Beavers lose on the road to the Stones
By HRBFC Press Team
The Beavers lose back-to-back league matches after goals from David Pratt and Bradley Bubb secured Wealdstone all three points.
Hampton and Richmond were punished for a slow start as they were beaten by fellow play-off contenders Wealdstone, who now overtake the Beavers, at Grovesnor Vale.
Within the first fifteen minutes, Hampton found themselves 2-0 down and lucky it wasn't three as the hosts had also missed a penalty.
Casey Maclaren provided hope of a comeback, but their efforts took a serious blow when Maclaren himself was shown a red card in the second half.
The Beavers got off to the worst possible start when Wealdstone took the lead within the first minute and a half. The move began with a driving run from Fumnaya Shomoton, who was able to pick out Bradley Bubb in the box, Tom Lovelock raced out well to make the save but David Pratt was on hand to head in the rebound.
Things could have got worse in the ninth minute when Tyrell Miller-Rodney was adjudged to have fouled Freddie Grant in the box. The resulting penalty from Daniel Green was brilliantly saved by Lovelock diving to his left.
Moments later, Lovelock was called into action again to deny Grant’s towering header from the resulting corner.
However it was 2-0 in the 14th minute when Green swung in a corner, and after confusion in the box, Bubb was able to poke in from a yard out.
Four minutes later, Hampton were back in the game. From their first attack of the match, Maclaren was left unmarked in the penalty area and was able to slam home Craig Dundas’s accurate cross.
The frenetic pace of the opening half an hour could not be sustained and the Beavers began to come back into the match as the half wore on.
They were not able to create any clear-cut chances though. Matty Whichelow had a couple of opportunities to test Jonathan North from set pieces but he was unable to do so.
Maclaren came agonisingly close to getting on to the end of one of those set-pieces for what would have been a certain equaliser.
The half ended with Rhys Murrell- Williamson playing through Dundas, who could only muster a tame effort into the arms of the goalkeeper.
The beginning of the second half was much more evenly contested but Hampton’s attempts to level the scores took a hit on the hour mark when Michael Corcoran collapsed to the ground with no one around him. He was replaced by James Hammond.
There was a further blow in store for the Beavers who saw goalscorer Maclaren sent off in the 66th minute for a rash challenge on Godfrey Poku. This prompted a tactical shake-up with Zak Joseph coming on to replace Whichelow.
Hampton continued to pose a threat despite the one-man deficit and created a glorious chance to draw level late in the second half. The ball dropped nicely for substitute Chris Dickson to hit on the half-volley, but his effort went straight at North, who was able to beat it away.
Dickson nearly spectacularly earned Hampton a point in stoppage time. His overhead kick had North diving across his goal, but the Wealdstone stopper was able to cling onto the ball and consign Hampton to a second consecutive league defeat.