Tommy Block gets Hampton and Richmond back to winning ways

By Joe Acklam

28th Sep 2022 | Football


Hampton and Richmond get their second win in six against Hungerford. Photo: Grassrootsgroundswell, Flickr.
Hampton and Richmond get their second win in six against Hungerford. Photo: Grassrootsgroundswell, Flickr.

Tommy Block's early penalty was enough to get Hampton and Richmond back to winning ways against Hungerford Town in National League South. 

Hampton took the lead inside ten minutes from the penalty spot and the Beavers went on to dominate proceedings but failed to add another. 

Having come into the game in a tough run of form, getting a result was key against a Hungerford team who were also experiencing a slow start to the season. 

Claiming all three points shift Hampton up one place in the table to 17th, leapfrogging Dover Athletic on goal difference. 

The Beavers started the game quickly and before long Tommy Davis was being brought down in the area for a spot kick, which Block stepped up to take and slotted it home calmly to give Hampton an early lead at Bulpit Lane. 

Hungerford nearly struck back after 12 minutes as George Smith let fly from the edge of the box and it whistled just wide of the post. 

Tyrell Miller-Rodney was brought down on the edge of the box and Liam Vincent took the resulting free-kick, striking it low to the goalkeeper's side and Eddie Breary did well to save it in the Hungerford goal. 

Marcus Sablier flicked on a header ten minutes later to Brandon Barzey and he cut in from the wing and just as he was getting ready to pull the trigger Smith made a strong recovery tackle to deny him. 

Shortly after coming back out after half-time, Breary shanked a clearance to Vincent and he drove forwards into the box, but Breary managed to make up for his own error and pull off a save. 

Following a good move from Hampton, Sablier clipped in a cross which after a quick scramble in the middle fell to Jake Gray who hit the ball on the half volley and forced Breary to tip it behind. 

On 65 minutes Barzey skipped past a few defenders to get into the area and was through one-on-one but Breary did well to spread himself and deny the Montserratian.  

With four minutes to go all the Hampton effort was almost undone as the Crusaders whipped in a free-kick and with hearts in mouths in the away end it went all the way across goal before the Beavers managed to clear it. 

Hampton now head into the FA Cup third qualifying round at the weekend against Paulton Rovers with some additional confidence. 

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