Brentwood left Lowe by Beavers
By Rob Overfield
Hampton regained the Ryman Premier top spot with a comfortable victory against Brentwood Town, their first away victory since Canvey Island in January
On a surprisingly reasonable pitch, the Beavers got a flying start. A Tom Beere free kick was met by Moussa Diarra in the box; his header was saved by keeper Ollie Bowles, but the rebound was neatly tucked away by Eddie Hutchinson for his 4th goal of the season.
Hampton dominated the early minutes and it could so easily have been 2-0 almost immediately afterwards as Brendan Kiernan's strong run to the edge of the box gave him the chance to fire in a powerful shot, which Bowles just managed to get a touch on to divert it onto the bar. The ball flew up into the air; immediately three red shirts followed up, but first there was Jamal Lowe. Having time enough to measure his header, he unfortunately nodded it well over the bar.
Tom Beere obviously fancied a goal himself, and just a couple of minutes afterwards, his first time shot had to be smartly blocked by Bowles as Hampton took control.
On 17 minutes, they gave themselves a decent cushion as Josh Casey's run into the box saw the ball roll into the path of Jamal Lowe, and his shot from an angle gave Bowles no chance.
Midway through the half, another Beere free kick was met once again by Diarra, but this time the header went over the bar.
The young Blues team managed to brace themselves and kept the Beavers away from the goal, but Hampton looked comfortable and and in control up to halftime.
With the first 15 minutes of the second half matching the last 15 of the first, it was clear that Brentwood were going to struggle to get much out this game. However, just after the hour, Mark Smith had to be alert to saved a Marcus Milner shot at his near post as the hosts threatened to come and make the game interesting.
They didn't get the chance as Jamal Lowe settled the match, by being in the right place at the right time. Brendan Kiernan danced past the full back, and tracking along the bye-line, fired an audacious shot into Bowles' near post. The young keeper got his body in the way, but the rebound fell to Lowe and it was an easy finish to give the Beavers a 3-0 lead.
With Joe Hicks and Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick being introduced in place of Beere and Lowe, it was clear Dowse was saving energy for the next game, but the Beavers weren't finished quite yet.
Brendan Kiernan was given too much room in midfield and he promptly made a mazy run to the edge of the Brentwood box, but the finish did not match the approach and it flew well over the bar.
Nicke Kabamba was the next to try and make a spectacular solo effort with his own run from halfway but his shot drifted wide, as the Beavers settled for a comfortable victory ahead of their trip to Burgess Hill on Saturday.
Brentwood Town (0) 0
Hampton & Richmond Borough (2) 3
Eddie Hutchinson 4'
Jamal Lowe 17', 68
Brentwood Town: 1 Ollie Bowles, 2 Joshua Banton, 3 Sam Collins, 4 Martyn Stokes, 5 Ryan O'Rawe, 6 Connor Witherspoon, 7 Marcus Milner, 8 Mitch Hahn (Andrew Freeman 72'), 9 Petrit Elbi, 10 Shad Ngandu, 11 Robbie Rees
Subs: 12 Sam Cross, 14 Andrew Freeman, 15 Leon Gordon, 16 Matt Rose
Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 Mark Smith, 2 Tom Jelley (Michael Kamara 46'), 3 Josh Casey, 4 Kieran Murphy, 5 Moussa Diarra, 6 Leon Solomon, 7 Eddie Hutchinson, 8 Tom Beere (Joe Hicks 78'), 9 Nicke Kabamba, 10 Brendan Kiernan, 11 Jamal Lowe (Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick 84')
Subs: 12 Joe Hicks, 14 Jerome Federico, 15 Michael Kamara, 16 Charlie Moone, 17 Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick