Tag: Hampton & Richmond Borough

Hayes & Yeading United – The Comeback Kings

Five minutes into the second half of their Blue Square South play-off semi-final at home to Eastleigh, one could have forgiven Hayes & Yeading United supporters for feeling as if they should cut their losses and just go home. Already three down by half-time, a James Mulley own goal had made it 4-0 to Eastleigh, but even the most optimistic of their supporters would have been unlikely to have been able to predict what happened next. Hayes managed to pull two goals back in the first leg, before travelling to Hampshire and winning the second leg 4-0 to send themselves through to the final of the Blue Square South play-offs, where they would go on to play Hampton & Richmond Borough, who had beaten the pre-season promotion favourites Chelmsford City in their semi-final, at Hampton’s Beveree. A crowd of over 3,000 packed into Beveree for the final, and Hayes took an early lead after Dale Binns crossed for Scott Fitzgerald to score from close range. The rest of the first half passed largely without incident, but the second half more than compensated for this. Four minutes, Shaun McAuley levelled for Hampton and, with twenty minutes left to play, disaster struck for Hayes. Their goalkeeper Delroy Preddie had successfully claimed a cross and wandered out to the edge of his own penalty area. He put the ball down to clear...

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AFC Wimbledon – Almost, But Not Quite

I always knew that it would come to this. Way back last summer, when the Blue Square South fixtures were released, AFC Wimbledon vs St Albans City on the last day of the Blue Square South season stood out like the thumb of a cartoon character that had been walloped with a mallet. Over the last couple of weeks, the path to Wimbledon’s accession to the Blue Square South championship has ranged from the bizarre to the ridiculous, yet they go into tomorrow’s match with only a mathematical chance of losing out on the title. A draw will be enough to put matters beyond doubt. Should they lose, second placed Hampton & Richmond Borough will need to make up an improbable thirteen goals in order to snatch what would be, should it by any chance come to pass, the most unlikely league championship win of all time. Two weeks ago today, on Good Friday, we were at their home league match against Basingstoke Town. The tension crackled in the air as Wimbledon won by a single goal, but the fun and games were only just starting. On Easter Monday they travelled to Bromley for a local derby match. Win two minutes left to play Wimbledon were leading 2-1 when they were forced to put the ball out of play because of an injury to defender Jay Conroy. Bromley’s Ryan...

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