St Albans City downed by rampant Hampton
PUBLISHED: 10:34 05 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:35 05 September 2016
Hampton & Richmond Borough continued their scintillating start to the season with a confident 4-2 victory over St Albans City.
St Albans City 2 Hampton & Richmond Borough 4
Jay Gasson nicks the ball of Junior Morias who was charging towards the penalty area. Picture: LEIGH PAGE
Nathan Collier blast the ball towards the Saints goal. Picture: LEIGH PAGE
David Noble in action against Hampton & Richmond Borough. Picture: LEIGH PAGE
Michael Kamara seals all the points for Hampton. Picture: LEIGH PAGE
Shaun Lucien heads the ball. Picture: LEIGH PAGE
Tom Bender challenging for the ball. Picture: LEIGH PAGE
Junior Morias blasts the ball towards goal that is finely saved by Aaron Howe. Picture: LEIGH PAGE
Shaun Lucien celebrates bring the game level at 1-1. Picture: LEIGH PAGE
Shaun Lucien slots home the Saints first game of the afternoon to bring the scores level. Picture: LEIGH PAGE
Junior Morias cleverly squares the ball across the area to Shaun Lucien who converts. Picture: LEIGH PAGE
Shaun Lucien celebrates bringing the game level at 1-1. Picture: LEIGH PAGE
The Hampton defence holds strong. Picture: LEIGH PAGE
Shaun Lucien chases after the ball. Picture: LEIGH PAGE
Louie Theophanous in action against Hampton & Richmond Borough. Picture: LEIGH PAGE
Shaun Lucien slots home Saints' first goal of the afternoon. Picture: LEIGH PAGE
Les Ferdinand was at Clarence Park. Picture: LEIGH PAGE
Shaun Lucien celebrates his first-half equaliser. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Lee Chappell goes down under a tackle. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Lee Chappell goes down under pressure. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Former QPR, Newcastle, Tottenham and England striker Les Ferdinand. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Former Arsenal, Leicester and England striker Alan Smith. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Ben Martin sends a header goalwards. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Louie Theophanous brings a high ball under control. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Louie Theophanous challenges for possession. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
David Noble made his St Albans City debut against Hampton & Richmond. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Louie Theophanous shoots. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Louie Theophanous has to shield the ball from the Hampton defence. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Harold Odometey is shown a red card for a foul on Junior Morias. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Tom Bender drives St Albans City forward in the rain. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Junior Morias has a shot at goal. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Josh Hill and Ben Martin are beaten to the ball against Hampton. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Dipo Akinyemi takes on the Hampton defence. Picture: BOB WALKLEY
Saturday afternoon was Non-League Day across the country and a crowd of 1,008 descended upon City’s Clarence Park to support the initiative alongside Prostate Cancer UK, a partner charity.
The home side started brightly with Junior Morias having an effort blocked on the line by a Hampton defender before goalkeeper Aaron Howe did well to tip a Tom Bender header over the bar with quarter of an hour gone.
However, the division’s top scorers soon found a footing in the game and took the lead just before the half hour mark. Hampton’s Brendan Kiernan played a defence splitting pass through to Nicke Kabamba who confidently powered into the area before finishing at the near post.
That goal looked to knock the home side’s confidence, but just four minutes later they were level.
Junior Morias picked the ball up on the left of the area and ran towards the byline before crossing low and into the path of Shaun Lucien, who with one touch powered the ball home.
The game by this point had already become stretched with neither defence looking confident, and the Beavers took full advantage of City’s defensive frailties with two goals before half-time.
Jamal Lowe, who looked dangerous throughout, played a ball into the box which St Albans struggled to clear, and Kabamaba wasted no time in punishing the home side as he swept the ball home.
Lowe then turned goal scorer five minutes later with the best of the afternoon. The wide-man picked up the ball inside the St Albans half and easily beat full-back Ben Herd before cutting inside and finding the far corner with a perfectly placed effort against his former club.
It was a brilliant fifteen minutes for the away side, who took full advantage as City’s head drops and the confidence which has been present in their last four games quickly ebbed away.
City manager Ian Allinson looked to change things at half time as he introduced former Exexter City man David Noble for his debut.
But despite the changes, Allinson’s side struggled to find a way back into the game, and Hampton looked to have the three points sealed up just past the hour mark when the unmarked Michael Kamara headed Lowe’s cross past the stranded James Russell in the City goal.
However, St Albans again responded and scored just a few minutes later.
A hopeful long-ball was played into Theophanous, who had looked to be coming from an offside position, but with no flag from the assistant on the near side the forward controlled the ball before finding the bottom corner from 20 yards out with an effort which Howe will have been disappointed to concede.
The game looked like it could be turned on its head in the 74th minute when Harold Odometey was shown a straight red card for a foul on Morias.
Despite their man advantage St Albans struggled to find a way through a Hampton side which was determined to keep hold of their two goal lead, and the final 15 minutes was played out in relative calm as the visitor’s resisted City’s attempts to get themselves back into the contest.
The Saints will be looking to return to winning ways tomorrow evening (Tuesday) when Poole Town visit Clarence Park for a 7.45pm kick-off.