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Hampton & Richmond

Hampton & Richmond

Paris (18), Hodges (43), Asombang (82)
League Attendance: 302 Kieron Drake
Slough Town rolled into December having only scored three at home so far this season, and that statistic was extended as Hampton came to Stag Meadow, and like so many before them, left with all three points.

Hampton came in good form having won their last four league games and included last seasons top scorer for Slough, Ian Hodges, whilst another former Rebel in Glen Harris took his place on the bench.

Slough included two debutants in their ever changing squad as Michael Perrineau-Daley joined Abby Nsubuga in the starting eleven. Only five of the sixteen named for Slough were actually with the club for the seasons beginning some four months earlier. Slough were missing both Mark Bartley and Steve Daly who were serving their suspensions after being dismissed at Worthing. With limited choices available, Darron Wilkinson took an unfamiliar role at centre back.

Hodges had gone close when he got onto a loose ball in the centre of the area, but Drake did well to save and the ball went just wide of the post.

Hodges could then consider himself lucky not to have seen red after he caught Steve Dell in the face with his boot but the referee deemed a booking sever enough punishment, much to the annoyance of Rebels manager Mark West who was sent to the stands for his protest over the decision.

Rob Paris had gone close for the visitors as he headed just wide from a left sided corner but made no mistake with eighteen minutes gone, flicking in a free kick from the left into the bottom corner of the net.

Craig Roberts fired one across the face of goal with Matt Miller just being unable to get a touch as Slough had a rare glimpse of goal at the other end.

Hampton should have doubled their lead through Hodges. He was the beneficiary of a Wilkinson tackle on Marcello Fernandes and the ball spun out to him on the left hand channel of the area. His sidefooted effort hit the base of the post and spun across goal, but fortunately for the Rebels outside of the opposite post for a goal kick.

It didn't take long though for that familiar sight of Hodges netting at Stag Meadow, just not so familiar him being in the red and blue of Hampton. Another set piece was sent into the area, Alan Inns headed down and Hodges reacted quickest to hit a shot on the turn under Drake from inside the six yard back.

The second half opened up with a fantastic opportunity for Slough. Nsubuga showed some quick feet on the edge of the area to fashion some space and got a shot away which Matt Lovett did well to parry out. Miller was first to react but could not lift his effort over the grounded keeper and the ball struck the keepers midrift and over the bar.

Sub Elliott Godfrey hit the post after he had been played in by Marvin Bartley and Lovett produced a fine save at the other end to keep out a header from Jon Mills.

Hampton got the opportunity to extend their lead through a penalty as a firm tackle from Wilkinson on Asombang was deemed a foul by the match referee and the forward stepped up, sending Drake the wrong way from the spot.

Drake did well to deny Asombang another for the home side, saving well with his legs to turn the ball around the post. From the resulting corner, the ball was bundled into the net, but the referee spotted a foul on Drake as the ball came over and ruled the effort out.

Hampton & Richmond Lineup

Matt Lovett, Graham Harper, Obinna Ulasi, Matt Elverson, Rob Paris, Marvin Bartley, Alan Inns, Jon Henry-Hayden, Ian Hodges, Marcello Fernandes, Barrie Matthews. Subs: Glen Harris, Dean Wells, Victor Asombang, Dudley Gardner, Elliot Godfrey.


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