A superb first half performance from the team was enough to see off the challenge of Wingate & Finchley at a freezing cold Beveree Stadium.
Already without Bradley Simmonds - out for at least six weeks with a fractured ankle suffered at Dulwich Hamlet - the managers were dealt a further blow before the match. Captain Billy Jeffreys suffered a recurrence of his knee injury and could now need surgery. Paul and Darren opted to slot Stuart Lake into the heart of defence, and replaced Billy with Ben Harris. This meant a change of formation to 4-3-3, and it proved very effective during the first period.
Almost immediately, Hampton asserted their dominance on the game. A third minute corner from Dave Tarpey was met by the head of Harris. His on target header was cleared from inside the six yard box, and Joe Turner volleyed the loose ball over. Tarpey and Turner brought saves out of visiting goalkeeper Bobby Smith in the first ten minutes, but Hampton weren't going to be kept out for...
Two fine first half goals were enough to get the Beavers back to winning ways tonight - and stretch our unbeaten run to eight league games.
It may not have been the performance of the season but an excellent first 45 minutes did the damage at the Beveree.
There was a blow before the game when Billy Jefferys withdrew with 20 minutes until kick-off. The management replaced the defender with a forward - Ben Harris started as Stuart Lake slotted in at the back.
Hampton went ahead against out-of-form Finchley with a quarter of a hour gone. Charlie Moone's sumptuous half-volley was his 31st goal in all competitions this season. It set the team on their way.
It was 2-0 after 33 minutes, Lake thrashing home with style after a corner wasn't cleared to double our lead.
Both side had good second-half chances, with Dave Tarpey wasting the best of them for the hosts but it didn't matter in the end as the Beavers held firm at the other end with Rodney producing two fine saves late...