Beavers defied by obstinate Gosport
Despite throwing everything at their visitors, the Beavers had to settled for a point.
With the return of Wesley Fonguck into midfield, the Beavers looked a stronger proposition than Saturday, and they tore into Gosport from the off.
Brendan Kiernan had the best of the early chances as within the space of minutes, he only just cleared the bar and then curled one around the post to give the Beavers confidence in the opening part of the half.
That confidence was abruptly shattered on 21 minutes as a Ben Wright shot came back off the bar; the Beavers weren't quick enough to the rebound as Tony Lee, poaching in the box, instinctively prodded the ball past Sam Howes to give the visitors the lead in a stunned and silent Beveree.
Hampton picked themselves up and reapplied the pressure on the green shirted Gosport. Kiernan again had a shot on target but a slight deflection off a defender saved Gosport as it flew for the corner.
10 minutes before the half time break, Josh Casey was set free down the left; his low drive across the box was met by Christian Jolley in front of goal, but his first time shot flew right at debutant keeper Mark Childes, who was able to get a hand to the ball and send it for a corner.
Gosport were having to defend deeply and rarely threatened Sam Howes as the Beavers kept the upper hand, without getting any joy in front of goal. Just minutes were left before the break as Casey strode imperiously through the centre of midfield, taking the ball to the edge of the box, where he proceeded to let fly on goal. Unfortunately the attempt didn't match the approach and it whistled high over the bar.
After the break, Alan Dowson decided to make an immediate change, bringing on Duncan Culley, and making it a three man front line with Jolley and Pavey, and with Kiernan, Odametey and Fonguck behind directing, plus Casey being unpredictable down the left, the Beavers proceeded to lay siege to the Gosport goal.
Gosport were resorting to all they legitimately could to make sure the Beavers didn't score. Just before the hour, Culley's point blank shot was blocked and an almighty scramble developed, ending with Gosport frantically hacking clear as the red and blue tide kept pressing.
However, seconds later, the dam was finally breached as Casey's corner was met at the back post by Culley, his header managing to get past the goal-line defence as the striker proceeded to make things difficult for the visitors.
Two minutes later, the Beavers took the lead.
Brendan Kiernan was bundled over in the box, and with more recognised penalty takers on the bench, Alfie Pavey stepped up and with a maturity belying his years, confidently blasted the ball past Childes and into the net as Beveree began to rock again.
With 20 minutes left, Harold Odametey drilled in a shot that stung the palms of Childes from just inside the box, Alfie Pavey followed up but the keeper palmed it over the bar as Hampton could scent a third goal.
The next goal, when it came, was so far against the run of play that Gosport's previous attempt could scarcely be recalled. Ben Wright held up a clearance in midfield and played in the irrepressible Tony Lee; having time on the ball, he deftly lifted over the onrushing Howes and sent the 20 or 30 Gosport fans into delirious delight.
For the last 20 minutes, it was pretty much all Hampton as they threw not only the kitchen sink but washer, dryer and dishwasher as their Gosport visitors retreated into their own half.
Credit to the thin green line, Hampton didn't really make a clear enough chance to break through, with the nearest being shots from Culley and Pavey that both drifted wide as Gosport threw bodies all over the pitch to stop Hampton getting the winner.
In their desperation, the injuries piled up for Gosport as they effectively ended up with just 10 players to defy the Beavers - Harding staying on after all three subs had been used. In the end, the Beavers found no way through and will no doubt see this as points needlessly dropped.
After the game, a frustrated Dowse let fly. "We've had 85% of the possession and yet we only get a point!"
"Before the game, I gave one instruction, and that was that we get tight to the forwards and stick to them. Do that and we win the game, but for the second goal, (Lee) has 5 seconds to pick his spot!
"Defending has been a weakness of ours this season, we haven't really replaced Moussa from last season and we've suffered because of it!"