1st XI secure good away draw at Woking
By Callum Thorner
Trinity 2-2 Woking 2
The 1's followed up their first loss of the season, a bonkers 6-5 reverse at home to Surrey Spartans looking to get back on track against a Woking side that are traditionally stronger at home than away. Woking were keen to get their season going and turned up with a squad of 15 and numerous supporters on the sideline, all of whom weren't afraid to be vocal. We had only mustered 11 so the tactic was set from the outset on a hot day; sit deep and soak up pressure before hitting them with pace on the break.
The tactic worked beautifully in the first 20 minutes of the game, with us created numerous chances before the in form Tyler smashed one home from 10 yards on the half volley to put us 1-0 up as Woking got increasingly frustrated as their inability to penetrate our back line. We began to tire a little bit before halftime and having held out we frustratingly conceded from a short shortly before the whistle, 1-1.
The 2nd half started in much the same vein as the first half finished with Woking creating chances and slotting a p-flick to get themselves to 2-1 up, before the momentum of the game changed after a great bit of quick thinking from Dexter who ran at the defender who was within 5 so couldn't make a tackle, rounded him and slotted home to make it 2-2 with Trinity in the ascendancy. A number of very good opportunities presented themselves, none of which we managed to take, with the ball just running wide of the post with the keeper stranded and with Woking unable to get out with had the game at our mercy. However, Woking weathered the storm and finished the last few minutes the stronger of the two sides after using their 15 men effectively.
All in all a very creditable performance with 11 men against a fit Woking side - no shame in drawing 2 all but just a little frustrating that we couldn't get over the line. The 1s will look to return to winning ways at home to Addiscombe on Saturday.