Beavers march on in Charity Cup
... a trip to Ashford Town the reward for comfortable victory.
A brace from Duncan Culley and goals from Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis, Tom Jelley and Jermaine Osei were enough to send the Beavers into the semi-final of the Middlesex Charity Cup - supporting London Air Ambulance..
The only downer on the victory was a first half injury to captain Leon Solomon, which will surely put him in doubt for Saturday's match at Oxford.
Hampton took the lead in the 11th minute as Duncan Culley diverted Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick's header over Spelthorne keeper Will Price in a classic poacher's goal.
That lead was doubled in the 16th minute with arguably the goal of the night. Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis, making a rare appearance for the first team, picked the ball some 25 yards out and curled a wicked shot right into the top corner, the diving Price just getting a fingertip to it as it arrowed into the net.
10 minutes later, its 3 to Hampton as Duncan Culley turned provider instead of poacher. His cross from the Hampton left looked to be too long for Tom Jelley, but the defender, playing in midfield due to the late arrival of Osei, managed to back-pedal quickly and get his head to the cross. The resulting header went up and looped over the despairing Price and into the net.
Stiven Rivic made his first start in a Hampton shirt, and was soon getting to grips with the game. Just before the break, he slid an inch-perfect pass into the path of Culley who slammed the first-time shot under Price from close range and into the net for the Beavers 4th.
In the second half, Spelthorne came back into the game but weren't able to get past the red & blue shirts leaving Billy Bishop had little to do.
Just before the hour, ten-Grotenhuis had a golden chance for the fifth but from 6 yards out, he hit a shot wide of the post. Seconds later, Rivic had a chance himself but this time Price saved well and made sure the Croatian would not score on his debut.
Jermaine Osei was also starting to create problems for the Spelthorne defence and just before the end, he got his reward as he neatly converted Tom Jelley's cross to make it 5 to the Beavers.
In the next round, the Beavers will go to face Ashford Town, and that match will be played on Tuesday April 25th, and a 7-45 pm kick off. The final, should the Beavers get there, will be at Hanwell Town on Monday May 1st.