Beavers force Hamlet stumble
The Beavers took a deserved three points as they matched Dulwich Hamlet and Charlie Moone's goal proved to be the difference between the two sides.
Despite a slow start in which there were no free kicks in the first 15 minutes, Dulwich created the early chances with former Beaver Luke Wanadio forcing a spill from keeper Mark Smith on 22 minutes; following up, Harry Ottaway's shot on rebound was blocked by Smith and cleared.
On 34 minutes, Kershaney Samuels forced a great save from Smith, whose fingertip save forced the ball against the post, Clunis wasted the rebound by firing well over.
It was the Beavers who took the lead on 40 minutes as Charlie Moone was played in by fellow striker Ben Hunt; the instinctive turn brought the ball to Moone's left foot and his shot beat keeper Phil Wilson just inside the post.
The second half was more cagey and the Beavers new signing Julian Owusu was the first to sniff a chance in the 53rd minute, but his cheeky shot slipped wide of the post.
Dulwich then started to dominate possession but it took till the 63rd minute for them to create a worthwhile chance; Harry Ottaway's volley was acrobatically punched clear by Smith.
The Hamlet couldn't break through again until the 78th minute, as a corner into the Hampton box got stuck in the soft mud, the ball rolled around in slow motion before it was punted clear by skipper Kieran Murphy.
Despite Ethan Pinnock's header late on, which flew over the bar, the Hamlet couldn't break through and had to take the defeat, which was deserved by the Beavers in front of the day's second highest crowd in the Ryman League.
After the game, Beavers boss Alan Dowson was well pleased with the afternoon. "It was a fantastic three points against a very strong team."
"We know how to raise our game and we are on a great run of form. The feel-good factor seems to be back and I am thrilled by the performance."
Two of the top three have now visited Beveree and left empty-handed, the re-arranged visit of Maidstone Utd at the end of February should be quite interesting now.
Hampton & Richmond Borough (1) 1
Charlie Moone 40
Dulwich Hamlet (0) 0
Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 Mark Smith, 2 James Richmond, 3 Tom Jelley, 4 Matt Drage, 5 Kieran Murphy, 6 Archie Nkumu, 7 James Simmonds, 8 Jake Rose, 9 Ben Hunt (Ben Osman 67'), 10 Charlie Moone, 11 Julian Owusu (Tom Collins 90')
Subs: 12 Marcus Johnson-Schuster, 13 Liam Beach, 14 Paris Mason, 15 Tom Collins, 16 Ben Osman
Dulwich Hamlet: 1 Phil Wilson, 2 Micheal Abnett, 3 Frazer Shaw, 4 Jack Dixon (Kevin James 70'), 5 Terrell Forbes, 6 Ethan Pinnock, 7 Nyren Clunis, 8 Ashley Carew, 9 Harry Ottaway (Albert Jarrett 67'), 10 Kershaney Samuels (Xavier Vidal 67'), 11 Luke Wanadio
Subs: 12 Xavier Vidal, 14 Kevin James, 15 Michael Kamara, 16 Albert Jarrett, 17 Jordan Hibbert