Saints sullied by Beavers display
By Rob Overfield
In the day's feature match, the Beavers showed their form as they beat St Albans City, despite having Harold Odametey dismissed late on.
With England C manager manager Paul Fairclough at the game, Dowse brought Nathan Collier into the starting lineup to replace the injured Christain Jolley but kept the rest of the team the same.
In the first 20 minutes, St Albans showed why they were 3rd in the league as the quickly put the Beavers defence under pressure.
Theophanous had the first chance on 3 minutes dragging his shot wide before Kieran Murphy had to block a Morias shot on the goal line a couple of minutes later.
Aaron Howe had to be alert on 15 minutes to tip over a Tom Bender header, and the Beavers were clearly having to fight hard as the home team looked likeliest to score.
Just before the half hour, the Beavers snatched the lead with a well worked goal. Brendan Kiernan split the defence with a first time pass, putting Nicke Kabamba in sight of goal. Despite the attentions of three arriving Saints defenders, the striker cooly buried the ball past Russell into the net.
The lead was not long lasting as the hosts quickly equalised; a quick break saw the Beavers short of numbers at the back and Morias' square ball across the box for Lucien in space to bury the shot past Howe.
The Beavers were clearly stung by the goal, and it wasn't long before they got a second. Interplay on the left between Josh Casey, Jamal Lowe and Brendan Kiernan saw Kiernan clip in a clever pass to Kabamba just inside the area. His first shot was saved, but he grabbed the loose ball and fired past Russell to put the Beavers back in front.
Just before the break, Jamal Lowe gave the Beavers a cushion as he scored one of the better individual goals you'll see.
Casey's header down the left hand side was picked up by the winger; he left the full beck Ben Herd on the floor as he dashed down the wing. Cutting inside, beating two defenders, he slotted a simple shot past Russell from the edge of the box.
Hampton were clearly the better team at this point as the Saints looked short of midfield invention; the home full backs were also being given a torrid time.
Just after the hour, the Beavers extended the lead. A short corner routine from casey to Lowe saw the winger chip in an unexpected cross; lurking in the box, Michael Kamara lifted himself highest to nod the header past Russell to make it four.
Hampton have struggled to defend a lead at times this season and almost immediately conceded a second goal.
Noble's pass found Theophanous, some 25 yards out; inventively he chipped the ball up into the air, and after controlling it, he hit a long-range strike which Howe was unable to stop.
With some 15 minutes to go, the game erupted as Harold Odametey was dismissed by the referee, for what at first glance looked a reckless tackle; reports from St Albans sources suggest the player only made contact with the ball and not Morias, suggesting it was a harsh call.
This gave hope to the Saints but in the end, the Beavers were more than comfortable in the remaining, rejecting a defensive stand for continued pressure in midfield - despite being a man short - giving the Saints nothing to work with, and leaving the Beavers comfortable winners on the day.