28th Oct, 2016

Dafydd Bowles is a hat-trick hero for Hampton

Steve Carpenter 11th Oct, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A HAT-TRICK from Dafydd Bowles helped Hampton secure their first victory of the season thanks to a 3-2 win over Streetly.

Good work from John Plant and Greg Wade allowed captain Bowles to slot an early opener and despite creating a large number of chances Hampton held a narrow one-goal lead at the break.

Streetly grew into the game after the break and found an equaliser before Hampton went ahead again thanks to a Bowles penalty corner.

And despite another Streetly equaliser, Bowles sealed the victory and his hat-trick with another trademark corner routine.

Hampton travel to Finchfield this weekend looking to preserve their unbeaten start to the season.

The ladies also produced an impressive performance to come from behind and earn a point following a 2-2 draw at Atherstone who had won two successive promotions.

From push back it was apparent that it would be a close fought match with the home side taking the early advantage when relentless pressure lead to an opportunity on goal.

However, shortly before half time a swift counter attack resulted in a breakaway one on one for Erin Killaspy who calmly took it past the keeper before burying it in the corner.

Hampton grew into the game in the second half with prolonged periods of pressure and numerous short corners but again it was the home side who struck first with a strike top right of the D.

Hampton came back strongly and with ten minutes to go their perseverance paid off with the excellent Erin Killaspy taking the ball past two defenders and drilling a cross past the keeper for Amelia Stead to tap in from close range giving Hampton a deserved point as they moved top of the league.