H+RB Ladies beaten against strong Denham side in Capital One Cup
Hampton Ladies beaten by Denham United in tough, hard fought battle with character shown by all players.
Sunday saw the ladies team travel to Denham for the 2nd time this season, this time to face the 'Reserve' team in the Capital One Cup. With Hampton suffering a lot of injuries in recent weeks they went with only 12 players including a couple of injured player being forced to take one for the team. The game started well with Hampton pressing the ball into the Denham half of the pitch. The majority of the first half was played in the middle of the park both teams struggled with the strong wind playing apart in any long balls being played. Denham broke the deadlock just before half time seeing Hampton go 1-0 down into the half time break.
Manager Leah Ambridge changed the formation at half time putting Lou Clarke up front to try and capitalise on the midfield playing a higher line. Having 5 in the Hampton midfield line allowed Lisa Traynor and Kerry Celino to push forward up the pitch and try and play the ball into Lou Clarke. Mid way through the 2nd half Lisa managed to get past the Denham left back to cross a ball into Lou Clarke who hit the ball first time forcing the Denham keeper into a very good save. Neither team dominated the 2nd half with Hampton looking to get the equaliser and Denham continuing to press for their second. As per normal the Hampton back four were rock solid with Lou H, Emily Hogg, Allie Simmonds and Kim Duffin holding a very strong line, any shots that Denham were allowed to get off were matched by Emma in goal making a few saves to keep Hampton's hopes up.
Hampton battled until the final whistle showing that they were proud to wear that Hampton badge but on this occasion were not strong enough to make that decisive finish to level the game. Leah was pleased with the team's performance against a strong Denham side who may have played first team players to strengthen the team, but Hampton showed a lot of strength and team play to ensure the result was not the most important thing to take from the game. Hampton can now focus on the league and 2 league cups but Leah is happy that the team showed a lot of potential and we can become a stronger team despite this result.
Player of the Match: Leah was unable to decide who would get this player of the match as the entire team battled to the final whistle.
Starting 11: Emma Marlow, Louise Harris, Allie Simmonds, Emily Hogg, Kim Duffin, Fran Acharya, Hayley Lyon, Kerry Celino, Lisa Traynor, Louise Clarke, Kee-Kee Kobus
Sub: Carla Loosley