Hampton & Richmond showed there was life after Ben Wright on Saturday.
The Beavers striker,who signed for Premier League Fulham on Saturday for an undisclosed club record fee, said farewell to the Beveree faithful before kick-off of the game against Thurrock.
He then watched as his former team-mates stretch their unbeaten league run to 10 matches with a 3-1 victory to stay on the heels of Chelmsford and AFC Wimbledon. Stuart Lake had already had a stinging drive finger-tipped over the bar by Thurrock keeper Dave Blackmore, before the hosts took the lead on 12 minutes.
The goal had a large slice of good fortune attached to it, Craig Hughes sliding Graham Harper's cross from the right into his own net in his attempts to clear.
Matt Lovett's fine save from Sam Lechmere kept Hampton in front at the break, but the Thurrock man levelled six minutes after the restart with a low drive after being left too much space in the penalty area.
The visitors' joy lasted only two minutes before the Beavers retook the lead courtesy of Francis Quarm's crisply hit volley from the edge of the box.
Buoyed by his goal, Quarm twice went close to grabbing a second before Alan Devonshire's men made the points safe 15 minutes from time.
Substitute Shaun McAuley, on the pitch for less than a minute as substitute for Laurence Yaku, collected a pass from Ian Hodges before rifling a shot wide of Blackmore.