A last gasp Concord Rangers winner saw all three points leave with the visitors from Essex, the Beavers were left crushed after a spirited performance against one of the leagues stronger outfits ultimately left them empty handed.
Concord took a deserved 1-0 lead after 22 minutes through a wonderful left footed strike from their star performer Lamar Reynolds, the forward received the ball just inside the box where he turned his man inside out before firing an unstoppable effort into the top corner of Walker’s net. A quality goal from the Concord man.
Concord pressed hard for the second goal of the game, but the rearguard held strong, with Dean Inman, once again imperious in the air, marshaling the defence well.
This effort was well rewarded in the 29th minute, and it was fitting that Inman played such a crucial role in Orsi-Dadomo’s fine equaliser. The whole backline was involved in the Beavers best period of the match, the attack started out with left back Ruaridh Donaldson, and made its way through Pearce and Inman who clipped a pass over the Concord players to the lethal Danilo.
The expert marksman killed the ball with an exquisite touch before calmly dispatching it past the despairing goalkeeper.
The equaliser seemed to spur Hampton into life as they took control for the rest of the first half, creating some good crossing opportunities and shooting chances without being able to force a save of note out of Haigh in the Concord goal. Ryan Hill in particular had the beating of his man, but unfortunately his radar was slightly off with his final ball, plenty more to come from the wide man this season though.
The Beavers started the second half as they finished the first and took the lead in the 48th minute.
Some excellent hold up play from Stead followed by a lovely pass up the channel to Orsi-Dadomo saw the Beavers man through on goal; he looked to have missed the opportunity as he cut inside and momentarily lost control of the ball, but the ricochet fell kindly and he hit it first time with the outside of his right boot to find the corner brilliantly.
Danilo once again showing his eye for goal and making the most of his slight piece of fortune, an early goal of the season contender for sure.
Concord instantly upped the intensity and got their deserved equaliser through substitute and returning Beaver, Barrington; the new man latched onto a poor Donaldson back pass and finished with ease past the advancing keeper. In fairness to the left back it was an uncharacteristic slip in his otherwise solid performance.
From then on the game looked to be heading towards a draw with the Hampton defence holding strong and Laurie Walker in goal dominating from corners and free-kicks, until Aaron Pollock smashed into the roof of the net in the first minute of injury time. Walker had done well initially to save a point blank range header from Barrington, but was unable to do anything about Pollocks emphatic finish.
On another day, the rebound would have fallen to a defender and the Beavers would have collected a hard earned point, but when things are tough it always seems like the opposition get the rub of the green.
The 2-3 loss might leave Hampton in a lowly 21st, but once again the boys showed their battling qualities and if they keep up the hard work it is surely only a matter of time until Gary and the team will be celebrating a run of good results.
Next up on Saturday 14th September is an away trip to Slough Town, and the chance to leapfrog others in the extremely bunched up table.