BY EDUARDO TANSLEY
Connor Kurran-Browne’s sensational late strike completed Hampton and Richmond’s comeback to secure an important 2-1 win at bottom of the league Havant.
Havant went ahead early through a James Roberts penalty, tucked into the bottom left corner, given after an apparent trip on Muhammadu Faal. Ruaridh Donaldson levelled the scoring, before coming off injured prior to half time and then substitute Kurran-Browne provided the winner in the 80th minute.
Luis Fernandez prevented an early shock, clearing the ball off the line, after a dangerous Havant attack in just the third minute of the game.
Six minutes later, Havant persisted as Faal had room to operate on the right wing, attempting a chop inside, before being tripped and a penalty awarded.
James Roberts, heavily involved throughout in Havant’s wing-play, scored the penalty with a side-footed strike towards the bottom left corner in minute ten.
Donaldson had his first big chance soon after when Gray popped it through a Havant player’s legs before sending Donaldson one-on one, but it was hit into the keeper.
Beavers breakthrough then came after a lofted delivery from Isaac Pitblado found the head of Donaldson, who glanced the ball into the back of the net.
Donaldson had to be replaced in the 32nd minute after receiving some on-field treatment, with Mason Bloomfield replacing the goal-scorer.
Faal looked to threaten again for Havant in the second half, crashing one against the crossbar and drawing a strong save from Adam Debois down to his left.
The winner came as the ball bounced around in the Havant box. Before you knew it, a sweet connection had been made with the boot of Kurran-Browne, securing three points for Hampton and Richmond.
The next game for Hampton and Richmond will see Dartford visit Beaver Close for a 15:00 kick off October 14th.