Beavers gain a point for Dowse
By Rob Overfield
At the start of a new era, the hard working Beavers managed to grab a point as they fought for and earned an 85th minute equaliser.
As new boss Alan Dowson took charge of the team, he immediately added a new signing, defender Kieran Murphy, to the squad, brought back Ben Osman and gave Jess Kewley-Graham a start.
How that decision paid off, as Kewley-Graham finished off a flowing move down the right involving Luke Wanadio and Charlie Moone, to crash the shot past Ben McNamara from 12 yards with just 17 seconds on the watch. Is this the fastest goal in Beavers history?
The Beavers were definitely up and on 16 minutes, the score could easily have been 2-0 as a round the corner volley from Moone set the cross bar shaking.
Hendon had been stunned by the way the Beavers came at them but on 20 minutes, they thought they had the equaliser as Morgan bundled the ball home from close range, but it was chalked off for offside.
3 minutes later, it was all square as Dave Diedhiou headed home a far post corner, which would not have pleased the new coaching team.
After Moone had fired a dig at McNamara from the edge of the box, the Beavers had a gilt-edged chance to take the lead as the striker picked up a loose ball in the Beavers half, and sent Jerome Federico free. The winger sprinted some 50 yards with the ball but his final shot was deflected for a corner.
Hendon had been dominating possession at this point, and made it pay as a couple of neat cross field passes led to Leon Smith forcing the ball home from close range just before halftime.
The second half was much tighter as Hendon looked to dominate as the Beavers resisted stoutly. On the hour, Jack Norton had to throw himself full length to divert a smart Sam Murphy shot after the Greens had caught the Beavers out with a short, quick corner.
Chances were definitely at a premium from either side but with 6 minutes to go, the Beavers got the break they had been looking for, as sub Paris Mason chased down a long ball to the bye-line and dispossessed the covering Hendon defender. His cutback bounced around the area until Karle Carder lashed a shot from 12 yards, deceiving McNamara as it deflected of a Hendon body.
It could even have been all 3 points for the Beavers as they broke forward deep in injury time with the ever willing Federico beating his man for pace down the left, his shot though was straight at McNamara.
New signing Murphy appeared to fit in almost immediately and with time, could well be the lynchpin of the defence.
Hendon FC (2) 2
David Diedhiou 22
Leon Smith 42
Hampton & Richmond Borough (1) 2
Jesse Kewley-Graham 1
Karle Carder 85
Hendon: 1 Ben McNamara, 2 Sam Flegg, 3 Tony Taggart, 4 James Fisher, 5 Elliott Brathwaite, 6 Dave Diedhiou, 7 Sam Murphy, 8 Lee O'Leary, 9 Leon Smith, 10 Aaron Morgan, 11 Andre Da Costa (Peter Dean 83')
Subs: 12 Richard Worrell, 13 Kevin Maclaren, 14 Max McCann, 15 Peter Dean, 16 George Legg
Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 Jack Norton, 2 Ben Osman (Paris Mason 63'), 3 George Wells, 4 Tommy Brewer, 5 Billy Jeffreys, 6 Kieran Murphy, 7 Jesse Kewley-Graham, 8 Karle Carder, 9 Luke Wanadio, 10 Charlie Moone, 11 Jerome Federico
Subs: 14 Matt Steer, 15 Gareth Chendlik, 16 Reece Brewster, 17 Michael Bryan, 18 Paris Mason