Dowse 'unhappy' by K's defeat
Lacklustre Beavers not at the races in local derby defeat at Kingsmeadow, losing 4-1 against Kingstonian.
The Beavers had the opportunity to put pressure on the teams below them with another win but brought out one of their tamest performances since the defeat to Lewes back in September, as they went down with a whimper 4-1 against Kingstonian.
With captain Kieran Murphy suspended following his dismissal at Burgess Hill, Joe Hicks stepped into his place with the captains armband given to keeper Mark Smith.
However, it didn't start well as with just 12 minutes on the watch as Pelayo Pico-Gomez buried a shot past Smith into the bottom corner as the Beavers were left waiting in vain for a referee's whistle after a clear handball by a K's player was not spotted in the build-up.
They got back on terms just 10 minutes later as Moussa Diarra, making a foray up field, met a long Brendan Kiernan cross, just beating Rob Tolfrey to the ball. It looped over the keeper and into the net to give the defender his 12th goal of the season, believed to be the most in a season by a recognised defender wearing a Hampton shirt.
This parity only lasted until the 35th minute as a Kingston corner from the Hampton right was not dealt with and the unmarked Alan Inns stooped to head home from about 12 yards.
After the half time break, the Beavers came out with more purpose but Tolfrey was not really tested as the Hampton forward line weren't allowed to get into the match and on 65 minutes, the game was effectively finished as the K's pinched a 3rd goal.
A long kick from Tolfrey got caught on the wind, the previously quiet Andre McCollin chased it down, beating Diarra in the rush. He had enough time to slip a neat shot past Smith and send the home fans into raucous celebration.
It could have been four 10 minutes later as McCollin beat the offside trap and proceeded to bear down on goal with just Smith to beat. The keeper read it well and bravely got a hand to the ball to knock it away from the striker's feet to save the defence's blushes.
The 83 minute dismissal of Kingstonian's Bruce Hogg made little difference and Smith could do little about the coup de grace in the 6th minute of added time.
Kingstonian broke clear with no one between two strikers and the goal. McCollin's shot was frantically cleared by the sprinting Tom Jelley before it slowly bobbled into the net, but Dan Bennett was on hand to prod the ball home by the post.
Speaking to Rob this morning, Dowse was so unhappy about the performance.
"I was so gutted after that I didn't sleep well last night. We all let the fans down, the players and the management together, and the fans who turned up deserved better. I can only apologise to them, I really do, because they were brilliant all game. To see so many there, still singing in the times we were not in it, well, it makes you proud of them."
"I made sure the players and everyone in the dressing room know it, that if we want to win this league, we'll have to do better. Only a win tomorrow will do."
Kingstonian (2) 4
Pelayo Pico Gomez 12'.
Alan Inns 35'
Andre McCollins 65'
Dan Bennett 90'
Hampton & Richmond Borough (1) 1
Moussa Diarra 22'
Kingstonian: 1 Rob Tolfrey, 2 Aaron Goode, 3 George Wells, 4 Lee O'Leary, 5 Bruce Hogg, 6 Alan Inns, 7 Mitch Pinnock (Dan Bennett 76'), 8 Harold Odametey, 9 Pelayo Pico Gomez (Peter Dean 79'), 10 Andre McCollin, 11 Joe Turner
Subs: 12 Tyron Smith, 14 Peter Dean, 15 Reece Beckles, 16 Dan Bennett, 17 Ryan Newman
Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 Mark Smith, 2 Tom Jelley, 3 Josh Casey, 4 Joe Hicks, 5 Moussa Diarra, 6 Leon Solomon (Dean Sinclair 79'), 7 Eddie Hutchinson (Jerome Federico 65'), 8 Tom Beere, 9 Nicke Kabamba, 10 Brendan Kiernan, 11 Jamal Lowe
Subs: 12 Jerome Federico, 14 Dean Sinclair, 15 Michael Kamara, 16 Charlie Moone, 17 Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick