Beavers clip Welling's wings
By Rob Overfield
Ryan Moss's early goal enough to down Welling in the heat
In weather that was more suited to the events of a Test match at the Oval, the Beavers grafted hard to make sure Ryan Moss's 2nd goal of the season was not in vain, as they ground out a welcome win.
Moss was there to clean up a Charlie Wassmer flick on of Josh Casey's 5th minute free kick, to give Hampton a lead they were never to lose, despite some close shaves as keeper San Howes showed why he's highly rated at Watford, making top class saves from Phipps on at least a couple of occasions.
In the 9th minute, he was in the right place to block Phipps' header as the hosts tried to get back into the match, forcing a number of set pieces which the Beavers repelled.
Hampton lost the service of Brendan Kiernan in the 17th minute with a muscle pull, meaning Max Kretzschmar was brought on earlier than Dowse was thinking of but the team reformed itself and pressed on.
On 28 mins, it was Sam Howes again as he had to punch clear another Phipps' attempt, from another free kick as the Wings tried to pick a hole in the stubborn Hampton defence, marshalled by Charlie Wassmer, who is becoming one of the most important names on the teamsheet.
Malachi Napa found himself in front of goal on 31 mins, and his shot forced a diving save from Wings keeper Dillon Barnes, Ryan Moss looked to chase the rebound down but he was called offside.
A second goal almost came about but for some ill luck, Wassmer's header looked on target but it happened to hit Moss, and the Wings scrambled it clear.
With 10 mins to the break, Wassmer had another strong header from a Kretzschmar corner, but there was a red shirted body on line to prevent the attempt going in.
Welling looked like they had got their equaliser, with seconds to go before half time as Goldberg finished past Howes, but Sam had already seen the offside flag and let it go.
After the break, the Beavers had a golden chance as ex-Wing Harry Crawford was unmarked as he met a Kretzschmar cross, but his shot, with the goal gaping, went wide of the post. A goal then would have taken the steam out of the hosts, but they kept going.
The Hampton defence was coming under more and more pressure and, with 20 mins to go, Sam Howes had to come to the rescue once more, again from Phipps, the attacker's header from 6 yards being batted up and over the bar for another in a string of corners.
As the minutes ticked down, both sides showed the effect of the heat, but despite that and the efforts of the home team, the Beavers held on to earn their second win of the season.