3XI struggle to keep unbeaten run going
By Callum Thorner
Trinity 0 - 3 Leatherhead
So the four match unbeaten run has come to an end, however Trinity Mids should have their heads held high as this was a very credible performance against the high-flying and very unpleasant Leatherhead. A team very much used to having things their own way was exposed as a petulant mob as a result of the excellent commitment, harrying and skill on show from Trinity Mids.
A word first on one of the best debuts I have seen, Tom Lang, just turned thirteen was simply outstanding. A testament to the skills his Captain has seen at Trinity Colts was the fact he was played way out of position at left back as he was seen as the best option to nullify the pacy (and obnoxious) right wing who as Leatherhead Captain, set by far the worst example I have seen in many years of playing this great game. Yet time and again Tom used his technique to rob him in dangerous areas. Well played Sir, deserved MoM.
To a man Trinity followed Tom’s example. We deliberately set up in a defensive formation to see if this Team could do anymore than use their pace on the break. They couldn’t! It was Trinity who controlled the first 20 minutes. The Midfield quintet of Jewiis W, Knott, Gilbert, Khan and Farzan took control, nullified Leatherhead and provided ammunition to the full of running Jewiis D up top.
Leatherhead did break through on occasion, only to find Lagerberg in great form. A stop from a point blank deflection being the best of some smart saves. So rather annoyingly it was Leatherhead who took the lead as a fierce reverse stock cross come shot was unfortunately turned into his own net by Fairchild. Was the initial hit outside the D, debatable!
One became two quicker than Trinity would have liked as a cross from the right came back off of the inside of the post, foxing the covering Pennel and giving the simplest of tap ins to Leatherhead.
Lagerberg mad a superb diving stop from a short corner flick to keep it at two at half time
The second half continued in the same vein. Trinity played neat hockey at times and defended stoutly. Frustratingly an injury to Lang meant we did not see him ‘up top’ in this game. But it will come and we are looking forward to it.
Trinity created good chances in the second half. Gonzales was millimetres away from deflecting in Fairchild’s crisp pass. Jewiss W, who hits the ball like an exocet, had a shot blocked from a short corner and Gilbert was unlucky to be standing in front of the deflected follow up. Ouchhh!
Leatherhead got a third from a neat reverse stick finish from their rotund centre forward. A skill he’d tired to execute on a few occasions in the match, endangering the corner flag mostly. Oh well, I guess even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes.
It's a team game, so thanks to Gonzales, Knowles, Khan N and Jewiss D who might not have spent as long on the pitch as they would have wanted. But their contributions were invaluable.
This was another team performance to be proud of.