By Maxi Grindley
An injury-hit Hampton Under 16A team overcame Harris City Academy, Crystal Palace, winning 6-1 to reach the quarter-final of the Surrey Cup.
The team took a three goal first-half lead defending the trophy they won last year, before conceding a goal just before the half-time whistle.
An early goal from Alasdair Bolling ensured the team got off to a perfect start before a fine finish from Morgan Worsfield-Gregg doubled their advantage.
Another goal from Bolling ensured Hampton were firmly in the driving seat as half-time neared.
An opposition long ball then caused a problem for the Hampton defence, giving Harris City Academy a chance to get back in the game.
But there was no respite for the opposition as Hampton scored a further three goals in the second half to ensure they ran out comfortable 6-1 winners.
Two more goals for Bolling meant Hampton were once again in the clear to progress to the next round of the cup before an excellent goal from James McMullin meant the game was over.
Hampton’s strength in depth was shown when Max Robinson, Haris Williams and James Ho were all called up for the match from the B team, and all played well.
The game was played at the 15,500 capacity National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace, and the team was suitably excited to play at such an impressive venue.