All in all a disappointing run out today which we should of and could of won. Unfortunately it was not to be our day seeing a final whistle shoreline of 5 – 2 to Hampstead FC and unfortunately ensuring our exit from the WFL Challenge Cup. From the off, playing down the slope, we looked very strong and certainly dominated the opening moments with Luke comfortably slotting the first goal in the 10th minute. As the game progressed we continued to dominate and were unlucky not to go 2 or 3 up with some great shots saved by the Hampstead keeper and a couple of attempts on goal that should have hit the back of the net but were skewed wide or over the bar. Not taking our opportunities like this was to be our downfall as Hampstead slowly got to grips with the game. Starting to beat us back and testing our defence several times, Hampstead managed to pull a goal back just before the half time whistle.
Playing up the slope in the second half on a very heavy pitch was always going to be a struggle for the boys but they came out fighting and again dominated the opening encounters with Alex Solomon comfortably putting home our second goal just a few moments after the kick-off (39 minute). Again we continued to dominate and by all rights should have bagged a couple more goals but a gritty and determined Hampstead made life difficult for us and clawed a goal back in the 58th minute. With the second half ending 2 – 2.
It being a cup match we were required to play 10 minutes each way extra time. Coming out for the first half of extra time one could see that the previous hours football had taken its toll on the boys with a lot of tired legs in the squad. Unfortunately Hampstead, who appeared to want the win more than we did, got stuck in scoring in the 5th minute to take them into the lead for the first time in the match. We battled on with some good individual performances and were unlucky not to pull one back. We appeared to lose our concentration and shape at this point with our football becoming a bit scrappy and the quality of our passing deteriorating. Hampstead, were quick to capitalise on this building their lead with 2 further goals in the 8th and 10th minutes.
On a brighter note we welcomed our two new recruits to the squad today namely Adam, who made some great saves in goal and Tomi, who caused a few headaches for the Hampstead defence in the first half and then played and excellent game in the defence in the second half, earning himself the man of the match award for his considerable effort and contribution today.