Hendon 0-3 Hampton & Richmond Borough
Tuesday, 21st August 2012. Att: 180
Scorers: Kamara 60', Benjamin 75', Moone 90'
Hampton secured back to back wins at the beginning of the season for the first time since the Ryman League Championship campaign of 06/07, with a well deserved 3-0 away win at Hendon.
Mark Harper made one change from the opening game against Hastings by bringing in striker JJ Bates for midfielder Paul Johnson, who dropped to the bench. Alan Bray also made the bench with Billy Jeffreys playing with the reserves to get some match fitness after his recent return from America.
The first half was an even affair with Hendon attempting to play the ball out from the back at every opportunity.
The Hampton forwards did well to apply pressure to attempt to prevent this and force them into a mistake and the long ball. The most notable chances for Hampton in the first half came courtesy of balls into the box from Neil Jenkins. The first a freekick taken on the Hampton right hand side was met on the edge of the 6 yard box near the back post by Powell who steered a side footed shot goalwards but was denied by a good save from the 'Greens' keeper.
The second was a freekick in an almost identical position which Hustwick could not steer on target with his header. The third was a ball played in from open play while Jenkins was down the left hand side and the ball agonisingly went through the Hendon 6 yard box without any Hampton player being able to get on the end of it.
Half time 0-0
The first half was a fairly even affair but the second was mostly dominated by Hampton. Joe Benjamin continued to give the Hendon left back a torrid time by beating him time and again. It was a move that involved Joe Benjamin that led to the first Hampton goal.
The excellent Max Hustwick played the ball out from the back in the feet of Benjamin, just inside his own half. With a man on his back he managed to turn the ball round the corner into Charlie Moone who played a first time pass into the path of on rushing right back Malvin Kamara who ran in on goal and clipped past the goalkeeper into the far bottom corner.
Then 15 minutes later, on 75 minutes, Charlie Moone was found in the box by Benjamin after a strong run from midfield. However Moone couldn't keep hold of the ball and it popped out to Benjamin who hit a sweet shot past the keeper to make it 2-0 to the visitors.
Benjamin wielded away in celebration pulling out a 'Usain Bolt celebration', along with getting booked for taking his shirt off. Shortly after Hampton made their first change bringing on Joe Turner for Benjamin.
JJ Bates then went close for Hampton trying to curl a shot into the bottom right hand corner of the goal but for a good save from the Hendon keeper, Moone gathered the loose ball and clipped it back into the box but the move fizzled out.
Turner then made his telling contribution to the match by getting on the ball in midfield and feeding an excellent ball through to Moone in the box who lashed home a left footed shot into the roof of the net.
An all-round excellent team performance that moves the team into 2nd place in the league ahead of a trip to Canvey Island, who are also yet to concede a goal and have won their first two games.
MOM – Joe Benjamin, although everyone played well, Benjamin was a constant threat to the Hendon defence, scored one and had a part to play in another.
Written for the official website, hamptonfc.net, and reproduced here.