Hampton do enough to see off the Wares
Hampton beat a plucky Edgware Town in the Middlesex Senior Cup, but there should been more goals
The Beavers made their first visit to Silver Jubilee Park and it ended with a successful outcome but it could have been more convincing as Hampton squandered many second half chances.
A late injury in the warm-up saw Nathan Collier come into the team at the expanse of Christian Jolley, meaning a shuffle in the formation on the pitch.
After a comfortable start, the Beavers took the lead in the 16th minute; Josh Casey was freed down the left hand side, cutting inside, he drilled what many thought to be a cross, but it was a well placed shot that left Wares keeper Davies with no chance to save as it flew across into the right hand side of the net.
10 minutes later, Hampton went two up. Brendan Kiernan played a neat pass which put Nicke Kabamba in space, after turning the defender, he clipped a shot past Davies to put the Beavers well in control.
Chances were at a premium in the first 45 minutes as Edgware battled hard and right on the stroke of half time, they got a reward as Adem Ali took advantage of a defensive lapse to fire a shot past Grainger, who until that point had had litle to do.
Hampton picked up their game in the second half, with Harold Odamatey buzzing about on the right hand side of midfield to great effect; his cross early on had to be hacked frantically clear by a Wares defence that didn't look too comfortable against pace.
Leon Solomon and then Joe Hicks - playing in the number 10 role - sent their shots over and then wide as the Beavers started to open up the tiring Wares defence.
Midway through the half, Odametey then pulled a shot wide before Nathan Collier headed over from a corner. Nathan soon had another chance but that too went wide as did Harold's next attempt.
With 15 minutes to go, Nicke Kabamba was the next to pull a shot past the post as the Beavers were clearly conscious that they needed another goal in case the Wares got a second.
Time was ticking down as Leon Solomon's shot finally forced a save out of Davies with 81 mins on the clock, the Beavers still having to be vigilant against a possible Wares break-away.
Thankfully, in the end, the hosts didn't manage to force the tie into penalties but Hampton will have to tweak the goal scoring radar back on target before the weekend's match against St Albans in which they will not get so many chances.