Moone Treble Wins It For Beavers
Charlie Moone nets a hattrick as Paul and Darren's team look to end the season in good form.
The Beavers edged Bognor Regis Town by the odd goal in seven in our final evening league match of the season. Charlie Moone scored his fourth hattrick of the season to take his tally for the season to forty in all competitions.
Tommy Brewer served the first of his three game ban, so Harry Mills came into the team at right back. George Wells reverted to the left back slot with joint manager Darren Powell returning to partner Justyn Roberts in the centre of defence. James Simmonds started in place of Luke Wanadio, who was on the bench.
It might have been Charlie making the headlines by the end of the night, but it was his strike partner Dave Tarpey who got the ball rolling. After only two minutes he cut inside before curling a left foot shot straight at Bognor ‘keeper Grant Smith. However, seconds later Tarps had the opening goal, and it was some strike; a twenty five yard screamer from the left side of the penalty area that left Smith grasping at air. A true goal of the season contender, that’s for sure!
Charlie had a couple of presentable chances in the opening 23 minutes, but on both occasions dragged a shot wide after being played in, while the most dangerous player for Bognor was winger Scott Chamberlain, but he was unable to keep his volley down, sending the effort high over the bar from outside the box.
Just after the half hour, Hampton doubled the lead. James Simmonds and Tarpey combined well down the left before Tarps gave the ball to Charlie. He then flicked it over his marker before showing good strength to get to the ball and finish past Smith to give the lads a 2-0 half time lead.
Bognor, the only team with an outside hope of stopping Wealdstone taking the Ryman Premier title, came out a different beast in the second half, aided by a double substitution that saw Terry Dodd and Doug Tuck replace Craig Robson and Ollie Pearce. Better in possession, they looked dangerous and almost got back into the game within a couple of minutes of the restart, but ex-Beaver Dan Thompson couldn’t generate enough power on a header to trouble Rodney Chwieshe.
However, after Joe Turner had volleyed straight at Smith, Bognor did halve the deficit. Scott Chamberlain placed a lovely shot from outside the box into the bottom corner to give the sizeable traveling support hope of another comeback (they had been 3-0 down at the weekend only to win 4-3). They almost levelled soon after in a goalmouth scramble that saw Dodd hit the bar, but Hampton’s two goal lead was restored with twenty five minutes to go. Dave Tarpey was bundled over in the box by Stuart Axten. The defender was booked, and up stepped Charlie to send Smith the wrong way to make it 3-1.
Most of the scoring chances were falling to Charlie, and he almost had his treble, but his shot was straight at Smith after good play from Simmo, Hickey and Turner. However, he did grab his third with seventeen minutes remaining. Twice he picked up a loose ball; the first time he tried an ambitious forty yard shot that didn’t trouble smith, but seconds later he latched onto a stray pass, and raced clear before calmly clipping the ball over the ‘keeper.
Bognor refused to give up, even at 4-1 down, and Chamberlain scored a sumptuous free kick on 78 minutes, a wonderful curling shot that gave Rodney no chance. And Sammy Igoe scored deep into stoppage time to reduce the arrears even further, but they eventually ran out of time, and Hampton claimed their seventeenth win of the campaign, a result that moves the team up to eleventh in the table.
The result also means that we have our champions for the season. A huge congratulations from everyone at Hampton & Richmond Borough Football Club goes to Wealdstone FC, deserved Ryman Isthmian League Premier Division Champions 2013-14.
Hampton & Richmond Borough 4
Moone 32, 65p, 73
Bognor Regis Town 3
Chamberlain 56, 78
Beavers: Rodney Chiweshe, Harry Mills, George Wells, Tom Hickey(c), Darren Powell, Justyn Roberts, Joe Turner (Luke Wanadio 78), Ben Osman (Jake Hicks 87), Dave Tarpey (Jack Barton 83), Charlie Moone, James Simmonds. Unused: Stuart Lake, Luke Edgecombe. Booked: Osman.
Bognor Regis Town: Grant Smith, Michael Weir, James Crane, Dan Sackman, Stuart Axten, Craig Robson (Doug Tuck 46), Sammy Igoe, Kane Wills(c), Dan Thompson (Arron Hopkinson 66), Ollie Pearce (Terry Dodd 46), Scott Chamberlain. Unused: Paul Hinshelwood, Ben Johnson. Booked: Sackman, Axten, Pearce, Chamberlain, Hopkinson.