10 man Beavers see off Romans
The Beavers held on to take the win against Bath City as they played the last 25 minutes with 10 men following the dismissal of Christian Jolley.
After an even opening to the game, with both sides adjusting to a greasy pitch, thanks to the incessant drizzle, Hampton took the lead on 25 minutes as Jolley was pulled over in the box by Frankie Artus as the forward danced his way into the box, the Bath player seemingly wanting his shirt!
Michael Kamara stepped up to take the kick and he lashed it past keeper Max O'Leary in the Romans goal, the keeper diving the wrong way.
Bath equalised just after the half hour as Nick McCootie connected with a Billy Murphy free kick that had evaded everyone, the shot beating keeper Aaron Howe from point blank range.
The Romans won a penalty themselves a few minutes later as McCootie was challenged in the box by Josh Casey, and the striker fell over; Murphy took the spot kick but Howe chose the right direction and saved the kick, Murphy's attempt from the rebound going wide.
The Beavers were having to defend pretty hard as the Romans pressed; Monthe's header having to be stopped on the goal line by Casey, who then managed to stop McCootie putting the rebound into the net.
In the second half, Hampton picked up the game and nearly took advantage of a defensive howler just after the restart.
Dan Ball's back pass was way underhit, leaving the alert Nicke Kabamba with a one-on-one with O'Leary. However, the keeper saved his skipper's blushes by blocking the shot.
It didn't take long before the Beavers retook the lead on 54 minutes.
Jamal Lowe twisted and turned his way to the bye-line past Rigg and Artus, his floating cross was met at the back post by Nicke Kabamba, who rose highest to divert the ball into the net.
Just after the hour, Bath City were given a chance as Christian Jolley was sent off for a reckless lunge on Dan Ball but the visitors were unable to take advantage of the extra man.
The Hampton defence girded their loins and then proceeded to make sure the Romans didn't get an equaliser, indeed they barely had a shot and it was the Beavers who came the nearest to scoring in the last 25 minutes, Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick stabbing a shot wide with minutes to go as the Beavers claimed the points.