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Ex-Beavers pile on the misery for Hampton

By HRBFC Press Team

Brendan Kiernan and Mohamed Bettamer on the scoresheet in a disappointing last day defeat for the Beavers.

Welling proved to be too good for the Beavers as they season ended in a disappointing away defeat.

Goals from Gavin McCallum, Nassim L’Ghoul and ex-Beavers Brendan Kiernan and Mohamed Bettamer were enough for the hosts, despite an improved second half performance from the visitors.

Hampton were nearly caught cold straight away when ex-Beaver Brendan Kiernan made a driving run down the left-hand side before picking out Danny Mills who put a header on target to test Tom Lovelock.

Hampton did not heed the early warning and found themselves a goal down in the third minute. McCallum jinked past a couple of defenders before having his shot blocked by Casey Maclaren but he could not get the ball away and McCallum picked up possession again, jinked passed another defender and smashed his shot into the far corner of the net from outside the box.

Luke Ruddick came close to levelling the scores in just the 7th minute but his goal-bound header was cleared off the line by Jake Jebb.

It was the hosts that would score the next goal, after a lucky bounce following an attempted clearance from Simon Downer the ball fell to Kiernan who continued his run into the box and slotted the ball past Lovelock.

Craig Dundas had a great chance to reduce the deficit, but he fired his effort wide when it looked easier to score.

The second half continued in a similar vein when Maclaren found himself free just inside the box following Sotiriou’s lay-off, but he dragged his shot inches wide.

Sotiriou then had a couple of opportunities himself, first getting the ball caught under his feet before firing into the keeper’s arms.

Hampton were spared the pain of a second ex-Beaver scoring when Tom Lovelock got himself behind Mohamed Bettamer’s free-kick and managed to hang on to it at the second time of asking with Welling’s strikers closing in.

This was only a brief rest-bite though as Bettamer was found by McCallum’s through ball, he saw off the challenge of Sprague as smashed home when one-on-one with Lovelock.

The score line took another hit when Nassim L’Ghoul was credited with the goal after McCallum’s shot took a wicked deflection to beat Lovelock. L’Ghoul had started the move as well with a strong run down the left.

Hampton did their best to hit back and created their best chance of the game when Zak Joseph made clean contact with Harry Crawford’s cross to force the home keeper into a fine diving save.

Welling went straight back up the other end and nearly made it five though. L’Ghoul was sent free in the box but Lovelock produced an excellent save with his legs to keep the score at four.

Updated 12:04 - 30 Apr 2019 by HRBFC Press Team

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