Culley gets late winner in 6-pointer
The Beavers grabbed a vital win over fellow strugglers AFC Hornchurch, thanks to goals early and late.
The Beavers were having to face their opponents without Charlie Moone, who was suspended, but pre-game he was presented with a memento of his scoring 100 goals for the Beavers.
Hampton took the early initiative as early as the 2nd minute as a Ryan Newman free kick made its way through to Moussa Diarra, and his diving stooping header from close range beat Sam Mott in the Hornchurch goal.
Neither keeper was called upon to make a save in the rest of the half, although both teams threatened the penalty areas on a few occasions.
It looked like the Beavers would go in at the break with a precious lead but that all changed in stoppage time. Tobi Joseph was knocked over some 25 yards out. The Urchins leading scorer, George Purcell stepped up to take the kick, which burst through the defensive wall, swerved and gave keeper Seb Brown no chance.
Hampton came out the more purposeful in the second half and on 65 minutes, Duncan Culley had a sight of goal from a tight angle, but it went wide.
Just 3 minutes later, Moussa Diarra wandered up for a corner, he met the cross and it was deflected wide. A subsequent corner was met by the defender again, but didn't trouble Mott.
Kieran Murphy wasn't going to be left out and on 76 minutes, he met a free kick with a clean header that Mott had to stretch to hold.
Martin Tuohy's snapshot from close range was one of the few chances Hornchurch created in the second half, but immediately afterwards on 80 minutes, Hampton took the lead.
Jerome Federico for the Beavers was causing no end of trouble down the right with his pace after his introduction, and once again he made space. His cross from wide looked to be too long after a deflection, but Duncan Culley timed his run perfectly to the back post and beat Mott to ball to head home.
As the crowd counted down the seconds, following the Beavers recent late heartbreaks, AFC Hornchurch couldn't find a away back to get themselves a point as the Beavers weren't going to be denied again.
Hampton & Richmond Borough (1) 2
Moussa Diarra 2
Duncan Culley 80
AFC Hornchurch (1) 1
George Purcell 45
Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 Seb Brown, 2 James Richmond, 3 Mark Onyemah, 4 Moussa Diarra, 5 Kieran Murphy, 6 Dean Sinclair, 7 Ryan Newman (Jake Rose 40'), 8 Kevant Serbony, 9 Duncan Culley, 10 Tom Collins (Matt Drage 84'), 11 Jamie Calvin (Jerome Federico 63')
Subs: 12 Jerome Federico, 14 George Wells, 15 Jake Rose, 16 Matt Drage, 17 Tom Jelley
AFC Hornchurch: 1 Sam Mott, 2 Courtney Homans, 3 Chris Bourne, 4 Elliot Styles, 5 Danny Johnson, 6 Frankie Curley, 7 Joey May (Thomas Gogo 72'), 8 Billy Roast, 9 Tobi Joseph (Martin Tuohy 69'), 10 George Purcell, 11 Reece Beckles-Richards (Kieran Bishop 81')
Subs: 12 Martin Tuohy, 14 Thomas Gogo, 15 Kieran Bishop, 16 Billy Coyne, 17 Callum Chafer