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Scoreline belies tough fight by Hampton side

Hampton-in-Arden 2

Hampton-in-Arden 2

Sutton Coldfield 7

Hampton conceded seven goals for the third consecutive week – but the score line was an unfair reflection on a match which was closely contested for the majority of the 70 minutes.

A much improved first half display from Hampton saw them take the lead within five minutes through Alex Grafton.

But Hampton were unable to extend their lead and the visitors struck as the hosts pressed to extend their advantage.

After scoring two more before half time, things got worse for the home side after the break with Sutton scoring a scrappy fourth.

A comeback seemed possible when Grafton scored his second of the game when he neatly converted a penalty corner.

But, despite being reduced to ten men after a cynical foul on centre back Dave Hogg, Sutton hammered in an instant reply within two minutes of the restart. Adey Baker, Millest and Rhys Doherty all missed chances before 5-2 became 6-2 when the visitors converted a penalty corner.

With less than five minutes remaining, Hampton’s Simon Gilbert was sent off for a late challenge and Sutton compounded Hampton’s misery with a seventh goal.

Hampton take on undefeated Barton next week in search of their second win of the season.

Bromsgrove 11

Yardley 0

Yardley’s wayward form continued, resulting in this heavy defeat.

Facing one of the favourites for promotion, Yardley made a promising start and it was somewhat against the run of play that Bromsgrove took the lead.

Yardley were somewhat aggrieved when a short corner goal was disallowed and a claim for a penalty flick was not awarded.

This knocked Yardley off their stride and Bromsgrove took advantage to score three more before half time.

After half time, it was all one way traffic as Bromsgrove’s quicker, fitter and better organised side took complete control to gain an emphatic win.

Market Drayton 1

Old Silhillians 2

Old Silhillians made it seven wins from seven on Saturday with a well deserved 2-1 away win over second in the table Market Drayton to go six points clear at the top.

A typical Sils attack led to a penalty corner which Jamie Glynn dispatched with typical aplomb to put the away side one up.

The second half was much the same – the Sils having much the better of the game.

Sils doubled their lead when Franco-Belgian import Andre Tchakhotine smashed the ball into the top corner from the edge of the D.

A Drayton consolation goal came with just minutes left on the clock, however Sils were always looking comfortable for the win.

The Sils’ next game is at home on Saturday November 13 against Leamington.



Cathrina Hulse
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Annette Belcher
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