Beavers end season in style
Hampton came back from 2-0 down to beat Peacehaven & Telscombe 4-2 and relegate the Magpies from the Ryman Premier.
The match started in seasonably pleasant weather and the hosts took advantage of a Beavers line up that didn't appear to have the certainty and confidence of recent matches.
Peacehaven knew that only a win would do for them in their quest to stay in the Ryman Premier and they grabbed the lead on 9 minutes as Tom Burton was played in after a quick break from midfield; he made no mistake in blasting the ball past Hampton's Seb Brown from just inside the box.
The Magpies took heart from this goal and continued to press the Beavers back and doubled their lead on 21 minutes, as a cross from the left fell to Jamie Brotherton on the right hand side of the box; instead of trying to make a name for himself, he played a smart diagonal ball across the box to Wilfred Grimaud, who calmly sidefooted the ball past Brown.
Peacehaven could've made in 3 just after the half hour as Metcalf's shot on the turn beat Seb Brown but hit the bar. They would never get as close again, as the Beavers managed to hold on to the break.
After the match, it was agreed that whatever Dowse said in the dressing room should be shared up and down the country as Hampton came out a completely different team and clawed a goal back early in the second half as Charlie Moone latched onto Jake Rose's pass and poked it between diBenardo's legs from the edge of the area.
The Beavers now started to play with the confidence shown at Canvey Island and began to dominate. The equaliser wasn't long in coming as on 55 minutes, a loose ball came out to Jake Rose on the edge of the box; his first time volley was powerfully struck and gave diBenardo no chance.
Peacehaven now had to start to take the game to the Beavers but before they could get into their stride, Jerome Federico found himself in space on the right hand side, his pass from the angle of the box eventually fell to Ryan Newman and his shot from close range beat diBenardo.
The Magpies rang the changes in trying to pressurise the Beavers and they nearly got lucky on 74 minutes as Moussa Diarra and Kieran Murphy each left a long diBenardo punt to the other, letting Jordan Stubbings in to take an opportunistic shot which went over the bar.
By now, the sea fog was rolling across The Sports Field, making it quite a strange scene as Peacehaven continually pressed the Beavers to little success but on 85 minutes the game was up.
Hampton counter-attacked out of midfield after a Magpies attack broke down, Jerome Federico came forward and managed to time his pass through the offside trap to Duncan Culley to perfection. The striker advanced to the edge of the Peacehaven box with only diBenardo to beat and he calmly slotted it past the keeper and inside the post.
Peacehaven tried for one last hurrah as Jamie Brotherton let loose a stinging shot from just outside the box with a minute or so left but Seb Brown saved comfortably.
Peacehaven & Telscombe (2) 2
Tom Burton 9'
Wilfred Grimaud 21'
Hampton & Richmond Borough (0) 4
Charlie Moone 48'
Jake Rose 55'
Ryan Newman 61'
Duncan Culley 84'
Peacehaven: 1 Anthony diBenardo, 2 Jon Marzetti, 3 Steve Metcalf, 4 Mark Knee, 15 Ash Jones, 6 Dan McLaughlin, 7 Jamie Brotherton, 8 Maxime Agnloy, 9 Jordan Stubbings, 10 Tom Burton, 11 Wilfred Grimaud.
Substitutes: 12 James Hammond, 13 Jack McLean, 16 Dan Boldwell, 17 Sebastian Saunders, 18 Alieu Secko.
Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 Seb Brown, 2 James Richmond, 3 George Wells, 4 Kieran Murphy, 5 Moussa Diarra, 6 Jake Rose, 7 Jerome Federico, 8 Ryan Newman, 9 Duncan Culley, 10 Charlie Moone, 11 Tom Collins.
Substitutes: 13 Paris Mason, 14 Charlie Ackland, 15 Rylan Myers, 17 Adrian Blake