By Sam Colvine
In their penultimate game of the season, the U15C team produced a majestic display against KCS Wimbledon to emerge victors in a 9-2 win.
Despite a long hiatus between their last game and the KCS match, the U15Cs returned to the pitch with confidence, starting the game off strongly, constantly looking to break down the KCS defence from kick off.
After Billy Atkinson powered a ferocious shot onto the bar in the first few minutes, Hampton finally found the net through Mustafa Hussain. Several Hampton chances followed but, against the run of play, a long ball over the top from KCS was calmly taken down by the Hampton defender. Alas, in a mix-up with the goalkeeper, his back pass rolled into the back of the Hampton goal.
The scores were level and KCS, after hardly being in the game prior to the own goal, had a chance to push on and score another. However, Hampton showed great resilience to take the lead again when Luke Walsh curled in a smart lay-off from an indirect free kick.
This proved to be the catalyst for a flurry of Hampton goals, with Atkinson scoring twice, Mac Crawford glancing a header in and Hussain adding another to his rapidly growing goal tally after a goal-mouth scramble.
For the whole game, James Wiley had looked increasingly dangerous on the left wing, flighting creative crosses into the box and picking up numerous assists; it was from his corner that centre back, Amar Midha, scored his first goal of the season when he diverted the corner in with his knee. This goal meant that Hampton went into half time 7-1 up, looking to cement their win with a similar performance in the second half.
The U15Cs started the final half off in emphatic fashion with substitute Will Conyers picking up a brace in a matter of minutes.
Hampton went close several more times, with several shots driven past the post but they could not score another. As the match drew to a close, KCS sought out a consolation goal and found it when a looping long shot flew into the top corner of the Hampton goal.
Nonetheless, this did not detract from a superb performance from the U15Cs and they look to further this in their final game against Reading Blue Coat School.