By Josh Hood
On a cold Saturday morning the U14A football team efficiently saw off Wimbledon College 3-1 thanks to a brace from Jamie Wilson.
With a high tempo from the off, lots of opportunities came Hampton’s way as they promptly created numerous chances and immediately recovered when they broke down.
However, the score was locked at 0-0 until the later stages of the first half, when Wilson skipped past a Wimbledon defender before smashing the ball into the back of the net to the keeper’s left.
Then to increase the lead, Hayden Christian linked up well with Zain Suterwalla before using his blistering pace on the wing and cutting the ball back for Suterwalla to win a penalty off the flailing hand of a Wimbledon College defender.
Wilson stepped up calmly to double his goal tally, opening up his body and sending the keeper the wrong way.
Next, virtually directly from kick-off, Zac Cacheux played a ball down to Suterwalla who beat his man, drove into the box and was brought down.
For the second penalty of the game, Suterwalla stepped up and struck the ball mid-height to the left side of the goal only to see his shot saved by the diving keeper.
Quick off the mark however, he ran in for the follow up and powered a volley into the opposite corner to make it 3-0.
In the second half, Hampton sat back to soak up pressure. A few more opportunities came but they weren’t converted.
Then, in the last few minutes, a Wimbledon College attacker took the ball through the Hampton defence and finished high into the roof of the net at the near post.
Apart from the surrender of a clean sheet in the final moments, the match held out real promise for the upcoming ESFA Round of 32 game.