No festive cheer for Beavers
By Rob Overfield
Hampton's disappointing run of form continues with a 4th straight defeat
The Beavers' poor Christmas form continued into the New Year as Woking completed a comfortable double over the team, by a similar score line to the first game, as the Cards striker Greg Luer completed his first hattrick since leaving Burgess Hill Town in 2014.
Hampton barely had time to get settled into the game before they were behind, as Luer took advantage of a defensive mixup to walk the ball into the Beavers net in the 4th minute.
The uphill task for the Beavers got no easier as they couldn't find any rhythm in their game and on 26 minutes, Luer was on hand to score his second, following some poor defending in the Hampton half, giving him an easy chance which he didn't miss.
The Beavers finally started to make some headway but they couldn't convert the possession and what chances that came to them, through Sam Cox and Matty Wichelow, saw the attempts all well off target as keeper Craig Ross wasn't really threatened.
Woking could have had a third 5 minutes before the interval as Tom Lovelock had to dive to parry Paul Hodges curling shot from the edge of the area before Oliver Sprague had to make another goal-saving challenge in stoppage time.
Despite Hampton's best efforts at the start of the second half, they couldn't get a shot on target to trouble Ross and just after the hour, Lovelock had to stand tall to block another chance for the Cards, this time on the edge of the area, as the visitors broke through on goal.
With 25 minutes to go, Woking finally did get their third goal, this time from the penalty spot as Tyrell Miller-Rodney was unfortunately deemed to handled the ball deliberately in the box after falling on the ball. After the referee had given Richard Orlu a booking for his dissent, Luer stepped up to fire the spot kick past Lovelock for his hat trick.
Hampton kept trying to make something out of the remaining time, but Woking made sure there was nothing in it for the Beavers with a professional containing display that saw keeper Ross as much of a spectator as the 1,500 or so fans in the ground.