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Hampton & Richmond Borough
Slough Town
M Barrington (94')
Full time
S Togwell (25')
Sat 9 Feb 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League South Attendance 607

Debutant Marcel Barrington salvages last-minute point for Hampton

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The Beavers rescued a point with the last kick of the game despite a disappointing performance.

By Rob Clayden

First Half

Hampton started brightly, seeing plenty of the ball in the first five minutes.

Jack Connors on his return for a third loan spell at the Beveree drove into the box on the left side, linking up with Matty Wichelow and Craig Dundas in the process, forcing a hasty clearance from the Slough defence.

Slough soon established a strong foothold in the game however, and had the first shot of the match deflected wide – skipper Mark Nisbet with the away side’s first sighter from the edge of the box.

Following a sustained period of pressure, Slough won a free-kick near the right corner flag which would provide the best chance of the opening 15 minutes.

After Tom Lovelock left his line to punch clear George Wells’ cross, Slough midfielder Matt Lench looped a header back over the Beavers' keeper - only for Rian Bray to make a vital goalline clearance.

Hampton’s defensive stand would not last long though, as Slough defender Sam Togwell opened the scoring after 25 minutes.

Tyrell Miller-Rodney conceded a foul in a dangerous position just outside his own box on the left-hand side, and Wells whipped in an inviting free kick for Togwell to nod into the far corner under little pressure.

Hampton reached the half hour mark having created very little in the way of clear-cut chances, with the away team visibly first to every second-ball in the midfield.

With five minutes to go until the break, Lench almost put Slough two goals to the good – fizzing a right-footed shot just wide from a central position after Hampton were dispossessed in midfield.

The Beavers, despite struggling for large periods of the first half, almost drew level against the run of play just before the half time whistle.

The ball broke to Dundas on the left edge of the box, who jinked past his man and fired a deflected effort just wide of the right-hand post with Slough keeper Jack Turner beaten.

Second Half

Hampton came out for the second half with a change in formation and fortunes, causing problems from the outset.

Nana Kyei was replaced at the interval by Casey Maclaren, who added some strength to a Hampton midfield that was consistently overrun in the first period.

Chris Dickson and Dundas began to link up regularly, with Dickson firing a dangerous ball across the six-yard box after breaking past the Slough defence on the left side.

Slough substitute Tommy Wood was introduced in place of the yellow-carded Ben Harris just before the hour mark, and had a great chance with his first touch, miscuing his shot from a great position in the box.

Beavers responded instantly however, with Dickson firing high and wide from the left-side of the box after latching on to a Dundas flick on.

As the game passed the hour mark Slough visibly pressed for a second, Lench firing over from two yards out after Warren Harris put a wonderful ball across the six-yard box.

Harris started causing regular problems down the right hand side, and Chris Flood should have made it 2-0 with 20 minutes to go – the forward heading over Harris’ driven ball from six yards.

Despite a markedly improved second half, Hampton only looked dangerous as the game entered its final few minutes.

At the start of injury time, Dundas forced a brilliant point-blank save from Turner following a Dickson header across the face of goal.

That may well have been the Beavers’ final chance, but after Tom Lovelock saved brilliantly from Slough substitute Sean Fraser, Hampton went the length of the field to score a last-minute equaliser.

Casey Maclaren took the ball wide after being played through into the Slough box, before laying it off on the left hand side for Ryan Hill.

Hill whipped in a brilliant cross to the back post, where debutant Marcel Barrington nodded into a gaping net to secure a point for Gary McCann’s side.

Manager Gary McCann's reaction

"I’m not too convinced with the actual performance in terms of ball retention, in terms of quality and in terms of creating.

“I’m pleased with the defensive structure today, however I can assure you I’m not happy with the level of performance we’re giving offensively at the moment.

“The big plus to come out of today is the battling qualities, we kept going right until the death – it wasn’t the most attractive performance but we gained a point off the back of an average performance so it does feel like it was a point gained.”

On Marcel Barrington:

“We just added him to the pack on Thursday so its important that he starts quickly. He’s a really hardworking, humble lad and I’m pleased he’s up and running.”

Featured photograph/Ben Harrison-Hyde/flickr.com/photos/bjhhphotography

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Key moments

25:00
Goal Sam Togwell scores for Slough Town
90:00 +4:00
Goal Marcel Barrington scores for Hampton & Richmond Borough

Highlights

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90:00 +4:00 Goal 1 - 1
Marcel Barrington scores for Hampton & Richmond Borough
81:00 Sub On
Sean Fraser is substituted on for Slough Town
81:00 Sub Off
Chris Flood is substituted off for Slough Town
77:00 Sub Off
Matty Wichelow is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
77:00 Sub On
Ryan Hill is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
73:00 Sub On
Louie Soares is substituted on for Slough Town
73:00 Sub Off
Warren Harris is substituted off for Slough Town
66:00 Sub Off
Tyrell Miller-Rodney is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
66:00 Sub On
Marcel Barrington is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
56:00 Sub Off
Ben Harris is substituted off for Slough Town
56:00 Sub On
Tommy Wood is substituted on for Slough Town
45:00 Sub Off
Nana Kyei is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
45:00 Sub On
Casey Maclaren is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
End of period 1
35:00 Yellow Card
Tyrell Miller-Rodney is yellow carded for Hampton & Richmond Borough
25:00 Goal 0 - 1
Sam Togwell scores for Slough Town
24:00 Yellow Card
Nana Kyei is yellow carded for Hampton & Richmond Borough
21:00 Yellow Card
Ben Harris is yellow carded for Slough Town
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As it happened

  • Hampton & Richmond Borough
  • Slough Town
  • 0
  • Ben Harris Yellow Card 21:00'
  • Nana Kyei Yellow Card 24:00'
  • Sam Togwell Goal 25:00'
  • Tyrell Miller-Rodney Yellow Card 35:00'
  • Nana Kyei Sub Off 45:00'
  • Casey Maclaren Sub On 45:00'
  • Ben Harris Sub Off 56:00'
  • Tommy Wood Sub On 56:00'
  • Tyrell Miller-Rodney Sub Off 66:00'
  • Marcel Barrington Sub On 66:00'
  • Warren Harris Sub Off 73:00'
  • Louie Soares Sub On 73:00'
  • Matty Wichelow Sub Off 77:00'
  • Ryan Hill Sub On 77:00'
  • Chris Flood Sub Off 81:00'
  • Sean Fraser Sub On 81:00'
  • Marcel Barrington Goal 90:00 +4:00'

Team selection

Slough Town
  • 1. Jack Turner
  • 2. Josh Jackman
  • 3. George Wells
  • 4. Sam Togwell
  • 5. Mark Nisbet
  • 6. Lee Togwell
  • 7. Matt Lench
  • 8. Simon Dunn
  • 9. Ben Harris
  • 10. Chris Flood
  • 11. Warren Harris
  • 12. Nathan Smart
  • 13. Sean Fraser
  • 14. Louie Soares
  • 15. Tommy Wood
  • 16. Dan Roberts

League round up

Standings

# Team Pl Pts
13. Chippenham Town 42 55
14. Dulwich Hamlet 42 49
15. Hampton & Richmond Borough 42 49
16. Hemel Hempstead Town 42 48
17. Gloucester City 42 47
18. Eastbourne Borough 42 42
19. Hungerford Town 42 42

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