Hampton powder stolen by Oxford City
Hampton and Richmond's worrying home form continued as Tom Winters 51st minute goal gave Oxford City the points today as the visitors absorbed the best the Beavers could produce.
Hampton created the early chances with the best being Brendan Kiernan's overhead kick on 15 minutes, which looped into the air and came down on top of the bar.
The Beavers creating half chances a-plenty, Kiernan shooting wide midway through the half and but for a yard, the midfielder would have got the vital touch to a sharp Jack Taylor cross.
The City's Jack Stevens was the busier keeper as the thin yellow line in front of kept being breached, but the chances were never clear enough, with even Jamal Lowe misfiring, his cross-come-shot on 40 minutes being safely pouched by Stevens before a Hampton player could get near it.
Just before the break, the City finally forced a save from keeper Aaron Howe, but Jonny Giles' attempt was no trouble for him as he reached to push the ball wide..
Early in the second half though, Oxford took advantage of the Hampton defence to take the lead.
Mike Fondop and Jefferson Louis broke forward quickly down the Hampton right and into the centre, the crossfield pass looked to be misplaced and wasted when Tom Winters, unnoticed and unmarked on the left hand side of the box, picked up the ball and hit a shot from a tight angle past Howe into the net.
The goal stunned the Beavers as they then tried to gather themselves for the push for an equaliser, Lowe being denied in a goalmouth melee some 5 minutes later.
Oxford gained confidence from the goal and on 56 minutes, Howe had to be alert as Louis' powerful shot from the edge of the area needed to be pushed over the bar.
With 20 minute to go, Jamal Lowe looked to have equalised for the hosts as he forced the ball into the net, but it was immediately disallowed for a push on Ashby.
Hampton kept pressing and it looked as if Jay Gasson's header was goalward bound, but James Roberts had tracked back and headed the ball off the line to make sure of the points and leaving manager Alan Dowson wondering what he could do to change things...