By Jack Haynes
Hampton’s U12E team travelled to Sutton Grammar School for their first away match of the season.
The team pressed the home side right from the off causing mistakes from Sutton’s defence and, despite the chances they created, they could not find the back of the net.
Towards the end of the first half, Sutton’s quick striker broke through the Hampton defence, however a quick recovery from Zen Nicola kept the game on level terms.
The second half began and a good ball from Jack Mountney towards Alex Collado almost broke the deadlock but the Sutton goalkeeper stood strong.
Five minutes into the second half Sutton won a corner and as the ball went into the box the Sutton striker placed the ball past goalkeeper Harry Skeffington.
With just 15 minutes to go, Hampton needed a goal. Hampton created many chances and only the goalkeeper stood in Hampton’s way, making an excellent double save with 14 minutes left on the clock.
As the last round of subs were made, Hampton had just 10 minutes to equalise and maintain their unbeaten start to the season. After a flurry of chances the ball went out to Adam Khan on the edge of the six yard box and thudded into the post.
Hampton won the ball back up the pitch in the form of a corner. The ball went in and, after a scramble, in the penalty area the ball fell to Ben Penny who calmly slotted it home. Hampton celebrated wildly with just 2 minutes left to hold out for a draw.
A draw was the final result with Ben Penny the hero for Hampton. Overall, it was a solid performance from both sides, however on a different day Hampton could have had many more goals.