Hampton and Richmond Borough kept up their excellent record in the Ryman Premier Division at Donkey Lane yesterday with a 0-2 victory over Enfield Town. Although a defeat for Steve Newing's team it was a decent and encouraging performance from the home side that on another day had chances been taken it would of been different scoreline all together. Bearing in mind both Dave Kendall and Craig McKay (centre backs) were missing through injury TheColdEnd thought Michael Ewang played a really good match next to Mark Kirby. I was also impressed with the visitor's right back Malvin Kamara (number 2 on the video). He has played in the football league for MK Dons, Wimbledon, Cardiff City, Port Vale and Huddersfield Town along with a host of non-league clubs. He also has one full international cap for Sierra Leone so has a large amount of experience in the game.
The Beavers defence has now not been breached for six games (including the last game of the 2011/12 season) which is an incredible record but they rode their luck yesterday with Liam Hope, Leon Osei and Neil Johnston unlucky not to score. The away side's two goals came via quick breaks/counter attacks in the second half via JJ Bates and Charlie Moone. Jon Jo Bates spent sometime with League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge during the 2010/11 season.
Some of you may recognise Charlie Moone from Sky 1's "Football Icon" programme in 2005. He was the youngest finalist reaching the final 20 from 6,000 under 18 players. He has also played for Woking in the Blue Square Premier and has also had spells at the Chelsea, Reading and Crystal Palace academies.
Right at the end of the game Town substitute Mitch Hahn was red-carded as the referee after some consultation with one his assistants adjudged he had kicked out at a Hampton and Richmond player after a coming together on the floor. From the replay TheColdEnd got it is my opinion that Mitch didn't do this intentionally and it appears to me he was just bringing his leg over to get back onto his feet... it was just unfortunate and accidental his boot collided with the Hampton player's face/head. Have a look at the video and judge for yourself??
All the best to Hampton and Richmond Borough for the rest of the season - aside from the return match on Saturday 9th March.
Town's next league match shows how tough the Premier Division is this season as it's a trip to Margate on Saturday 15th September. They are currently in third place and recorded a fantastic 0-2 win at Bognor Regis Town yesterday afternoon.
In between The Town start on what hopefully will be a long road to Wembley in the FA Cup with a home local derby against St Margaretsbury next Saturday.