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In the continued absence of top scorer Dave Tarpey, Hampton lined up as they had at home to Sutton, with the makeshift pairing of Moone and James up front, writes Phil Weller.
Both teams lined up with considerable height at the back, but lacking any real physical presence further up field; and it was little surprise when the game settled into a pattern of neat midfield passing with little end result.
An early opportunity fell to Simmonds, whose first time shot was hooked well over from 18 yards; but there was little or no actual goalmouth action until an error from Powell resulted in a powerful low left foot shot flying across the face of the Hampton goal after 20 mins.
The only other decent opportunities of the half fell to Hampton. After 26 mins a raking right foot cross from the left wing narrowly eluded Collier as he slid in at the far post. Then a few minutes before the break a cleanly struck long range effort from Moone was comfortably saved by BW's goalie Puttnins. Finally , just before half time, Hampton had two simultaneous claims for a penalty when Collier appeared to be brought down just inside the box and the defender then seemed to handle the ball. The decision was given in our favour, probably for the foul, but ruled to be just outside the line. From the resultant free kick Jenkins blasted high over the bar.
With BW having just shaded territory, possession about even, but Hampton having made more chances, the prospects for the second half looked reasonable.
Only 3 minutes into the second half , much to the surprise of the majority, the ref blew for a push on Powell as he rose to meet a hanging cross. The resultant penalty was neatly slotted inside the right post by Simmonds as the keeper went the wrong way.
A couple of bookings followed. The first a bad tackle on James by BW's tiny central midfielder, and the second against Simmonds for giving the referee the benefit of his opinion following an optimistic claim for a penalty.
Although looking very comfortable at this point it was a familiar lack of concentration that allowed BW a soft equaliser, when a harmless looking 40 yard cross from the right touchline was met by the five-foot-nothing right winger, who rose highest to head home, from around the penalty spot , with relative ease. Powell and Ferrell left looking quizzically at each other, as were the Hampton fans in attendance.
Things then got even worse for Ferrell when he was booked for a handball fractionally outside the left edge of the area. Huggins making an excellent header to intercept the goal bound in swinging free kick.
Further bookings followed for each side. Jenkins being singled out this time, following a minor altercation with a BW forward.
In an effort to reverse the trend and secure more possession further up the field Manager Harper brought on Clayton Murray up front in place of the fading James. Murray made another lively contribution, linking well with the left sided midfield, but it wasn't in any way game changing.
Then, after about 80 mins, it was from another more central free kick that BW came inches from scoring. Their busy No 9 Bryant was brought down by Powell as he threatened to break through the back four. The beautifully struck curling free kick that followed, looked in all the way as it cleared the wall and looped towards the left post; but somehow Ross got across and managed to palm the ball onto the post and away to safety. A quite brilliant save.
With the danger seemingly passed, and our lads looking out on their feet, we'd have happily taken the draw. But sadly it wasn't to be, as, with 90 mins just about up, we allowed the little right winger Bilhete to turn just inside our half and run fully 35 yards down the right flank with only Jones offering any sort of pursuit. When he reached the goal line, just inside the box , he cut back onto his left foot and slotted the ball past Ross from about 8 yards. Just a horrible goal to concede and no time left to respond.
Having been fully deserving of a draw the Hampton players were crestfallen at the final whistle, and their supporters seemingly numbed by the experience.
Particularly sad for Reece Jones to finish on the losing side after a highly capable and totally committed performance in midfield.
Boreham Wood 2
Vilhete 63, 90
Simmonds (P) 51