Windsor & Eton 1-5 Hampton & Richmond Borough
Saturday, 5th February 2005. Att: 176
Scorers: Allen 3' & 29', Inns 35' & 80', Ashe 61'
At the present time every Hampton match is an adventure in itself. Almost every game features players being sent off (not necessarily Hampton`s), penalties, great goals and excellent performances. A few short months ago the Beavers couldn`t buy a point away from home and suffered ten successive defeats. But now, Hampton, with this win over Windsor, have gone seven games unbeaten and clocked up three wins on the trot away from home, the result being that they are now sitting in fourth place right in the heart of the promotion race.
Windsor, it has to be said, were poor. The Royallists only managed one shot on target, and that was from the penalty spot with almost an hour of the contest gone. Hampton were superior in every aspect of the game and played some delightful, intricate stuff, especially the lead up to the fourth goal scored by Ryan Ashe.
The Beavers got off to the best possible start scoring as early as the third minute. Alan Inns, from midfield, moved the ball wide right for Graham Harper to take it on, his cross came back to Adrian Allen who teed up the ball and struck it high past Chuck Martini. Hampton were moving the ball around quickly and accurately, Obinna Ulasi linked up with Marcello Fernandes but Harper fired high. In the 11th minute Windsor`s Spencer Walsh was booked for a two footed challenge on Allen. Five minutes later Fernandes limped off to be replaced by Craig Lewington. From a Dean Wells free kick, Elliot Godfrey headed the ball onto the top netting as Hampton looked for a second. Fifteen minutes after his first booking, Walsh was in trouble again, this time a lunging over the top challenge brought Harper down in midfield.
Walsh got a second booking and Windsor were down to ten men, but Hampton had to use their second substitution, Andy Morley replacing the shaken Harper. A few minutes later and Hampton led 2-0, again it was Allen, this time a header at the far post from an Ashe corner. That was Allen`s last involvement in the game as, incredibly, he became the third Hampton player to pick up an injury, Luke Fontana came on to replace Allen, with Hampton having used their full allocation of subs in the first 32 minutes everyone was desperately hoping that no one else would incur a problem otherwise they too would be playing a man short. In the 35th minute Martin gifted Hampton their third goal. Morley, following an exchange of passes with Godfrey, sent over a high cross, Martini dropped the ball and Inns poked the ball home from close range.
The second half was again dominated by Hampton for long spells. Matt Elverson headed over from a corner, whilst Martini parried a shot from Fontana. Windsor cause a slight hiccup in Hampton`s progress when Elverson was forced to give away a penalty. Peter Holsgrove struck the spot kick home but within a couple of minutes Hampton had restored their three goal advantage. Ashe scored after a great move involving Ulasi, Godfrey, Lewington and Fontana as Windsor`s defence was torn apart. With ten minutes to go Hampton capped a great performance with their fifth goal, Ashe exchanged passes with Fontana and Inns finished the move just getting to the ball fractionally before Martini, for a 5-1 scoreline, Hampton`s best away performance in the league for several seasons
Written for the official website and reproduced here.