangers’ home match was called off!), but the pitch at Prospects Stadium was in fine fettle for the clash. And it was Hampton who started the brighter of the two teams, with Charlie Moone firing The Beavers in front after just six minutes. A fine move, one of many in the first half hour, saw Belal Aite-Ouakrim spray the ball out to Joe Turner on the right. Turner’s first time volley cushioned the ball perfectly into the path of Moone, and the club’s top scorer fired a first time shot through the legs of Canvey keeper Joshua Vickers. It was Charlie’s seventeenth goal already this campaign, and his eleven league goals make him the second top scorer in the Ryman Premier. The home defenders, and fans, felt there was a strong hint of offside about the goal, but it stood and Hampton were ahead.
The Beavers dominated the opening exchanges, but were unable to add to their lead. Just three minutes after the goal, Karle Carder and Aite-Ouakrim combined well, before the ball was worked out to Turner. The winger shot, but a deflection looped the ball harmlessly into Vickers’ hands. It wasn’t until the 26th minute that we saw the home side have their first chance, John Sands firing wide, wasting a very presentable chance.
Another good break from Hampton saw a pacey curling cross from Turner met by the head of Moone, but the striker’s glancing header went wide. The next chance again fell to Moone, this time a left foot half volley on the turn that went over the bar. The shot was the culmination of good buildup play involving James Simmonds and Aite-Ouakrim.
As is so often the case, though, the home side equalised on forty minutes, somewhat against the general run of the game. Like Hampton’s opener, it had more than a hint of offside about it. John Sands – signed for an undisclosed fee from Bury Town, where he was the league’s top scorer last season – latched onto a good through ball and powered an emphatic shot past Rodney Chiweshe. Sands then had a chance to put the hosts in front before the break, but his scissor kick went wide. Half Time Canvey Island 1 Hampton 1
If it was Hampton who started the first half the brighter, it was the home side who came out of the blocks quickest in the second. A long range shot from skipper Matt Game was straight at Chiweshe, but just minutes later they were in front. Sands hit a volley from distance which Chiweshe tipped away. However, the ball was put back into the box, and after an almighty scramble ensued, Sands smashed the ball home from close range to make it 2-1.
Charlie Moone had a chance to equalise just before the hour, but he dragged his shot wide. Marcus Rose then almost gifted Canvey a third as his loose pass allowed Harrison Chatting a clear run on goal. As he bore down on goal, Chiweshe came out to meet him and close down the angle, eventually gathering the ball bravely at the winger’s feet. Warren McBean then got on the end of a cross from the right, but his header went straight to Chiweshe.
Luke Wanadio, on as a substitute for Simmonds, went on a driving run and hit a powerful shot that narrowly missed the angle of post and bar. The last couple of Hampton chances fell to Moone, but on both occasions he dragged his shot wide. In fact, Canvey could have made it 3-1 in the dying minutes, but Chiweshe tipped over Simon Thomas’ shot.
Canvey Island 2 (Sands 40 & 56)
Hampton 1 (Moone 6)
The club is delighted to announce 3 new signings, Lewis Taylor, Belal Aite-Ouakrim and Luke Wanadio, all of whom are eligible to play in today’s FA Cup Third Qualifying Round tie against Arlesey Town. Read the rest of this entry
Four goals in the last sixteen minutes gave Hampton & Richmond Borough their first home league win of the season against bottom side Cray Wanderers. Going into the match, Hampton had lost all three of their previous home league encounters, whilst Cray had lost each of their three games on the road.
The first half was a virtual non event, with Hampton unable to break down a stubborn Cray side. There were absolutely no shots of note on target, with only off target efforts from Tom Hickey and Joel Ledgister for the home side, while a tame effort from Cray frontman Tommy Whitnell was easily dealt with by Rodney Chiweshe, who threw his proverbial cap on the shot.
The second half, though, was a completely different story. Hampton started to grow into the game, becoming ever slightly more dangerous every time they attacked. Tom Hickey, on his way to earning my man of the match award, played in Ledgister with a great pass, but the striker – fresh from an FA Cup hattrick at the weekend – poked his shot wide. Jordan Rocastle, making his first start for the club after impressing from the bench in recent weeks, had his first serious sight of goal just after the hour mark, but his smart turn and shot curled just wide of Andy Walker's left hand upright. Two minutes later, Rocastle again missed the same upright, prodding an effort agonisingly wide. Still, the signs were encouraging for the home fans.
As has been the case in recent games, the substitutions made by joint managers Paul Barry and Darren Powell made all the difference. James Simmonds and Charlie Moone replaced Ledgister and Alex Parsons for the final twenty minutes, and it wasn't long before they were influencing the game. Before that, though, Hampton took the lead; young left back George Wells scored his first goal for the club, his tentative effort taking a sizeable deflection to leave Walker wrong footed. Wells was mobbed by his teammates, and you could tell how much of a relief it was for that to go in.
The goal seemed to have a huge effect on the two teams. While Hampton visibly grew in confidence, you could see the Cray team drop their collective heads. Not surprising, though, when you consider they have been beaten 5-0, 6-1 and 7-1 already this season, and were dumped out of the FA Cup at the weekend at home to a team from the division below.
Two minutes after the goal, Joe Turner, having another excellent game on the right, cut in and fizzed a fierce drive which Walker beat away well, before Tommy Brewer hit a shot that narrowly missed the top corner. Cray did have a couple of golden opportunities to level, though, with Chiweshe saving bravely at the feet of Marcus Ekeh, and then Whitnell fired wide when clean through. In between those chances, Rocastle again narrowly missed the target, his shot just clearing the crossbar after a surging break down the right by Turner.
Into the last ten minutes, and the aforementioned subs, Moone and Simmonds, put the Cray defence to the sword. On 81, Simmonds got the ball on the left and crossed superbly to the back post, where Joe Turner thundered a header past Walker to give the home team some breathing space. Five minutes later, Wells picked out Moone, and the fans' favourite fired home left footed from the edge of the box, with Walker flatfooted. And in the last minute, Simmonds scored the goal of the game. Joe Turner lifted a super ball up to Simmonds, who controlled brilliantly before lobbing the stranded Walker. There was still time for Moone t hit a stoppage time shot which brought the best save of the game, Walker tipping the effort over acrobatically.
All in all, then, and excellent, and ultimately deserved win for Hampton, even if they did leave it late! As for my man of the match, it was definitely Tom Hickey. The midfielder broke up play well and his passing was also excellent, starting off many of the Hampton attacks.
Hampton & Richmond Borough 4 (Wells 74, Turner 81, Moone 86, Simmonds 89)
Cray Wanderers 0
Hampton: Chiweshe, Case, Wells, Hickey, Rose, Lake(c), Turner, Brewer, Rocastle (Carder 84), Ledgister (Moone 70), Parsons (Simmonds 70). Unused subs: Mills, Pilgram.
Cray Wanderers: Walker, Coleman (Ogunbiyi 83), Sessegnon, Stavrinou, Day(c), Cook, Robertson-Feehi, Saunders (Wybrow 40), Ekeh, Whitnell, Fray. Unused subs: Eshilokun, Fatai, Edgar.
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