Lowe brace lifts Beavers to pole position
Jamal Lowe scores twice as Hampton go top of league with a 4-0 victory over Canvey Island, a repeat of the scoreline on the same fixture last season.
Yet it wasn't a 4-0 kind of match as possession was roughly about equal, just Canvey's wasteful defending letting them down in the final third and the Beavers being clinical in front of goal as we never got out of second gear.
It could have been a flying start for the Beavers as they had an opportunity inside the first 60 seconds, Brendan Kiernan robbing Sheehan in the centre circle. However, the defender atoned for his mistake by dashing after the midfielder to tackle back and save the situation.
Neither side dominated the first 15 minutes and it was looking like it could be an interesting game but Jamal Lowe then decided the course of events.
On 17 minutes, picking the ball up wide on the left, he cut inside off his left foot and beat right back Jake Pitty; Lowe then made straight for goal and buried a neat shot under Gough from a tight angle inside the far post.
4 minutes later, he doubled the Beavers lead. Given too much time outside the box, he struck an excellent curling shot from 25 yards into the top corner which gave Gough no chance, despite a despairing dive.
The Beavers then consolidated their position as they gave the Gulls little to work with, but as the end of the half approached, the hosts did finally create a couple of chances.
Tambeson Eyong managed to fend off Moussa Diarra and break through on goal but George Legg did well to narrow the angle and block the shot.
Seconds later, Eyong got to to the byeline, but his cut back to Miller-Rodney was just too much for the young midfielder.
The opening 15 minutes of the second half saw Canvey have more of the play and they nearly got a goal back on 58 minutes as Gilbey's shot was blocked by Legg, the young keeper had to be quick to gather up the loose ball as Tuohy tried to take advantage, taking a boot to the hand in the process.
5 minutes later, Canvey were hit by a sucker punch as Sinclair's long free kick into the area was not cleared far enough, the header falling to Eddie Hutchinson just outside the box and he made no mistake, beating Gough with a crisp finish for his first Beavers league goal.
Canvey visibly wilted after this, despite the introduction of the dangerous Harrison Chatting and Hampton never looked in any trouble, Michael Kamara being introduced in a holding midfield role.
The Gulls' sorry day was completed on 78 minutes as Dean Sinclair's near post corner was turned into his own net by Gough.
Lowe could have completed his first Hampton hat trick and made the scoreline more emphatic in the 82nd minute, but he might reflect now that trying to chip Gough from 15 yards instead of striking a more powerful shot was not quite the right option.
However, the absence of Alan Dowson from the bench, who was serving a touchline ban, proved to be of no matter as the Beavers saw out the game and took their place at the top of the table.
Canvey Island (0) 0
Hampton & Richmond Borough (2) 4
Jamal Lowe 17, 20
Eddie Hutchinson 63
Conor Gough OG 78
Canvey Island: 1 Conor Gough, 2 Jake Pitty, 3 Ashley Dumas, 4 Merrick James-Lewis, 5 Richard Halle, 6 Steve Sheehan, 7 Tambeson Eyong, 8 Tyrell Miller-Rodney (Tony Stokes 58'), 9 Jay Curran (Harrison Chatting 74'), 10 Martin Tuohy (Marlon Agyakwa 80'), 11 Mitchell Gilbey
Subs: 12 Marlon Agyakwa, 14 Harrison Chatting, 15 Dan Gilchrist, 17 Tony Stokes
Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 George Legg, 2 Tom Jelley, 3 Josh Casey, 4 Kieran Murphy, 5 Moussa Diarra, 6 Eddie Hutchinson, 7 Jerome Federico, 8 Dean Sinclair (Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick 80'), 9 Nicke Kabamba, 10 Brendan Kiernan (Michael Kamara 72'), 11 Jamal Lowe (Charlie Moone 90')
Subs: 12 Michael Kamara, 14 Charlie Moone, 15 Richard Pacquette, 16 Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick, 17 Liam Beach