Blue Square Conference South
Tuesday 11 March 2008 - Beveree Stadium - kick off 7.45pm
||Perrin, G Jones, Rollo (c), Coupe, Holland, Harris, Hogg, Rogers (S Jones 81), Edwards, Gilroy, Wood.
subs not used: Simpson, McKay, Partridge, Prince.
|man of the match:
|league position: 6th
||next match: Fisher Ath (A)
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With both of these sides battling for promotion and with Hampton & Richmond's bijou ground only requiring limited changes to bring it up to Blue Square
Premier standard, the expectation was of a cracking game for this twice postponed fixture. Instead, with a gusty wind blowing across the Bevoir Ground and
defences dominating, this ended up as a contest as dull as the meteorological conditions. Boss John Relish's only change from their draw with Lewes was in
the goalkeeping position, with Steve Perrin standing in for Paul Evans, absent due to family illness. City's understudy and Melksham's finest must reckon
life in Blue Square South is somewhat easy given that he remained without a single touch for all for the opening 20 minutes and with little to do for the
In the opening exchanges, all the initative lay with the visitors as City won a succession of corners although presenting little to trouble Matt Lovett in
the Beavers goal. City's best spell came on the quarter-hour mark. Jason Wood had a shot blocked by Beavers defender Dean Wells. Then, from the corner kick,
Chris Holland headed down for Darren Edwards to flick on to Dave Gilroy, unmarked at the far post, but his shot on the turn went narrowly wide. Hampton &
Richmond's infrequent threats to the City defence came mainly from the long throws of Dean Wells and the odd long-range shot, invariably travelling wide.
The second half was more of the same, only with less attacking intent.
City had one brief flourish when a Gilroy shot was nearly fired home by a sliding Edwards.
At the other end, with 20 minutes to go, the home side at least managed one shot on target when Perrin punched clear Elliot Godfrey's free-kick.
Urged on by the until then largely silent home crowd, and with the unusual animalistic chant of the club's nickname of 'Beavers, Beavers' echoing around the ground, Hampton had their best chance right on the final whistle.
A cross from Lawrence Yaku presented Graham Harper with a free header at the far post, but with the goal at his mercy the forward put the ball wide.
Post-match, City chief Relish was quick to praise his defence.
"After the hammering at Hayes & Yeading it was important we put in a solid performance away from home and that's what we have done," he said.
"If we could get a victory at Fisher on Saturday we could look on our last three results as a job well done."
City climbed up a place to sixth in the table following their draw, but now have Braintree breathing down their necks after the Essex side stunned leaders Lewes with a 3-0 success.