Hampton U18’s earn a dramatic point against Potters U18
By Prakash Soni
Hampton & Richmond Borough drew 3-3 against Potters Bar Town. A game filled with drama and quick succession goals was a great boost to Hampton’s season.
By Luke Hulatt
The first chance of the game fell to Hampton’s Joe Wotton. Potters goalkeeper, Mackenzie Taylor kicked the ball back into Wotton’s path. With an empty net in front of him, Potters defender, William McLennagham made a crucial tackle to stop the hosts.
A burst of power and skill from Johan Sarpong allows for a shot of goal. His shot to the top right-hand corner went inches high.
Hampton scored two goals in quick succession to go 2-0 up. Dylan Randall connected to Serge Lutumba in the box. A quick move allowed him to find some space. A left-footed shot found the bottom right-hand corner. Five minutes later, Wotton made it two. Benjamin Gyan skipped his defender with a nice skill, allowing himself to find Wotton who placed it in the bottom right-hand corner from just outside the box.
Potters came back into the game immediately, scoring a minute after Hampton. Michael Oamen was played through on goal following a ball over the top. His initial shot was blocked by Dominic Bombourg, however, the chance fell back to him and he took it with a neat finish.
Bombourg received a yellow card following a challenge on Oamen. Bombourg rushed out of his goal to stop Oamen, tackling him outside the box.
Randall hit the post before the 30-minute mark. Randall found himself in space and took his chance from 25 yards out.
Jake D’souza tracked back well following a quick break from Potters stopping the attack.
Bombourg made a great save after a mistake allowed Sarpong in on goal.
At the break, it was 2-1. An exciting game so far with numerous chances.
Early in the second half, Potters changed their kit from burgundy to bright yellow. An unusual occurrence. With a benefit being in Potters favour, they didn't have any kit number to identify themselves, so calling out tactics would be tough for Hampton.
Two substitutes were made with Lutumba and Gyan coming off for Mathew Patterson and Charlie Collins.
Potters manager was sent off by the referee.
In the 75th minute, Hampton made another substitute with Wotton coming off for Vijay Seenath.
Following this change, Potters brought the game back to 2-2. Sarpong scored, following a through ball to him inside the box. A nice shot placed into the right-hand corner.
Potters take the lead just after the 80th minute. Sarpong with shows great skill and balance to get around the Hampton defenders. His initial shot was saved by Bombourg, however, the ball fell into the path of Caoilan McGehigan who slotted Potters into the lead.
An immediate repose from Hampton saw them equalise. Substitute Collins played in Randall who chipped the keeper who was coming to collect the ball.
Late drama saw Potters nearly take the three points. Oliver Reegan’s shot from 20 yards out was pushed up against the crossbar.
The full-time result, 3-3. A dramatic and fair result in the end. With both teams having numerous chances. A turn around from Mondays defeat to CB Hounslow. We spoke with Goalscorer, Joe Wotton about the game. He said: “In recent weeks we've crumbled when we've gone down, so we've shown good character.” On his goal, he said: “A good finish, I done well to get the shot off early” Hamptons next game is at home against Aldershot Town.