No fire in the Pan for Beavers
By Rob Overfield
In an FA Trophy game with few chances, the Beavers never looked in danger as they couldn't break down Lewes at the Dripping Pan.
Muggeridge was the first to create a chance on 9 minutes but it flew wide as did Appiah's opportunity 10 minutes later as the hosts tried to unlock the Beavers defence.
On the half hour, the Beavers created the clearest chance to that point as Josh Casey's free kick was met by Eddie Hutchinson, his header had to be palmed wide by keeper Chris Winterton for a corner. From the corner, Moussa Diarra headed over.
After El-Mhanni had shot into the side netting, Hampton could have and perhaps should have scored just before the interval.
A Tom Jelley cross came loose to Charlie Moone in the 6 yard box; the ball just didn't quite run for him and his eventual shot was blocked on the goal line and cleared.
Both keepers were having a quiet afternoon, with neither team threatening the goals; in the second half, Lewes huffed and puffed with great industry, but with little creativity, and the Beavers weren't a lot better.
Casey fired over on 53 minutes and there was little to warm the fans until 13 minutes were left on the clock when El-Mhanni tried to beat Mark Smith at his near post, but he was alert to this and beat the ball away with a good punch.
Deen had a header well across goal just after that but in truth for long periods, Mark Smith looked seldom troubled.
Deep in added time, the Beavers managed to create a couple of chances to break the deadlock, with firstly Joe Hicks heading over from a Casey corner but the best chance was the last.
Richard Pacquette had come on to give support to Moone and with seconds to go, he held off a robust challenge on the edge of the Lewes box to fire in a low shot that Winterton had to dive to push away , the referee ending the match seconds later.
The teams therefore must do it all again on Tuesday night, kick off 7-45pm at Beveree.
Speaking after the game, manager Alan Dowson was content with the result, "It's a good result to come here, with players missing and to get a draw. Some think because of where we are, we should have won, but no one has a right to think that so to have a replay against Lewes on our own pitch is a good result."
"Mind you, I'm probably the only one to think that!" he added. " I think you'll see a much better performance, Tuesday night."
Lewes (0) 0
Hampton & RB (0) 0
1 Chris Winterton, 2 Steve Brinkhurst, 3 Leon Redwood, 4 Philip Appiah, 5 Stacey Freeman, 6 Alex Malins, 7 Henry Muggeridge, 8 Lloyd Cotton, 9 Robin Deen, 10 Ieuan Strong, 11 Yasin Ben El-Mhanni.
Subs: 12 Ronnie Conlon, 14 Alex Laing, 15 Max Howell, 17 Nathan Stroomberg
Hampton & Richmond Borough
1 Mark Smith, 2 Michael Kamara, 3 Tom Jelley (15 Joe Hicks 82), 4 Kieran Murphy, 5 Moussa Diarra, 6 Harry Taylor (12 Richard Pacquette 70), 7 Dean Sinclair, 8 Eddie Hutchinson, 9 Josh Casey, 10 Charlie Moone, 11 Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick (14 Jerome Federico 57).
Subs: 12 Richard Pacquette, 15 Joe Hicks, 14 Jerome Federico, 13 Seb Brown