Beavers’ dam not breached
HAMPTON & Richmond edged the battle of the Boroughs, coming from behind at Priory Lane to extend their National South unbeaten run to a remarkable 20 games.
Hosts Eastbourne, by contrast, have lost five of their last six, and were undone in both boxes. The Sports failed to build on an early lead, conceding an equaliser right on halftime before Max Kretschmar's header claimed the points for the Beavers.
In most respects Hampton were well worth their win. Fluent and aggressive in attack, they grew stronger as the game progressed, and stood up resolutely against Eastbourne’s spirited final push for an equaliser.
The Sports brought fans to their feet with a stunning opener on eight minutes. As a Beavers move broke down in the home penalty area, Lloyd Dawes streaked away on an irresistible seventyyard dash to slot the ball past Manny Agboola.
Hampton responded with creative moves but wasteful finishing and looked frustrated. But a 45th-minute Eastbourne mix-up gifted them an equaliser, Charlie Wassmer slamming home after Mark Smith had saved from Elliott Charles.
On 60 minutes Max Kretschmar's header put Hampton ahead, and with Gavin McCallum and Yemi Odubade missing chances Eastbourne's final flourish fell short. STAR MAN: Lloyd Dawes (Eastbourne) ENTERTAINMENT: ★★★★★