25th Jan, 2021

Dramatic conclusion sees Hampton restricted to a draw against Stone

HOCKEY: HAMPTON hoped to build on a 6-5 win from the week previous when they faced Staffordshire-based Stone on Saturday.

Stone started the stronger of the two sides, putting Hampton under early pressure and creating a number of chances.

Hampton’s goalkeeper Chris Baker made some important stops to keep the home side in the game.

Hampton grew into the game as the first half wore on, and a slick penalty corner finish from Jon Coleman put them 1-0 up.

Their lead was soon doubled when skipper Dafydd Bowles added to his already impressive season tally.

The second half provided a similar story with both teams pushing for goals.

But this time it was Stone that found the back of the net – though the goal appeared to spur the home side on as Hampton registered two further markers to lead 4-1. Bowles and Laverick providing the scoring.

A ten minute spell of sustained pressure from Stone led to three goals. Remarkably, the visiting side were level at 4-4 with ten minutes remaining.

A penalty stroke was converted by Jas Ghata-Aura as Hampton regained the lead before Stone equalised in the closing stages.

Stone were then awarded a penalty corner with the last play of the game. Hampton kept it out to earn a draw.

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