By Joseph Gordon
It had been more than a year since the U14C team had played, but, in their first game back, they were dominant at home to Wilson’s School.
New players had recently come into an already strong squad, and many experienced players also moved to the C team.
At first, it was uncertain how the team would bond, but after just 10 minutes, it was clear that there was chemistry in the team.
Attacking-midfielder Ed Massey opened the scoring on his debut, which was the perfect start for both him, and the team.
Shortly after, Henry Jackson ran down the flank, and performed a picture-perfect cross into the opposition’s box, with Jayden Oni capitalising on the golden opportunity.
Then the referee blew the half time whistle, with not many challenges for Hampton’s rock solid defense, and a lot to be proud of from the players.
In the second half, Wilson’s played more attacking football, with some fantastic tackles from full-back Ben Wallace. The centre-back partnership of Sammy Jeffrey and Connor Hendricks was a huge game changer for Hampton, as they supplied faultless passes and produced incredible dribbles.
After resisting an attack, Hampton countered and Henry Jackson slotted the third goal of the game.
Hampton sat back afterwards, with offsides protecting their three goal advantage. Hampton conceded a corner, which did not look threatening until a deflected clearance brought the ball back into the box, and, from close range, a Wilson’s player hit the ball into the top corner, leaving goalkeeper Joseph Gordon helpless.
Hampton kept their head up high after they conceded, with Noel Yonas bagging a brace in the closing minutes of the game.
Hampton will leave the match with positivity, and the future of the team looks promising.