By Josh Hood
Having accumulated some excellent results in previous weeks, the U14As were unlucky to be held to a 0-0 draw in the weekend’s fixture against Alleyn’s.
Fresh off the back of a winning streak, Hampton were looking to increase their run of success by coming up against one of the best teams in the country – Alleyn’s School – in what was to be an extremely entertaining and dramatic affair.
The 2019 ISFA Finalists got off to a good start with a series of intelligent pressing moves that proved effective in the early stages. But as the game progressed Hampton’s typically creative passing and moving took its toll on the game as the majority of the possession began to fall into the hands of the away side.
But despite this increased quality neither side scored before halftime. This was due to the brilliant shot stopping abilities of Conrad Knight in goal, and equally to some good last-ditch defending from the opposition.
The second half brought much of the same in the way of promising chances and exciting play as the various Hampton subs who came on inspired and influenced some more good moves.
But after a few more battles, the match came to an end and although there was a slight sense of disappointment in the air, overall, everyone was pleased with the result and equally proud of the committed performance.
After the game, Mr Bolton described how “It would have been nice to get a win but all in all, I can’t fault the boys’ effort. They strung some lovely bits of play together and deservedly earned a draw against a very strong Alleyn’s side.”
Although the contest was only a friendly, it certainly meant a lot in the way of the U14As getting yet another result under their belt for the upcoming vital cup and league games.