In a match where everyone was looking for a positive performance and a good start to the season, the Beavers went behind early and the day didn’t improve for Gary and the team as the young players had a tough introduction to the NLS.
In the second minute, Tom Jelley’s attempted clearance didn’t have enough height to clear the bar and rocketed into the top corner, for an own goal that would have been an excellent finish at the other end.
Not long after, Tom Wraight for the Clarets managed to force his way into the box and buried his shot under Laurie Walker to double the lead.
Hampton nearly had a stroke of luck midway through the half as Tyrell Miller-Rodney’s shot was tipped onto the post by keeper Carl Pentney, it ricocheted back to hit the keeper on the back and dribble past the post.
The Beavers came out better at the start of the second half with Sam Deadfield having a great chance to get one back, Pentney managing to get in the way of the attempt before it was cleared.
On 55 minutes, the Beavers conceded a penalty, and Higgins’ attempt was saved easily by Walker, and it looked like the luck was returning but immediately from the resulting corner, Wraight‘s looping header beat Walker to make it three.
Tyrone Lewthwaite got a goal back 10 minutes later but the Beavers never really looked like getting any more goals and substitute Andy Fennell’s goal for the Clarets 4th was the cherry on the cake for the home side.