Hampton goal torrent drowns Moatsiders
By Rob Overfield
The Beavers went one better than Saturday and utterly dominated the Moatsiders by scoring six, based in part on another Moussa Diarra brace.
Hampton took early control of the match and took a 2nd minute lead. A Josh Casey free kick was spilled by keeper Daly, and Brendan Kiernan was on hand to scramble the ball over the line.
A second looked to have been scored by Kabamba in the 12th minute as he headed home a Hippolyte-Patrick cross, but he was immediately flagged for offside.
2 minutes later, it was 2 for Hampton as Tom Jelley struck a delicious free kick up and over the Merstham wall and beat a stranded Daly in the home team goal.
The Beavers were controlling the game without really exerting themselves and on 38 minutes, extended the lead.
A powerful run from the influential Brendan Kiernan saw him beat two defenders and play a great ball into the path of Nicke Kabamba who finished well with a cool shot across Daly.
The hosts then belatedly found their feet. A Saraiva free kick beat the wall but was straight at Brown and then Penny fired his shot into the side netting.
This momentum was lost thanks to the half time interval and the Beavers then took back the initiative.
With the half just 5 minutes old, Casey lifted a free kick high into the Merstham box. Keeper Daly came out to collect, but Moussa Diarra sprinted across the back of the defence and leaped in front of him and nodded it over him into the net.
After Michael Kamara had tested the substitute keeper Zaki Oualah with a first time volley, Diarra scored his second on 71 minutes as he took advantage of indecision in the Merstham defence to head the ball home from a Casey free kick.
6 minutes later, the Moatsiders pulled back a consolation goal as Fabio Saraiva lashed home an Abnett cross from about 10 yards but the Beavers had the final word.
In added time, Hampton broke forward through a Pacquette run; the ball came loose but ultimately ran to Dean Sinclair who belted the ball through Oualah's despairing save and into the net.
Another team performance by an unchanged team and they were rightly cheered off by the travelling support.
Merstham (0) 1
Fabio Saraiva 77'
Hampton & Richmond Borough (3) 6
Brendan Kiernan 2'
Tom Jelley 14'
Nicke Kabamba 38'
Moussa Diarra 51', 71'
Dean Sinclair 90'
1 Brannonn Daly, 2 Simon Cooper, 3 Antone Douglas, 4 Lewis Gonsalves, 5 Michael Olaranaju, 6 Tom Kavanagh, 7 Michael Abnett, 8 Jake Rose, 9 Charlie Penny, 10 Omar Foulkes, 11 Fabio Saraiva.
12 Tommy Hutchings, 14 Stefan Cox, 15 Tomasz Caracleoro, 16 Jerald Aboagye, 17 Zaki Oualah.
1 Seb Brown, 2 Michael Kamara, 3 Tom Jelley, 4 Joe Hicks, 5 Moussa Diarra, 6 Harry Taylor, 7 Brendan Kiernan (16 Richard Pacquette 78), 8 Dean Sinclair, 9 Nicke Kabamba, 10 Josh Casey (18 Eddie Hutchinson 86), 11 Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick.
13 Matte Pierson, 14 Jerome Federico, 15 Charlie Moone, 16 Richard Pacquette, 18 Eddie Hutchinson