Another tough defeat for Hampton
By Rob Overfield
The Beavers sink to their fifth straight defeat but put in a much better performance
Two goals midway through the first half for the Clarets' Rhys Murphy turned the game but the Beavers could've been right in the game had they taken their chances.
The Beavers had the opening chance with Sam Cox's long range attempt in the third minute but the Clarets took the lead on the 22nd minute.
Nathan MacDonald's long goal kick fell to Rhys Murphy as defender Oliver Sprague lost his footing. This left Murphy with a one on one with Tom Lovelock and the forward finished coolly into the left hand corner.
It didn't take long for Murphy to double the lead as just 5 minutes later, he curled a neat finish past Lovelock with the outside of his right foot, into the same left hand corner as previously.
Chris Dickson was giving his all up front and nearly got his reward with 10 minutes to the interval as he took the ball some 30 yards from midfield through the centre of a strangely tentative Chelmsford defence; his chip over MacDonald looked on target, but it lacked the pace and the ball was hacked away from inside the 6 yard box.
Hampton took a big collective sigh as the dangerous Murphy was unfortunately subbed just before half time as Chelmsford then looked less threatening.
Straight after the interval, Tom Lovelock had to be alert as he dived to his left to push away Anthony Church's attempt as the Beavers tried to find an opening to get back into the match.
The momentum of the game was then halted abruptly on 54 minutes as the referee pulled up with an injury and it soon became clear that he was in no fit state to continue as the Chelmsford physio provided treatment. After some 15 minutes, a replacement assistant was found and the game continued.
Both teams struggled to create anything like a clear chance following the break in play; it took until approximately the 70th minute for Craig Dundas to have a shot on goal which was wasted.
Some 10 minutes later, Chris Dickson managed to poke a shot on target but it was blocked inside the Clarets 6 yard box.
With about 5 mins of normal time left - as far as anyone could tell - Matty Wichelow had a great opportunity as he broke through on goal, but MacDonald pulled off a good save to preserve his clean sheet and make sure that the Beavers would get nothing out of the game.
After the match, Gary was hopeful about the next few games, "If we play a little more like that going forward, with the same togetherness and purpose and understanding, and take our chances, we're going to win more games than we have done."