Ten Man Hampton See Off Towners
Charlie and Dave grab the goals to give the Beavers their third successive league win.
Hampton recorded their third straight league win - only the second time they've achieved such a run this season - thanks to two quickfire goals from Dave Tarpey and Charlie Moone. Hampton played with ten men from the 25th minute, after Tommy Brewer was dismissed for an off the ball incident.
Paul and Darren named an unchanged squad from Saturday's excellent win against Grays Athletic. It was Enfield who had the first opening; Jamie Richards played in down the left but his low drilled shot bobbled wide of the far post.
Hampton scored twice in two minutes to seal the points. For the first on ten minutes, Joe Turner embarked on an exquisite run that saw him dance past four or five Enfield challenges. He then had the presence of mind to slot an inch perfect pass to Dave Tarpey. Bearing down on goal, Tarps finished coolly into Noel Imber's near post. Two minutes later, Tarpey turned provider, setting up Charlie Moone for his second goal in as many games as he looks to regain his lethal goalscoring form. Tarpey picked up a loose ball before sending Charlie clear. Charlie turned his man inside out before a left foot shot went through the hands of Imber to double the lead.
The front two were looking in fine form, and again combined on nineteen minutes, and again it was Tarpey to Moone, the latter firing into the side netting after his initial effort was blocked. Tarpey then laid a good pass into the path of George Wells, who drove forward and lashed a twenty five yarder just wide.
On twenty five minutes, Hampton were reduced to ten men. Tommy Brewer appeared to be impeded by Joe Stevens as he made his way back from an attack. Brewer then flicked his hand into the face of Stevens, the incident occurring just yards from the assistant referee Nicholas Mackenzie. He consulted with referee Stephen Bates, and the official was left with no option but to dismiss Tommy.
Minutes later, and Darren Powell was sent from the dugout by Mr Stephens. Dave Tarpey read the bounce of the ball from a clearance better than defender Ryan Doyle, and as he looked to break clear, Doyle blatantly barged him off the ball, an offence for which the referee only showed a yellow card. It seemed a clear goalscoring opportunity as Tarps was in the clear and would have shot long before a defender got over to make a challenge. However, only a booking followed, leading to an angry reaction from Powell, and his removal from the dugout.
Despite being a man down, Hampton were still the better side and were creating chances. The best of them falling to Tarpey; Charlie played a superb ball through and it looked for all the world as though Tarps would get his second, but his calm finish bounced off the outside of the post to safety. Tarpey then had a freekick outside the box which he put on target, but Imber just about fielded it, although it almost wriggled through his hands.
The final chance of the half looked as though it would halve the deficit, but Justyn Roberts saved the day with an heroic goal line clearance from Mark Kirby's powerful shot. Enfield also had a decent shout for a penalty turned down at the end of the half after a challenge from Stuart Lake, but the appeals were waved away. It was an incredible half of football, and certainly had the fans talking at half time!
The visitors made a change at the break, with Corey Whiteley replacing Jamie Smyth. It was Hampton who had the first opportunity though, Tarpey's left foot shot well saved by Imber after another good ball from Moone. Whiteley looked lively throughout the second half, and had a couple of early efforts; one dragged well wide when clean through, and another saved well by Chiweshe.
Justyn Roberts hit a fierce freekick into the side netting with Imber beaten all ends up, while Luke Wanadio hit a spectacular effort which went inches wide courtesy of a deflection. Roberts then put his head in the way of a fierce Whiteley shot, the deflection denying a probable goal for the visitors. Rodney Chiweshe also pulled off a fine save to deny Liam Hope with ten to go, while Mitch Hahn's long ranger missed the angle of post and bar.
The final chance of the match was probably the clearest. Luke Wanadio led the counter attack before playing the ball across the box to an unmarked James Simmonds. However, the ball took a bobble on the infamous Beveree pitch and led to Simmo skying his shot from twelve yards.
A superb team performance - probably one of the best of the season - saw Hampton earn a deserved but hard fought three points. The result sees the team move onto 54 points and twelfth in the table. Next up is a home match with Lowestoft Town on Saturday at Beveree Stadium. Kick off will be at 3pm.
Hampton & Richmond Borough 2
Enfield Town 0
Hampton: Rodney Chiweshe, Tommy Brewer, George Wells, Tom Hickey, Stuart Lake(c), Justyn Roberts, Luke Wanadio, Ben Osman (Jake Hicks 90), Dave Tarpey (James Simmonds 85), Charlie Moone (Ben Harris 69), Joe Turner. Unused: Harry Mills, Jack Barton. Cautioned: None. Sent off: Tommy Brewer.
Enfield Town: Noel Imber, Jordan Lockie (Tyler Campbell 70), Joe Stevens, Ryan Doyle, Mark Kirby(c), Mitch Hahn, Jamie Smyth (Corey Whiteley 46), Bradley Quinton, Raheem Sterling-Parker, Jamie Richards (Liam Hope 70), Nathan Livings. Unused: Lee White, Michael Ewang. Cautioned: Ryan Doyle, Bradley Quinton.