Dave Tarpey returned to Beveree Stadium on New Year's Day, after being released from his contract at Farnborough. Since then, he's had to wait ten days to make his second debut for the club, but that extra time to train with the rest of the squad seems to have paid dividends. On a soft but rain free Beveree pitch, he scored two and made one as Paul & Darren's team registered their third successive win.
The recent postponements could have disrupted the team's fine form, but any of those fears were dispelled inside the first eleven minutes, with two quick fire goals for the reunited front two. However, it was Rodney Chiweshe who was called into action first, making a smart save from Jordan Wilson's freekick. Although he couldn't hold the shot, he did get to the loose ball just as Jason Henry closed in, pushing it against the attacker and out for a goal kick.
Three minutes later, and Hampton had the lead. Dave Tarpey had the ball out on the left. He turned and was allowed time to pick out the perfect cross for Charlie Moone to glance a header past Shaun Phillips in the Carshalton goal. And sixty seconds later, the roles were reversed. Moone broke through, and as Phillips rushed out to close him down, Charlie calmly squared the ball to Tarpey, who had the simple task of sidefooting home. And things could have got even better a couple of minutes after that. Again the front two combined, with Tarpey lifting a ball over the top for Moone. He hooked a volley goalward, but was unlucky to see it go into the side netting.
The game entered a lull for the next twenty minutes or so, with the next chance not coming until the 33rd minute. A corner from the right saw Justyn Roberts' header blocked. The ball fell to Stuart Lake, and the veteran midfielder's acrobatic overhead effort was cleared by a defender.
Carshalton did have two half chances before the break. First a cross from Henry floated over the defence but hit the face of the crossbar. Then, former Hampton forward Matt Reece squandered their best opening of the half, blazing over from fifteen yards out. Joe Turner headed over from a Tarpey freekick, but Hampton took a comfortable lead into the break. Hampton 2 Carshalton Athletic 0
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, as Hampton looked to add to their lead, but there was a nasty injury to Tom Hickey soon after the restart. He slid into a challenge, but collided with the player, and has suffered a broken nose which will keep him out for a few games.
Just after the hour mark, the result was secured. George Wells played a lovely ball through to Tarpey, and he showed good strength to hold off Quincy Rowe, before clipping his shot over the diving Phillips and into the back of the net. Joe Turner had a couple of opportunities to further extend the lead, first firing wide after a good pass from Moone, and then shooting narrowly over after running through the entire Carshalton defence.
Carshalton had very few scoring chances in the second half, with most of them falling to substitute Kingsley Aikhinbare, but Chiweshe was never really troubled. Instead, it always looked as if Hampton would add a fourth, and Moone almost did with twelve minutes left. Again he combined with Tarpey, but his turn and shot was saved by Phillips.
In time added on though, Hampton did get a fourth goal for the second home game in a row. Ben Harris, making his debut for the Beavers after a prolific spell at Windsor, got on the end of a delightful long pass from Justyn Roberts. He controlled the ball on the penalty spot before firing past Phillips to announce himself to the home fans. It was a deserved goal for the substitute, who looked lively in his twenty five minutes or so on the pitch.
All in all, another super performance from the lads. Let's hope we can keep this run of form going at high-flying Dulwich Hamlet next Saturday. Before that, don't forget, we now entertain Northwood on Tuesday night at Beveree Stadium in the Middlesex Senior Cup.
Hampton & Richmond Borough 4
Tarpey 11 & 62
Carshalton Athletic 0
Match Stats (courtesy of Rob Overfield)
Shots on Target: Hampton 7; Carshalton 4
Shots off Target: Hampton 6; Carshalton 2
Corners: Hampton 4; Carshalton 3
Offsides: Hampton 2; Carshalton 0
Yellow Cards: Hampton 1 (Powell 41); Carshalton 1 (Wilson 28)
Hampton: Chiweshe, Brewer, Wells, Lake(c), Powell (J Simmonds 71), Roberts, Wanadio (Harris 64), Hickey (Carder 51), Tarpey, Moone, Turner. Unused: B Simmonds, Brewster.
Updated 18:31 - 12 Jan 2014 by Ryan Allen