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Poole Town
Hampton & Richmond Borough
Full time
C Wassmer (5')
Tue 17 Apr 19:45 - The Vanarama National League - National League South Attendance 314

Beavers back on winning trail

Report by Phil Weller, HRBFC Supporters Trust

The Beavers made hard work of beating an ordinary Poole side, but secured the 3 points needed, as those around us also won their games.

We took the lead on 5 minutes when, following a careless foul, Casey curled in a free kick from wide right, which Wassmer met at the far post to head in on the first bounce.

Far from giving us confidence to push on, the effect of the goal was to inspire Poole into a 15 minute period of dominance.

Dieng produced a stunning save from a curling free kick - managing to tip the ball onto the left post. Then , soon after, he stood tall to parry a fierce shot aimed at the near left top corner, from a tight angle. Both of these Poole attempts were the result of over zealous challenges on players already under pressure.

We managed to produce a couple of half chances, when, firstly, Baptiste nearly wriggled through a packed defence, and secondly when Jeffers turned well, but scuffed his shot.

It was another free kick that saw Poole come close to drawing level just before half time. A precise inswinging delivery from wide left eluded everyone and looked destined to curl just inside the far left post. Dieng had to hold his position in anticipation of contact on the ball, but then reacted brilliantly to palm the ball away at the last moment and scramble to regather the ball in the face of approaching attackers.

The second half saw increasing Hampton dominance.

Roberts, looking lively following his absence, was thwarted by the keeper diving at his feet. Kiernan then saw his well struck shot from the D fly straight into the arms of the keeper. Just a few minutes later Jeffers found a yard to send in a right foot curler high right, which was well directed, but lacked the power to beat the goalie.

Poole were largely relying on the break now; and did so to good effect ending with a powerful header past Dieng from a right wing cross. The attacker was correctly judged to be a couple of yards beyond our defensive line.

Around the 55th minute Baptiste took a heavy fall by the far touchline and was immediately escorted to the dressing room. Mulley came on as a like for like replacement and we continued to have the upper hand, but with efforts on target, from either side, at a premium.

Deep into the last quarter Jelley and Kamara came on for Odoi and Kiernan.

Poole managed to deliver several high crosses towards their giant substitute striker, but Dieng consistently came out to claim the ball. He completed his contribution with a comfortable save from a shot on the turn.

Having concluded several breaks by heading for the corner flag, with mixed results; the fifth and final minute of added time saw Roberts feign to do the same, before cutting back from the left touchline and crossing to the feet of Jeffers, 8 yards out in front of goal.

He declined to shoot with his right foot, choosing to cut back to successfully wrong foot both the keeper and a closing defender. Then with the goal at his mercy he unaccountably lashed the ball onto the underside of the cross bar. A follow up header was gathered by the keeper, but, mercifully, the final whistle blew before Poole could launch a final attack.

A fast, free flowing game, on a surprisingly good pitch, bringing a vital win for Hampton, and one that leaves Poole with a real challenge to survive.

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Key moments

5:00
Goal Charlie Wassmer scores for Hampton & Richmond Borough

Highlights

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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Seny Dieng keeps a clean sheet for Hampton & Richmond Borough
82:00 Sub Off
Bradley Hudson-Odoi is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
82:00 Sub On
Tom Jelley is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
81:00 Yellow Card
James Mulley is yellow carded for Hampton & Richmond Borough
78:00 Sub On
Michael Walker is substituted on for Poole Town
78:00 Sub Off
Jake Smeeton is substituted off for Poole Town
62:00 Sub On
James Mulley is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
62:00 Sub Off
Shandon Baptiste is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
60:00 Sub Off
Carl Pettefer is substituted off for Poole Town
60:00 Sub On
Richard Gillespie is substituted on for Poole Town
54:00 Yellow Card
Jake Smeeton is yellow carded for Poole Town
46:00 Sub On
Ollie Balmer is substituted on for Poole Town
46:00 Sub Off
Lewis Lindsey is substituted off for Poole Town
End of period 1
42:00 Yellow Card
James Constable is yellow carded for Poole Town
5:00 Goal 0 - 1
Charlie Wassmer scores for Hampton & Richmond Borough
5:00 Assist
Joshua Casey makes an assist for Hampton & Richmond Borough
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Poole Town
  • Hampton & Richmond Borough
  • 0
  • Charlie Wassmer Goal 5:00'
  • Joshua Casey Assist 5:00'
  • James Constable Yellow Card 42:00'
  • Ollie Balmer Sub On 46:00'
  • Lewis Lindsey Sub Off 46:00'
  • Jake Smeeton Yellow Card 54:00'
  • Carl Pettefer Sub Off 60:00'
  • Richard Gillespie Sub On 60:00'
  • Shandon Baptiste Sub Off 62:00'
  • James Mulley Sub On 62:00'
  • Jake Smeeton Sub Off 78:00'
  • Michael Walker Sub On 78:00'
  • James Mulley Yellow Card 81:00'
  • Bradley Hudson-Odoi Sub Off 82:00'
  • Tom Jelley Sub On 82:00'

Team selection

Poole Town
  • 1. Nick Hutchings
  • 2. Lewis Lindsey
  • 3. Jake Smeeton
  • 4. Will Spetch
  • 5. Jamie Whisken
  • 6. Carl Pettefer
  • 7. Jordan Alawode-Williams
  • 8. Steve Devlin
  • 9. James Constable
  • 10. Corby Moore
  • 11. Warren Bentley
  • 12. Michael Walker
  • 14. Richard Gillespie
  • 15. Ollie Balmer
  • 16. Josh Leslie-Smith
  • 13. Ed Tierney

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Havant & Waterlooville 42 86
2. Dartford 42 86
3. Chelmsford City 42 74
4. Hampton & Richmond Borough 42 72
5. Hemel Hempstead Town 42 70
6. Braintree Town 42 69
7. Truro City 42 69

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