Despite the euphoria of their Middlesex Senior Cup win on Saturday Charlie Moone admits Hampton’s end of term report reads room for improvement.
A Dave Tarpey double and a screamer from Tom Hickey saw Beavers beat Wealdstone 3-2, making Hampton the only club this season to inflict two defeats on the Ryman League Champions.
The nature of their wins over the Stones suggests they should have done better than their 12 place finish in the Ryman League standings.
Moone does not disagree they have fallen a little short, but claims days like Saturday show they are a team improving under Paul Barry and Darren Powell.
He said: “I think we feel like we have underachieved in some ways, but we are definitely building and if we are beating teams like Wealdstone we see that as progress.
“It does not happen overnight. We have put together a team this year which is capable of beating the top teams, but beating them week in and week out and doing it consistently is a bit different to just winning games.
“Paul and Darren are doing great things in terms of making us stable at the club and we are definitely moving in the right direction.”
The Ryman League’s leading scorer with 40 goals was left to admire the strikes of others on this occasion as Tarpey and Hickey stole the limelight on a great day for the Beavers.
However, Moone admitted his side had to show plenty of pluck to recover from a nightmare start which could have seen them conceded in the first 20 seconds.
They were behind in four minutes and could have been well in arrears before Tarpey’s free-kick set them en route to cup glory.
He added: “It is a great way to end the season.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game because Wealdstone won our league quite easily, but once you are in a final you want to win it and this was a great result.
“It is important to start well and everything about the kick-off says we did not do that and as a result they nearly scored straight away.
“They actually scored soon afterwards, so we had to sort ourselves out and showed great character as we have at times throughout the season.
“They were amazing goals and all three of them served to win a game. There was Tarps’ free-kick and then his hit into the top corner and Tom’s goal is hit so sweetly it is passed the keeper before he has had a chance to move really.”