Beavers snatch Cup win at Police
The Beavers opened their Robert Dyas League Cup campaign with a somewhat scrappy, but welcome win over local rivals, the Met Police.
Both managers elected to use their squads with Alan Dowson choosing to bring in recent signing keeper Ronnie Worster and midfielder Reece Brewster, with places on the bench for defender Manney Sackey and striker Halouna Masembe from the reserves.
The first half hour was pretty much devoid of action apart from the opening goal. Paris Mason's through ball was picked up by Gareth Chendlik and outpacing the defenders, he slipped the ball home under Stuart Searle in the Police goal. The Police manager, Jim Cooper, was so incensed by the assistant missing what he believed was a clear offside, that his protests towards the assistant got him dismissed from the dugout and sent to the stands.
On 35 minutes, debutant keeper Worster was pleased to see Tommy Brewer lurking on the line as the midfielder was able to scramble clear a goal-bound opportunity on the line with the young keeper stranded.
In the second half, Oyinsan had a golden opportunity in front of goal but the striker fluffed his chance and the ball rolled tamely to Worster.
The Beavers nearly made it two, as for the second match running, Billy Jeffreys had a header stopped from going in. This time, keeper Searle managed to get across goal in time to get fingertips to the ball, and divert it onto the bar.
The equaliser came a little against the play as Matt Pattison, the best performer on the night for the Blues, clipped a neat shot round Worster, the ball flying into the corner of the net just before the hour.
The tie was now anyone's but it took until the 74th minute for either side to make a chance as Haluna Masembe picked up a long ball, turning, he fired in a stinging shot that Searle could only parry. Following up, Gareth Chendlik, who had more time than he knew, hit a first time volley, which unfortunately went wide and then wider.
On 79 minutes, the Blues felt very aggrieved as a shot in the box appeared to hit the hands of a Beavers defender before being cleared. In fairness, it would have been a tough call for the referee to give as the defender, which could have been Justyn Roberts - so quick was the action - had his hands up by his face.
5 minutes later, the Beavers edged in front again, and in front to stay and it all came from very little. A long Tommy Brewer free kick from the touchline looped over everyone, and at the back post, Moussa Diarra just had to stoop and flick the ball home.
in the dying seconds, Masembe could have made it more comfortable as he beat the offside trap, and cutting in from the left, tried the fire the ball past Searle, but the experienced keeper was more than equal to it and blocked the shot.
As reward for the victory, the Beavers now have a home tie vs Harlow Town, to be played in November.
Metropolitan Police 1
Matt Pattison 59'
Hampton & Richmond Borough 2
Gareth Chendlik 12'
Moussa Diarra 83'
Metropolitan Police: 1 Stuart Searle, 2 Liam Alleyne, 3 Mekhail McLaughlin, 4 Ricardo Joseph, 5 Rob Bartley, 6 Ben Traore (Paul Yoo 89'), 7 Bobby Bennett (Alex Harlington 60'), 8 Reece Hall, 9 Joshua Oyinsan (Raul Alexis 61'), 10 Matt Pattison, 11 Jack Knight
Subs: 13 Alex Kozakis, 14 Paul Yoo, 15 Alex Harlington, 16 Raul Alexis
Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 Ronnie Worster, 2 Thomas Opoku (Manny Sackey 45'), 3 George Wells (Halouna Masembe 45'), 4 Justyn Roberts, 5 Billy Jeffreys, 6 Moussa Diarra, 7 Reece Brewster (Harry Mills 67'), 8 Saheed Sankoh, 9 Gareth Chendlik, 10 Paris Mason, 11 Tommy Brewer
Subs: 12 Harry Mills, 13 Jack Norton, 14 Manny Sackey, 15 Halouna Masembe, 16 Jerome Federico