Created 15-Oct-23
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14 October 2023. Hampton win 4:3 on a chilly, sunny and at times wet afternoon. Hampton goals: Inman 24', Pitblado 41', Seymour 66', Gray 90'. Dartford goals: Harvey Bradbury 55', Joash Nembhard 57', Lewis Manor 72'. Could have been 4;4 but Hampton goalkeeper saved a penalty shot after a tackle on Lewis Manor.

Dartford came from behind twice, but it wasn’t enough, as Hampton & Richmond Borough scored a late goal to snatch the points in a seven goal thriller at The Beveree Stadium. The Darts dominated a majority of the play during the opening twenty minutes, but the closest they came to scoring was when Jayden Boulton narrowly missed the target with his header (19). However, for all their superiority, the visitors found themselves behind in the 24th minute, after Dean Inman scored with the host’s first attempt on target. His header from their first corner of the afternoon leaving Mitchell Beeney with no chance. The visitors responded well via a wonderful driving run by Brandon Barzey, as he danced through the Beavers’ midfield, before finding Luke Coulson with a neat pass. Unfortunately, Adam Desbois was alert to get down and save the Skipper’s 29th minute strike. Barzey then came close to equalising with a glancing header (37), before Hampton found themselves two goals to the good four minutes later. Isaac Pitblado was the scorer on this occasion, as his effort from a tight angle went in off of Beeney’s near post (41). Baris Altintop saw his header excellently saved by Desbois deep into stoppage time, as the Darts searched to pull themselves back into the game.

As the teams emerged for the second half, Hampton & Richmond appeared in an all white strip - no doubt as the referee was having difficulty distinguishing between the teams (both in dark coloured strip (Hampton in dark blue, Dartford in dark red) in the lengthening shadows of an October afternoon. Alan Dowson made two substitutions after the beginning of the second-half, as his injury-hit side looked to get that important third goal of the afternoon. Jayden Boulton and Paul Rooney were the two to depart, as Lewis Manor and Archie Woods came on (46). Dartford’s final change in personnel would take place in the 83rd minute, as the returning Luke Allen replaced Brandon Barzey. Fresh from netting a brace at Chippenham last weekend, Harvey Bradbury was making a nuisance of himself this afternoon as well. And, he finally got his fifth goal of the season after excellent work by Barzey… the tricky winger went on another brilliant run, before finding his teammate on the edge of the box. And Harvey? Well, he fired a delightful effort into the back of the net in style! The Darts’ tails were up and, shortly afterwards they were level when Joash Nembhard headed home Luke Coulson’s corner in the 57th minute. Lewis Manor then came close to completing the comeback in style sixty seconds later, before Mitchell Beeney was forced into an excellent save at the other end (64).
However, the resulting corner saw the referee, Mr George Laflin, absurdly award a penalty for a “shirt pull” inside the Dartford box, much to the annoyance of the entire Dartford squad. Ben Seymour stepped up to edge the Beavers in front once again (66).
But, the visitors weren’t done, and they laid siege towards the Hampton goal, whereby a delightful flick by Lewis Manor levelled the score once again (72). The second-half substitute was on fire and clearly not satisfied with his tally of one goal. He subsequently forced an excellent save out of Desbois (74), fired narrowly over the top (76), before forcing the goalkeeper to bring him down inside the box in the 81st minute! Unfortunately, Desbois redeemed himself by saving Harvey Bradbury’s spot-kick (82), before the striker them saw another effort fly the wrong side of the Hampton crossbar at the end of the ninety.
Then, deep into stoppage time, Jake Gray somehow found the bottom corner with a low drive to steal all three points and pull his side level on points with Dartford in the National League South table.

HAMPTON & RICHMOND: Adam Desbois, Jordan Thomas, Dean Inman, Luis Fernandes, Ben Seymour, Jake Gray (c), Sam Deadfield, George Hunt, Dan Wishart, Isaac Pitblado, Mason Bloomfield.
SUBSTITUTES: Ruaridh Donaldson, Jordan Cheadle, Alfy Whittingham, Rob Hall, Connor Kurran-Browne.
DARTFORD: Mitchell Beeney, Moussa Diarra, Paul Rooney, Joash Nembhard, Sam Odaudu, Baris Altintop, Jayden Boulton, Tyrell Miller-Rodney, Brandon Barzey, Harvey Bradbury, Luke Coulson (c).
SUBSTITUTES: Lewis Manor, Ollie Box, Archie Woods, Luke Allen, Manny Adebowale.
Referee: George Laflin.
Assists: Nathan Briggs, James Hall.
Report by Chris Palmer.

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