Battling Beavers frustrate the Magpies to earn point
Maidenhead kept goalless as Beavers put out strong defensive display in front of MoM Sam Howes
The Beavers earned a well deserved point at York Road as they kept title challengers Maidenhead Utd to their first blank scoresheet of the season.
In a surprising change of formation, Sam Gallagher was brought in to play in a protecting role in front of the back four, leaving Shamir Mullings to plough a lone furrow up front.
This change frustrated the Magpies and Hampton had the best of the opening 20 minutes as the hosts struggled to work out Dowse's tactics.
Hampton had the first chance of note was Josh Casey's free kick from 30 yards which was only just wide of keeper Carl Pentney's left hand post.
Midway through the first half, Maidenhead started to get back into the match, a long ball over the top fell to Dave Tarpey, but his chip over man of the match Sam Howes went wide of the post.
The second half saw the Beavers once again pick it up in the opening minutes, Christian Jolley's drive from 20 yards rising over the bar on 53 minutes as Hampton kept the threat of the Maidenhead midfield in check.
Just before the hour, the Beavers had two great chances; firstly, Tom Jelley's cross from out wide forced a hurried save from Pentney then Leon Solomon's shot just cleared the bar.
This stung the hosts into a furious response. Sam Howes had been kept busy all afternoon, dealing with the frequent Maidenhead crosses, and on 64 minutes, he shown his class as he saved a Tarpey shot from 15 yards, then stayed alert to push Tarpey's follow-up attempt for a corner.
Some 5 minutes later, Howes had to be on his toes as he dashed out to close down Tarpey, the hurried attempt from the Maidenhead forward dribbling wide.
Hampton, by this point, were reduced to attempting quick counter attacks, Brendan Kiernan's chance with some 10 minutes left being the nearest as it bounced wide.
The Beavers defence, in the face of increasing Magpie pressure, showed no sign of yielding; bending but not breaking, with Sam Gallagher working hard to protect the back four but it all nearly came undone in the closing minutes but for Howes.
A free kick was conceded just outside the box, giving Tarpey a late chance to snatch a win; his free kick, on any other day, against any other keeper, would probably have been sufficient. This time, the flying Howes threw himself to his right and pushed the ball over the bar, a great shot from Tarpey aimed at the top corner and an ever better save from the young West Ham keeper to keep it out.
After the game, Dowse was well pleased with the performance. "They battled well today, and gave everything. That's all I ever ask and they deserved the point today."