Waltham Forest 0-1 Hampton & Richmond Borough
Saturday, 22nd September 2012. Att:
Scorers: Moone, 85'
On a pleasant afternoon in Essex, Hampton & Richmond Borough negotiated probably the worst pitch they will play on this season to earn their place in the draw for the next round of the FA Cup, writes James Bartaby.
Mark Harper made several changes for the match at Ilford's Cricklefield Stadium, with Alan Bray, Joe Turner, Elliott Bent, Karle Carder and Mo Harkin all getting a start. A reasonably bright start from the Beavers saw a freekick from Neil Jenkins float onto Aaron Omand's crossbar. Other than a few interceptions, it was the only threat to the home team's goal.
Mind you, at the other end, Rodney Chiweshe was reduced to a spectator as both sides seemed to struggle on the awful surface.
Midway through the first half, and Borough started creating a couple of chances. Charlie Moone headed wide from a left wing cross, and then saw a shot deflected wide after a good turn on the edge of the box. From the resulting corner, Darren Powell headed wide. Joe Turner and Elliott Bent also had efforts blocked, while Mo Harkin fired wide from Malvin Kamara freekick when he possibly should have done better.
Half Time Waltham Forest 0 HRBFC 0
Perhaps surprisingly, there were no substitutions at half time, but Borough started brightly, with Elliott Bent heading narrowly wide in the opening minute, and they were handed a golden opportunity in the third minute of the half. Joe Turner cut into the penalty area and was felled by a defender, giving the referee the easiest decision of the match. Somewhat surprisingly, it was Karle Carder who stepped up to take the kick, but he put it well wide to give the Forest defence a reprieve.
After 56 minutes, Mark Harper made the much needed changes. JJ Bates and James Simmonds came on to replace Bent and Carder, but it was the home side who had the next chance. Their number 11, Manu Dagher, embarked on a good jinking run, but his shot at the end of it was off target.
On the hour, Hampton put together their best move of the match so far, with Turner and Simmonds combining and the latter crossing for Moone, who was stretching to reach the cross and therefore couldn't get his header on target.
The majority of the chances continued to fall to Moone, as he headed wide from a Kamara cross after more good play down the right. Then came a fantastic double save from Omand to deny Moone. He tipped the striker's first effort onto the bar, before diving to his left to save the second effort. It really looked as if a replay at The Beveree was the only likely outcome of the match. However, with five minutes left, Moone got his, and the team's, reward.
A superb ball over the top from Darren Powell was volleyed first time by Moone into the bottom corner of Omand's goal. It was a difficult chance to take, with the ball coming over his right shoulder, but the in form frontman made it look easy as he claimed his sixth goal of the fledgling season to the delight of the sizeable travelling support.
Joe Benjamin came on for Moone for the last four minutes, although it was probably to allow Moone an ovation from the fans. Hampton were able to see the game out, and take their place in the draw for the third qualifying round.
Written for the official website, www.hamptonfc.net, and reproduced here.