Beavers bounce back in Brighton
Two goals from Bradley Hudson-Odoi helped Hampton to a comprehensive victory over Whitehawk in the National League South match at the TerraPurra Ground this afternoon.
The Beavers bounced back from last week’s FA Cup disappointment in style as Christian Jolley put them ahead after less than a minute before Hudson-Odoi’s brace.
Whitehawk came into the game after the break and grabbed a goal back through Marvin Elliott.
But the Beavers held firm in a fairly uneventful second half to claim all three points and rise up to 15th place in the table.
There were three changes from the side that lost to Truro as Michael Kamara came in at right back as Jack Cook dropped to the bench, with Nathan Collier shifting to the centre of defence. Bradley Hudson-Odoi came back in after missing the cup game to replace the departed Marvin Morgan, and Brendan Kiernan replaced Shaun McAuley after a good showing when he came on against the Cornishmen.
Hampton could not have started better as they were ahead in the first minute through Jolley. Whitehawk keeper Simon Jorgensen should have done better but Jolley’s low shot crept past him into the bottom left corner despite the hand he got to the ball.
Whitehawk should have been level two minutes later as the Hampton defence seemed to switch off and allowed Pape Gueye to be played in one-on-one with Beavers’ keeper Sam Howe who saved brilliantly with his right hand in what was a real let off for the visitors.
The Beavers’ tails were up after their early goal and after a period of pressure they eventually added a second in the 22nd minute.
Sutton United loanee Hudson-Odoi was the scorer this time after a great piece of interplay between Kiernan and last week’s man-of-the-match Malechi Napa on the edge of the box. Napa was in acres of space ten yards out and rolled the ball to Hudson-Odoi who finished well to the keeper’s right. This time Jorgensen had no chance and the Beavers were two goals to the good.
After the second goal the remainder of the first half was one way traffic with Hampton well in control. The strong wind made it nearly impossible for Jorgensen to clear his lines, and this just invited more pressure onto the home side.
In the 33rd minute Napa played an excellent through ball to Hudson-Odoi who slid his shot under the onrushing Jorgensen. It was an excellent, composed finish to double his tally and add to a really accomplished first half performance from the number nine.
After the break the Beavers were playing into the strong wind and fluency was harder to come by.
Whitehawk also came out of the changing rooms with more purpose in the second 45 and it was the home side who scored the only goal of the half.
In the 62nd minute the Hampton backline failed to deal with a free-kick from the halfway line and the ball fell to Marvin Elliott who poked home from five yards past the helpless Howes.
Hampton really should have had a fourth in the 66th minute as both Napa and Hudson-Odoi were denied by goal-line clearances from Hawks defender Liam Gordon.
A hat-trick would have been a fine reward for Hudson-Odoi as the striker was undoubtedly the difference in a great attacking performance this week. The fluidity between Hudson-Odoi, Napa and Kretzschmar in the first half in particular was brilliant to watch.
The game petered out in the dying stages as Hampton regained control and saw the game out professionally in difficult conditions playing into the wind.
The win sees Hampton’s unbeaten league run stretch to eight games while this is Whitehawk’s sixth loss on the bounce.
With three home games in a row coming up, starting with St Albans on Tuesday night, the Beavers will be hoping to keep this unbeaten run going and climb the table even further.
Whitehawk - Elliott (62)
Hampton - Jolley (1)
Hudson-Odoi (22, 33)
Man of the Match: Bradley Hudson-Odoi