Match Report - Hampton & Richmond Borough - Home
Baggie, Roberts, Brooks
Kiernan (2), Culley
After a 5 week absence of football at the Black Gold stadium, fans could certainly see the massive progress made on the ground improvements.
On the pitch Poole were hoping to bounce back after lastweek’s defeat with a key game against closest play off rivals Hampton & Richmond.
This was a classic game of 2 halves. Poole dominated the first half and got the ideal start with a goal within the first minute. Devlin’s great cross field ball finding Burbidge who cut in for Baggie to finish. Poole had a goal disallowed on 20 minutes when Brooks should have scored but the rebound fell to Roberts who netted but was offside. Kiernan, by far Hampton’s best player, had Hampton’s best chance of the half when he cut inside and his shot hit the bar. Poole doubled their advantage on 36 minutes when a good run and cross from Baggie found Brooks whose header found Roberts who headed in to the corner. Poole had another couple of good chances which proved costly by th end – with Bagiie having a shot well saved and Burbidge firing just over.
Hampton dominated the second half with a couple of half time substitutions proving key but took until the 66th minute to score when Culley’s cross was flicked in by Kiernan. Hampton used their height advantage to good effect in th esecond half. Hampton were level 8 minutes later when from a corner the ball fell to Culley who stroked it under Hutchings. Poole’s defence was in disarray and Hutchings came to clear a ball outside the box but failed, Kiernan taking advantage and lobbing Hutchings to give Hampton the lead. However Poole levelled when Brooks was brought down just outside the box. Killick’s inspirational substitution brought on Granger whose first job was to take the free kick which was well saved by Howes but Brooks was first to react to fire in. In the end a draw was probably a fair result.
Match report by Peter Leppington