The Hampton Boys down Dulwich
By Rob Overfield
The Beavers came from behind to take down the Hamlet and lift themselves to 4th place in the table.
The first 20 minutes or so was very cagey and neither side was able to create an opening until the Beavers managed to get a Moussa Diarra header on target, but keeper Phil Wilson had it comfortably.
The Beavers were finding it difficult to get anything moving and on the half hour they paid the price for that.
Jordan Hibbert was given too much space down the right, his low cross beat everyone, and keeper Seb Brown couldn't reach it, leaving Daniel Sweeney with a simple stooping header from inside the 6 yard box to give the Hamlet the lead.
Two minutes later, it could have been two to Dulwich as an almighty scramble in the box saw two shots cleared off the line by the Hampton defence, before the ball was punted to safety.
Dulwich were moving the ball around with ease throughout the half, but in the last 10 minutes of the period, the Beavers looked to have discovered some gumption.
With just a couple of minutes before the break, a Dean Sinclair cross was met by Nicke Kabamba's header, which left Wilson back pedalling to push the ball over the bar. From the resulting corner, Michael Kamara's shot had to be tipped round the post.
After a few choice words by Alan Dowson at half time, the Beavers upped their work rate and started to push Dulwich back on their heels, but the Hamlet nearly doubled the lead early in the half following Ashley Carew's shot hitting the post with Seb Brown not able to reach the attempt.
This was the catalyst for the Beavers and just before the hour, they equalised. Brendan Kiernan found himself in the corner but a neat turn along the line gave him space to ping over a low cross; lurking at the far post, Moussa Diarra slid in and guided the ball into the net for his 5th goal of the season.
Kiernan was rapidly taking control of matters, and after hitting a first time shot at Wilson, later made a dashing run between defenders with 20 minutes to go, seeing his shot deflected for a corner.
With 17 minutes to go, and the game very much in the balance, the Beavers snatched their second. Hippolyte-Patrick chased a long ball into the corner, he sized up the defence and then tried to nip along the bye line.
He wasn't able to as a soft Dulwich challenge in the box saw him tumble, and the referee awarded the spot kick. Captain Dean Sinclair stepped up and fired the ball past Wilson for his 5th goal of the campaign and to give the Beavers a sight of 3 points.
Dulwich weren't letting the Beavers have it easy; Sweeney's point blank header on 80 minutes was beaten away by Brown and the rebound was fired over the bar.
With 3 minutes to go, Danny Waldren's shot from the edge of the box had to be pushed for a corner by Brown as the Beavers had to defend hard the pressure from Dulwich, who had not given the chance of a point up.
However, it was the Hampton boys who came away with a great win, taking 4 points out of 6 this season from the Champion Hill mob...
Hampton & Richmond Borough (0) 2
Moussa Diarra 59'
Dean Sinclair (p) 75'
Dulwich Hamlet (1) 1
Daniel Sweeney 30'
1 Seb Brown, 2 Michael Kamara, 3 Tom Jelley, 4 Joe Hicks, 5 Moussa Diarra, 6 Harry Taylor, 7 Brendan Kiernan (16 Kieran Murphy 83), 8 Dean Sinclair, 9 Nicke Kabamba, 10 Josh Casey, 11 Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick.
Subs 14 Eddie Hutchinson, 15 Charlie Moone, 16 Kieran Murphy, 17 Jerome Federico, 18 Eddie Hutchinson.
1 Phil Wilson, 2 Mitchell Nelson, 3 Jordan Brown, 4 Danny Waldren, 5 Osei Sankofa, 6 Ethan Pinnock, 7 Daniel Sweeney, 8 Ashley Carew, 9 Calum Willock, 10 Jordan Hibbert, 11 Rhys Murrell-Williamson.
Subs 12 Jacob Erskine, 14 Jack Dixon, 15 Matt Drage, 16 Jamie Mascoll, 17 Josh Fernandes.
Mitchell Nelson was injured in the pre-match warm up, replaced just before kick off by Matt Drage; Nyren Clunis replaced Drage on the bench.