A night to forget for Hampton as the Hawks overcome a 2-1 deficit with just over 25 minutes left to win 4-3 against Hampton and Richmond.
Tyrone Lewthwaite added to his goal tally from last game whilst Danilo Orsi-Dadomo opened his tally for the season with a nice brace but it wasn’t enough as a Ayunga double along with goals from captain Fogden and Deacon saw them run away with the 3 points in an eventful night down at the Beveree Stadium.
Havant started the game perfectly as two minutes in, a free kick was played into Sam Magri which was flicked across the box towards Roarie Deacon who from close range hammered the ball home.
This early start from Havant caused flashbacks to the Chelmsford game as Havant continued to bombard the Hampton box but lacked the clinical edge.
Eventually, Hampton found their feet and started to move the ball well around the pitch and began to open the game up; and they were rewarded as a long ball up to Lewthwaite was taken past the keeper and slotted home easily to make it 1-1. 2 goals in the first 10 minutes set the tone for the rest of the game as both teams were eager to continue attacking and neither looked like backing down.
Hampton and Havant continued to play the ball well and had a few balls over the top which could have caused danger but both defences remained strong. More time went on and both teams were posing danger which kept the keepers very busy as Laurie Walker making a sharp save to deny a quickly taken free kick by Havant.
Havant could not handle the pace of our attackers as once more a ball over the top is collected by Lewthwaite slotted it home again, but the goal is disallowed for offside. Eventually Hampton took the lead after another long ball found from Jelley, who perfectly played in Orsi-Dadomo who rounded the keeper and slotted it home, a carbon copy of the first.
However, Havant were determined to get back into the game as the Hawks had a couple of golden opportunities to get back on level terms but again lacked the clinical edge.
The first opportunity came when Benny Read flashed a ball across goal into the path of Wes Fogden, but Walker expertly intercepted the ball and stopped what would’ve been a certain goal. The attacks didn’t stop as moments later Josh Taylor dashed into the box, but his effort was wide.
Half Time – Hampton & Richmond 2-1 Havant
There was a short delay before the second half got underway with a Hawks fan being taken unwell at the interval.
The second half kicked off and this time it was Hampton who had the perfect start as Jelley played the ball to Deadfield who then passed to Lewthwaite. He then squared it for Orsi-Dadomo to get his second of the game. Hampton? More like Barcelona.
The game continued to be an end to end affair with Havant trying to get back into the game and Hampton trying to end It. Opportunities from both teams were either saved or cleared by the defenders as Orsi-Dadomo came very close to ending the game and grabbing the match ball but his effort was inches wide of the goal.
Havant should’ve been down and out, but they were gaining momentum as Fogden opened up some space for himself before he hammered it home to make it 3-2 with 25 minutes to go. That goal gave a boost to the Havant players and fans as they continued to pile on the pressure and find the equaliser whilst Hampton retreated.
Eventually the pressure paid off as Tarbuck played a ball into the area with Ayunga rising like a salmon to make it 3-3 and level the scores.
It was a misery compiler for Hampton as Havant attacked once more with Fogden miraculously keeping the ball on in the corner. His pass from the byline as he found Ayugna who slotted it past Walker into the back of the net and to make it 4-3 to Havant. This sounds a lot like Barcelona from this seasons Champions league.
Havant did not stop there, and they were hungry for a fifth. Another ball across goal was expertly intercepted by Walker to avoid another certain goal, despite conceding 4, Walker put in a good shift. Towards the dying ends of the game, Hampton were sending everyone up in a bid to grab an equaliser but lacked the final ball.