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Hemel Hempstead Town
Hampton & Richmond Borough
J Robinson (65')
Full time
Mon 26 Dec 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - National League South Attendance 539

No way through Tudor wall for Beavers

... as defensive display from Hemel denies Hampton

Despite Christian Jolley and Brendan Kiernan hitting the post and bar respectively, the Beavers couldn't beat a dogged Hemel defence at Vauxhall Road yesterday.

In what was originally thought to be his last game, the Beavers were without Jamal Lowe, who was ill at home; Christian Jolley taking his place.

Neither side could create what could be called a serious chance until the 20th minute when Kiernan's corner to the back post eluded everyone, when only a touch from a Hampton player would have been enough to send it into the net.

Inside the last 10 minutes of the half, and Hemel thought they had a shout for a penalty, believing a shot blocked on the Hampton goal-line was by use of a hand, but the referee waved it away.

2 minute before the interval and the Beavers had the best chance of the half. Brendan Kiernan's pass through the middle released Chritian Jolley, who sprinted clear of the trailing defenders. Facing the onrushing keeper Jamie Butler, Jolley neatly tucked the shot round him towards goal, but to his anguish, the shot struck the post and rolled back toward Butler who managed to prevent anyone in a Hampton shirt latching on to finish the job.

The second half saw Hampton once more have the upper hand and on 55 minutes, the Hemel defence was nearly breached. Kiernan's corner to the near post was flicked on by Nicke Kabamba, but the goal-bound header was cleared off the line by a covering defender.

Just after the hour, the Beavers came close once more as Brendan Kiernan's curling shot from the corner of the box beat Butler but it rattled the crossbar to the home fans relief as the Beavers looked more likely to be the ones to break the deadlock.

Hemel were not making much serious headway coming forward, but midway through the half they caught the Beavers cold. Captain Jordan Parkes found himself down the Beavers right, his cross sped to the back post where Jake Robinson was lurking; stretching, the striker managed to get enough to divert it past Bishop, to give them an unexpected lead.

The Tudors then proceeded to try and defend their way to the final whistle, and they succeeded as the Beavers were unable to pry the route to goal open. The nearest Hampton came was a Kiernan shot in the first minute of added time, Butler diverting it away for a corner.

The two teams will meet again on New Year's Day at Beveree; in front of what could be a big crowd, the Beavers could do with turning that around for 3 points...

Key moments

65:00
Goal Jake Robinson scores for Hemel Hempstead Town

Highlights

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89:00 Yellow Card
Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick is yellow carded for Hampton & Richmond Borough
89:00 Sub Off
Michael Thalassitis is substituted off for Hemel Hempstead Town
89:00 Sub On
James Kalocz is substituted on for Hemel Hempstead Town
88:00 Yellow Card
Michael Thalassitis is yellow carded for Hemel Hempstead Town
86:00 Yellow Card
Jonathan McNamara is yellow carded for Hemel Hempstead Town
85:00 Yellow Card
Kyle Connolly is yellow carded for Hemel Hempstead Town
84:00 Sub Off
Jake Robinson is substituted off for Hemel Hempstead Town
84:00 Sub On
Tony Diagne is substituted on for Hemel Hempstead Town
82:00 Sub On
Jerome Federico is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
82:00 Sub Off
Jay Gasson is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
77:00 Sub On
Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
77:00 Sub Off
Leon Solomon is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
65:00 Goal 1 - 0
Jake Robinson scores for Hemel Hempstead Town
62:00 Sub Off
Scott Neilson is substituted off for Hemel Hempstead Town
62:00 Sub On
Jonathan McNamara is substituted on for Hemel Hempstead Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Hemel Hempstead Town
  • Hampton & Richmond Borough
  • 0
  • Scott Neilson Sub Off 62:00'
  • Jonathan McNamara Sub On 62:00'
  • Jake Robinson Goal 65:00'
  • Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick Sub On 77:00'
  • Leon Solomon Sub Off 77:00'
  • Jay Gasson Sub Off 82:00'
  • Jerome Federico Sub On 82:00'
  • Tony Diagne Sub On 84:00'
  • Jake Robinson Sub Off 84:00'
  • Kyle Connolly Yellow Card 85:00'
  • Jonathan McNamara Yellow Card 86:00'
  • Michael Thalassitis Yellow Card 88:00'
  • Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick Yellow Card 89:00'
  • Michael Thalassitis Sub Off 89:00'
  • James Kalocz Sub On 89:00'

Team selection

Bishop, Billy Bishop, Billy
Jelley, Tom Jelley, Tom
Casey, Joshua Casey, Joshua
Solomon, Leon Solomon, Leon
Gasson, Jay Gasson, Jay
Murphy, Kieran Murphy, Kieran
Hicks, Joe Hicks, Joe
Jolley, Christian Jolley, Christian
Collier, Nathan Collier, Nathan
Kabamba, Nicke Kabamba, Nicke
Kiernan, Brendan Kiernan, Brendan
Hemel Hempstead Town
  • 1. Jamie Butler
  • 2. David King
  • 3. Kyle Connolly
  • 4. Jordan Parkes
  • 5. Reiss Greenidge
  • 6. Aaron Hayden
  • 7. Scott Neilson
  • 8. Matt Saunders
  • 9. Jake Robinson
  • 10. Michael Thalassitis
  • 11. Arnaud Mendy
  • 12. Liam Enver-Marum
  • 14. James Kalocz
  • 15. Jonathan McNamara
  • 16. Rondell Gordon
  • 17. Tony Diagne

League round up

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# 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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