No Town joy for Beavers
The Beavers, despite plenty of endeavour, couldn't break through vs Enfield, and ended up conceding an unlucky goal.
In a first half extremely short of goalmouth action - Enfield had put one well wide early on - it took until the 31st minute for either side to create a shot on target and it fell to the Beavers.
Tom Collins intercepted a wasted Enfield free kick, and then proceeded to take the ball along the touchline. He managed to beat 3 defenders as he made his way into the Enfield box with a strong run; unfortunately, his attempt on goal didn't match the run and McDonald saved easily.
The second half began in the same subdued manner as the first ended, but it could so easily have changed had the Beavers luck been out. A header from defender Ellul on 53 minutes was cleared off the line by Ryan Newman. The attempt was recycled by Enfield and Vilcu's shot had to be charged down before the Beavers could feel safe.
When the goal came for Enfield, it came with a slice for luck for the Towners. Jordan Lockie's cross from the right hand side looked to be no threat but it beat everyone, and deceived Seb Brown, who could only watch as it bounced into the net, no one having made contact.
Nathan McDonald had had little to do in the Enfield goal, long range shots from Tom Jelley's free kick and then from Dean Sinclair were easily stopped.
With a minute to go, it was nearly two for the hosts. Vilcu's close range header hit the bar, it bounced down but didn't cross the line and following a scramble, the Beavers cleared their lines.
Enfield Town (0) 1
Jordan Lockie 70
Hampton & Richmond Borough (0) 0
Enfield Town: 1 Nathan McDonald, 2 Jordan Lockie, 3 Ricky Gabriel, 4 Claudio Vilcu, 5 Joe Ellul, 6 Stanley Mugou, 7 Nathan Livings, 8 Aryan Tajbakhsh (Tyler Campbell 65'), 9 Corey Whitely, 10 Bobby Devyne (Darnell Wynter 81'), 11 Joe Stevens (Phil Kane 90')
Subs: 12 Liam Hope, 14 Darnell Wynter, 15 Phil Kane, 16 Tyler Campbell, 17 Michael Kalu
Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 Seb Brown, 2 James Richmond, 3 Mark Onyemah, 4 Moussa Diarra (Frantz Ngassa 67'), 5 Kieran Murphy, 6 Ryan Newman, 7 Tom Jelley, 8 Dean Sinclair, 9 Jamie Calvin, 10 Kevant Serbony, 11 Tom Collins (Jerome Federico 66')
Subs: 12 George Wells, 14 Jake Rose, 15 Jerome Federico, 16 Frantz Ngassa, 17 Ben Osman