By Josh Hood
Hampton 6-1 Grey Court
The Hampton U15A team comfortably beat Grey Court School 6-1 at home, after a thorough performance, helpfully aided by a hat-trick from Hayden Christian.
Having not played together in over six months, the new Hampton U15As took to the pitch once again on Saturday morning against a strong opposition. While you might expect a lack of chemistry from an only recently reunited side that are missing a few key players, it did not show in Hampton’s opening spells. While the game was generally quite well fought and contested early on, a brilliant run by Christian, followed by a clever cut back, left an open goal for Zain Suterwalla to take advantage of.
With a one-goal advantage, the rest of the half played host to a very similar turn of events for Hampton with the general consensus being possession and territory favouring the home side. Once again, this was replicated in the score line, as a pass from Suterwalla teed up Camilo Clarke perfectly, for him to slot the ball along the ground into the far corner, and double Hampton’s lead.
While the opening 15 minutes of the second half were relatively uneventful, goals came flooding in after that, the first of which came from a Grey Court striker who pounced on a loose ball. This was then followed by an immediate response from Hampton though, as Christian turned a defender, beat another only to pull it back for Suterwalla in a goal almost identical to the first.
Equally soon after this, Ben Walker intercepted a ball in midfield, drove forward and played Christian in, who clinically finished the chance to open his account for the season. At this point, the U15As began to dominate with extremely one-sided possession and territory statistics.
And so, yet again, this style paid off for the home side as a wonderful run from Paddy Harvey ended in a great cross and a goal from Christian. Once again, to mirror a previous goal however, Harvey, only minutes later, beat another player and set it back for Christian who grabbed his third and bagged his first hat-trick of the year.
While it was only a friendly, the resounding win that came for the U15As in their opening game is not doubt encouraging for future matches and exciting for the players, parents and manager for the rest of the season.