Disappointing Defeat for Beavers
Defeat by the odd goal in five at Earlsmead puts a serious dent in the club's playoff ambitions.
Hampton came in to this game less than 48 hours after hitting Northwood for six in the Middlesex Senior Cup. However, they came unstuck on a tricky surface against a powerful Harrow Borough side who ultimately deserved to take the points.
Stuart Lake picked up a knock in the Northwood game, and was not included in the lineup. Karle Carder took his place, while Reece Brewster kept his place after impressing on Thursday. George Wells and Tommy Brewer returned in the full back slots, with Joe Turner shifting forward to the left wing. Charlie Moone replaced Belal Aite-Ouakrim in attack.
It didn't take long for the home side to take the lead, as in the eighth minute Shaun Lucien curled in a delightful free kick after he himself had been brought down twenty two yards from goal. Rodney Chiweshe did get hands to the ball, but couldn't keep it out.
However, Hampton equalised immediately, as Dave Tarpey closed down Anthony Maissiat, charging down the attempted clearance to break on goal. He coolly rounded James Shea and stuck the ball away. The first half didn't have much in the way of scoring chances, despite both sides trying to play on a soft pitch and the game being end to end. Karle Carder fired a shot from distance wide, while at the other end Harrow skipper Michael Peacock flicked a header wide. Perhaps the best effort came from Joe Turner just past the half hour mark. He hit a fierce half volley from twenty yards which Shea tipped away well. Half time: Harrow 1 Hampton 1
Hampton started the second half brightly, and Turner was again denied by James Shea, but Harrow were soon dominating. A scramble ensued in the Hampton box when a cross was flicked onto the bar. In the melee that followed, Chiweshe saved smartly, and the defence was eventually able to clear the danger. Adam Louth then fizzed a freekick from the right goalwards, which Chiweshe tipped over well.
On the counter, Tarpey broke away, with only Peacock providing cover. Tarpey turned this way and that to manoeuvre himself into a decent scoring position. Shea produced a fine save low to his right, and then was up quickly to twice deny Joe Turner's follow up.
However, it was the home side who took the lead on the hour, when Simeon Akinola looped a volley out of Chiweshe's reach. Charlie Moone had his only goalbound effort shortly after, spotting Shea off his line and unleashing a thirty yard volley that unluckily dropped wide. However, Harrow continued to come forward, and got their reward midway through the half. Anthony Maissiat got the slightest touch to a freekick, and it was enough to deceive Chiweshe.
Hampton did get a goal back with seven minutes remaining. Tarpey broke into the box down the left, only to be bundled over by Peacock. The striker got up to take the spotkick himself, sending Shea the wrong way to halve the deficit. However, The Beavers couldn't force an equaliser, and in the end it was a deserved win for Harrow.
Next up for Hampton is a trip to Bromley to take on Cray Wanderers on Tuesday evening. Directions to the ground can be found here.