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Hampton & Richmond Borough
Wealdstone
R Sotiriou (24', 55')
Full time
C Smith (64' Pen)
Sat 13 Apr 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League South Attendance 725

Beavers dent Stones's playoff hopes with hard fought victory at home

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Hampton secured their first win at home since January thanks to a double from Ruel Sotiriou

By Jack Cunningham

A double by Cyprus Under 21 International Ruel Sotiriou gave the Beavers back-to-back league wins and despite a contentious penalty given to Wealdstone, Hampton held on thanks to some superb defending.

Sotiriou's first goal was all down to excellent wing play from Ryan Hill as he collected the ball deep inside his own half and drove at the Stones defence, skipping by his marker Rhys Tyler and getting to the by-line.

He then whipped a fantastic cross to the back-post which Sotiriou converted.

The Leyton Orient loanee grabbed his second at the beginning of the second half thanks to pure graft and determination as he forced a mistake from Wealdstone captain Jerome Okimo, the centre back tried to head the ball back to his goalkeeper but the header lacked power and Sotiriou nipped in and slotted the ball home.

Two goals to cap off a man of the match display. Wealdstone though pulled one back in the 70th minute when they were awarded a soft penalty for a foul by Ashley Maynard-Brewer on substitute David Pratt.

Centre back Christian Smith firing the spot kick into the left corner to give the traveling Stones fans hope, but the Hampton back-line excellently marshaled by the returning Simon Downer held firm and moved the Beavers eight points clear of the drop with three games to go.

The Beavers were excellent today and the result was the perfect follow-on from last week at Billericay and sets the team up for the end of season run in.

Gary's thoughts

"We replicated last weeks performance in terms of energy and enthusiasm, I though there was some good passages of play with good quality and we maybe could have had one or two more.

"I thought the penalty was really harsh, I mean the goalkeeper can't even see where he is coming from and the centre forward has just run into him. I thought it was a really soft penalty.

"Then we had to show another side to our game and we dug in saw the game out really well, showed a level of professionalism and gamesmanship that is required and we are really pleased.

"The two goals that Ruel got were reward for his work-rate and tenacity which he showed all game and speaks volumes for his young and tender age."

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Key moments

24:00
Goal Ruel Sotiriou scores for Hampton & Richmond Borough
55:00
Goal Ruel Sotiriou scores for Hampton & Richmond Borough
64:00
Scored Penalty Christian Smith scores a penalty for Wealdstone

Highlights

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90:00 Sub Off
Ruel Sotiriou is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
90:00 Sub On
Marcel Barrington is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
89:00 Yellow Card
Jack Connors is yellow carded for Hampton & Richmond Borough
87:00 Sub On
Harrison Crawford is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
87:00 Sub Off
Ryan Hill is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
81:00 Sub Off
Casey Maclaren is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
81:00 Sub On
Ricky Wellard is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
79:00 Sub Off
Stefan Brown is substituted off for Wealdstone
79:00 Sub On
James Clark is substituted on for Wealdstone
64:00 Scored Penalty 2 - 1
Christian Smith scores a penalty for Wealdstone
55:00 Goal 2 - 0
Ruel Sotiriou scores for Hampton & Richmond Borough
45:00 Sub Off
Tarryn Allarakhia is substituted off for Wealdstone
45:00 Sub On
Femi Azeez is substituted on for Wealdstone
45:00 Sub Off
Simon Mensah is substituted off for Wealdstone
45:00 Sub On
David Pratt is substituted on for Wealdstone
End of period 1
42:00 Yellow Card
Simon Mensah is yellow carded for Wealdstone
24:00 Assist
Ryan Hill makes an assist for Hampton & Richmond Borough
24:00 Goal 1 - 0
Ruel Sotiriou scores for Hampton & Richmond Borough
6:00 Yellow Card
Luke Ruddick is yellow carded for Hampton & Richmond Borough
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As it happened

  • Hampton & Richmond Borough
  • Wealdstone
  • 0
  • Luke Ruddick Yellow Card 6:00'
  • Ruel Sotiriou Goal 24:00'
  • Ryan Hill Assist 24:00'
  • Simon Mensah Yellow Card 42:00'
  • David Pratt Sub On 45:00'
  • Simon Mensah Sub Off 45:00'
  • Femi Azeez Sub On 45:00'
  • Tarryn Allarakhia Sub Off 45:00'
  • Ruel Sotiriou Goal 55:00'
  • Christian Smith Scored Penalty 64:00'
  • Stefan Brown Sub Off 79:00'
  • James Clark Sub On 79:00'
  • Ricky Wellard Sub On 81:00'
  • Casey Maclaren Sub Off 81:00'
  • Ryan Hill Sub Off 87:00'
  • Harrison Crawford Sub On 87:00'
  • Jack Connors Yellow Card 89:00'
  • Ruel Sotiriou Sub Off 90:00'
  • Marcel Barrington Sub On 90:00'

Team selection

Wealdstone
  • 1. Jonathan North
  • 2. Rhys Tyler
  • 3. Freddie Grant
  • 4. Christian Smith
  • 5. Jerome Okimo
  • 6. Godfrey Poku
  • 7. Tarryn Allarakhia
  • 8. Stefan Brown
  • 9. Jeffrey Monakana
  • 10. Daniel Green
  • 11. Simon Mensah
  • 12. David Pratt
  • 13. Dylan Paterson
  • 14. James Clark
  • 15. Femi Azeez

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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