A really professional job says the Hampton website. True, but they
won't win any friends with this type of football.
It soon became
clear that both sides were cancelling each other out, there being no
clear advantage to either side. There was much head tennis in
midfield, and each side had short spells of pressure with little to
show for it. Hard fought? Yes. But it was also clear that what
little football was being played was by Slough, with Hampton content
to spoil. Usual Devonshire tactics, get behind the ball, close it
down, play the percentages, give away numerous free kicks.
As the first half progressed, Slough looked slightly the more
Murph 2 winning the ball in the air regularly, but never able to get
strength and direction on it. The game had the feel of a 1-0 victory
to whoever didn't make a mistake.
Just before half time Drake collided with one of his own players,
lost the ball
and landed badly. Before Slough could take advantage the ref blew
for a foul!! The incident was described on the Hampton website as
their keeper being "meat in the sandwich", in which case they must
make their sarnies without bread. The second half started much like
the first, neither side showing in front, and the game became
scrappy. But Slough were the side to slip up, when after 76 minutes
Steer committed himself to a tackle, lost it, the ball went to the
Hampton 6, Jeffrey, who slotted home. After this Slough puffed a
bit, but didn't threaten much. With 2 minutes left Hampton broke
away, hit the post when they should have done better.
Even then Slough had a chance a minute later, when from a cross,
Miller was only a foot out when the ball came in, but he was wrong
footed, and the chance was gone. Game over.
Hampton have a scheme at the moment, giving half price entry to
other clubs season ticket holders if their team is away. On
Hamptons performance today, effective as it was, they won't get
anyone from Slough.
A cup final against these will not be a day of entertainment.