Beavers bullied by Angels
The Beavers suffered only their second defeat of the year in going down to a stolid Tonbridge Angels side, winning on a Luke Blewden penalty.
Dowse made no changes to his starting eleven and the game never really got going as both teams took a long time to size each other up and it took over 20 minutes for the first clear chances to arrive for either side. Jamal Lowe managed to scoot round Folkes, but his attempt from a narrow angle was well saved by DiBernardo by the foot of the post.
The best chance of the first half went to the hosts just before half time, as Charlie Webster took advantage of Tom Jelley slipping to get a cross into the box for Nathan Elder in front of goal. The burly striker's shot though wasn't decisive and was straight into the midriff of keeper Mark Smith.
Jamal Lowe was proving to be the busiest of the Beavers forward line and in added time, he got on the end of a lofted ball by Kieran Murphy. his shot was easily saved by the Angels keeper.
It was much the same in the second half and although the Beavers came out with more purpose, they couldn't quite generate enough of a creative spark to unlock the Angels. The nearest being Brendan Kiernan's header just before the hour mark.
The game was starting to look like a goal-less encounter when the Angels won a penalty that left most within the ground baffled as to why it was given. After Tom Jelley had received a caution, Blewden stepped up to sidefoot the ball past Smith, who couldn't quite get enough on it to make the save.
After the game, the referee explained that he'd given it for Jelley holding on to a Tonbridge player as the cross came over, which seemed very soft as there was few if any appeals from the home team.
The Beavers did try to get back into the game but Tonbridge defended resolutely, giving them little opportunity to get the equaliser. Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick had a shot deflected wide and with 5 minutes to go, Nicke Kabamba had a header which was saved easily by DiBernardo.
Deep in added time, extended due to an injury to Luke Blewden, the Beavers won a corner, which prompted everyone into the Angels box, with keeper Mark Smith even appearing. He was closest to the cross, but he then had to sprint for his life as Woods-Garness attempted a 65 yard attempt on goal.
The ball took an eternity to travel the length of the pitch, but the long range shot rolled against the post and went wide as the whistle went.
Speaking to the Angels website after the game, Dowse's frustration was clear to see. "We were beaten by the better side this afternoon, it was one of our worst performances of the season and we allowed ourselves to be bullied by a strong Tonbridge side."
Tonbridge Angels (0) 1
Luke Blewden (p) 64.
Hampton & Richmond Borough (0) 0
Tonbridge Angels: 1 Anthony Di Bernardo, 2 James Folkes, 3 Jack Parter, 4 Tom Parkinson (Anthony Riviere 81'), 5 Jerome Sobers, 6 Sonny Miles, 7 Charlie Webster (Tommy Whitnell 70'), 8 Luke Allen, 9 Nathan Elder, 10 Luke Blewden (Bradley Woods-Garness 90'), 11 Nick Wheeler
Subs: 12 Laurence Ball, 14 Tommy Whitnell, 15 Anthony Riviere, 16 Ben Harrison, 17 Bradley Woods-Garness
Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 Mark Smith, 2 Tom Jelley, 3 Josh Casey, 4 Kieran Murphy, 5 Moussa Diarra, 6 Leon Solomon, 7 Jerome Federico (Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick 65'), 8 Tom Beere (Dean Sinclair 74'), 9 Nicke Kabamba, 10 Brendan Kiernan (Charlie Moone 80'), 11 Jamal Lowe
Subs: 12 Joe Hicks, 14 Eddie Hutchinson, 15 Dean Sinclair, 16 Charlie Moone, 17 Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick
Photo (c) Neil Hood 2016