Beavers Well Beaten
Met Police are far too good for a Hampton team that never got going
Dowse's team took a beating at Imber Court as Metropolitan Police took all three points with a convincing three goal victory that was, in all honesty, flattering on the Beavers.
Manny Sackey, Jesse Kewley-Graham and debutant Tashan Adeyinka came into the side, but the team never got going and were second best all game.
The first chance for the home side came on seven minutes, the impressive Bradley Hudson-Odoi crossing from the left, and Michael Charles powered a header narrowly over.
The first half chance for Hampton came almost twenty minutes in, when Saheed Sankoh shot tamely straight at Police 'keeper Stuart Searle. The home side dominated much of the first half, with Hudson-Odoi denied by Ronnie Worster at close range, while Elliott Taylor glanced a header wide. Charlie Collins almost got lucky with a cross from the right, as it drifted over Worster but was hacked away from the goal line.
Eight minutes before the break, Met Police took a deserved lead. Michael Charles flicked on a long ball, and Billy Jeffreys misjudged the path of the ball, allowing it to come to Hudson-Odoi. The number ten then took his time before picking his spot with a lovely curler into the far corner. Hudson-Odoi almost doubled the lead seconds later, but his shot took a looping deflection that Worster managed to catch under his crossbar. Michael Charles then controlled a Collins cross before shooting, but he was unlucky to see his shot come back off the inside of the post.
On the stroke of half time we were treated to one of the best goals of the season, as Ryan James hit a first time lob from all of forty five yards that floated over Worster and dropped into the goal to double the half time lead.
Dowse responded at the break by withdrawing George Wells and Manny Sackey, bringing on Luke Wanadio and Jerome Federico as he switched from 3-5-2 to 4-4-2. It certainly helped the performance, with Moussa Diarra glancing a header off target, while a Charlie Moone effort took a deflection and looped over. However, it didn't take long for Met Police to put the game to bed, a fine finish from Michael Charles as he connected with a Collins cross.
Ronnie Worster then took the limelight for much of the remainder of the game, saving well from Rob Bartley and Ty Smith. But his best save came after a driving run from Ryan James, diving low to tip the winger's shot round the post.
A couple of half chances fell Hampton's way, but nothing of note and a miserable evening ended with a convincing three goal defeat.
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Met Police: Stuart Searle, Elliot Taylor, Ricardo Joseph (Matt Pattison 64), Billy Crook, Jay Lovett, Rob Bartley, Charlie Collins (Reece Hall 74), Tyron Smith, Michael Charles (Jack Knight 80), Bradley Hudson-Odoi, Ryan James. Unused subs: Will Salmon, Alex Kozakis.
Hampton: Ronnie Worster, Manny Sackey (Jerome Federico 45), George Wells (Luke Wanadio 45), Justyn Roberts, Billy Jeffreys(c), Moussa Diarra, Saheed Sankoh, Tommy Brewer, Charlie Moone, Tashan Adeyinka, Jesse Kewley-Graham. Unused subs: Gareth Chendlik, Ben Osman, Jack Norton.