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Hockey: Hampton-in-Arden Men's 1s 3 Northampton Saints 1s 1

Hampton return to winning ways with victory over Saints.

Hampton-in-Arden Mens 1s beat Northampton Saints in their first home Midlands Premier League game of the season. After a disappointing start to the campaign the previous week, which saw them lose 3-0 away to North Stafford, Hampton started the game with great intensity and controlled aggression, which led to an early Alex Grafton goal. Despite the early dominance, it didn’t take long for Saints to respond, tapping in at the far post after getting behind the Hampton midfield.

As the match wore on, Hampton grew in confidence and Phil Wreford hit a brilliant reverse stick shot into the far corner. Alex Grafton rounded off the victory with another breakaway goal, giving Hampton a deserved and important three points.

On Sunday Hampton men’s 1st team faced Berkswell and Balsall Common in the first round of the England Hockey national cup. The team had many weary legs after Saturday’s exploits, but they still found the grit and determination to earn a 5-2 win. Dafydd Bowles (2), Jas Ghata-Aura (1) and Warrick Laverick (2) got their names on the scoresheet to earn their team a second round fixture against last season’s National Premier League Champions Beeston.

Hampton-in-Arden Ladies 1s 4 Warwick Ladies’ 2s 0

Hampton-in-Arden ladies’ 1st team made it two from two as they collected their second win of the season. The Hampton side started with confidence and were finally rewarded when Kat Vaughan tapped home under a flailing goalkeeper with 20 minutes gone. The goal calmed Hampton who soon doubled their tally, with Brittany Osborne smashing home a short corner strike.

The second half followed in a similar vein, but Hampton always looked in control, with player-of-the-match Emily White causing havoc wherever she played on the pitch. Again, Hampton went through a period where they just couldn’t find the goal, but with their defence coolly dealing with anything that was thrown at them, it felt only a matter of time before another goal would come. Hampton’s determination was rewarded midway through the second half when Kate Edmonds’ reverse-stick shot squeezed under the keeper’s foot and White got her just reward, slotting home effortlessly after a one-on-one with the keeper.

 

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