By Maxi Grindley
Hampton’s U16A team were knocked out of the Surrey Cup at the quarter-final stage after losing 1-0 to a well-organised Richard Challoner School team.
A problem with the original designated pitch meant the match was moved to a smaller pitch at Richard Challoner’s ground. This was a challenge for both teams as goal-kicks were able to travel the length of the field.
The first half saw both teams getting used to the strange circumstances before they adapted and started creating chances in the second half.
The ball was barely on the floor in the first half as both sides reacted to the small pitch and lack of time or space, by playing long shots at most opportunities. The Hampton back four dealt with the long balls and crosses well, although there were few chances for the forwards due to Richard Challoner’s well-drilled defence.
The tight affair continued in the second half with both sides scrapping for the ball. Richard Challoner were beginning to turn the pressure into chances, largely from set-pieces.
The first goal of the match came from a Challoner long-throw, where they were able to head the ball in.
With little time left, Hampton rallied, and a great cross from Albert Cloud nearly resulted in an equaliser, but ultimately it was not to be.