3rd XI extend unbeaten run
By Callum Thorner
Trinity 3 - 1 Spencer Harlequins
Trinity extended their unbeaten run to 4 matches with a great 2-1 victory over Spencer on Saturday. What a turnaround – first eight matches of the season 40 goals conceded, only 2 in the next 4 games!
Trinity went in to this first fixture of 2019 in buoyant mood aware that a win against the second bottom team would allow us to leapfrog them and push on up the table. Christmas rustiness took longer than anticipated to dissipate as it was Spencer who had much the stronger opening 15 minutes. On more than one occasion a great ball into the box from their marauding midfield was unlucky not to be rewarded with a telling final touch.
Trinity took time to settle and were trying to play themselves out of trouble in the early period. But gradually we settled into what is now a familiar rhythm. Soaking up pressure with resolute defence and then breaking at pace using the full width of the pitch through knott in the middle to Gilbert on the left, Quelch on the right and Ferrigan and Pennel over-lapping from full back.
As an even game edged towards half time, Trinity started to show the skills that had earned them 3 valuable draws pre-Christmas. Seaman making his bow up front was full of running and was showing his experience to win free hits and short corners at will. Sadiq Khan was full of running as was Jewiis as chances went unconverted. Finally the deadlock was broken as Pennel who was having a great game both in defence and attack created space for himself in the D to sweep home flowing move from the right.
Somewhat annoyingly two minutes later Spencer equalised through a neat deflection from their centre forward. Honours even at half time.
Trinity started the stronger team in the second half. A strong move down the left saw the ball reach Seaman, he then embarked on one of this trademark runs across the D to finish neatly in the bottom corner. Twenty-five minutes to go a third or fourth would make the game comfortable. But it wasn't to be Trinity created some good chance through Quelch, Khan and Gilbert but they could not be converted. At the other end Spencer were breaking strongly which was a continual test for the defensive quartet, which once again held firm and not only tackled strongly but kept possession and started attacks through Knott and Gilbert.
Two scares were well dealt with. Firstly Hellier made a great goal line stop from a short corner, not once flinching from the rocket that was coming his way and heading into the bottom comer. Then, as Fairchild was having a 10-minute rest following some ‘handbags’ with Spencer’s centre forward (Phil Mitchell look and act alike!), a PF was conceded! Would all the hard work be undone now? Not a bit of it. Lagerberg has made some crucial saves this season, the pick of which has to be the PF save low to his left that kept Trinity ahead. Brilliant stuff.
Trinity had chances to win it, as did Spencer, but as the final whistle blew, it was Trinity’s great team effort and commitment that led to a well deserved win.
A word for the debutant Umpire Seb Novell, who had a great first game. Using his playing experience he kept a cool head and managed the game and the players really well. We want to see him injury free and playing again, but in the meantime a great addition to the Umpiring ranks. Thanks also to Sanj who as normal had a strong game and was calmness personified.