Beavers Rally To Earn Point At Eastbourne
By HRBFC Press Team
Hampton ended their three-game losing run in the league as they took away a point from Priory Lane.
It was another slow start for the Beavers who found themselves 2-0 down thanks to goals from Sergio Torres and Dean Cox in the first half.
This time though, they rallied and were level before half time through Miller-Rodney’s thunderbolt and Dickson’s header. The second half saw both teams have chances to win it but, in the end, failed to convert and had to settle for a point a piece.
The Beavers were 1-0 down in just the fourth minute. Lloyd Dawes crossed for Torres who chested it down and placed his effort across Lovelock and into the bottom corner.
Once Hampton settled, the match became a lot more even, with a series of offside calls halting any momentum the visitors tried to build. After a quiet spell, the game suddenly burst into life.
The hosts doubled their lead on the half hour mark when debutant Jack Connors was deemed to have tripped Charlie Walker in the box. Cox stepped up and converted the resulting penalty.
The Beavers hit back instantly though as Miller-Rodney scored with a stunning strike. He received the ball on the edge of the area, took a touch and slammed it past Mark Smith in the Eastbourne goal.
It could have been three goals in as many minutes as Walker found himself one-on-one courtesy of a kind deflection, but he put his effort wide when it looked easier to score.
Hampton punished this profligacy and levelled the scores to complete a crazy five-minute spell. Connors atoned for his earlier error by floating a cross on to the head of Dickson who was able to direct his header past Smith.
The half ended with Zak Joseph nearly pulling off what would certainly have been a contender in the goal of the season competition. His long-range dipping effort striking the inside of the post before bouncing to safety.
After the break, Hampton created a glorious chance to take the lead when Dickson’s rebounded effort fell to Joseph on the edge of the six-yard box. Unfortunately, Joseph couldn’t get himself set as he ran in and blazed over the bar.
The Beavers came close again as the game approached the hour mark. After a move which involved almost all of the players touching the ball, Uchechi was put through on goal and was only denied by a fine close range stop from Smith.
Both sides struggled for fluidity from then on and the game became stretched with no real chances of note. That was until 10 minutes from time, Odubade was played through in the box, out came Lovelock who was beaten by the effort but on hand was Mambo to head clear off the line.
It was Eastbourne who finished the stronger and substitute Andrew Briggs came close to stealing all three points heading into stoppage time, but his effort fizzed just wide.
“It started with a soft goal to concede on our part, followed by a soft penalty,” said Gary, speaking to the club Twitter after the game.
“But I thought our response and our character from there was excellent, we could have felt sorry for ourselves but we responded well, scored two good goals and could have won it in the end.”
“For whatever reason we are finding ourself behind in the first 20 minutes, and it's something we need to speak about on Thursday, and address in training.”
“On the road it's a decent point, and it could have been more. Theres lots of positives for us to take out of it.”
The Beavers return to action this Saturday, at home to Oxford City, kick off 3pm.