A Bradley Dologhan double consigned the Beavers to defeat on Easter Monday as they play-off race grows tighter with just five games to go.

In a highly competitive game, it was the Worthing Striker who made the difference either side of the break to ensure it was just one point from a possible six over the Bank-Holiday for Mel Gwinnett's side.

Both teams were clearly going for the win and both produced early chances. Alex Gibson-Hammond cut inside off the left and slotted through Mason Bloomfield, who was just squeezed off the ball before he could unleash a shot. At the other end, Jack Spong received the ball on the edge of the box before shooting his effort high and wide.

The deadlock was broken just after the 20 minute mark, when the Beavers were caught in possession outside their own 18-yard box. The ball was eventually pulled back to Bradley Dologhan, who promptly dispatched past Adam Desbois to give the hosts the lead.

The overall feeling at half-time suggested that the game was very much still in the balance, with the Beavers pressing well from the front.

Early in the second-half, one of the Worthing coaches was dismissed for time-wasting. The referee brandishing a straight red card after delaying the taking of a throw-in.

The second 45 slowly became a frustrating affair for the Beavers as the game began to slow and Hampton & Richmond attackers were caught offside on numerous occasions. With 15 minutes to go, Dolaghan secured his double after a well worked attack down the right-hand side. The result did not take the Beavers out of the play-offs, but a strong end to the season will be needed.

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