By Ollie Swetman
Hampton U14A footballers played their last match of the season: the County Cup Final. Our opponents for the final were Grey Court School, a team that we have had close encounters with before, and the game took place at Dorking Wanderers Stadium, Meadowbank Lane. The match began with both teams keeping possession of the ball well, which resulted in not many opportunities being created. The game opened up towards the end of the first half as players from each side were affected by the heat.
The closest Hampton came to scoring were from two long shots, by Angus H and Nick Avetoom, which narrowly went wide. After a fairly even half, the boys regathered in the changing rooms and the message was to move the ball quicker, in order to create more opportunities and wear our opponents out.
However, not long after the second half began, Hampton went behind when Grey Court’s left winger buried the ball into the bottom right corner. The boys responded instantly when Dexter Boyle slotted the ball into the net and the score was level again. Quickly after, Hampton doubled their lead from a usual occurrence throughout the season: a corner. Ollie Swetman floated the ball in, Avetoom headed it back across the face of the goal and Quinn Schutter placed it in with ten minutes to go. All Hampton had to do now was to hold on to their lead, which they did. The boys finished their season in style by winning the County Cup Final – well done!