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Hampton & Richmond Borough FC
Ebbsfleet Utd
D Culley (45')
Full time
D Rance (6'), A McLean (43' Pen)
Wed 3 May 19:45 - League Attendance 1,689

'Its not over!' - Dowse

Beavers undone by ill-luck against the Fleet

Although the Beavers ended a goal down after the first leg, this game is far from over as for lengthy spells they matched Ebbsfleet and deserved a more favourable score line.

The Beavers had the worst possible start in the 6th minute as Dean Rance's very speculative shot from 25 yards took a deflection off Harold Odametey and then a second off Nathan Collier to dribble past the wrong footed and helpless Sam Howes in the Hampton goal.

Hampton knew they were going to have a battle and it got a little harder as Harold Odametey was substituted in the 16th minute with a recurrence of a hamstring injury, meaning Sam Gallagher had to come on in his place.

The half was a nervy, hurried affair with neither side being able to stamp any authority on the game and just before the break, Ebbsfleet doubled their lead.

Deering made a dart into the box between two Hampton defenders and went down under minimal contact, the referee being one of the few deciding it was worthy of a penalty.

After the dust had settled, Aaron McLean slammed the spot kick past Howes to give the Fleet some clear water between them and the Beavers.

That only lasted less than two minutes, as Duncan Culley took advantage of a Nathan Ashmore mistake. A back pass took a bobble, and bounced off the keeper's hands as he misjudged the pass; Culley alertly had followed up and was able to dab the ball into the net to keep the Beavers in touch at half time.

Early in the second half, the Beavers put the Ebbsfleet defence under pressure with Christian Jolley chasing a loose back pass to Ashmore, which the keeper only just managed to clear.

Chances were still at a premium, only Brendan Kiernan's shot just after the hour really registering as a clear opening.

The game was a bit tetchy at times and it wasn't until the last 10 minutes that space began to develop and chances appear.

Sam Howes had had a uneventful match to this point but with minutes to go, he had to throw himself across goal to claw away Deering's shot.

Hampton responded pretty quickly as a move down the right between Duncan Culley and Stiven Rivic found Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick on the edge of the area, but the winger's shot didn't dip enough as it landed on the roof of the net.

Deep into added time, Howes had to react instinctively to beat away Andy Drury's close range shot and preserve the score and keep it close for Saturday.


Despite the result, Dowse was still in a positive frame of mind.

"Anybody who thinks it's over must be barking mad! We had a horrible deflection for first goal. TWO deflections, I mean, come on!"

"And don't ask me about the penalty! The ref must be the only bloke in the ground who thought it was one."

"I would never write these lads off, never. Seriously! We can't wait till the game, as we can still win this!"

Key moments

6:00
Goal Dean Rance scores for Ebbsfleet Utd
43:00
Scored Penalty Aaron McLean scores a penalty for Ebbsfleet Utd
45:00
Goal Duncan Culley scores for Hampton & Richmond Borough FC

Highlights

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90:00 +5:00 Sub Off
Aaron McLean is substituted off for Ebbsfleet Utd
90:00 +5:00 Sub On
Darren McQueen is substituted on for Ebbsfleet Utd
80:00 Sub Off
Leon Solomon is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough FC
80:00 Sub On
Stiven Rivic is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough FC
75:00 Yellow Card
Anthony Cook is yellow carded for Ebbsfleet Utd
70:00 Yellow Card
Duncan Culley is yellow carded for Hampton & Richmond Borough FC
69:00 Sub On
Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough FC
69:00 Sub Off
Brendan Kiernan is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough FC
45:00 Goal 1 - 2
Duncan Culley scores for Hampton & Richmond Borough FC
End of period 1
43:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 2
Aaron McLean scores a penalty for Ebbsfleet Utd
16:00 Sub Off
Harold Odametey is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough FC
16:00 Sub On
Sam Gallagher is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough FC
6:00 Goal 0 - 1
Dean Rance scores for Ebbsfleet Utd
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Hampton & Richmond Borough FC
  • Ebbsfleet Utd
  • 0
  • Dean Rance Goal 6:00'
  • Sam Gallagher Sub On 16:00'
  • Harold Odametey Sub Off 16:00'
  • Aaron McLean Scored Penalty 43:00'
  • Duncan Culley Goal 45:00'
  • Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick Sub On 69:00'
  • Brendan Kiernan Sub Off 69:00'
  • Duncan Culley Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Anthony Cook Yellow Card 75:00'
  • Stiven Rivic Sub On 80:00'
  • Leon Solomon Sub Off 80:00'
  • Darren McQueen Sub On 90:00 +5:00'
  • Aaron McLean Sub Off 90:00 +5:00'

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