Beavers Undone At Carshalton
For the second season running, the Beavers' visit to Carshalton Athletic in April ended a blank, losing this time 2-0, against 3-0 last year.
Changes ahead of the MFA Senior Cup final meant a start for Luke Edgecombe in goal, preserving Rodney Chiweshe for next week (as Luke isn't eligible for the final, any injury to Rodney would have left the club without a keeper). There was a welcome return for Marcus Rose in the centre of defence, with Stuart Lake moving in alongside. James Simmonds came into the midfield; Ben Harris led the line, with Charlie Moone playing just off him up front.
The first chance of the match fell to the hosts on four minutes, as Henry got through on a long pass from Murphy-McVey but Luke Edgecombe stayed upright and blocked the shot.
5 minutes later, it was the Beavers turn to create a chance but after a dribble along the edge of the box, Ben Harris' shot flew over the bar.
The Robins should have taken the lead on 12 minutes as Henry chased a long ball from Males into the corner; Luke Edgecombe came to the edge of the area to prevent the striker shooting, but Henry saw enough of the goal to fire in an attempt on goal. Thankfully for the young keeper, Marcus Rose was covering and headed the ball off the line to safety.
However, Carshalton finally broke the Beavers line as a long ball out of the defence was well chased by O'Toole. He hesitated momentarily, waiting for the referee's expected whistle for offside; hearing none, he carried on and slotted the ball past Edgecombe from 15 yards.
5 minutes later, it was two for the Robins. Males' cross from the right was flicked on by Higgs and Henry was there to lash the ball home from close range.
Jason Henry was proving to be a right handful for the Beavers defence and Luke Edgecombe had to come out on 37 minutes to parry another shot, there was no doubt young Luke was the busier of the two keepers up to half time.
In the second half, the Beavers showed a bit more positivity and Ben Osman's volley on the hour only just looped over the bar.
The Robins came right back, and after Bradford had won the ball in midfield, he played Henry in, and once more Edgecombe had to stand tall to prevent Henry adding to his tally for the day.
Charlie Moone had been having a quiet day but on 67 minutes, he managed to find space with the ball, but his shot flew straight at Dudzinski, pretty much the only proper save the Carshalton keeper had to make all afternoon.
With 5 minutes left, Carshalton should have extended the lead when Cox's efforts in beating the defence saw him have space and time to hit a tidy shot past Luke Edgecombe; luckily for the Beavers, it hit the inside of the post and went just behind the onrushing Henry, who recovered the ball but his soft shot was easily saved by the keeper.
Hampton's day was complete when late in added time, Charlie Moone appeared to have succeeded in getting free to fire the ball under Dudzinski and into the net, but the assistant's flag meant it was all for naught.
Carshalton Athletic 2
Sean O’Toole 23',
Jason Henry 28'
Hampton & Richmond Borough 0
Carshalton Athletic: 1 Ben Dudzinski, 2 Matt Males, 3 Paris Hamilton-Downes, 4 Jordan Higgs, 5 Tony Sinclair (15 Robert Tanner 78'), 6 Adriano Moraes, 7 Tommy Bradford, 8 Jason Goodchild, 9 Jason Henry, 10 Brendan Murphy-McVey (17 Reece Hall 72'), 11 Sean O'Toole (14 Stefan Cox 72')
Unused subs: 12 Mikel Miller, 16 Charlie McCarthy
Hampton & Richmond Borough: 1 Luke Edgecombe, 2 Harry Mills (15 George Wells 51'), 3 Tommy Brewer, 4 James Simmonds, 5 Marcus Rose, 6 Stuart Lake (c), 7 Luke Wanadio, 8 Ben Osman, 9 Ben Harris (16 Paris Mason 46'), 10 Charlie Moone, 11 Joe Turner
Unused subs: 12 Reece Barnett, 14 Reece Brewster, 17 Jack Barton