IT was a case of what should have been rather than what could have been for Hampton, who once again succumbed to the unwanted habit of losing games despite putting in a display worthy of the 3 points.
The home side looked comfortable in an evenly matched first half and went ahead thanks to a well-placed drag flick into the net by captain Scott Powell.
After creating a handful of decent chances, Hampton counted themselves unfortunate not to have doubled their lead, and inevitably were made to regret these missed opportunities when a brace of goals just before half time swung the match towards the plucky visitors.
First a ball across the circle was cruelly deflected by Oliver Manning into his own goal and then a sublime top-corner reverse stick finish left Simon Vanston-Rumney bamboozled in the Hampton net seconds before the half time whistle.
Hampton came out with the intention of making their attacking play pay off but perhaps were let down by their inability to really put pressure on their opponents.
Coalville broke on a couple of occasions to increase their lead to 4-1 before Hampton replied with a goal of their own when Matthew Hall picked up the rebound from Rhys Doherty’s saved reverse stick shot and slotted into the bottom corner for his first of the season.
The comeback was nipped in the bud when Hampton’s ambitious attacking tactical change was exploited by the away side and a fifth goal completed the scoring.
A spirited second half performance riddled with mistakes from the tiring home side ultimately lead to defeat, but the future looks brighter with the promise of returning players bolstering the ranks.