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By Jamie Arrowsmith Wednesday 12 December 2012 Updated: 12/12 18:43
Hampton-in-Arden 7 Warwick University 1
MRHA West Midlands Premier League
HAMPTON head into Christmas sitting top of the table following their tenth successive victory on Saturday, achieved with the help of Alex Grafton’s hat-trick.
It took just 20 minutes for Grafton to complete his hat-trick as he ran riot in the early stages with Warwick not knowing what had hit them.
Hampton refused to take their foot off the gas and with a quality of high passing being maintained throughout, they continually forced the visitors into errors which led to more goals.
Jas Ghata Aura and Dave Bull struck whilst Dafydd Bowles bagged a brace to take his tally to the season to 25.
THE 2nds defeated South Notts 2nds 3-a whilst goals from Richard Bradley, Matt Fearon and Philip Wreford scored the goals to give the 3rds a 3-1 victory against Khalsa 3rds. The 4ths were beaten 4-3 by Solihull Blossomfield 4ths.
MARIA Barnes’ second half goal proved nothing more than a consolation as the Ladies fell to a 2-1 defeat against Bournville.
The defeat leaves the team rooted to the bottom of the table but they were unlucky not to return from Bournville with any points to show for their efforts having produced a valiant effort.
Hampton were put on the back foot early on when Bournville pounced on a poor backpass to score but the visitors refused to let their heads drop and pushed on in what proved a very even first half.
Bournville stretched their lead towards the end of the first half with a fortuitous second when the ball dropped loose in the D following a good save from keeper Kat Drivers and was converted by the home side.
Hampton regrouped at half time and were much the better team for most of the second half, their only problem being making their dominance count in front of goal.
Even when Bournville pushed forward they were met with a Hampton team determined not to fall further behind and determined defending kept them at bay.
Hampton’s own attacking pressure finally started to pay dividends towards the end of the half when they won a succession of short corners.
Barnes pulled one back but Hampton just could not find an equaliser despite all of their pressure.
The 2nds overcame Long Buckby 1sts 3-2 but the 3rds went down 8-0 against Long Buckby 2nds.
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