HAMPTON & RICHMOND BOROUGH 4 VCD ATHLETIC 0
CLINICAL HAMPTON TAKE THE POINTS
The game began at a high tempo with both sides passing the ball well on a slick surface, and for the first half hour the Vickers gave a good account of themselves which belied the disparity in the league positions of the two teams. The hosts it has to be said kept the ball better, and in the end their clinical finishing saw them overcome some determined resistance from the visitors in which Richard Avery was outstanding with an inspired performance. The pace of Hampton’s two wide men was causing problems with Jamal Lowe getting into the box, but he snatched his shot that went well wide. VCD were having their moments too and as Frantz Tchonang broke forward, he played a square ball to Harry Brickwood whose deft touch set up Ricky Sappleton, but his well struck effort was gathered at the second attempt by keeper Mark Smith. Borough’s neat play was catching the eye, but all too often they were thwarted in the last third by some impressive defending in the visitors’ defence, and when Lowe again got free down the flank, VCD keeper Rob Budd was untroubled, taking his cross shot comfortably under the bar. Both defences were looking strong, but Hampton had a chance when the ball was worked from right to left, reaching Lowe, but his low drive across goal was turned away by Budd at full stretch. The Vickers then went close when Ashley Probets’ corner was touched on by Tchonang as far as Ricky Sappleton whose stinging volley was deflected over for a corner, but it was from this that VCD fell behind. The ball was quickly cleared upfield and Hampton broke at pace down the left with Lowe getting to the bye-line where he crossed low across the 6 yard box, and Jerome Federico had an easy tap in to put Borough ahead. This heralded an inspired patch from the hosts and minutes later a ball delivered into the box was cleared only as far as Tom Beere, who fired a volley into the corner past Budd to double the lead. It got even worse for the Vickers when a third goal was conceded just before the break as Brendan Kiernan got free down the left and crossed low and hard, with Federico again firing home from close range.
The score-line at half time was not a true reflection of the game up to that point, but after only 10 minutes of the second period came a fourth goal when the ball got past Tchonang, and Kiernan ran on only to see his effort blocked for a corner, but when the ball was delivered to the far post among a throng of players, Kiernan headed home from close range. The Vickers refused to give up the cause and continued to battle, with Nigel Neita turning neatly from a throw in to drill the ball low across the 6 yard box, but nobody was on hand to convert the chance. Hampton were having good possession but were wasteful with some poor shooting from good positions, and when Nicke Kamba did get a sight of goal, Budd was equal to his low drive, parrying, with Joe Bruce clearing up. Both sides kept looking for goals as the half wore on but defences came out on top, with Hampton having one last chance in the final minute when Dean Sinclair received the ball from a corner and curled the ball goal-wards, but it landed on the top of the bar before going behind.
VCD Athletic: Budd, Tchonang, Probets, Avery, Bruce, Joseph (Nwokeji 46), Kelly, Tejaiye, Sappleton,
Brickwood (Arbaut 75), Neita
Subs not used: Menga, Figura, Bakare