H & R face AFC Phoenix in tough battle at Clapham Common
The Hampton Ladies’ third match-up of the season was away to London Phoenix at their ground in Clapham. e two sides’ first meeting of the 2014-2015 cycle was a hot one, and both teams moved the ball around the pitch without finding the back of the net for the majority of the first half. At 40 minutes, Hampton’s eminent striker Kate Foster was first on the scoreboard with a stunning left-footed “wonder” goal in the top corner, and the first half finished 1-0 to Hampton. In a bold move, coach Leah changed the formation from a 4-4-2 to a 3-5-2 at the break; however, Hampton’s lack of experience with the new formation showed as the London Phoenix were able to find the Hampton net and tie the game. The Phoenix scored a second goal on the rebound of a beautiful save by Emma Marlow by running the Hampton keeper into the goalpost. Things tightened up as the team moved back into their standard formation, and pressure up front from Kee-Kee Kay and the rest of the Hampton attack forced a hand-ball infraction from Phoenix in their 18-yard box at 75 minutes. Right-winger Lou Clark stepped up to the challenge and coolly placed the penalty Hampton was awarded low and right to score the final goal of the game and tie the match 2-2.
While Hampton only managed to come away with one point, there were a lot of positives in the Ladies’ third match of the season. The side has been improving match on match, with highlights such as Hampton newcomer Elsa Quinton providing a strong presence in centre midfield and Fran Acharaya some much-needed energy up front. The attitude of the whole team was encouraging and supportive in the wake of management turmoil, and Hampton is looking forward to a continued great season.
Katie Foster scores for Hampton & Richmond Borough FC
Louise Clarke scores for Hampton & Richmond Borough FC