By Alasdair McIntosh
Hampton’s U14C team continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-0 home win over Alleyn’s School.
During the first ten minutes of the game, both teams made promising starts to what at first seemed to be a fairly even game. Wingers, Henry Jackson and Jayden Oni, continuously put balls into the box, however, they were never able to find a yellow shirt.
It wasn’t until substitute Noel Yonas was brought on, that Hampton got their first goal. The ball came to his feet, just beyond the edge of the box, he took the opportunity and drove it into the bottom left corner
Soon after, Hampton hit the back of the net again. After a clever piece of play, originating from the left side of Hampton’s half, the ball found its way to Yonas inside the penalty box once again. With clever footwork, Yonas manoeuvred his way into a position where he was able to calmly slot the ball into the back of the net.
Although they were yet to score, Alleyn’s kept challenging the Hampton defence however, their attacks were halted by centre-backs Karun Bhalla and Connor Hendricks.
By the time the half time whistle blew, Hampton were leading Alleyn’s by two goal, with more goals looking likely.
The first part of the second half lacked goals even with shots being fired from many members of the Hampton side.
The final goal of the match came from Gabriel Kelly. The ball was crossed into the box and Kelly found himself in a great position to shoot. He struck the ball at the underside of the cross bar and it fortunately rebounded over the goal line.
As the end of the game neared, opportunities for both sides began to dwindle. Hampton left the pitch with confidence and hoping that in their next fixture, they would be able to carry forward this strong performance.