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East Thurrock United
Hampton & Richmond Borough
R Harris (11'), T Wraight (88')
Full time
D Culley (55')
Sat 18 Feb 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League South Attendance 243

It's not all Wraight for Beavers

Alan Dowson left 'frustrated' by fragile Beavers defending in defeat at Rookery Hill.

Dowse elected to keep the same starting lineup that had ultimately defeated Margate last week and despite a fairly even start, the Rocks took the lead on 11 minutes, taking advantage of a defensive error by right back Tom Jelley.

His mis-directed header allowed Beavers' nemesis Sam Higgins to collect the ball on the edge of the Hampton penalty area; drawing the remaining defence and keeper Sam Howes, Higgins' cut back from the bye-line found Reece Harris all alone in front of goal for the simplest of tap ins.

At times, it looked as if the Beavers were playing with 10 men, such was the way the Rocks were pulling the strings. On 26 minutes, Higgins chased down a long ball, slicing the defence in half with the movement. His attempt on goal beat the on-rushing Howes, but Jay Gasson was able to get back in time to hack the ball clear.

With 5 minutes to the interval, the Beavers gave up another free kick on the edge of the box and it took a diving Howes to prevent Wraight's shot from sneaking in at the near post. Hampton had barely had a chance on goal of note until just before the half time whistle when Rocks keeper Lidakevicius had to punch clear a Jelley free kick.

At the start of the second half, Hippolyte-Patrick was brought on in place of Alfie Pavey, giving the Beavers a 5 man midfield, leaving Duncan Culley in a lone striker role and immediately the Beavers looked more competitive.

With just 10 minutes played, the Beavers got back on terms.

Josh Casey produced one of those runs from midfield that shows his midfield process, and unchallenged as he reached the edge of the Rocks area, he struck a firm shot which was too good for Lidakevicius. Unfortunately, it struck the post, but for once, the luck was running the Beavers way and Duncan Culley was lurking in the box to tap it home.

The Beavers then started to show why they are in the top reaches of the table as they put pressure on the hosts. Almost immediately after Culley's goal, Lidakevicius had to be at full stretch to catch Casey's free kick as Hampton looked to turn the tables.

On 65 minutes, they so easily could have taken the lead as a penalty was award for a foul on Culley. Tom Jelley stepped up to take the kick, but Lidakevicius guessed right and was able to save the kick.

East Thurrock slowly weathered the storm and with 15 minutes left, they could have taken the lead as a combination of Howes and the cross bar denied Wraight from close range when it would have been easier to score.

With the prospect of sizeable added time looming, due to a long stoppage for an injury to Nathan Collier, Hampton knew that they just had to defend to at least get a point. On 88 minutes, though, they left the door open to Wraight who latched on to a through ball between defenders to slot home the Rocks second goal past Howes.

The 4th minutes of added time saw the Beavers trying to apply pressure and Brendan Kiernan nearly snatched the point as his shot beat the keeper but then hit the post. This meant that in the end, the Beavers had to taste the bitter pill of defeat for the first time in 2017, much to the management's frustration.

Speaking after the match, Dowse said "First half, it was men against boys, it really was, but the second half we were much much better."

"With just 3 clean sheets this season, everyone can see what our issue is and there's no wonder I'm frustrated with it. We should be defending much better than this."

Key moments

11:00
Goal Reece Harris scores for East Thurrock United
55:00
Goal Duncan Culley scores for Hampton & Richmond Borough
88:00
Goal Tom Wraight scores for East Thurrock United

Highlights

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88:00 Goal 2 - 1
Tom Wraight scores for East Thurrock United
84:00 Sub On
Wesley Fonguck is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
84:00 Sub Off
Nathan Collier is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
78:00 Sub On
Ben Wood is substituted on for East Thurrock United
78:00 Sub Off
Michael Freiter is substituted off for East Thurrock United
69:00 Yellow Card
Nathan Collier is yellow carded for Hampton & Richmond Borough
62:00 Yellow Card
Jay Gasson is yellow carded for Hampton & Richmond Borough
59:00 Sub On
James Walker is substituted on for East Thurrock United
59:00 Sub Off
Kye Ruel is substituted off for East Thurrock United
55:00 Goal 1 - 1
Duncan Culley scores for Hampton & Richmond Borough
55:00 Assist
Joshua Casey makes an assist for Hampton & Richmond Borough
46:00 Sub On
Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
46:00 Sub Off
Alfie Pavey is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
End of period 1
29:00 Yellow Card
Reece Harris is yellow carded for East Thurrock United
11:00 Goal 1 - 0
Reece Harris scores for East Thurrock United
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • East Thurrock United
  • Hampton & Richmond Borough
  • 0
  • Reece Harris Goal 11:00'
  • Reece Harris Yellow Card 29:00'
  • Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick Sub On 46:00'
  • Alfie Pavey Sub Off 46:00'
  • Duncan Culley Goal 55:00'
  • Joshua Casey Assist 55:00'
  • James Walker Sub On 59:00'
  • Kye Ruel Sub Off 59:00'
  • Jay Gasson Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Nathan Collier Yellow Card 69:00'
  • Ben Wood Sub On 78:00'
  • Michael Freiter Sub Off 78:00'
  • Wesley Fonguck Sub On 84:00'
  • Nathan Collier Sub Off 84:00'
  • Tom Wraight Goal 88:00'

Team selection

Howes, Samuel Howes, Samuel
Jelley, Tom Jelley, Tom
Casey, Joshua Casey, Joshua
Solomon, Leon Solomon, Leon
Hicks, Joe Hicks, Joe
Gasson, Jay Gasson, Jay
Collier, Nathan Collier, Nathan
Odametey, Harold Odametey, Harold
Culley, Duncan Culley, Duncan
Pavey, Alfie Pavey, Alfie
Kiernan, Brendan Kiernan, Brendan
East Thurrock United
  • 1. Lukas Lidakevicius
  • 2. Michael Freiter
  • 3. Adetayo Osifuwa
  • 4. Simon Peddie
  • 5. Marvin Ekpiteta
  • 6. Lee Burns
  • 7. Reece Harris
  • 8. Scott Heard
  • 9. Sam Higgins
  • 10. Kye Ruel
  • 11. Tom Wraight
  • 12. Ben Wood
  • 14. George Craddock
  • 15. Harry Honesty
  • 16. Charlie Pardoe
  • 17. James Walker

League round up

Standings

# Team Pl Pts
1. Maidenhead United 42 98
2. Ebbsfleet United 42 96
3. Dartford 42 84
4. Chelmsford City 42 82
5. Poole Town 42 71
6. Hungerford Town 42 70
7. Hampton & Richmond Borough 42 69

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