K & K do the job for the Beavers
Hat-trick from Brendan and a brace from Max send the Beavers Brough into the next round of the Buildbase FA Trophy
Hampton and Richmond Borough’s fantastic run of form continues as they convincingly beat Bostick League Premier side Harlow Town 5-1 at the Beveree to put themselves in the hat for next Monday’s draw of the FA Trophy.
A hattrick from Brendan Kiernan as well as two goals Max Kretzschmar means that the Beavers have now won their last 8 matches in a row in all competitions.
Hampton proved to be the dominant side in the first half, as they created numerous chances from either flank and also had many corners in the early stages.
Despite Harlow’s efforts to prevent a Beavers breakthrough, it was a mistake from goalkeeper David Hughes that helped Hampton take the lead on the stroke of half time.
Brendan Kiernan easily weaved his way inside from the left and struck a curling effort towards the far post, from the edge of the box.
It should have been a straightforward save for keeper Hughes as Kiernan’s effort came towards him, however he failed to get all of his body behind the shot and was unable to stop the ball from going beyond him and into the net.
Forward Harry Crawford attempted to claim the goal, suggesting it took a slight nick off of his head, however after much deliberation and after watching footage courtesy of social media, it is Brendan Kiernan who has been given the goal.
A poor goal to give away by Harlow but a stroke of luck for the Beavers gave them a narrow lead just before half time.
In the second half, the Beavers meant business as they came out of the blocks with a sense of urgency, looking for that second goal.
And that second goal was scored just a minute into the second half, through Max Kretzschmar.
Crawford picked the ball up on the right hand side and then crossed it into the box. That cross however was deflected but fell perfectly into the path of the in-running Kretzschmar, who was able to take a touch and pick his spot in the top left hand corner, to double the Beavers lead.
Then Hampton had a great chance to increase their lead further when Michael Kamara was brought down inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot to award a penalty.
It was Kretzschmar who stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way to give the Beavers a three-goal cushion with half an hour left on the clock.
Hampton looked confident and composed in their play and were still looking to create chances and score a fourth goal.
That persistence payed off as they did score a fourth through Kiernan, just over 15 minutes from time.
Captain Josh Casey played a short corner to Kretzschmar, who whipped in a dangerous delivery into the box, which found the head of Jack Cook.
Cook’s bullet header was well saved by Hughes in the Harlow goal, but was parried out to Kiernan who was able to pounce on the loose ball and tap in from close range.
Despite being 4-0 down, Harlow were still willing to put up a fight and create chances of their own, as they tried to pull one back, which they eventually did in the 79th minute.
After a goal mouth scramble, the ball eventually fell to Harlow defender and captain James Barker, who smashed his shot into the back of the net from inside the six-yard box, giving the travelling side something to cheer about.
However, it was the home fans who would be going home the happiest as in the 89th minute, the Beavers scored their fifth through Kiernan once again.
Kretzschmar was played through on goal, but after a 50-50 challenge between himself and the keeper the ball ran loose which Kiernan capitalised on.
He then composed himself and slotted the ball into the bottom left hand corner, beyond the defender who attempted to block the shot on the line.
That fifth goal put the icing on top of the cake and sees the mighty Beavers march on into the next round of the FA Trophy.
After the draw on Monday, Hampton will turn their attention to their next fixture away to Weston-Super-Mare in the league on Saturday.
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