Match Data 2007/2008
Hampton & Richmond Borough 1
Jay Smith (Taggart, 80)
Craig Watkins (Pacquette, 85)
Hampton & Richmond Borough
Graham Harper (McAuley, 61)
Ryan Lake (Fernandes, 61)
The Hawks’ first visit to Hampton and Richmond Borough’s Beveree ended with both sides sharing the points after a surprisingly characterless 1-1 draw between two playoff chasing sides. Casual defending cost the Hawks dear when Lawrence Yaku snatched a sloppy back pass just six minutes in and thumped the opener past Kevin Scriven, but the visitors eventually got back on level terms eight minutes into the second half when Gavin McCallum neatly converted a cross from Rocky Baptiste to score his debut goal in Hawks colours.
The visitors adapted badly to the messy, cramped pitch, and Yaku’s opener came as a wake up call that the Hawks seemed to largely sleep through. Jamie Collins attempted a reply shortly after the goal when Beavers keeper Matt Lovett punched a curling cross from Paul Watson in his direction, but the rising effort went over the top of the post.
Stuart Lake’s header went high after a Hampton corner brought about more pressure on the Hawks’ goal. The hosts claimed more of the ball during the first half and the visitors didn’t threaten again until McCallum’s 22nd minute cross picked out Baptiste for a header sent the wrong way into the side netting.
Ian Hodges saw a good attempt blocked before Craig Watkins grabbed a chance for a volley from the edge of the area that Lovett caught above his head. Equally optimistic was Baptiste’s effort before the break. Turning with a long throw to shoot low at the near post, his attempt was stopped by Lovett with a dive.
Hampton and Richmond Borough 1
Havant and Waterlooville 0
In an increasingly off-colour performance, it took the Hawks 50 minutes to earn a corner. When it came, Watson’s ball ignored the pack completely and went back toward the midfield for Brett Poate to attempt a shot from range that got lost among the players in the box.
Baptiste’s cross that gave McCallum space to put the Hawks level gave a momentary impression that the football needed to win the game was about to start flowing, but as the drizzle turned to rain and the pitch cut up worse than in the first half, the match began to see players of both sides sliding on the slippery surface.
Baptiste played a clever ball through the legs of Dean Wells when he took on a pass from McCallum. Racing round the defender, he reclaimed the ball to smash a shot a foot wide of the post. The effort though was the last real challenge the Hawks would make in the game, with the best of what was left coming from the hosts.
Scriven certainly ensured the Hawks a share of the points when he made a great double save to deny Kelvin McIntosh late on, and minutes from the whistle, substitute Shawn McAuley’s low shot may well have been headed for the wrong side of the post, but Hodges slid in a split second too late to connect for an easy finish.