Beavers ambush Police for point
The Beavers snatched a deserved point against Met Police with a very late Charlie Moone equaliser, after going behind late in the game.
The first half was largely forgettable with only a couple of easy saves for Police keeper Stuart Searle; first from Mark Onyamah on 19 minutes and then from Ben Harris' free kick 5 minutes later. For the Police, Charlie Collins' attempt didn't trouble Mark Smith just before the interval.
The second half was more purposeful as the Police tried to break down the Beavers back line, led by the returning Kieran Murphy. Charlie Collins pulled a 49th minute shot across goal and wide before Ahamed ballooned a shot way over the bar 5 minutes later, despite having time and space.
It was the Beavers however, who took the lead, on 64 minutes. A Federico free kick from the right hand corner found Murphy steaming in to the edge of the box, his neat header flying across Searle and into the top corner of the net.
Bradley Hudson-Odoi was creating problems down the left hand side of the Beavers defence, but on 74 minutes, he rose highest in the box, to send a header just wide of the post.
10 minutes later, he made no mistake as he picked up the ball on the left hand side; looking for room, he took the ball across the top of the box, before clipping a shot across his body that gave Smith no chance, being completely wrong footed.
A draw was looking like the most likely option at this point but the Police thought they'd nicked the win as added time began; a corner from the left bounced loose in the box, Rob Bartley reacted quickest to cheekily back heel the ball past Smith from close range.
Normally that would have been that, but the Beavers had the final say. With time almost up, Federico chased a cross down, and collecting the ball, made it to the goal line. His looping cross deceived Searle and Charlie Moone managed to bundle the header home from a couple of yards to give the team a point which Dowse will not be displeased about.
Hampton & Richmond Borough (0) 2
Kieran Murphy 64
Charlie Moone 90+3
Met Police (0) 2
Bradley Hudson-Odoi 84
Rob Bartley 90
Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 Mark Smith, 2 James Richmond, 3 Mark Onyemah, 4 Matt Drage, 5 Kieran Murphy, 6 Jake Gilbert, 7 Archie Nkumu, 8 Ben Osman, 9 Ben Harris (Jerome Federico 46'), 10 Charlie Moone, 11 Tom Collins (Marcus Johnson-Schuster 76').
Subs: 12 Marcus Johnson-Schuster, 13 Zaki Oualah, 14 George Wells, 15 Jerome Federico, 16 Jake Rose
Metropolitan Police: 1 Stuart Searle, 2 Will Salmon, 3 Ricardo Joseph (James Aldred 66'), 4 Billy Crook, 5 Rob Bartley, 6 Jay Lovett, 7 Elliot Taylor, 8 Matt Pattison (Dean Bown 81'), 9 Charlie Collins, 10 Nikki Ahamed (Ryan James 63'), 11 Bradley Hudson-Odoi.
Subs: 12 James Aldred, 14 Ryan James, 15 Nigel Neita, 16 Dean Bown, 17 Alex Kozakis