Rivic steals win for 'walking wounded' Hampton
'Superhuman performance' says admiring Dowse after match
Two goals from substitute Stiven Rivic stole the points for the Beavers, the calm finish in the last minute of normal time demonstrating his class.
Hampton suffered a blow in the warmup as Brendan Kiernan, despite his best efforts, had to be pulled out of the starting lineup. Tom Jelley took his place from the bench, and Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis was brought in.
After the Wings had had a couple of half chances, Alex Cathline's being the closest, Duncan Culley had a great chance. He turned the defender enough to enable him to get a shot on target but Welling keeper Chris Lewington got enough of a hand on the ball to divert it for a corner.
Neither side created another clear chance in the first half, but in the second half the Beavers did start to have to better of the possession.
This was demonstrated just a couple of minutes into the half when a chance for Culley looked to have gone, but he regained the ball and his attempt from 10 yards out was blocked by Lewington.
Just after the hour, Dan Walker had the Wings best chance of the half, his looping header landing on the top of the net.
The introduction of Rivic started to change things for the Beavers and it wasn't long before the chances started to appear.
With just over 15 minutes left, Christian Jolley's powerful shot had to be pushed away by Lewington before the Beavers won a free kick just outside the area.
The flighted ball in was cleared, then an almighty scramble developed in the box for some 10 seconds or so. When the ball came back into the 6 yd box, the looping cross was met by the un-noticed Rivic at the back post and he headed home.
With just two minutes to go, Welling were awarded a free kick after a needless challenge by Jolley. Rhys Murrell-Williamson lined it up and struck the kick into the one place Sam Howes couldn't reach, as it went into the net off the keeper's left hand post.
That looked to be that for the Beavers and with Casey down and immobile in their own box, there didn't appear to be a lot left.
However, despite everything, the Beavers hadn't planned for that scenario and were not going to settle for a draw.
With seconds left before the added time kicked in, Stiven Rivic timed a forward run perfectly to latch onto a through pass and stay onside.
He advanced on Lewington and deftly lifted the ball past the keeper from 15 yards to send the Hampton bench into wild celebrations as it meant that should events turn out in their favour, the Beavers would have the chance of entering the playoffs.
Speaking after the match, Dowse was in awe of the players.
"Four or five of those lads really shouldn't have been out there - the likes of Josh, Duncan, Leon to name three - and to produce that performance was almost superhuman!"
"Is there any wonder I think they are probably the best team I've ever had? Where do they keep finding these displays?"
"Have to say, I thought Stiven was the right man in the right place today... he knew just where to be...! Brilliant!"
Photo (c) Keith Gillard
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