Summer Hockey Success

Throughout July and August, the Mids have been playing in the summer hockey tournament at Royal Russell School. The team has been selected on a first come first served basis with a wide range of players from 1st XI to 4th XI all being represented.

Results against the local clubs have gone well in the league stages, winning four out of six of the matches.

Trinity Mids WON 8 1 Kenley
Trinity Mids WON 3 2 Addiscombe
Trinity Mids WON 1 0 Croydon Whits
Trinity Mids WON 14 1 Croydon Whits
Trinity Mids LOST 2 4 Addiscombe
Trinity Mids LOST 0 2 Kenley

These results see us second in the table behind Addiscome who have won five of their six games. Croydon Whits follow behind with Kenley at the bottom of the table.

Next week sees the Semi-Finals between Trinity Mids vs. Croydon Whits and Addiscombe vs. Kenley to see who will play the final and the third-place match the week after. Hopefully the team can keep up their winning ways, especially now that training starts this Wednesday.

4th XI Match Report vs Surrey Spartans

Lost 1-2 (R Clarke) The season for the 4’s is developing a bit of a pattern. Three league games in and we have no points and a goal difference of minus 3. For those sharp wits amongst you (probably not in the team at the moment!) you may work out that for the third week in a row we lost by a single goal.
Once again we gave a good account of ourselves but the captain made the mistake of a slightly gung-ho approach of looking for early goals and leaving himself off the field to start. The opposition didn’t prove as weak as their pre-match image looked and put away an early goal. By the time we had switched ourselves around to put an extra man at the back so that we could play with a spare man we were two down.
This formation always makes us feel more comfortable and for the rest of the game our defence worked well but frustratingly we only managed to put the ball in the net once despite a side bolstered by Phil and Beaker having plenty of chances including a number of shorts. I think Nick Porter claimed the goal but despite an enjoyable game we came away again feeling we should have done better.
Splendid to see Rodney back on the sideline to yell us on after his illness. Thanks for the support – next week we need the astute team talk please! MoM: P Mander CM: S Amin

4th XI Match Report vs Cheam

Lost 1-2 (T Heath) Although we again lost by the odd goal it is fair to say that the 4’s are enjoying their hockey and playing well.
What we haven’t yet managed to do is string together a good enough performance to demand a win. On Saturday against a decent Cheam side who will probably be one of the stronger sides in the league we found it difficult to control the game. That said we made a bright start and Toby Heath (on a visit back from uni ) and Andy Barnes dominated the midfield and started a number of promising raids on the Cheam area. In the end Toby dribbled his way into the D and finished the move with a nice reverse stick finish to put us ahead. We defended the lead well for a while until the captain took a knock to his finger and went off for a few minutes. We failed to cover his absence well enough and let in a soft goal while under pressure.
The second half found some of our younger players tiring a little and the slightly older Cheam boys and their very able midfield maestro took control rather in the fashion we had in the first period. Eventually we conceded what proved to be a winning goal by allowing too much time for a shot from the edge of the area. Despite the young Cheam captain losing his cool one time too many for a yellow card we couldn’t capitalise with the extra man and ran out a close second again.
Man of the Match went to Toby for his goal and giving us some real attacking drive, whilst Andy Messiah this week playing at left back took the Champagne moment for his run to the forward right hand corner of the pitch – despite promising Nick he wouldn’t! MoM: T Heath CM: A Massiah

4th XI Match Report vs Sunbury & Walton

Lost 4-5 (Barton 2, Ali, Khan) The beginning of the season – and a cracker of a game!
A first game away at 10am in Sunbury on the school open day would have, in the past, seen us turn out a very weak side. The 4’s however now are showing signs of a settled side with almost everyone returning from last season. It was great to see Andy Massiah back from injury and Julian back in goal.
With a good blend of youth and experience we started the game well and after falling behind to an early goal from Sunbury we went mad and scored 3 goals before half-time. Having made his debut with a goal last week Aidan proved that was to be no flash in the pan with another well taken goal and with a nice finish from Muhaddas and a rocket from Nawed at our only short of the half we found ourselves going well.
After a very bright start with defence splitting (it doesn’t take much to split us!) passes Sunbury had gone a little quiet so we gifted them a second goal before half-time to keep them interested. The worst of the rain held off through the game and we turned round determined to keep looking for more goals. However we forgot to keep enough cover and a couple more soft goals put us behind. Up popped our new wonder boy to put us back to 4-4 but even then we managed to let in a slightly contentious winner with a few minutes to go. That all said it fails to point out how well everyone played and Man of the Match went to Julian for numerous saves although Sunbury did think there was a target painted in the middle of his chest for a while!
It was a thoroughly enjoyable game to make my debut as 4’s captain and I hope we will all derive as much pleasure from the rest of the season as this – and a few points too! MoM: Parsons

4th XI Match Report vs Addiscombe

Lost 2-3 (Khan 2) The first friendly of the season saw a very mixed 3/4s team attempt to blow some of the cobwebs away by taking on Addiscombe at their new pitch at Royal Russell.
An early Addiscombe goal was equalised by Nawed following a very good passage of passing and he was a constant threat whenever on the ball. Considering the mixture of players Mids played some very good hockey despite constant rollovers to give every one a run out. The second half saw goals from both sides , ours again curtesy of Nawed with Addiscombe scoring the winner in the dying minutes. Overall the match was a good way to start the season.