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Sutton Utd Ladies
Hampton & Richmond Borough FC
Hampton & Richmond Borough FC win 1 - 2 on penalties. Sun 10 Feb 14:00 - Cup Full time

Ladies first team through to the next round in the JGMT Cup!

Sutton United 1 Hampton & Richmond Borough Ladies 1. Hampton win 2-1 on penalties

Sutton United 1 Hampton & Richmond Borough Ladies 1. Hampton win 2-1 on penalties

Hampton battled back from a goal down against table topping Sutton to take the game to penalties and progress the next round of the John Greenacre Memorial Trophy, giving the new management team, Kat Browne and Jaymie Bailey, a win in their first game in charge.

The home side were comfortable in the opening stages of the game and put Hampton under a lot of pressure. They had a lot of the ball throughout the whole of the first half, but never really created any clear openings. Other than a curling long shot that went just wide of the right post, and a shot from distance that Jenna Morris saved comfortably, they didn’t do enough to make the most of all of the possession they had. In fact, it was Hampton who had the clearest chance. Forward Bianca Underhill almost stole a goal against the run of play, when she latched onto a forward ball and almost poked it past the onrushing Sutton goalkeeper on the stretch.

Sutton did go close from a free kick on the stroke of half time. April Riley threw in a strong tackle and had appeared to win the ball but the referee blew for a foul and Sutton had a free kick from the edge of the D. The effort was a good one, but Morris sprung to her right and pushed the ball round the post, and despite all of Sutton’s possession, it was 0-0 at half time.

Hampton made a couple of tactical changes at half time to try and contain Sutton and it worked to perfection, with the home team struggling to react and find a way to play forward and get in behind Hampton. They defended strongly and forced Sutton up the pitch and away from their goal for most of the second half.

The Beavers absorbed the pressure very well, but a well timed through ball eventually unlocked their defence on 63 minutes. The striker ran through and beat Morris with a one-on-one to make it 1-0.

Having taken the lead, many would have thought Sutton would have pushed on and made the game safe, but Hampton became even more resolute and determined not to let anything else slip.

Sutton continued to have lots of the ball but not in the right areas to hurt Hampton, and they failed to create any other goal scoring opportunities. That told when Hampton captain Kate Foster flicked a ball forwards after 92 minutes and it somewhat fortuitously found its way to Bianca Underhill who had been left unmarked 30 yards out with a clear path to goal. Sutton’s centre back’s were too far apart to recover and Underhill drove towards the centre of the pitch, before sliding the ball into the net with the help of the post to make it 1-1 with just 30 seconds left on the clock.

The final whistle went and the rules in this competition meant the game went straight to penalties. Hampton had snatched an equaliser from a game where they had very few chances, and had punished Sutton for not making all of their possession count.

Into the shoot-out and April Riley, Bianca Underhill, Alanna Rudd, Kate Foster and Rosie Hilton put their names down to take Hampton’s kicks. Sutton’s keeper saved penalties from Foster and Hilton and Riley’s effort drifted over the bar, but Underhill and Alanna Rudd dispatched their spot kicks well. Sutton scored their second penalty, but also pumped one over the bar and Hampton goalie Jenna Morris guessed right to save 2 of Sutton’s kicks to mean Sutton had converted just one kick and the Beavers had a slender advantage. The score was 2-1 to Hampton going into Sutton’s fifth and final kick. Sutton’s fifth penalty taker knew she had to score to take the shoot-out to sudden death. She opted to go high and central, and Morris read it well, getting a finger tip to the effort to push the shot onto the bar to make her third save in the shoot out. That secured a victory for the Beavers and passage into the quarter final.

This was a well fought win, and although Hampton didn’t create enough to warrant a win in normal time, their strength, team work and determination to shut Sutton out meant they were always in the game and only needed one chance to get themselves back into the game. Underhill grabbed the equaliser with no time for Sutton to recover and Hampton stole the game in the penalty shoot out.

1 Jenna Morris
2 Nichola Marr
3 April Riley
17 Bells Giles
6 Rosie Hilton
16 Kate Foster (C)
12 Charlotje Shillingford Laus
8 Alanna Rudd
14 Jess Roberts
7 Becky Tansey
9 Bianca Underhill

Sub:
5 Laura Miller

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