Beavers pegged back against Angels
By Rob Overfield
The Beavers winning run was derailed by a late Nathen Elder equaliser for a 2-2 draw at Beveree - Stefan Rance
Sometimes a draw really does feel like a defeat and for many at Beveree on Saturday that feeling kicked in about 2 seconds after Nathen Elder had bundled in a late, late equaliser for Tonbridge in a game which the Beavers dominated for large periods.
Another decent crowd filed in to Beveree to watch 1st versus 3rd and for most of the game the result looked to be a foregone conclusion with the home side piling on the pressure but coming up against a keeper in fine form in the shape of Anthony Di Bernardo.
From the outset Jerome Federico and Jamal Lowe got at the Tonbridge full backs delivering a series of crosses and winning corners aplenty. The first real chance came on 14 minutes when Eddie Hutchinson’s header was palmed on to the bar by Di Bernardo who then claimed the rebound, as the pressure mounted there was a half hearted penalty appeal as the ball bounced up and struck a Tonbridge defenders arm but this was waved away.
The goal that had been threatened finally arrived on 23 minutes, a Josh Casey corner was punched away by Di Bernardo, Jamal Lowe recovered the ball and drifted a cross back in which was headed on by Moussa Diarra to Nicke Kabamba who flicked the ball over the keeper for his 10th league goal of the season.
George Legg was called in to action shortly after as he palmed away an effort from the edge of the box for a Tonbridge corner. Further chances came for the home side before half time as Kabamba shot wide when well placed and then Jerome Federico put the ball high over the bar after a flowing move which also involve Kabamba and Brendon Kiernan. In the final action of the first half Nathan Elder headed over from a Tonbridge corner.
The second half started with the same pattern with Hampton attacking at will and looking threatening every time they went forward. Kabamba had seen a header and a shot well saved before the Beavers extended their lead. A quick break saw Lowe advance down the left wing, he cut in and placed a shot across Di Bernardo who could only palm it out to the onrushing Federico who side footed the ball home to the delight of the home crowd.
Jerome Federico saw a shot smash in to the post after it had deflected of Nicke Kabamba’s nose, which led to the Hampton 9 receiving some treatment on the sidelines. Hampton were still in control of the game however Tonbridge pulled a goal back with the most routine of corners. The ball was delivered to the far past where Tom Parkinson rose highest to head home. Hampton were straight back on the attach, Jamel Lowe was pulled down outside the area and Kiernan saw his free kick saved.
There was a long stoppage as Nicky Wheeler needed to be stretchered off and just as the game ticked in to injury time Di Bernardo saved the best from last with a fabulous save from a fiercely driven drive by Brendan Kiernan. The importance of such came home to roost some 7 minutes later and Hampton could not clear their lines and Elder was able to send the Tonbridge fans in to delirious ecstasy.
Results elsewhere mean we retain our top spot and all thoughts now turn to a trip to the seaside next week to take on an inform Bognor Regis Town.
Hampton & Richmond Borough (1) 2
Nicke Kabamba (22')
Jerome Federico (53')
Tonbridge Angels (0) 2
Tom Parkinson (71')
Nathan Elder (90')
Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 George Legg, 2 Tom Jelley, 3 Josh Casey, 4 Kieran Murphy, 5 Moussa Diarra, 6 Eddie Hutchinson, 7 Jerome Federico (Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick 90'), 8 Dean Sinclair, 9 Nicke Kabamba, 10 Brendan Kiernan, 11 Jamal Lowe (Michael Kamara 83')
Subs: 12 Michael Kamara, 14 Charlie Moone, 15 Richard Pacquette, 16 Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick, 17 Adrian Blake
Tonbridge Angels: 1 Anthony Di Bernardo, 2 Charlie Webster, 3 Jack Parter, 4 Tom Parkinson, 5 Jerome Sobers, 6 Sonny Miles, 7 Bradley Wood Gardness, 8 Anthony Riviere (Luke Allen 75'), 9 Nathan Elder, 10 Luke Blewden (Tommy Whitnell 64'), 11 Nick Wheeler (Laurence Ball 87')
Subs: 12 Laurence Ball, 14 Tommy Whitnell, 15 Luke Allen, 16 Cameron Milham, 17 Tashi-Jay Kwayie