No heat for Beavers at the Pan
On a Dripping Pan pitch not that dissimilar to Beveree, the Beavers drew their third consecutive match, a result neither team wanted.
The Beavers opened with a more attacking line up than was expected, with Jerome Federico getting a start in a front three alongside Charlie Moone and Tom Collins.
The first half hour saw the Beavers on top, with Moone having the best chance on 10 minutes. He was played through on a direct pass up the middle, he beat the offside trap easily, and on reaching the area, he opened his body to get it on his favoured right foot. With just keeper Banks to beat, his shot slid just past the far post.
Federico was giving the home left back Sam Crabb a few worrying turns, and on 28 minutes, he created another chance. He beat the defender by sheer pace to the goal-line, the cross flew right to the feet of Moone, whose first time close range shot had to be beaten away by Banks.
However, in the last 5 minutes of the half, the Beavers nearly shot themselves in the foot. James Richmond's back pass to Mark Smith was desperately light, allowing Elliot Romain to nip in after the ball. Thankfully, Smith managed to block the ball with his feet as Romain hit his shot, the spinning ball rebounding behind the keeper, where he managed to fall on it.
With added time approaching, Romain just beat Kieran Murphy to the near post to meet a low cross, but the Beavers skipper was only a half step behind and deflected it wide.
In the second half, the Beavers managed to get on top briefly, with Jake Rose hitting a shot on the turn at Banks, but this evaporated with what looked like a muscle strain on Jerome Federico just before the hour and the winger had to be substituted, easing Lewes' concerns.
Lewes then picked up the tempo, Tom Davis then Sam Cole both giving Smith something to do before Sam Crabb hit a powerful shot from 25 yards on 68 minutes that had everything but direction, it being straight at Mark Smith.
The game was clearly up for grabs and Banks had a surprise on 73 minutes when Jake Rose fired in a free kick from 30 yards that had the keeper having to reach up quickly to tip the ball over the bar.
Lewes then responded a couple of minutes later; a Crabb shot from the angle of the box was beaten away at the near post by Smith, the rebound then found its way across the box for substitute Leroy Griffiths to hit a shot which was charged down by James Richmond.
With just 5 minutes left, the Rooks looked to have created an opening as Griffiths managed to chase down a long punt; Smith was a alert again and managed to clear the ball with a powerful contact as he slid in.
As it turned out, neither side were able to break down their opponents defence, and the 0-0 draw was not really a result that either team wanted, but one that Alan Dowson would probably accept.
Lewes (0) 0
Hampton & Richmond Borough (0) 0
Lewes: 1 Rikki Banks, 2 Sam Crabb, 3 Sam Cole, 4 Ollie Rowe, 5 Chris Breach, 6 Jordan Badger, 7 Nicky Wheeler (Leroy Griffiths 55'), 8 Tom Davis, 9 Elliott Romain (Arron Hopkinson 78'), 10 Tom Fraser, 11 Phil Appiah (Dean Lovegrove 78')
Subs: 12 Luke Blewden, 14 Leroy Griffiths, 15 Dean Lovegrove, 16 Henry Muggeridge, 17 Arron Hopkinson
Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 Mark Smith, 2 James Richmond, 3 Mark Onyemah, 4 Matt Drage, 5 Kieran Murphy, 6 Ben Osman, 7 James Simmonds, 8 Jake Rose, 9 Tom Collins (George Wells 70'), 10 Charlie Moone, 11 Jerome Federico (12 Paris Mason 57')
Subs: 12 Paris Mason, 13 Zaki Oualah, 14 Marcus Johnson-Schuster, 15 George Wells, 16 Jesse Kewley-Graham