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Sunday 8th December: Hampstead ‘A’ 0 Wealdstone ‘A’ 0

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

08.12.2013. Hampstead played out a disappointing goalless draw with Wealdstone this weekend. With preparations disrupted by illness and a floodlight failure cancelling training there was a danger we would lose our focus. We knew Wealdstone would be committed, and they showed their greater desire from the start. Hampstead had several good chances in the first half. However, the Wealdstone goalie was in great form blocking a shot from Alfie, and several attempts when one on one. Alfie had to come off, and Kyle was injured and replaced in goal by Joe. HT 0-0. Hampstead never really took control in the second half but had some chances. Jonathan’s shot past the keeper was cleared off the line realy well by the Wealdstone defender, and other opportunities to win the game were wasted. Eric and Finlay did particularly well at the back. But Wealdstone’s commitment was stronger and the game finished goalless with few second half shots on target for either team. POTM – Eric for some really confident defending and excellent distribution.

Sunday 1st December: Southall ‘A’ 1 Hampstead ‘A’ 5

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

01.12.2013 The U10s put in a great team performance to gain top spot in Division 1 of the Harrow Soccer Sevens after beating Southall U10A 1-5 away. Both teams were on good form coming into the game, and Southall showed early attacking flair hitting the crossbar in the first minutes of the match and having several opportunities. Hampstead also had chances, and took the lead following a wonderful long-distance shot from George that crept in just under the crossbar after 8 minutes. Hampstead doubled their lead 2 minutes later; George was key once again, breaking down the right and putting in a firm cross that ricocheted and was turning into the net by a Southall defender. Hampstead grew in confidence and showed good movement and strength. Alfie hit the post with a left foot shot, Luc’s though ball found Jonathan Sol. who added a third, then Luc fired a loose ball home with his left foot for a fourth just before the break. HT 0-4. Hampstead lost some of their energy and focus at the start of the second half and Southall got a goal back following a break down the left and shot that was blocked by Kyle but the rebound tapped in. Kyle pulled off a good save as Southall pressure mounted, but Hampstead lifted the commitment again and Alfie and Jonathan had good chances blocked by the keeper before Alfie ran though for a fifth. Both goalies pulled off good saves in the final minutes. Overall, a great team performance and effort from all, with Finlay, Joe and Eric solid at the back when needed. POTM – George for an important goal and good effort to win the ball when not in possession. Happy Birthday Alfie!

Sunday 24th November: Hampstead ‘A’ 4 Bessingby Park Rangers ‘A’ 0

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

 

4.11.2013 Hampstead put in a solid effort to beat Bessingby Park this week. Both teams started brightly and Kyle pulled off a great one handed save early on. Hampstead soon got into the game and Alfie’s run down the right was finished neatly at the near post. 1-0. Hampstead had good chances with Luc, George and Jonathan all having opportunities in front of goal, and Luc and Alfie forcing the goalie into good saves. Jonathan Sol. put in some nice touches on the left and a great turn and cross but Hampstead couldn’t finish and it remained 1-0 at half time. Hampstead got a lucky break at the start of the second half when Luc distracted the goalkeeper and Alfie’s shot found the bottom corner. Bessingby kept going and Kyle had to pull off a great save one on one with the striker and Joe had a fine recovery run and sliding tackle when Bessingby were potentially through. Hampstead started to play better flowing football and Alfie and Sean were dangerous on the break. Luc finally got on the score sheet when he turned a defender in the box and slotted home with his left foot. Jay made it 4-0 with a strong shot following a good lay off from George. Finlay and Alfeie worked hard throughout, Jay was strong on the right side and had some good runs, and Eric’s distribution was excellent on the right. Better finishing next week I hope. POTM –Joe for solid defending and confident movement with the ball, but Jay and Jonathan Sol. were contenders and Alfie was strong in the middle. Happy Birthday Sean!

 

Sunday 17th November: Hampstead ‘A’ 1 Parkfield ‘A’ 0

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

17.11.2013 The U10A team put in a great team performance to win an enthralling match against Parkfield ‘A’ this week. This was always going to be a tough game with both sides riding high in the league and with many great encounters in the past. Both sides started well with good opportunities and a will to play strong football. Hampstead had great chances with Alfie having a great run down the right and shot off the post, and with Luc’s run and shot off the ‘woodwork’ (Luc and Alfie hitting the frame in the first half seems to be a recurring theme in these match reports!!). Parkfield also had plenty of the play and chances, and the bulk of early corners. Kyle was in solid form in goal coping with crosses in the style of Claudio Bravo and producing several goods saves and a fine block when Parkfield were through. Similarly, Luc had a great opportunity one on one but his first touch let him down and the goalie came out to smother his attempt really well. George worked hard on the right and produced some clever crosses, Jonathan Sol. put in a lot of effort and control on the left and Jay and Finlay were well organised at the back. Against the odds, given the attacking play of both teams, half-time 0-0. The second half continued in similar fashion with both teams showing great commitment. Parkfield were strong in the middle of the park and Hampstead were dangerous on the break. Hampstead got the breakthrough nine minutes into the second half from a corner. Despite all our efforts in training, Luc played a short corner to Joe who knocked it back and Luc’s left foot chip into the box fell into the muddle of players and Alfie was on hand to slot it home. Parkfield continued to mount significant pressure but Finlay and Joe were resolute at the back, with Joe blocking an attempt on goal and the defence riding out the pressure of a late free kick on the edge of the box. Alfie ran and tackled exceptionally well, with one or two outstanding recovery runs, and Jay played some great touches when moved up to right midfield. Kyle was solid in goal with good handling and confidence. Despite a nasty fall, Sean keep running down the left and had good opportunities. Jonathan Sp. came on for a few minutes in the right side. With several minutes added for injuries it was a tense finish but Hampstead held out. POTM – It was a team effort, with commitment and determination, which was great given our approach to recent games. Alfie was a powerhouse in midfield, Finlay was as intelligent as ever, but Kyle stepped up when required and earned the POTM “silver boot” this week. Happy Birthday Kyle and Jonathan Sol.!

Sunday 10th November: Hanwell Town ‘A’ 1 Hampstead ‘A’ 2

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

10.11.2013 The U10A team secured a 2-1 win away at Hanwell Town in a late kick-off this week. Hampstead dominated the chances in the first half with Alfie shooting over the bar and toe-poking wide and Sean meeting a corner well but heading over. Luc had several good chances blocked, including a solo run from deep in our area, and Finlay and Alfie played hard in midfield. However, despite ten efforts (5 on target), the first half ended goalless. Hampstead came out strongly after the break and a great move and cross from Alfie was met with a superb half-volley from Luc that was brilliantly tipped over the bar by the Hanwell goalie. Eleven minutes into the second half Hampstead got the breakthrough when Hanwell conceded a free-kick outside the area and Alfie shot route one through a crowd of players to take the lead. Hampstead lost their focus and three minutes later Hanwell equalised when Hampstead failed to clear the ball inside the box. This led to a period of Hanwell pressure but, with five minutes to go, a through ball found Jonathan Sol. who ran one on one with the goalie and calmly slotted home. Overall a mix of some good football and some half hearted play, many efforts at goal, and several fine saves from the Hanwell goalie. POTM – Luc, for working extremely hard to chase things down and for several great touches.

Sunday 3rd November: Hampstead ‘A’ 1 TFA Totteridge ‘A’ 2

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Hampstead lost their first game of the season after a scrappy performance against league leaders TFA Totteridge on Sunday. In blustery conditions at Chase Lodge, both sides found it hard to settle into any kind of flow and TFA enjoyed some early pressure. The windy conditions didn’t help and there were few shots on target in the first half. Finlay worked hard and Jay made a great tackle. However, Totteridge took the lead just before half time when Hampstead failed to deal with a loose ball in the penalty area and TFA slotted home. Half time: Hampstead 0 – TFA Totteridge 1. The second half started in similar fashion, with Hampstead competing less well physically. Totteridge scored a second 14 minutes into the half and had a shot saved well by Kyle who tipped it onto the crossbar. That seemed enough to wake Hampstead up and they raised their game. Hampstead pulled a goal back when Luc beat the TFA goalie to a through ball and, after two of his shots were blocked, Alfie was on hand to edge the ball over the line. In the dying stages a strong attack from Hampstead gave Sean an opportunity to shoot but his effort went wide. Too little too late in a game where Hampstead never really got going. POTM – No-one really stood out but Eddie decided Eric should get this week’s silver boot for confident defending when the opposition had the ball.

 

Sunday 27th October: Ruislip Rangers ‘A’ 2 Hampstead ‘A’ 2

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Hampstead U10A managed to hold on for a lucky point in a 2-2 draw against Ruislip Rangers. Hampstead started well with some nice possession and took the lead when Luc shot in from the edge of the box after 4 minutes. Hampstead doubled their lead ten minutes later when a persevering run from Luc down the left paid off with the ball beating the goalie at the near post. With a 2-0 lead Hampstead relaxed and let their game become sloppy. Ruislip gained more possession and control and got one back following a fine solo effort. Although both sides had chances the score remained 1-2 at half time. Hampstead started the second half as unconvincingly as they had ended the first and never really recovered their passing game. Ruislip were allowed to take control and were eventually rewarded with an equaliser following a series of errors. Indeed, Ruislip finished much the stronger and were unlucky not to come out on top. A disappointing performance in the way we gave away possession much too easily and lacked creativity at times, but credit also to Ruislip for battling their way back into the game. POTM: Joe for some good saves in the first half and some determined defending at times in the second.

Sunday 20th October: Brook House ‘A’ 2 Hampstead ‘A’ 4

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Hampstead U10A continued their 100% record with a win away at Brook House in the final minutes of the game. Hampstead had good possession initially and several early opportunities with Luc and Alfie both hitting the bar. However, Brook House had chances too and opened the scoring with a free kick on the edge of the Hampstead area just before half time. Hampstead bounced back strongly in the second half with George connecting with a through ball from Jake to equalise shortly after the restart. Brook House took the lead again almost immediately when a shot hit the underside of the bar and bounced in. Brook House had several chances but good determination and persistence across the Hampstead team brought an equaliser mid way through the half, with George scoring his second. Then, with just three minutes remaining, Joe made a strong tackle and run down the right wing before delivering a fine cross for Luc to put Hampstead in front for the first time. Straight from the Brook House kick off Luc won the ball and dodged pass two Brook House players to score his second of the game and settle the match. A lot to work on, but a strong finish. POTM – George for his two goals which kept Hampstead in the game.

Sunday 13th October: Hampstead ‘A’ 2 Parkfield ‘B’ 1

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

13.10.2013 Hampstead U10A beat Parkfield U10B to maintain their winning start to Division 1 this season. Hampstead started brightly with Luc hitting the crossbar early on and the team played some nice flowing football despite the conditions. Both sides had to adjust their game to the wet surface and Parkfield took the lead when the ball fell in the box from a corner near the end of the first half. However, Hampstead equalised before half time when Luc linked up for Alfie to slot home. The second half continued in a similar fashion with both sides trying to play passing football. Hampstead had several good chances and Parkfield battled strongly. Finlay was excellent in defence and then in midfield, Sean showed some nice touches, and Alfie continued to be strong in the middle of the pitch. With a couple minutes left a corner fell to Jonathan Sol. who slotted the ball home for the winner. POTM: Finlay for resolute defending, great distribution and overall commitment.

Sunday 6th October: Wealdstone U10 ‘A’ 2 Hampstead U10 ‘A’ 5

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Hampstead U10 ‘A’s season got off to a winning start with a 2-5 victory away at Wealdstone this Sunday. The team got off to a strong start with a hard fought goal by Alfie after just 4 minutes and doubled their lead after 18 minutes when Eric finished a fine passing move and cross by Luc. Wealdstone were a strong side and pulled a goal back before the break with a neatly taken lob from the edge of the box. Half time: Wealdstone 1 Hampstead 2. Hampstead extended their lead early in the second half following a great run down the right and finish from Alfie but Weadstone pulled a goal back to make it 2-3. Hampstead finished the stronger and goals from Sean and Jay (or maybe George’s hair) sealed a 2-5 win. Plenty to work on, but a solid start. Well done lads, and especially Sean, Jake and Kyle in their first game!