Brad’s Extra Time Brace sends Beavers through
An extra time brace from substitute Bradley Hudson-Odoi helped Hampton & Richmond Borough prevail against Truro City in the National League South play-off eliminator round last night...
An early goal from Truro’s Andrew Neal gave the visitors a fortunate lead, before defender Jack Cook equalised midway through the first half.
As neither side could be separated in normal time, it took two strikes from Hudson-Odoi to carry the Beavers over the line and keep our play-off dreams alive.
On what was a glorious, sunny evening at the Beveree, it was a steady start from both sides in the opening moments, but in the 8th minute out of the blue, the Beavers fell behind in unusual circumstances.
After a long throw-in from the far left, the ball deflected off striker Andrew Neal which then somehow trickled beyond keeper Seny Dieng and into the bottom corner.
Despite the crowd being taken by surprise after going behind early on, the Beavers bounced back and responded well with two decent chances falling to Max Kretzschmar.
After a flicked-on header from Charlie Wassmer, Kretzschmar’s sweetly struck volley from a tight angle was well saved by Truro goalkeeper Joe Willacott.
Then the keeper denied Kretzschmar again at the far post following a curling cross from the left by Taurean Roberts.
A half chance for the Beavers 20 minutes in saw Brendan Kiernan pounce on a loose header outside the box, but his right-footed shot was deflected, rolling beyond the near post and out for a corner, which was then eventually cleared by the White Tigers.
Captain Josh Casey’s long-ranged effort a few minutes later bounced just wide with the keeper seeming to have had it covered.
Then a long-ranged effort from Truro’s Ben Harding fired just off target.
Hampton began to grow into the game and looked the more dominant side, as they created decent chances from out wide and on the counter attacks and used set pieces effectively.
The Beavers then came close again just after the half hour mark after a quick counter attacking move led to keeper Wollacott nearly fumbling Roberts’ cross before Shandon Baptiste’s effort on the edge of the area was well blocked away for a corner.
Then in the 34th minute, the Beavers equalised when Baptiste’s shot from outside the box was blocked and fell perfectly to Jack Cook who drilled his left-footed strike beyond Wollacott into the bottom left corner.
The visitors had to stay focussed and defended well with just minutes before the break after the Beavers upped the pressure.
One last chance for Hampton before the break came after Shaun McAuley battled brilliantly to win back possession, with the ball then falling to Taurean Roberts, but his weak effort travelled wide of the post. Both sides went into half time all square.
In the early stages of the second half, a snapshot wide of the post from Shaun Jeffers was followed shortly by Truro’s Ben Gerring being booked for diving inside the penalty area.
After some good link-up play between Truro’s Cody Cooke and Andrew Neal, Jack Cook flew in with a vital interception to prevent the White Tigers’ striker from pulling the trigger on the edge of the area.
Truro started the second half brightly and began to retain possession in Hampton’s half.
Last ditch defending from Charlie Wassmer prevented a whipped in cross from Truro’s Connor Riley-Lowe from reaching the danger zone.
Then midway through the second half saw two massive chances for the White Tigers not taken.
Firstly, in the 56th minute when a 25-yard free kick from a central area, struck by defender Ed Palmer, rattled the face of the crossbar.
Then nine minutes later, after Truro were piling men forward, the visitors were awarded a penalty after Wassmer brought down the in-running captain Ben Gerring inside the box.
It was full-back Connor Riley-Lowe who stepped up, but keeper Seny Dieng guessed correctly and brilliantly dived to his left to parry the spot kick away to safety.
A big chance came for the Beavers ten minutes from time when Shaun Jeffers did really well to sprint down the right wing and whip in a cross towards Brendan Kiernan, however he couldn’t keep his shot down, which glided over the crossbar.
A scuffed shot from Andrew Neal saw a chance for the White Tigers wasted in the last few minutes.
Then with two minutes before stoppage time, two big chances weren’t taken by the Beavers, firstly when Shandon Baptiste’s shot inside the box was well saved by the legs of keeper Wollacott after a great cross from Kiernan. Then Josh Casey’s long-ranged volley flew just wide of the post.
Despite plenty of end-to-end action and numerous chances in the second half, neither side could be separated, so extra time followed…
And in the 9th minute of extra time, it was substitute Bradley Hudson-Odoi who gave Hampton the lead after his venomous volley fizzed beyond the keeper, after Shaun Jeffers brilliantly kept the attack alive and dinked a cross towards the substitute.
A passionate celebration from Hudson-Odoi added to jubilant scenes as the Beveree erupted with celebration as they took the lead for the first time in the match.
In the second half of extra time, Hampton were defending very deep and allowed Truro to enter their own half to attack. But once the Beavers regained possession, the visitors were vulnerable to Hampton’s counter attacks, which is how the Beavers scored their third goal of the night.
Two substitutes combined as Elliott Charles drove towards goal and then picked out Hudson-Odoi who was able to control the ball and then place his shot beyond the keeper, sealing an impressive 3-1 victory for the Beavers.
Hampton performed brilliantly on an important night for the club, with immense support from the crowd to partner what was a superb night for all associated with the Beavers.
That victory for Hampton now means that they will travel to the Melbourne Stadium to play against Chelmsford City on Sunday 6th May in the semi final play-off match.
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As always… Come On You Beavers!