Belal buries Blues
The Beavers rediscovered the art of winning with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Bury Town at Beveree last night.
It was Belal Aite-Ouakrim's second hat trick of the season, and ultimately proved to be the difference between the teams, in what turned out to be a one-sided match.
Although Tommy Brewer was still suspended, keeper Rodney Chiweshe has back between the posts; Stuart Lake deputised in the middle of the back four, in the absence of Justyn Roberts, who was injured, and Darren Powell, who has succumbed to a stomach bug.
The Beavers were in control from the start and on 8 minutes they took the lead. Aaron Wickham managed to find Belal Aite-Ouakrim outside the box and with an exquisite finish, he curled the ball past Bury keeper Garnham into the top corner, all from about 20 yards.
Bury looked somewhat fragile and the Beavers kept the pressure up. On 26 minutes, Charlie Moone's powerful shot was only parried by Garnham, the onrushing Tom Hickey was only about to fire the ball into the ground and over the bar.
Moone looked to have extended the Hampton lead on 35 minutes as Dave Tarpey found his strike partner free in the box. However, his shot on the turn was dragged wide of the post.
However, it proved to not be a costly miss as Aite-Ouakrim ended up in the right place on 40 minutes; after a Tarpey shot was blocked on the line, the forward was able to prod the ball over the line, sending it between the covering defender's legs in the process.
After half time, the Beavers finished off their visitors in the 49th minute as Aite-Ouakrim broke through the defence from a Charlie Moone pass, he advanced into the box and slotted the ball under Garnham for his second hat-trick of the season.
Bury looked a team without much to play for and although the Beavers continued to keep the pressure up, they couldn't extend the lead.
As the game was winding down, it flared back into life on 82 minutes. After a tussle in the Hampton half, George Wells and Liam Wales clashed in front of the assistant, who immediately signalled a foul. After a brief discussion with the assistant, referee Cobb immediately went to his pocket and showed Wales a straight red card, for what was later described as violent conduct, the use of the elbow.
Less than 2 minutes later, referee Cobb had to show the red card to another Bury player; Tanner Call had come on as a substitute some 5 minutes beforehand but he steamed into a dangerous two footed tackle, right under the other assistant’s gaze. Cobb was left with no choice but to dismiss the young Bury player as well. It was a disappointing end to a game that had not been deserving of such foolhardy dismissals.
What was pleasing was the way the Beavers took control of the match from the start and then dominated after Aite-Ouakrim's first goal, which will set the team up nicely for the trip to Enfield Town on Saturday.
Hampton & Richmond Borough 3
Belal Aite-Ouakrim 8', 41', 49'.
Bury Town 0
Red card: Wales 82', Call 84'
Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 Rodney Chiweshe, 2 Joe Turner, 3 George Wells, 4 Tom Hickey, 5 Marcus Rose, 6 Stuart Lake, 7 Belal Aite-Ouakrim (Luke Wanadio 64'), 8 Karle Carder (Reece Brewster 61'), 9 Dave Tarpey (Jack Barton 67'), 10 Charlie Moone, 11 Aaron Wickham
Subs: 12 Harry Mills, 14 Reece Brewster, 15 Luke Wanadio, 16 Jack Barton, 17 Luke Edgecombe
Bury Town: 1 Marcus Garnham, 2 Miles Smith (Tanner Call 78'), 3 Callum Bennett, 4 John Kennedy, 5 Callum Finch, 6 Adam Bailey-Dennis, 7 Liam Wales, 8 Joe Whight, 9 Anthony Roulston, 10 Patrick Jordan, 11 Joffy Anselmi (Matthew Collins 35')
Subs: 12 Ryan Jolland, 14 Tanner Call, 16 Matthew Collins