By Arun Crowe
After an encouraging 9-2 win in their first match of the season, the Hampton U13C team travelled across London to Forest School, to play the opponent’s B team, which proved to be quite a challenge for Hampton.
After a scrappy first fifteen minutes, Jude Lord Smith whipped a corner into a dangerous area and Forest struggled to clear it before Yuvraj Sahota capitalised and put Hampton into the lead.
The opposition, however, did not go down without a fight and they equalised shortly after. A free kick from the halfway line went all the way through the Hampton defence before going through the legs of the unfortunate goalkeeper.
Adding insult to injury, Forest School went into the lead just minutes after; a corner which was struck home clinically by the opposition.
Despite this setback, Hampton were not deterred. They pushed on with attack after attack, and eventually they got their reward. After Lord Smith’s free kick was blocked with an opposition hand, Hampton were awarded a penalty. Sahota, who had already scored in that game, stepped up to take it. With the final kick of the half, he coolly smashed it into the roof of the net to level the score.
As the second-half began, another set of substitutions were made and Hampton continued to pressure Forest, fighting for a winning goal.
Ten minutes had gone by, with neither keeper troubled. Yet, that soon changed as Joshua Chapman’s shot was blocked up into the air and Sahota smashed the ball into the bottom corner on the volley, completing his second consecutive hat trick for Hampton.
For the final fifteen minutes, Hampton held on and, courtesy of some great saves from Ed Barkus and a goal line clearance from Theo Stafferton, they managed to win their second game of the season with a scoreline of 3-2.