Opening day joy for Beavers
The Beavers made a successful return to the National League South, with a last minute Jelley penalty the difference against Bishop's Stortford.
With the Blues rebuilding a side and the Beavers getting their bearings, it was a cagey start to the season.
The Beavers were the first to create a chance as Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick used his pace to get on the end of a Jamal Lowe pass after 5 minutes, firing a shot that keeper Joe Wright had to block to his left.
Defences were winning the battle so far and it took another 20 minutes before another clear chance came, and it was Hippolyte-Patrick again, a Josh Casey cross from the left finding the midfielder with enough time to place his header. However, it was straight at Wright, who saved easily.
The Blues were finding it tough getting a sight of the Hampton goal and just before the break, they nearly grabbed a lead that in truth, they would have barely deserved.
A free kick was awarded to the home side some 25 yards out, Dominic Green stepped up to curl a neat free kick just over the wall. Aaron Howe was left stranded as the shot thudded against the near hand post and was cleared.
After the interval, the Beavers decided they should better get on with matters as they started to put some pressure on the home defence.
Jamal Lowe played a neat one-two with Christian Jolley on the edge of the area; the pacey forward managed to just get on the end of the pass before Wright got their but the keeper was in the way and it came to nothing.
Hippolyte-Patrick was buzzing around on the right and his battling on the edge of the box found himself in enough space to pass the ball inside to Jolley, but the striker's shot was blazed high over the bar.
With 20 minutes to go, Jolley almost made amends for that expansive miss as he beat 3 defenders as he rode tackles on the edge of the area; the shot was well placed but Wright dived to his right and pushed the ball away for a corner.
It was starting to look like a draw was on the cards, but with a couple of minutes to go, Bradley Woods-Garnes spun in the box and cracked a shot from close range that Howe had to stoop to save.
Howe immediately sent the ball upfield to give the Beavers a chance of a quick break, and it eventually found its way to Jolley in the box, who was bundled over by the Blues defence. The referee awarded the penalty which the home fans thought a bit soft.
Despite the pressure, Tom Jelley stepped up to strike the spot kick confidently past Wright, sending the keeper the wrong way and giving the Beavers their first win of the new season.
Press officer's picks: Michael Kamara and Jay Gasson for a solid display in defence.