Toothless Beavers lose at home to Saint Albans
By HRBFC Press Team
Zane Banton's goal mid-way into the second-half consigns the Beavers to defeat after a disappointing showing.
Gary McCann slammed Hampton’s performance as the Beavers suffered a disappointing home defeat to St Albans.
The visitors dominated the first half and had a series of opportunities as the Beavers struggled to get a foothold.
McCann said: “I’m disappointed, it was not a performance we want to be associated with. Their defence had an easy afternoon, too many defences have been able to say that this season.
"This is the first time I’ve honestly felt as if it’s back to the drawing board. Some of the players are performing below the level that is required in this league."
St Albans made a positive start to the game and created the first chance when Khale Da Costa skipped past Ollie Sprague and put in a cross. Moyo rose above Bray but headed into the ground and wide.
The visitors came close again when Tom Bender launched a long throw in to the box and following some pinball, Moyo flicked over.
Lovelock was then forced into action after good work from the right by Da Costa, saving his goal-bound effort at the near post.
Moyo rounded off the half by going close again with an overhead kick in a crowded penalty area going just over. The half ended with Hampton hanging in there but yet to create an opening of their own.
St Albans started the second half in the same vein and got the goal that their pressure warranted through Banton. Following neat inter-play in the build-up, Da Costa laid the ball off to Banton just inside the box and he smashed a low effort out of the reach of Lovelock.
It took until the 65th minute for the Beavers to register their first shot on target when Dean Snedker saved well down low to deny Matty Whichelow’s freekick.
The visitors nearly doubled their lead following a spell of corners that ended in Da Costa picking up the ball outside of the box before hitting a looping shot that had Lovelock scrambling.
Hampton tried to mount a charge and look positive in the final minutes but they were unable to seriously trouble Snedker.
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