Beavers run out of Town by Enfield
Another sub-standard performance by the Beavers against a team fighting for survival saw them defeated 3-0 by Enfield Town.
After the game, manager Paul Barry stated it was "Absolutely terrible. Too many not doing what should be a given in working hard." The performance so disappointed the managers that Barry had to offer "Apologies to the Hampton fans that had to witness such a display."
Tommy Brewer returned from suspension at right back, allowing Joe Turner to revert to his preferred role in midfield; injuries to Justyn Roberts and Dave Tarpey brought Darren Powell back into the centre of defence and Aaron Wickham into the team to partner Charlie Moone. New signing Ben Osman has to be content with a place on the bench.
The Beavers opened the better and on 13 minutes, they could have taken the lead. Belal Aite-Ouakrim crossed from the right and it was met by a diving Joe Turner. His header smacked into the post and rebounded back into the hands of Enfield keeper Noel Imber.
Enfield wrested back the initiative and it took a brilliant flying save from Rodney Chiweshe on 26 minutes to prevent Mark Kirby from giving the hosts a lead.
However, Chiweshe could do nothing about Liam Hope's goal bound shot 3 minutes later, as it appeared to catch a slight deflection as it flew through the crowded box.
10 minutes later, Enfield doubled their lead as man-of-the-match Corey Whitely picked up the ball on the edge of the box, and fired a powerful shot past Chiweshe's right hand, leaving the Beavers with a mountain to climb.
Once again, the Beavers appeared to take something out for the second half; Aaron Wickham and Belal Aite-Ouakrim both having shots blocked in the first 10 minutes, but on 59 minuutes, Enfield wrapped up the game. A goalmouth scramble ended up with Jamie Richards side footing the ball into the net past covering defenders on the line.
Enfield were looking comfortable as the Beavers appeared limp and lifeless in the bright spring sunshine and it took until the 84th minute for Hampton to force a serious save from Imber. An unmarked Charlie Moone header had to be parried by the keeper, with the rebound falling behind Moone and the ball was cleared.
The Beavers again struggled against a team fighting for its Ryman Premier life and looked as if they couldn't deal with a team that was willing to scrap for everything.
Enfield Town 3
Liam Hope (29')
Corey Whitely (39')
Jamie Richards (59')
Hampton & Richmond Borough 0
Enfield Town: 1 Noel Imber, 2 Jamie Smyth, 3 Joe Stevens, 4 Lee White, 5 Mark Kirby, 6 Michael Ewang, 7 Nathan Livings, 8 Bradley Quinton (Mitch Hahn 88'), 9 Liam Hope, 10 Jamie Richards, 11 Corey Whitely (Tyler Campbell 88')
Subs: 12 Charley Nelson, 14 Mitch Hahn, 15 Tyler Campbell, 16 James Elmes, 17 Jermaine Osei
Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 Rodney Chiweshe, 2 Tommy Brewer, 3 George Wells, 4 Stuart Lake (Jack Barton 76'), 5 Darren Powell, 6 Marcus Rose, 7 Belal Aite-Ouakrim, 8 Tom Hickey (Jake Hicks 65'), 9 Aaron Wickham (Luke Wanadio 57'), 10 Charlie Moone, 11 Joe Turner
Subs: 12 Jake Hicks, 14 Luke Wanadio, 15 Jack Barton, 16 Ben Osman, 17 Luke Edgecombe