By Lucas Hermann Sosa
Hampton’s U14B footballers triumphed over Chigwell U14A team in a well contested 5-1 victory.
Chigwell took the lead within seconds of the start of the game, after a back pass eluded Hampton shot-stopper Will Brown and rolled into the net.
But after battling tirelessly, Hampton were rewarded with a goal after a perfectly timed ball cut through the opposition defence and set up goal scorer Felix Van Der Geest.
Then minutes before half-time, Zachary Omar won the home side a penalty after chasing a through ball and being tripped. Alpha Barry passed the ball into the bottom left corner, leaving Chigwell’s goalkeeper motionless.
Both teams knew they had to work hard in the second half in order to achieve a positive result.
Hampton had the perfect start as Ben Walker volleyed the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the box after the ball came bouncing out from a corner.
Hampton added a fourth goal to their tally as Saganan Thuraisingham placed the ball into the bottom corner following a brilliant run from the left.
The home side were eager to score more goals, and battled their way through the Chigwell defence but couldn’t manage to gain a reward for their labours.
The final goal of the match favoured Hampton as it involved a touch of fortune as a curling shot bounced off Barry’s face and wrong-footed the keeper.
After the match, team captain Camilo Clarke said “We didn’t let the opposition goal affect us, but kept our heads high and professionally won the match.”
Hampton’s next game is against Goff’s School in the third round of ESFA.