Match Data 2011/2012
Havant & Waterlooville 2
Steven Ramsey (Igoe, 82)
Dan Thompson (Palmer, 46)
Chris Arthur (Braham-Barrett, 76)
Hampton & Richmond Borough
Dean Inman (Powell, 46)
Tobi Alabi (Moone, 82)
Despite dominating vast stretches of the game, the Hawks were forced to come from behind twice to secure a 2-2 draw against relegation threatened Hampton and Richmond Borough at Westleigh park this afternoon.
The hosts fell behind after just two minutes when Dave Tarpey’s strike put the Beavers ahead, and were then left to rue their chances when Steve Ramsey fired a penalty onto the bar six minutes later.
But Ramsey made amends for his miss in the 35th minute when he levelled the score, before Hampton retook the lead in the 72nd minute through a Tobi Alabi header. The lead lasted a scant four minutes however, before Chris Holland head home a Ramsey corner at the other end for the Hawks’ second equaliser.
Dan Thompson was given the nod to start up front alongside Scott Jones in place of Bobby Hopkinson as the Hawks reverted to a solid looking 4-4-2 formation.
The action packed and entertaining first half got underway with Hampton taking the lead with just two minutes on the clock. Quick passing on the left allowed the Beavers to expose the Hawks’ defence and when Alabi slipped the ball through to Dave TARPEY, the experienced striker curled a superb shot around Lyall Beasely inside the back post.
The Hawks made an immediate attempt to reply and Paul Hinshelwood drew a low save from Craig Ross with a firmly struck drive from outside the area. Chris Arthur then flicked the ball in from the left and Thompson sent it over the bar with a header.
When Ryan Blake sent Jake Newton skidding across the box on his rear end after eight minutes the Hawks gained a chance to reset the score from the penalty spot. However Ramsey smashed his effort toward the roof of the net only to see it slam down onto the line and back into play off the underside of the bar. Ramsey did then regain the ball, but being the first to touch it after his own penalty, the referee blew for a foul.
Working hard to make amends, Ramsey curled a free kick across the box for Sam Pearce to head wide, and then set up Jones for a shot that Ross managed to turn wide with an outstretched boot.
Ramsey tried again when his second attempt to launch a free kick into the box rolled down the top of the net, but the busy midfielder finally made it count after 35 minutes when Jones flicked the ball over Dean Inman and RAMSEY claimed it for a surefooted strike that beat Ross.
Karle Andrews sent a free kick forward that Inman headed on to Beasely, but the Hawks continued to take the lion’s share of the chances and Arthur was denied by Ross when Ramsey’s initial shot was deflected across the box by Inman.
Havant and Waterlooville 1
Hampton and Richmond Borough 1
Having increasingly taken the upper hand through the first half, the Hawks continued to pressure their guests at the start of the second.
Ollie Palmer, on for the injured Thompson at the break, took receipt of a superb 40 yard throw from Jon McDonald that took him round his man for a shot that went across the goal and wide.
Ramsey then sent a free kick across the box that dropped at Pearce’s feet six yards out. On his wrong foot, the defender tried to sneak the ball inside the post but put it over the bar.
Palmer was next to miss when he scooped his shot wide after Ramsey came in from the right, and the Hawks were denied yet again when Ramsey chanced a thunderbolt from 25 yards that slammed into the foot of the post and rebounded back into play just as Jones slid past it into the net.
Jones tried to force a corner past Ross, but the keeper managed to push it away as the game continued to be all Hawks.
72 minutes in, the visitors stunned their hosts by retaking the lead completely against the run of play when ALABI was left unmarked at the back post to cushion the ball inside the back post from a corner with the simplest of headers.
But Hampton’s lead lasted a scant four minutes. That man Ramsey curled in a corner at the other end and this time Chris HOLLAND rose brilliantly above the pack to connect for a bullet header that levelled the score for a second time.