Met Police vs Hampton and Richmond – Isthmian League Cup
An exciting game at Imber Court saw Met Police get two early goals and hang on to defeat Hampton and Richmond, despite the domination of the game for large parts of the game by the away side. Most of Hampton’s meaningful attacks came down the wings, in particular right winger Luke Wanadio who had a fantastic game and scored the only Hampton and Richmond goal. However, Met Police ultimately defended well enough to weather the Hampton and Richmond storm and it is them who will advance to the 4th Round of the Isthmian League Cup.
Hampton and Richmond simply did not turn up to the first 10 minutes and found themselves 2-0 down early on in the game. Firstly, a pass back to a Hampton defender was too short and a Met Police striker was put through on goal. Whilst his effort was well saved by Rodney Chiweshe, the rebound fell to Bobby Bennett who couldn’t miss. Hampton did not learn from their defensive errors and conceded again on 11 minutes. A Met Police corner was flicked on and the ball fell to Jonte Smith, who expertly backheeled the ball past Chiweshe. Hampton and Richmond seemed to wake up after this point and came close from a series of corners, seeing two efforts cleared off the line in 2 minutes. Stuart Searle then pulled off a good save after Dan Thompson met Luke Wanadio’s cross with a good volley. Hampton fans appealed for a goal after another corner was met by a Hampton head and was cleared off the line once more. Looking back on video footage it is hard to tell from the angle of the camera but you can see why they would appeal for a goal; it was very close. Met Police then had a chance on the break to go 3-0 up ball the first time shot was fired just wide of the Hampton post
Hampton continued to be on top after half-time and came closest when Searle was forced into making a great save after a good header from just inside the box. Hampton finally got a goal in the 69th minute after a poor pass from Met Police led to Luke Wanadio getting through on goal. He made no mistake with his finish, setting up an interesting last 20 minutes with Hampton chasing an equaliser. There were a few nervous moments in the Met Police defence, not helped by some poor handling from Stuart Searle, but it was Searle who kept the scores level in the last 5 minutes with a great save from a close range effort. In the 89th minute Met Police broke but looked to have missed an easy chance to seal the game. However, Jonte Smith got to the rebound and finished into an empty net, scoring his second goal of the night and making fully sure there was no way back for Hampton. The Beavers had nothing left in them after that blow and Met Police comfortably saw out the last few minutes to advance to the next round
Overall an enjoyable game with Met Police scoring 2 early goals and defending very well for the rest of the game to keep Hampton from scoring the goals their play deserved. We wish Met Police all the best for the next round and hope to see them in the final of the competition.