Hampton emerge victorious in eight goal thriller
By HRBFC Press Team
A Chris Dickson double ensured that the Beavers won their first away league game since September, in an insane match at Marsh Lane that had six goals in the first half.
By Jack Cunningham
The Beavers not only secured three points but also saw them treat the traveling fans to some superb attacking play.
Hampton took the lead through Barrington but were pegged back just five minutes later by Josh Ashby, Dickson restored the lead courtesy of a penalty before quick-fire goals by Kabongo Tshimanga and Brandon Thomas-Asante gave Oxford the lead.
Joseph slotted home with the last kick of the half. Dickson then converted from a fantastic Wellard corner and Sotirou wrapped up the scoring as the Beavers secured a vital win.
Hampton made a slow start as Kabongo Tshimanga was inches away from connecting with a low cross from the right by Kyran Wiltshire.
A couple of minutes later Wiltshire found another cross that, Lovelock spilled but an excellent Rian Bray tackle prevented Tshimanga from opening the scoring.
Hampton though responded well as Joseph picked up the ball on the right and weaved his way into the box but, saw the resulting shot blocked and Oxford cleared their lines.
Hampton though opened the scoring inside ten minutes as a peach of a corner from Ricky Wellard and Marcel Barrington was there to grab his second league goal for the Beavers.
Oxford responded well and won a freekick on the edge of the box after Casey Maclaren had lunged in to try and win the ball and the Beavers were punished as Josh Ashby whipped it over the wall into the net, the lead lasted less than ten minutes.
Dundas in the 20th minute brought down a long ball superbly and instinctively fired a dipping volley at goal which flew inches over the crossbar with Steven Caro rooted to the spot.
The Beavers were awarded a penalty when Joseph was taken down in the box, Dickson was handed the responsibility and he coolly fired home.
The Beavers were punished before half time as a long ball found Tshimanga and he breezed past Lovelock and slotted the ball into the empty net.
Lovelock was looking shaky and a minute later he failed to deal with a ball into the box but luckily for Hampton Bray was there to clear.
Hampton then fell behind as after Joe Oastler had hit the post Oxford recycled the ball and Brandon Thomas-Asante finished off.
Barrington though nearly equalised instantly from kick off but his shot from a tight angle dribbled wide of far post.
Joseph did get the goal he deserved before the break as he went past Joel Dilena like he wasn’t there, his first shot was blocked but he tucked the rebound neatly into the near corner.
It seems Hampton’s goals are like buses wait for one and they all come at once. What a half at Marsh Lane, no sign of defending from either side but great entertainment.
The Beavers started positively and forced a succession of corners and Wellard’s deliveries were on the money one in particular found Maclaren and he forced a stunning stop from Caro.
Dickson then nearly scored a Drogba type volley as he killed a ball forward on his chest and volleyed towards goal, the shot was tipped onto the bar but from the resulting corner Dickson got free at the back and slotted the ball home; Wellard with another beautiful ball in.
The hat-trick should have arrived for Dickson after excellent work by Maclaren saw the ball deflect to him, but he rolled his shot wide of the far post.
The superb Joseph was withdrawn with 20 minutes to go and the livewire Ryan Hill replaced him.
Dickson was taken off with ten minutes to go after two goals and an unbelievable all-round performance.
Hampton had chances to extend the lead but substitute Ruel Sotirou could not connect with Hill’s cross.
He did however, get his goal as Barrington bulldozed his way down the left before perfectly squaring for Sotirou and he grabbed his first Hampton goal; Sparking wild scenes in the Beavers away end.
"I felt today we were pretty difficult to handle at the front end of the pitch. We have scored five goals but quite easily could have scored more. We also spent some time Thursday night on set-plays and the execution was spot on.
"It is an important win and and a morale boosting win and I see some performances today that I have been demanding of late so there is more to come.
"We try to please the fans every week and sometimes that is not possible, we have had to deal with quite a bit of adversity today a couple of times we were pegged back and then went behind, but the fans were with us the whole game and they out-sung the home team and I could not have asked for any more of them."