All square in Court
The Beavers made the short journey to Imber Court to face the Met Police and came away with a tight 1-1 draw on a hot, sultry evening.
Danny Pappoe, Manny Williams, Adam Francis and Jack Strange were given trials by Alan Dowson, and it was Manny Williams who opened the scoring with a stooping header from 10 yards after just 2 minutes.
The Beavers were settling in quite nicely and Giuseppe Sole had an opportunity to make it 2-0 but he missed his volley, his right boot flying off onto the terracing some 20 yards away.
Williams was making himself very useful,an on 19 minutes, created a great chance. After winning a challenge on the edge of the Met Police box, he charged into the area. Facing a one-on-one with keeper Luke Edgecombe, the midfielder drew the keeper out and slipped the pass sideways into Sole's path. However, a defender managed to get back and disrupt the striker's attempt, the shot going wide.
Just before the break, Sole had a long range shot that tested Edgecombe; the shot flew from the block upwards and the keeper managed to grab the ball on the floor just in front of the goal line.
After the interval, Met Police came out with a bit more effort and they started to make the Beavers work in the still sultry evening and they finally got an equaliser on 52 minutes, Tom Hickey finishing a neat move past keeper Billy Bishop after a good move on the edge of the box.
The cavalry charge of subs brought on 8 new players for the Beavers and before long, only Josh Casey was left on the field from the start.
Nicke Kabamba started to make his presence felt and with just under 20 minutes, he managed to force a smart save from substitute keeper Huxter at his near post.
With less than 10 minutes left, Jamal Lowe could have so easily won it for the Beavers. Having beaten the offside trap, he then hesitated momentarily, presumably waiting for the inevitable whistle; when none came, he recovered himself and fired in a 20 yard shot.
Huxter looked beaten but the shot flew just over the bar to the hosts relief and Lowe probably wished he'd done better.
By the end, both sides looked as if they'd had enough as they'd both had a good work out.
Met Police (0) 1
HRBFC (1) 1
HRBFC: Bishop, Jelley, Casey, Murphy, Strange, Solomon, Williams, Pappoe, Francis, Lemore, Sole.
Subs: Collier, Howe, Lowe, Gasson, Hippolyte-Patrick, Jolley, Ten-Grotenhuis, Kabamba, Hicks, Kamara