Hampton before dark…

Isthmian League, Premier Division – Hampton & Richmond Borough FC v Margate FC
Saturday, 1st December 2012, 3pm
Beveree Stadium
Distance 4 miles, Attendance 339
121201 Hmapton&Richmond v Margate (4)      121201 Hmapton&Richmond v Margate (8)      121201 Hmapton&Richmond v Margate (12)      121201 Hmapton&Richmond v Margate (17)      121201 Hmapton&Richmond v Margate (24)
Before the whistle starts the game, our entrance paid, the mood is tame. Wrapped warm to face a crisp cold day, with hats and scarves that have no grey.
The Beavers home is quite a gem, prime real estate beside the Thames. The bar is filled with smiles and beer, where all can mix despite their gear.
Outside there’s time, for friends to catch some friendly words, before the match. And when the action starts for real, our eyes are trained with blinkered zeal.
The forty-five is tough on Harper; Gate score one and look much sharper. Behind the goal a shark is waved by chanting boys, not cleanly shaved.
Half-time sees the Kiwis thrashed; to cheers and smirks their record’s crashed. Then back outside once drinks are necked, for Holloway to gain respect.
A single strike gives guests the booty, the day’s been good but not a beauty. My camera now tucked safe away; the sun sets low on Hampton’s day.

121201 Hmapton&Richmond v Margate (5)       121201 Hmapton&Richmond v Margate (27)

121201 Hmapton&Richmond v Margate (15)       121201 Hmapton&Richmond v Margate (19)

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