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Hampton & Richmond Borough (0) v Angels (0) 05.04.22. Vanarama National South

Angels secure a point at Hampton & Richmond Borough

Beavers and Angels played out a goalless draw with maybe the visitors the happier of the two sides as they claimed another point on their climb to safety in Vanarama National South.

Angels Boss, Steve Mckimm decided to go with Ibrahim Olutade up front alongside striking partner Tommy Wood which meant Adam Coombes dropping to the bench.  The injured James Taylor's place in midfield was taken by Tommy Parkinson which meant an opportunity for Harry Hudson to take his place in the back line.  

It was a very even 1st half with genuine chances for both sides at a premium. On 4 minutes there was something of a speculative effort from Hampton's Donaldson but Henly always knew it was going wide. A minute later Joe Turner cut in from the left wing with a cross that was safely cut out by Beavers keeper Alan Julian.

The 8th minute saw Sonny Miles off target with a header from Tom Beere’s free kick and two minutes later Miller-Rodney forced a good save from Henly. Perhaps the best chance of the half for Angels came in the 15th minute when Olutade had a free header off Teddy Perkins’ cross which went harmlessly wide.

There were a couple of good moments from Turner in the 21st and 29th minutes but the Angels midfielder was unable to break the deadlock. On the half hour mark there was a Hampton rasping shot that went past the left hand post with Henly rooted to his line.

Two minutes into the second period Wood was unable to connect with Turner's fiercely driven cross and four minutes later Craig Braham-Barrett also produced a teasing cross but once again nobody could get on the end of it. A couple of efforts from Hampton then followed and on 63 minutes a scramble in the Tonbridge area was settled by a yellow card for the hosts' no 9.  

The game continued to be evenly matched but with neither side able to inflict genuine danger. Two moments as the game entered into its final stages were the sign that any of the 391 supporters who left early were not going to miss out on a goal.  A Hampton breakaway was only stopped by a foul on the edge of the Tonbridge area but the best Hampton could do was blast the ball nearly over the stand behind the goal and on 90 minutes there was a strong appeal for a penalty after Tommy Parkinson had been fouled in the box but the referee wasn't interested.   

Afterwards, McKimm said: "We didn't come here for a draw, we came here to win the game, but nevertheless I'm very pleased with all my players in the way they stood up to a good Hampton side.  It's a point towards our target and we can now prepare for Chelmsford on Saturday which will be another tough game."                   

Published Tuesday 5th April 2022 (last updated Thursday 7th April 2022)