Hampton School reach England Schools Football Association Cup Semi-Finals

Hampton school from Twickenham have reached the Semi-Finals of the ESFA Cup, in the under 15 category. The cup is a ‘b’ team cup, and involves 78 teams from across the country. The Hampton School ‘a’ team, were knocked out of the ISFA cup, a similar competition which involves independent schools only, after a narrow loss in the third round to Ardingly. The Hampton School U15 ‘b’ team, has had a fairly leisurely path to the semi-finals. In the first round they thrashed the Forest School 6-0, followed by a solid 3-0 away victory against Bishop Challoners in Tower Hamlets, which was then topped by a 6-2 victory at home to Coombe Boys’ School. In the round of 16, Hampton breezed by St Edmunds Catholic School, in Portsmouth, which was finally followed by a stellar performance in the quarter-finals against Ivybridge Community College, in Plymouth, which resulted in a 4-0 win for Hampton School. 

Hampton School now face Hurstmere School from North Kent in the Semi-Finals. Hampton will be playing on home turf, having made an 8 hour round trip to Plymouth, for their previous match. Hurstmere School, have by no means had a difficult journey to the semi-finals, however they had a few close games and in the third round were fortunate enough for the random computerised selector, to select them to go threw, having failed to play their match by the deadline.

I believe it will be a nail-biting encounter, with both teams having the capability to score five or six goals per game, and concede next to none. Both teams will be battling it out in order to secure their place in the final, and put one hand on the trophy.