Hampton and Richmond humbled at home against St Albans

By Joe Acklam

2nd Nov 2022 | Football


Hampton and Richmond were hit for six by St Albans. Photo: Franziska.
Hampton and Richmond were hit for six by St Albans. Photo: Franziska.

Hampton and Richmond Borough were convincingly beaten on their own patch as they lost 6-0 against St Albans City in National League South. 

The Saints got two goals in quick succession through a Tafari Moore brace before the half hour mark as they raced into a half-time lead. 

The second half got out of hand for the Beavers as Zane Banton scored, Kylan Wiltshire grabbed two around the hour mark before Banton became the third player with a brace 15 minutes from time. 

The Beavers remain in 14th after this heavy defeat, but it has been a sizeable hit to their goal difference. 

Even prior to the avalanche of goals, St Albans were potent as Banton forced a strong block from Tommy Davis two minutes in and Mitchell Weiss came close after 14 as he drove into the box and flashed a shot against the woodwork. 

It was the turn of the frame of the St Albans's goal to be rattled as Ben Shroll headed against the bar before the defenders were able to scramble the ball away. 

After 26 minutes City took the lead as Banton got on the end of a long ball and checked back to get inside the box and clipped the ball to the back stick for Moore to finish off. 

One quickly snowballed into two, Moore was in oceans on space on the left-hand side to come inside and drive the ball into the far corner to double the Saints' advantage. 

Hampton nearly struck back immediately as Shroll crossed deep to the back post to pick out Tommy Wood which Dylan Parry parried straight back to him only for Wood's second shot to be put wide. 

The Beavers got to half-time as two-nil, but it did not take long after the break for St Albans to get another as a corner was played short to Benton and he drove towards goal and with all the time in the world picked out the bottom corner. 

On 56 minutes a cross was looped into Dean Inman and his header beat the goalkeeper only for a defender to cover behind and hook it clear. 

Weiss' cross was played right back to him on the right and he knocked it inside for Wiltshire and he clipped a shot over Joe Walsh to make it four. 

Two minutes later Wiltshire got his second when Banton's cross came back to him and he diverted it coolly beyond the despairing Walsh and into the net. 

Banton bookended a second half that got away from Hampton as Shaun Jeffers had a shot deflected to the striker and he was able to tuck it away in the bottom corner. 

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