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Hampton & Richmond Borough
Torquay United
Full time
K Kalala (16', 49'), S Janneh (69')
Sat 22 Dec 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League South Attendance 799

No Christmas joy for Beavers

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The Beavers go down to defeat against table topping Gulls

Torquay cemented their position at the top of the National League South for Christmas with a clinical 3-0 victory over the faltering Beavers, who had shown signs of a recovery in recent weeks.

After a scrappy start to the game, Torquay took the lead in the 16th minute as Kalvin Kalala capped off a fine counter attack with a powerful shot from 20 yards, leaving keeper Tom Lovelock grasping at air.

Torquay throughout the first half showed how much of a transformation Johnson has made to the Gulls following their poor start to the season, as they kept catching Hampton on the break, with clean, incisive passing, across the full width of the pitch,

The Gulls continued to make the better chances, Lovelock having to make a brave double save just after the half hour but the best of them came some 10 minutes before the break after Lovelock had unthinkingly caught a back pass from Simon Downer, but Jamie Reid’s shot from the indirect free kick was blocked by the onrushing wall of red and blue.

Saikou Jannah almost created a second for the Gulls second before the break, as he picked the ball off Oli Sprague and fed in Kalala; the forward’s shot was parried by Lovelock, Koue Niate could only send the rebound wide of the post.

Early in the second half, Hampton nearly equalised as Chis Dickson managed to get to a through ball before Gulls keeper Shaun MacDonald but his chip over the keeper could only hit the post.

Torquay extended the lead soon after as Kalala took advantage of a Jack Connors mistake in midfield, driving into the box to bury a shot past Lovelock into the corner of the net.

It took until after the hour mark for Hampton to create another clear chance as Craig Dundas’ ball over the top of the defence fell to substitute Karl Oliyide, but the striker couldn’t get the direction on his shot and it went wide.

Torquay made it three with 20 minutes to go as Saikou Janneh took advantage of Luke Ruddick’s missed clearance to slip the ball into the bottom corner past Lovelock and seal the points for the Gulls.

In his post-match interview, Beavers manager Gary McCann felt his team could have done better. “We could’ve defended all the goals better as they were all avoidable, but we weren’t embarrassed, although the scoreline would suggest otherwise."

Gulls manager Gary Johnson was more than happy with his team’s performance, “We showed our quality with the goals in our passing, I was very pleased about that, and we looked comfortable for a fair amount of the game.”

Originally for the Non League Paper
Photo courtesy of Ben Harrison-Hyde

Key moments

16:00
Goal Kalvin Kalala scores for Torquay United
49:00
Goal Kalvin Kalala scores for Torquay United
69:00
Goal Saikou Janneh scores for Torquay United

Highlights

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86:00 Yellow Card
Jake Andrews is yellow carded for Torquay United
80:00 Sub On
Rhys Murrell-Williamson is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
80:00 Sub Off
Liam Sole is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
80:00 Sub Off
Jean-Yves Koue Niate is substituted off for Torquay United
80:00 Sub On
George Essuman is substituted on for Torquay United
75:00 Sub Off
Saikou Janneh is substituted off for Torquay United
75:00 Sub Off
Connor Lemonheigh-Evans is substituted off for Torquay United
75:00 Sub On
Olaf Koszela is substituted on for Torquay United
75:00 Sub On
Samir Nabi is substituted on for Torquay United
69:00 Goal 0 - 3
Saikou Janneh scores for Torquay United
59:00 Sub Off
Simon Downer is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
59:00 Sub On
Matty Wichelow is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
49:00 Goal 0 - 2
Kalvin Kalala scores for Torquay United
45:01 Sub On
Karl Oliyide is substituted on for Hampton & Richmond Borough
45:01 Sub Off
Oliver Sprague is substituted off for Hampton & Richmond Borough
End of period 1
43:00 Yellow Card
Oliver Sprague is yellow carded for Hampton & Richmond Borough
38:00 Yellow Card
Connor Lemonheigh-Evans is yellow carded for Torquay United
31:00 Yellow Card
Simon Downer is yellow carded for Hampton & Richmond Borough
16:00 Goal 0 - 1
Kalvin Kalala scores for Torquay United
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As it happened

  • Hampton & Richmond Borough
  • Torquay United
  • 0
  • Kalvin Kalala Goal 16:00'
  • Simon Downer Yellow Card 31:00'
  • Connor Lemonheigh-Evans Yellow Card 38:00'
  • Oliver Sprague Yellow Card 43:00'
  • Oliver Sprague Sub Off 45:01'
  • Karl Oliyide Sub On 45:01'
  • Kalvin Kalala Goal 49:00'
  • Simon Downer Sub Off 59:00'
  • Matty Wichelow Sub On 59:00'
  • Saikou Janneh Goal 69:00'
  • Saikou Janneh Sub Off 75:00'
  • Connor Lemonheigh-Evans Sub Off 75:00'
  • Olaf Koszela Sub On 75:00'
  • Samir Nabi Sub On 75:00'
  • Rhys Murrell-Williamson Sub On 80:00'
  • Liam Sole Sub Off 80:00'
  • Jean-Yves Koue Niate Sub Off 80:00'
  • George Essuman Sub On 80:00'
  • Jake Andrews Yellow Card 86:00'

Team selection

Hampton & Richmond Borough
Torquay United
  • 1. Shaun MacDonald
  • 2. Ben Wynter
  • 3. Liam Davis
  • 4. Asa Hall
  • 5. Jean-Yves Koue Niate
  • 6. Jake Andrews
  • 7. Jamie Reid
  • 8. Connor Lemonheigh-Evans
  • 9. Saikou Janneh
  • 10. Jamie Sendles-White
  • 11. Kalvin Kalala
  • 12. George Burton
  • 13. George Essuman
  • 14. Olaf Koszela
  • 15. Samir Nabi

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
13. Chippenham Town 42 55
14. Dulwich Hamlet 42 49
15. Hampton & Richmond Borough 42 49
16. Hemel Hempstead Town 42 48
17. Gloucester City 42 47
18. Eastbourne Borough 42 42
19. Hungerford Town 42 42

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