By Josh Hood
The Hampton U14A team were back at it again on Thursday as they convincingly beat Riddlesdown School 2-0, putting in a solid performance to progress in the Surrey Cup.
Having arrived, warmed up and stepped on to the pitch, it immediately became clear to Hampton that the next 70 minutes were not going to be easy due to the opposition’s seemingly relentless attitude in the pressure that they applied and the sheer competition that came with every ball.
However, within a few minutes, the slightly calmer, more ground-based football began to take action as the home side began to showcase the range of their passing abilities that had already been seen on numerous occasions throughout the season. Until the half-time whistle, play was largely uneventful in the way of exceptions to this well organised style of football in spite of some good saves at either end.
After a seemingly repetitive yet well constructed first 10 minutes of the second half, excitement started to creep in as more chances began to develop. Soon enough, due to some great tracking down and work rate, Chibby Nwoko dribbled around the keeper before passing the ball into an open net.
From then on, with one team chasing for an equaliser and the other stringing together some lovely bits of play, more chances became almost inevitable. With some excellent battling at the back and in midfield for Hampton, the ball once again fell to Nwoko who took a touch, played an inch-perfect ball through to Paddy Harvey who then slotted the ball home at the near post to add to his ever increasing goal tally this year.
With two goals, a clean sheet and a 4th round to look forward to, it was a good day for the U14A team who will be looking to win once again against the 2018 ESFA Finalists – Carshalton Boys – in the next round.