U18 POST-MATCH: Hammond on the hat-trick and high ambitions

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Lawrence Hammond was delighted to bag a hat-trick, and revealed the U18’s are eyeing up the League Title following a 3-1 win against Cambridge United.

The young forward opened the scoring, as well as netting a further two following the visitor’s first-half equaliser. The number nine was delighted with the win and his own display in front of goal.

‘’It all came so fast and I just took them as they came. I’m delighted with the three points and the three goals. It was amazing, nice to get a hat-trick.’’

Hammond’s first goal hit the net after 38 minutes, following an exquisite through ball from Antony Papadopoulos.

‘’It was a brilliant pass, Antony (Papadopoulos) has got them in his locker. That’s what he does, I made the run because I knew he could do it!’’

Netting his third in stoppage time, Hammond was most fond of his final goal, having been wiped out a by a defender a minute prior to the goal.

‘’The last one (was my favourite), because I was running through and I got brought down. I said to him ‘why have you done that?’ I really wanted the hat-trick. But he brought me down. Then I’ve scored the rebound from the resulting free-kick.’’

In what was an end to end affair, The O’s claimed all three points thanks to prolific finishing.

‘’It was a very good game. I felt Cambridge were in it throughout. But that last minute goal has put us well in the lead. They were very good throughout the game; set-pieces they were very well drilled.’’

On the back of 7-2 defeat to Wimbledon, Hammond revealed key areas of improvement that aided his side to a more positive result this week.

‘’Last week we didn’t mark well enough and we didn’t take enough of our chances. That showed in the score line. But today we’ve won the game, played well, taken our chances and marked in the box. Everything has paid off on the training ground this week. So, well done to the lads.’’

The U18’s have enjoyed a positive start to the 19/20 campaign, winning six of their eight ties in all competitions. Should form continue throughout the season, The O’s could be on course to reach their target of the League title.

‘’It’s very enjoyable this year. We’ve all started very strong, last week wasn’t the best, but we can move on because we’ve come out here and shown an improvement, which is very good. We’ve been winning all season. We’re a strong side this year and we’re looking to win the league.’’