Match Data 2011/2012
Hampton & Richmond Borough 3
Jon McDonald (Hinshelwood, 69)
Lee Peacock (Ramsey, 69)
Ollie Palmer (Pericard, 78)
Hampton & Richmond Borough
Matt Lovett (Jeffries, 85)
Tom Hickey (Moone, 77)
Gustavo Sousa Mottaf
Hampton and Richmond Borough clinched a 3-3 draw with the Hawks at the Beveree this afternoon after an untimely 94th minute deflection off referee David Rock allowed Dave Tarpey to rifle the ball past Lyall Beazely.
In a match that had it all, the Hawks led 2-0 at the break after Lee Peacock’s third minute opener was followed 31 minutes in by Scott Jones.
But a fired up Hampton side made the second half a much more equal affair. Nathan Collier’s long solo run saw the Beavers on the score sheet in the 50th minute, and just seven after that Jamie Simmonds equalised with a shot from range.
Ollie Palmer’s immediate reply put the Hawks back in front when he headed home a long throw from Jon McDonald, and the visitors battled through a final thirty minutes of end-to-end thrills that saw Beazely pull off a tremendous penalty save before Tarpey’s equaliser.
Lee Peacock stepped back into midfield to fill the hole left by released Neil Barrett, with Ollie Palmer and Scott Jones making up the front line.
The excitement of the second half was an unlikely prospect as a more relaxed first half began to unfold.
The Hawks took the lead in the fourth minute from a free kick gained when Craig Braham-Barrett was tripped just outside the Hampton box by Collier. With Beavers’ keeper Matt Lovett screaming at his defence to form a proper wall, Sammy Igoe tapped the ball sideways and PEACOCK smashed a shot at goal that clipped a defender and spiralled into the top corner.
At the other end Dean Inman’s header was caught by Beazely after Hampton earned a free kick themselves, and the Hawks’ keeper denied Dan Thompson an equaliser with a superb two handed diving save that stopped his glancing header.
Immediately at the other end Jones pulled out of a shot for fear of kicking Lovett in the process, but the striker was soon at it again and O’Donnell got a foot in the way of another attempt that forced the ball past the post.
Perry Ryan was then unlucky not to put the Hawks two up when his chance dive from 30 yards skidded across the deck and thumped into the bottom of the far post, and the visitors were at it again when Jones put Palmer through for an attempt to chip the ball past Lovett that dropped wide at the back.
It was a comfortable looking performance from the confidence-seeking Hawks, and the side finally did find the net again in the 31st minute when Palmer finished his forward run with a close shot that Lovett could only palm away as far as JONES for an easy finish.
Aaron Morgan tried to sweep the ball home but was denied by Ryan Woodford as the hosts tried to find a route into the game, but before the whistle it was the visitors who came closest to scoring next when Palmer guided a long throw from McDonald just wide of the post.
Hampton and Richmond Borough 0
Havant and Waterlooville 2
Down but not out, Hampton returned a different side to make a thrilling second half. They hauled themselves back into the game in the 50th minute when COLLIER’s long run from deep in midfield was left unchecked and having almost reached the six yard line, a gentle side-footed finish was all that was needed to beat Beazely from close range.
Inman slid to take the ball from Jones as the striker tore into the box, and a corner from Igoe followed that O’Donnell headed clear.
Hampton netted the first of two disallowed goals when a long free kick went in at the back, but the side did equalise in spectacular fashion in the 57th minute when SIMMONDS spotted Beazely off his line and rifled a superb rising drive over the keeper that dipped enough to slip under the bar.
The balance lasted just two minutes however as PALMER rose to twist a catapult throw from McDonald into the top corner with a header.
Play switched ends again and Hampton thought they’d equalised a second time when Inman nodded home a free kick from Tarpey at the back post, but amid the celebrations failed to notice the linesman’s flag up for offside.
The hosts then had a better chance to equalise again when Woodford pulled back O’Donnell in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. But Beazely guessed right and dived to push clear Simmonds’ penalty, and then saved a second time after Morgan picked up the loose ball for another shot.
Collier’s cross was headed onto the bar by Dan Thompson as the frantic final half hour of the game continued to unfold, and Lovett pulled off a great flying save to deny Igoe after Braham-Barrett’s tricksy run on the left wing was pushed across the box by late substitute Vincent Pericard.
The save however cost the keeper, who struggled on with a leg injury before coming off in the 85th minute. Without a sub keeper on the bench, Billy Jeffries donned the number one shirt for the Beavers.
Inman slid to connect with a free kick and scooped it over the bar as Hampton went all out for an equaliser on the edge of injury time, but it took a helping hand from the referee for the side to claim a share of the points four minutes later.
Hampton came forward again and a Hawks’ clearance slammed straight into the man in black, deflecting across the edge of the box to where TARPEY picked up a quick through ball for a low drive that rocketed past Beazely.