Beavers just scrape a point at Cray
The Beavers only just managed a point in a disappointing performance at the Courage Stadium last night.
After the match, joint manager Paul Barry stated that this performance was "Not good enough last night, we need to play for more than 30 mins to win games" and for those watching this disjointed performance against bottom of the league Cray Wanderers, not many would disagree. A combative Wanderers team made sure that the Beavers would struggle to make anything of this game.
So it proved, and Cray could could have taken the lead within the first 15 minutes as within a 30 second period, Beavers keeper Liam Stone - signed early that afternoon - had to throw himself around the 6 yard box as the defence were being made to make frantic adjustments as shots ricocheted off bar & post, blocking defenders and all. In the end, he was grateful to collapse on the ball and snuff out the danger.
Just before the half hour, Dave Tarpey played a delightful ball for Charlie Moone to run onto but Cray keeper Behcet manged to just beat him to the ball; half a second later and Moone could have converted it for the opener.
However, on 35 minutes the Beavers went behind. A through ball into Paul Vines' path left Stone exposed, and he had to throw himself at the ball before Vines got there. On first appearances, he looked to have got a touch but Vines fell at the same moment, and on the assistants' advice, a penalty was awarded. Cray captain Alex Stavinou wasn't about to miss this chance, and duly buried the ball into the back of the net.
In the second half, the Beavers came out with more purpose as Aaron Wickham - starting for the first time since early December - creating 3 good chances within the first 10 minutes but it was Cray who nearly extended their lead, as Moses Ashikodi appeared to have clipped the ball over Stone from close range, but George Wells managed to get back to clear the ball off the line and to safety.
There was an element of good fortune about the Beavers equaliser, as Dave Tarpey's close range shot shot from a Wickham pass took a slight deflection that took it over Behcet, and got the Beavers back into the game just after the hour.
Cray thought they had regained the lead two minutes later as Vines appeared to tap the ball home at the back post, but the assistant's flag was immediately raised, much to the fury of the sparse Cray support.
By now the game appeared destined for a draw and despite the Beavers managing to earn a late free kick, which Justyn Roberts fired with power, but straight at Behcet, that was the way it ended.
This was a poor performance by the Beavers, who appeared to get drawn into the Wanderers way of playing and thus ended up struggling to get on level terms. They will have to rise above this if they want to go further.
Cray Wanderers 1
Alex Stavrinou (pen 35')
Hampton & Richmond Borough 1
Dave Tarpey (61')
Cray Wanderers: 1 Darren Behcet, 2 Ugo Udoji, 3 Jordan Bird, 4 Merrick James-Lewis, 5 Nathan Koo-Boothe, 6 Helge Orome, 7 Tyrone Berry, 8 Alex Stavrinou, 9 Paul Vines, 10 Moses Ashkodi, 11 Steve Smith
Subs: 12 Nick Taylor, 14 Fakinos Giannoulis, 15 Osariene Obamwonyi, 16 Javlon Campbell, 17 Gary Beckett
Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 Liam Stone, 2 Tommy Brewer, 3 George Wells, 4 Karle Carder, 5 Darren Powell, 6 Justyn Roberts, 7 Jack Barton (Reece Brewster 90'), 8 Joe Turner, 9 Dave Tarpey, 10 Charlie Moone, 11 Aaron Wickham (Belal Aite-Ouakrim 78')
Subs: 12 Marcus Rose, 14 Reece Brewster, 15 Luke Wanadio, 16 Paris Mason, 17 Belal Aite-Ouakrim