Grey day for Beavers lightened by Lowe
Once again, the Beavers took a hard earned point on their travels, as they came up against a well drilled Hendon team.
Under a dank and dreary sky, the Beavers started comfortably and on 12 minutes, Tom Beere intercepted a loose pass, and played in Nicke Kabamba. His shot was saved by keeper Joe Wright and as Josh Casey teed it up, he was dispossessed and the chance was lost.
It was another case of what might have been and just before the half hour mark, the Greens took the lead. A corner from the Hendon right was not dealt with by the Beavers defence, the ball falling to defender David Diedhiou and he reacted quickest to prod the ball into the net from point-blank range.
The Beavers rolled their sleeves up and almost immediately got back into the match as a Tom Beere free kick was pushed onto the post by Wright, diving full length to his left to get a hand on the well taken kick.
With half time approaching, Hampton created a couple of good half chances as first Jamal Lowe got a flick on a deflected Jerome Federico cross but couldn't get it on target; then Nicke Kabamba's header dropped just over the bar after Jamal Lowe's cross had taken a touch off a Hendon defender.
Whatever Dowse said at half time immediately bore fruit as on 48 minutes Jamal Lowe fired in a low shot, after Kabamba's pass from the left. Wright managed to get a touch on it, but couldn't stop it going in.
Hampton looked like they had another goal in them and a few minutes later, it looked like Nicke Kabamba would be the one to give them a lead. Following a break from the Hampton half, Kabamba found himself with a one-on-one with Wright, but his final touch wasn't the best and the shot was parried by Wright.
The Beavers were on top and yet found the Hendon defence in a defiant mood as they couldn't find a way through.
Jerome Federico was creating a lot of issues down the flanks and on 66 minutes, beat the left back again; the cut back was met by Jamal Lowe in front of goal, but it bobbled and Lowe's shot flew high over the bar.
Two minutes later, Lowe set off on a jinking run from the left corner; on reaching the box, he clipped a snap-shot at goal that caught the keeper unawares. Wright couldn't get down in time, but the shot hit the post and was cleared.
Hendon were struggled to raise a threat, but with 15 minutes to go, a break into the box saw Wesley Fonguck facing McDonnell from a wide angle, but the young keeper was equal to the midfielder and the shot was blocked away.
The Beavers were still creating chances and with 10 minutes left, Casey clipped in a cross from the right, but Kabamba's header flew right at Wright.
Once more the Beavers manage to avoid defeat, but of the two managers, Garry McCann is likely to be happiest with a point.
Hendon (1) 1
David Diedhiou 27'
Hampton & Richmond Borough (0) 1
Jamal Lowe 48'
Hendon: 1 Joe Wright, 2 Omar Vassell, 3 Oliver Sprague, 4 Dave Diedhiou, 5 Casey Maclaren, 6 Wesley Fonguck, 7 Russell Short, 8 Dean Cracknell, 9 Ben Pattie (Carl McCluskey 78'), 10 Kezie Ibe, 11 Tony Taggart (Adam Wallace 72')
Subs: 12 Adam Wallace, 13 Charlie Kuehn, 14 Carl McCluskey, 15 Luke Tingey, 16 Mark Kirby
Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 Joe McDonnell, 2 Michael Kamara, 3 Tom Jelley (Charlie Moone 77'), 4 Moussa Diarra, 5 Kieran Murphy, 6 Dean Sinclair, 7 Jerome Federico, 8 Tom Beere, 9 Nicke Kabamba, 10 Jamal Lowe, 11 Josh Casey.
Subs: 12 Joe Hicks, 14 Charlie Moone, 15 Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick, 16 Eddie Hutchinson, 17 George Legg