9th Dec, 2016

Battling Earlswood lose out to Hampton

Solihull Editorial 18th Apr, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

EARLSWOOD Town dropped two points at home to Hampton after losing 2-1 in the Midland Division Two although they were probably deserved of at least a point.

The visitors started off the brighter of the two sides and forced a free kick just outside the Earlswood penalty area after just three minutes but the effort at goal was fired over the bar.

Two minutes later a Hampton shot was deflected out for a corner before on four minutes at the other end a Jamie Corrigan effort went just over the Hampton crossbar.

The Hampton goalkeeper saved two Earlswood goal attempts a minute before the visitors took the initiative and pushed Earlswood back into their own half.

And it was the visitors who took the lead in the 26th minute when Jordan McKenzie had all the time to fire the ball home at the far post.

Two minutes later Hampton almost doubled their lead but Daniel Rushe came to Earlswood’s rescue with two quick saves although he could not stop the visitors from increasing their lead in the 31st minute through McKenzie again.

The second goal came as a wake-up call for Earlswood who pushed to reduce the arrears before half-time but they could find no way past the visiting goalkeeper.

After the break Earlswood found themselves on top for most of the second period and the Hampton goalkeeper was busy early having to deny Jamie Corrigan and Joe Casley.

At the other end Rushe was forced into another smart save before on the hour mark the hosts pulled one goal back.

A Mikey Corrigan shot was parried by the goalkeeper but Lewis James was on hand to hit the rebound home.

Earlswood were now on top and defender Rowan O’Sullivan ventured up to shoot just wide before 12 minutes from time Earlswood won a corner and substitute Declan Staunton headed just wide.

Despite their best efforts to find an equaliser, Hampton stood firm and were able to claim all three points. Earlswood have a chance to bounce back this Saturday when they visit Feckenham.