Another below-par display saw Lewes fall to their fifth consecutive defeat, against a Hampton side who had lost their opening five games of the season reports Tom Harper.
Both sides understandably made nervy starts to the game after struggling to find form so far this campaign, with defences on top during the opening stages.
Hampton had the first real opportunity of the game, as Charlie Moone was denied by a fine last-ditch challenge from Ollie Rowe when clear through on goal. The Rooks came into the game more as the half progressed though, with Nick Wheeler causing Hampton right-back Ben Osman plenty of problems.
Unsurprisingly, Wheeler was involved in Lewes’ best move of the half which saw Luke Blewden send an effort from inside the area just wide after latching onto a pass from Wheeler following a quick counter-attack.
The hosts finished the half on the front foot however, as George Wells forced Rikki Banks into a smart save with a mis-hit free-kick from in front of the away dug-out, before Banks superbly denied Moone from point-blank range after a low right-wing cross from Luke Wanadio.
Having finished the first half strongly, Hampton were handed an excellent opportunity to go ahead within two minutes of the restart after Wheeler was adjudged to have blocked a Wanadio cross with his arm in the penalty area. Despite guessing the right way, Banks was unable to keep out Moone’s accurate spot-kick and the Rooks conceded the first goal for the sixth consecutive game.
Just four minutes later, the hosts doubled their lead. Wells was the scorer, heading a Wanadio cross into the roof of the net at the far post. It took the Lewes players a few minutes to regain their composure after conceding twice in quick succession, but they were able to find a route back into the game just before the hour.
Ollie Rowe was the unlikely scorer for the Rooks, finishing past the previously untroubled Jack Norton in the Hampton goal from close range after a cross from Wheeler had been deflected into the danger area.
Lewes were handed another boost with 22 minutes remaining, as Osman was deservedly shown a second yellow card for the hosts after fouling Terry Dodd in the centre-circle, leaving the Rooks with plenty of time to try and make their numerical advantage count.
Within minutes, Lewes had created their best chance of the game, as a cut-back from the right by substitute Nathan Crabb was somehow put over the crossbar and the stand behind the goal by Dodd from just a few yards out.
If the travelling Rooks fans thought that it wasn’t going to be their day, this view was confirmed moments later when Elliott Romain saw a close-range header harshly disallowed for what referee Rob Smith deemed to be a foul on Norton.
The hosts saw out the remaining stages comfortably and even came close to adding to their lead during injury-time, as substitute Paris Mason saw a close-range effort kept out by Banks at his near post.
Lewes were able to force a few set-pieces during the last couple of minutes of stoppage-time, one coming after an altercation between Romain and Wells which ended with two players from each side being cautioned as the referee briefly lost control of the game.
However, the Rooks were unable to fashion another goal-scoring opportunity and deservedly fell to their fifth consecutive league defeat.
Next up for Lewes is a home game against Grays Athletic on Wednesday, kick-off at 7.45pm.
Hampton & Richmond Borough: Norton, Osman, Wells, Brewer, Jeffreys, Roberts, Wanadio, Carder, Chendlik (Kewley-Graham 69), Moone (Mason 90), Dunn (Federico 73).
Unused Subs: Bryan, Ibrahim.
Booked: Wells, Brewer.
Sent off: Osman.
Lewes: Banks, Brinkhurst, Cole, Rowe, Austin, Branford (Logan 75), Wheeler, Dixon, Dodd, Blewden (Romain 66), Fergany (Crabb 52).
Unused Subs: Napper, Sanderson.
Booked: Austin, Wheeler, Dixon, Romain.
Referee: Andrew Parker