West Bromwich Boys Narrowly Beaten

Posted by Steve Bavington on 26 February 2018

Hampton in Arden U16'S  5 West Bromwich under 16's 3

A real classic cup tie erupted into life Sunday afternoon in the quiet suburb of Solihull. For which  those lucky enough to be Present will be remembered  for its physicality , speed,  a real end to end battle. 

After an even first 10 minutes Hampton seem to get the upper hand with two quick goals which stunned the away team. West Bromwich dug in and tried to get back in the game, pressing for an equaliser. West Bromwich pressed forward and created four good chances, holding a high back line they were caught with a real sucker punch goal. A quicker counter attack caught the defence out.

Just before half time West Bromwich struck back, after good work in midfield from Alex Clarke , he fed the ball out to the wide right to Captain Shiv Ram Kapoor. Shiv ran at the defenders dribbling right to the bi line before squaring the ball to the far post for Jack Reeves to coolly slot home from close range. The game started to get quite niggly which culminated in a West Bromwich player being shown a green card and a second West Bromwich player going off with a head injury. This was compounded by several Hampton spectators being over vocal which affected the atmosphere on the pitch.  Half time 3-1 Hampton.

The second half was very tense with West Bromwich on the attack. Wave after wave of attack was thwarted by a very good Hampton keeper. Totally against the run of play Hampton broke quickly and nicked a good goal. West Bromwich never gave up and kept attacking and were rewarded by a good finish from Alex Clarke after a good cross from Shiv Ram Kapoor. The West Bromwich players were having to put up with quite a few unruly fans which seem to effect the confidence on the players on the left side of the pitch. Hampton caught West Bromwich out again as they pressed for a goal, scoring another good counter attacking goal.

As spectators arrived for a Ladies game to start after the U16's game, West Bromwich players and the Umpire were subjected to comments. The Umpire took action sending one of the Hampton spectators from the pitch side. West Bromwich never gave up and as per the first goal Alex Clarke brilliantly intercepted the ball in centre midfield laying of a tremendous pass to Shiv Ram Kapoor who dribbled down the right beating three defenders squaring the ball to Jack Reeves who finished smartly on the far post.

Both teams battled to a standstill and at the end West Bromwich forced four short corners but could not score again.

Cameron Grewel and Kharak Channa were solid and pushed their claim for a future first team spot. The whole team played well but just came up short overall. Next Game in March against Worcester U16's , which is now a must win game.

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