Beavers’ dam not breached

The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH - By Kevin An­der­son

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: ★★★★★

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