Match Report - Hampton & Richmond Borough - Home
This re-arranged fixture had added importance after Poole’s victory over Wealdstone at the weekend. However Poole failed to gain momentum going down to a solitary goal with only 5 minutes on the clock. Smeeton gave away a needless free kick which was swung in to the back post where Wassmer headed in off the post unmarked. For the opening minutes Poole hardly got a look in. But Constable won a free kick on 14 minutes which Devlin executed with skill but Dieng made a great save by pushing on to the post. Minutes later and the ball fell to Devlin again whose fierce strike was parried away by the xcellent Dieng. Why do we seem to get keepers in such great form? On 36 minutes Baptiste made a fatastic jinxing run in the box and found Jeffers whose shot was deflected over.
On 60 minutes a well worked move by Poole saw Balmer find Constable whi headed in only to find he was called offside. After that Poole faded and Hampton looked the more likely to score again. In the final seconds with Poole stretched the ball was laid on a plate in the centre for Jeffers but he managed to strike the bar with the goal gaping.
Although Poole could feel aggrieved that they got nothing from the game given a disallowed goal and 2 great saves by Dieng, the reality was they were outplayed for large periods of the game. Hampton’s forwards showed great pace and also great skill on the ball. Poole struggled to keep the ball for more than a few seconds with many wasted passes – and could hardly get out of their own half for the last 10 minutes. Special mention to Steve Devlin who played out of his skin tonight.
Bognor & Whitehawk are now both relegated (despite a tremendous second half to the season by Whitehawk). Poole will need to win all 3 games and hope others (most likely Hungerford) slip up. Realistic? Not on form to date – but as they say – football can be a funny game.
Match report by Peter Leppington