Police form run arrested by Beavers
The Beavers made light of having Karle Carder dismissed midway through the second half to register a 3-1 win over the Met Police, thanks to two goals from Charlie Moone sandwiching a Dave Tarpey strike.
The game was almost immediately held up as with less than a minute played, referee's assistant Jeffrey Aldous tumbled over on the touchline in obvious agony. After treatment by both physios, he attempted to run but it was clear he couldn't continue, and in accordance with the rules of the league, the other officials carried on until the replacement could arrive, some 30 minutes of play.
The Beavers had the blustery wind at their back and made use of it for the first goal on 18 minutes. Dave Tarpey's free kick from about 30 yards out floated in on the wind, hitting the post. The ball fell eventually to Charlie Moone and he needed no invitation to prod the ball home.
It was not easy for the hosts as they played into the wind, and on 26 minutes, they almost got back into the match. A Charlie Collins shot was half saved by Rodney Chiweshe, the ball rolled onto the post and came back to the keeper.
In the first of 11 minutes added at the end of the half, the Blues finally equalised as Collins got between the defensive pairing of Finney and Roberts and buried the shot into the roof of the net from 15 yards.
The rain started during the interval and made the conditions even harder for the Beavers. Despite having the advantage, the Blues couldn't make use of it. On 64 minutes, the balance swung further in favour of the hosts, as Karle Carder was dismissed for his second yellow card of the night.
However, the Beavers settled back into the game, as the Blues didn't appear to have any serious threats, and a draw seemed likely, However, on 72 minutes, the Beavers snatched the lead. Dave Tarpey broke through the defence and fired in a shot that was half saved by Granger; unlike Collins' shot earlier, the ball this time rolled just inside the post for the second goal.
The Beavers still looked comfortable, despite the Police having the best of the conditions, and having to play with 10 men wasn't proving a hindrance.
The game was drawing to close and deep in the final minute of added time at the end of the game, Charlie Moone was played through on the break. His diagonal run drew the keeper out of position, and his left foot shot across the stranded Granger nestled into the corner to give the Beavers well deserved win.
After the game, manager Paul Barry said to the local press, "The result was better than I expected, although we didn't play particularly well, and I thought we were second best until Karle was sent off, which seemed to kick us into life, and we responded superbly.
"It was a strange game, losing the lino early on and having to play with just one for half an hour while a replacement was found. We got a slice of luck from it, as Charlie (Moone) was in an offside position when he was fouled for the free kick for our opener, and it probably wouldn't have been given if a linesman was there - but it's about time we had some luck!"
Metropolitan Police 1
Charlie Collins (45')
Hampton & Richmond Borough 3
Charlie Moone (18', 90')
Dave Tarpey (73')
Shots on target: MP 4 HRB 4
Shots off target: MP 6 HRB 3
Free kicks won: MP 7 HRB 12
Offside: MP 0 HRB 0
Corners: MP 6 HRB 2
Cautions: MP 2 (Salmon 69', Joseph 67'), HRB 3 (Carder 28' & 64', Harris 89,)
Dismissed: MP 0, HRB 1 (Carder 64')
Metropolitan Police: 1 Billy Granger, 2 Will Salmon, 3 James Aldred, 4 Steve Sutherland (Elliot Taylor 46'), 5 Ricardo Joseph, 6 Ryan James, 7 Jordan Hibbert, 8 Matt Pattison (Dan Sintim 32'), 9 Charlie Collins, 10 Bradley Hudson-Odoi, 11 Howard Newton (Tyrone Pink 75')
Subs: 12 Elliot Taylor, 14 Tom Bird, 15 Dan Sintim, 16 Tyrone Pink, 17 Dave Smalley
Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 Rodney Chiweshe, 2 Tommy Brewer, 3 George Wells, 4 Stuart Lake, 5 Alex Finney (Darren Powell 74'), 6 Justyn Roberts, 7 Luke Wanadio (Ben Harris 71'), 8 Karle Carder, 9 Dave Tarpey, 10 Charlie Moone, 11 Joe Turner
Subs: 12 Darren Powell, 14 James Simmonds, 15 Ben Harris, 16 Belal Aite-Ouakrim, 17 Lawson Okimeji