Goal twins leave Grays blue
The Beavers rediscovered their winter form to comfortably see off Grays, thanks to two goals from Dave Tarpey and a welcome strike from Charlie Moone.
The only change to Tuesday night's winning squad was Stuart Lake dropping back into defence, with Tom Hickey dropping back, playing a defensive midfield role; Ben Osman came into the midfield in Hickey's position.
The Beavers went straight onto the front foot, and after 8 minutes got their reward. Charlie Moone drifted right to gather the ball, his cross found Dave Tarpey completely unmarked and Tarps rifled the ball past Kamurasi, given the keeper no chance.
Grays came back strongly and Joao Carlos clipped the bar with a powerful shot just 5 minutes later.
After Charlie Moone had beaten the offside trap of Grays and just pulled his shot wide, the Beavers nearly gifted the hosts a goal right out of the catalogue of errors. Stuart Lake tried the cushion a header back to Rodney Chiweshe, but Joaos Carlos nipped in and just nicked the ball. As the ball dribbled towards the goal, Carlos and Lake tussled for the ball and as it rolled wide of the net, Carlos was penalised, rather fortunately for Hampton.
Just 15 minutes before half time, it was Charlie Moone's turn in front of goal as a misplaced clearance in the area landed straight at his feet. He needed no second invitation as he clipped the shot across Kamurasi and into the net, breaking a drought that had run from early February.
However, with half time on the horizon, the Beavers gave Grays the easiest goal they will score this season. A long punt forward by the Blues looked to be covered by Lake on the edge of the box, but Chiweshe came running out again and as the ball rebounded, it fell to Orome to sidefoot the ball home as he followed up.
The second half was cagier with few clear chances. Grays thought they had a goal on 51 minutes as the ball rolled into the net following a challenge on Chiweshe, but the referee deemed that challenge a foul and ruled it out.
On 77 minutes, Grays then proceeded to create chaos in their own defence. Dave Tarpey chased a long ball; as he attempted to play the ball, Kamurasi appeared to think Tarps was going to lift the ball over him, but Tarps missed the ball and it bounced underneath the keeper. This left the striker with the easiest of chances as he ducked round Kamurasi and dribbled the ball into the net for the third goal.
From here on, it was practically all Hampton. On 83 minutes, Ben Harris was played through by Tarpey, his shot was blocked by Kamurasi; 60 seconds later, Joe Turner was the next to force a save from the keeper, after Luke Wanadio had played him in on the break.
With just 2 minutes left, Harris had a second chance but once again the keeper pulled off a decent save to deny the Beavers a fourth goal.
Deep into added time, Grays' midfielder Jake Hall entered the referee's book for a second time and was duly dismissed after another dubious challenge, which just summed up Grays' day, in which Hampton were just about on top without ever really dominating.
Grays Athletic 1
Helge Orome 39'
Jake Hall dismissed 90'
Hampton & Richmond Borough 3
Dave Tarpey 9', 78'
Charlie Moone 35'
Grays Athletic: 1 George Kamurasi, 2 Craig Pope, 3 John Mbamarah, 4 Ruddock Yala, 5 Ryan Kirby (Jared Small 80'), 6 Helge Orome (Billy Dunn 46'), 7 Jake Hall, 8 Jordan Wilson (Alex Cruickshank 67'), 9 Joel Nouble, 10 Chris Benjamin, 11 Joao Carlos.
Subs: 12 Phil Anderson, 13 John McIver, 14 Jared Small, 16 Alex Cruickshank, 18 Billy Dunn.
Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 Rodney Chiweshe, 2 Tommy Brewer, 3 George Wells, 4 Tom Hickey, 5 Stuart Lake, 6 Justyn Roberts, 7 Luke Wanadio (Jack Barton 87'), 8 Ben Osman, 9 Dave Tarpey (James Simmonds 84'), 10 Charlie Moone (Ben Harris 68'), 11 Joe Turner.
Subs: 12 Harry Mills, 14 Jack Barton, 15 James Simmonds, 16 Jake Hicks, 17 Ben Harris.