Harrow pay the penalty as Beavers win again
The Beavers followed up their battling win on Saturday against Lewes with another good victory, this time against Harrow Borough
Both teams spent the first minutes of the half sizing each other up, but on 9 minutes, the hosts took the lead with a shot out of the blue.
A throw in on the right was picked up by Stephen Butterworth; his first time dipping volley from fully 25 yards left Jack Norton stranded and no doubt astonished.
Hampton slowly began to pick up their game and despite Spencer Belotti's shot at Norton for Harrow, they started to have much of the possession.
Just on the half hour, Billy Dunn fired his shot just over after being played in by Charlie Moone; just 5 minutes later, Tommy Brewer picked up a clearance from a corner and picked out Luke Wanadio on the right. His first time shot, struck with pace, left Harrow keeper Horlock having to get down very smartly to stop the ball.
Billy Dunn was starting to make his presence felt and could have scored just before the interval, his driven shot having to be tipped wide after he'd had one deflected for a corner.
Dunn was first to show in the second half as he cut in from the left, firing a shot just wide, as the Beavers clearly felt they could get something out of the game and were only to happy to take advantage of some uninspiring play from Harrow.
Butterworth dragged a shot wide after Harrow had a penalty shout turned down the referee, but on 68 minutes, they paid the price for getting distracted close to their own box.
Page was penalised on the Harrow left, and started to dispute the issue with the assistant referee. Seeing this, the Beavers took the free kick quickly, and Wanadio's cross found Dunn in space to lash the ball into the roof of the net from close range as the Harrow defence was in a mess.
Hampton were right back into the game, and for a while the result was in the balance, Ben Harris was starting to bustle his way round the Harrow defence to dismay the home team and rouse the Beavers.
With 10 minutes left, Harris forced a neat save out of Horlock after the Harrow defence had looked all sea in a scramble in the box; then it was the Beavers turn to defend desperately, George Wells flinging himself in the way of a close range Williams shot to prevent the winger getting a possible winner.
With added time in sight, a quick clearance gave the Beavers a chance to break with speed, and this they did. Quick passing left Ben Harris one on one with Peacock, as they ran into the box. The defender's clumsy challenge brought down Harris, and the Harrow player could have no complaints about the straight red card, as it was an obvious goal scoring opportunity.
Harris picked himself up, and duly blasted the spot kick down the centre, giving Horlock no chance, wrapping up the points in style.
This was another resilient performance by the Beavers and in the end they'd thoroughly deserved the win. Next, they get the chance to test themselves at Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday, which will be a stern but welcome test.
Harrow Borough 1
Stephen Butterworth 9
Hampton & RB 2
Harris 89 (pen)
Harrow: Horlock, Barima, May, Gilbert, Peacock, Page, Lucien, Williams, Charles-Smith, Bellotti, Butterworth.
Subs: Odametey, Long, Tiesse, Louth, Debattista
Hampton & RB: Norton, Osman, Wells, Brewer, Jeffreys, Roberts (Federico 47), Wanadio, Carder, Chendlik (Harris 61), Moone, Dunn.
Subs: Harris, Kewley-Graham, Bryan, Mason, Federico