Beavers hand-bagged by Wingate & Finchley
The Beavers, despite an exciting first half, fell apart in the second to go under 4-1 to a free running and skilful Wingate team.
The Blues took the lead on 15 minutes when Ola Sogbanmu side footed home from Karl Oliyide's pass from the by line.
The lead didn't last long as Ben Harris won a penalty just 3 minutes later; chasing a long ball, he was brought down by keeper Bobby Smith. Last season's leading scorer Charlie Moone stepped up to take the kick, which was initially saved by Smith but Moone calmly slotted home the rebound.
Both teams were looking for goals and the Beavers nearly had a second as Moone slipped the offside trip on a good advantage played by the referee, but his shot did not trouble Smith.
On 26 minutes, Oliyide thought he was going to be the next scorer as he hit a instinctive volley that beat Carter but bounced clear off the bar.
2 minutes later, the Beavers came even closer. Kieron Street was shown a yellow card, following a foul on the edge of the box on Luke Wanadio; Ben Harris's free kick was well saved by Smith to his right, Moone's shot on rebound was then blocked, and Wanadio's was shot deflected for a corner.
Chances were still coming on a regular basis for both sides; David Knight's shot was pushed away for a corner by Carter just after the half hour; an almighty scramble was concluded with Matt Steer having to block the last of a series of Wingate attempts some 5 minutes late.
The Beavers then created a gilt-edged chance of their own as Moone sneaked between defenders to flick a Wanadio cross, which Smith managed to block; just before the break, Charlie had another chance but this time, his flick over Smith was cleared off the line.
After the interval, the wheels fell off and the Beavers fell off the wagon. Just 3 minutes in, Oliyide beat Billy Jeffreys' challenge to get to the goal-line and once again he pulled the ball back, this time for Scott Shulton to finish past Carter.
On the hour, for all the world the crowd thought Ben Harris had managed to beat Smith but for the second time a covering defender whacked the ball from the line, denying the busy striker; the rebound finally came out to Federico. His side footed finish was also stopped on the line, leaving the strikers frustrated at their lack of luck.
The game ended as a contest after 75 minutes as Fisher beat Steer in midfield and hared towards the Hampton goal; his pass inside found Knight and his curling shot from the edge of the box beat Carter for pace to give the Blues a 3-1 lead.
The Beavers huffed and puffed but they couldn't prevent the Blues wrapping up the game with David Knight's second goal of the evening as he ghosted between defenders to plant the ball in the back of the net from just inside the box.
Hampton & Richmond (1) 1
Wingate & Finchley (1) 4
Knight 75, 87
Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 Warren Carter, 2 Tommy Brewer, 3 Matt Steer, 4 Jesse Kewley-Graham, 5 Billy Jeffreys, 6 Max Hustwick, 7 Luke Wanadio (Richard Butler 78'), 8 Karle Carder (Billy Adcock 64'), 9 Ben Harris, 10 Charlie Moone, 11 Jerome Federico (Michael Bryan 64')
Subs: 12 Reece Brewster, 14 Billy Adcock, 15 Michael Bryan, 16 Richard Butler, 17 Gareth Chendlik
Wingate & Finchley: 1 Bobby Smith, 2 Mark Goodman, 3 Ronayne Marsh-Brown, 4 Ola Sogbanmu, 5 Kieron Street, 6 James Kaloczi, 7 David Knight (Stuart Lake 90'), 8 Tommy Tejan-Sie, 9 Rob Laney, 10 Scott Shulton (Paul Wright 87'), 11 Karl Oliyide (Leon Fisher 67')
Subs: 12 Marcus Rose, 14 Stuart Lake, 15 Paul Wright, 16 Leon Fisher, 17 Niko Muir