Battling Beavers win breaks Rocks
Hampton's recovery under Alan Dowson gained a little more momentum as the Beavers beat East Thurrock Utd in a solid, gritty performance.
The line up as an unfamiliar look, as new signings Moussa Diarra, Thomas Opoku and Thomas Collins all bagged a starting spot with fourth signing, keeper Damos Horvath, sat on the bench.
The Rocks had the better early chances as David Bryant pulled a shot wide, then Reece Harris chased a pass down to the bye-line. Jack Norton came out to narrow the angle but Harris played an inside ball which Moussa Diarra had to loft over the bar to safety.
10 minutes later, Sam Higgins, in space, hit an easy volley into the ground before Hampton managed to take the lead on 36 minutes.
They won a free kick on the right hand side of midfield; from Tommy Brewer's kick, Diarra got in front of keeper Hughes, the ball fell clear and Billy Jeffreys was on hand to easily sidefoot the ball home. Slightly against the run of play and possibly with a hint of offside, but the team won't mind that.
East Thurrock were knocked back and it could have been 2-0 deep in stoppage time as Charlie Moone chased down a long ball, and having beaten the defender tried to round the keeper. Being forced wide, he looked back into the middle to find Luke Wanadio, but the wide man was just beaten to the header from the chipped cross and the chance was lost.
It was plain to see that the Rocks had been spoken to very firmly by manager John Coventry at half time and they proceeded to create chances early in the second half.
On 56 minutes, Manny Osei was left wide open on the right hand side of the box, but his shot was always curling away from the goal and 3 minutes later, Norton had to be awake to parry away a powerful shot from an East Thurrock player (the ETU shirt numbers were almost impossible to read!).
Just after the hour though, the Beavers were caught in a familiar way as East Thurrock's Simon Peddie met a far post corner unmarked, and headed the ball firmly past keeper Jack Norton, which once again, will not have impressed Alan Dowson.
The games was now an even contest as the Rooks Manny Osei's header looked goalbound until Norton tipped it over, then Sam Higgins tested out Norton from a distance, the ball landing on the roof of the net.
On 70 minutes, the Beavers grabbed the winning goal as a Jerome Federico cross from the right found Charlie Moone in the 6 yard box, his first time shot beat Hughes easily.
Paris Mason has shown in recent weeks that he's a handful as a second half substitute and within 2 minutes of coming on, he set up Charlie Moone for what could have been the Beavers third goal, but the striker was unable to beat Hughes.
With added time almost upon the teams, Luke Wanadio chased down a long ball, skipped past the defender and made it to the bye-line. His pass back into the middle found Moone, but the looping shot dropped just over the bar.
Hampton & Richmond B (1) 2
Billy Jeffreys 36'
Charlie Moone 70'
East Thurrock Utd (0) 1
Simon Peddie 62'
Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 Jack Norton, 2 Thomas Opoku (14 Ben Osman 60'), 3 George Wells, 4 Tommy Brewer, 5 Billy Jeffreys, 6 Moussa Diarra, 7 Luke Wanadio, 8 Jesse Kewley-Graham, 9 Thomas Collins (12 Paris Mason 75'), 10 Charlie Moone (15 Gareth Chendlik 90'), 11 Jerome Federico.
Subs: 12 Paris Mason, 13 Damos Horvath, 14 Ben Osman, 15 Gareth Chendlik, 16 Reece Brewster
East Thurrock United: 1 David Hughes, 2 Ryan Sammons, 3 Tom Stephen, 4 Simon Peddie, 5 Ben Wood, 6 Ross Parmenter, 7 Emmanuel Osei (Mitchell Gilbey 81'), 8 Nicky Symons (Connor Witherspoon 60'), 9 Sam Higgins, 10 David Bryant (Tom Anderson 89'), 11 Reece Harris
Subs: 12 Lewis Smith, 14 Mitchell Gilbey, 15 Connor Witherspoon, 16 Tom Anderson