Beavers baulked by fighting Sports
By Rob Overfield
Not the Beavers day as disallowed goals and a missed penalty keeps them to a point against Eastbourne Borough
The visitors had the first chance through Ryan Worrall, forcing a clean save from Sam Howes inside the first 15 minutes, before Howes showed his class with a smart double save; firstly blocking Charlie Harris's shot from the edge of the box, then saving Jamie Taylor's attempt from the rebound.
Just after the half hour the Beavers had two great chances, a great marauding run from midfield by Christian Jolley set up Max Kretzschmar, whose shot on the turn hit the post. A couple of minutes later, Ryan Moss reacted quickest to a loose ball inside the box, his attempt hitting the same post as Kretzschmar's effort.
The Sports had their work cut out from 39 minutes as new signing Gary Charman was dismissed for denying a clear and obvious goal scoring opportunity, bundling over Brendan Kiernan as the midfielder got behind the defence on the edge of the box and was in the process of shooting; Max Kretzschmar stepped up and curled the free kick home to give the Beavers the lead.
After the break, Hampton tried to put the pressure on the visitors, but on 52 minutes, the Sports were awarded a penalty for a foul by Jack Cook on Matt Drage, which Nat Pinney confidently put past Howes.
This gave the Sports some confidence, despite being a man down, Worrall dragging a shot wide just after the goal.
With less than 10 minutes to go, Duncan Culley headed home what looked to be the winner, but it was disallowed for a foul, for a push by the big striker before Brendan Kiernan also finished well minutes later, but this too was disallowed, this time for offside, which looked little puzzling.
Hampton looked to have got a chance to win it close to the end as Will Hendon was dismissed for his second yellow card; Brendan Kiernan stepped up to take the kick but fired the penalty over the bar to end a frustrating afternoon for the Beavers.