Sluggish 3rd XI suffer defeat to Barnes
By Callum Thorner
Trinity 2 - 5 Barnes
Trinity paid the price for their sluggish start to this game, which was actually closer than the scoreline would suggest.
From the start it was clear to see that the Beavers strategy was a high press that would suffocate the opposition. Cool heads and clear minds were needed from Trinity.
The defence held firm for the first 10 minutes or so with the speed of Morgan being crucial in nullifying Barnes‘s short corner threat. However a change of routine led to the first goal, which can at best be called scrappy.
Number two followed after a flowing move down the left for Barnes. A rather fortuitous ricochet fell into the path of their striker who finished in the corner.
Only now did Trinity begin to stir. The midfield started to see more of the ball and were full of running. The aerial threat from Fairchild meant that the Barnes press was being pushed back into their half. Neat play on the right, first from Austin and then Fairchild and Porter saw the latter’s cross being deflected narrowly wide by Gilbert. More chances followed first for the excellent Saadiq Khan and then Gonzales.
After conceding a breakaway goal on the stroke of half time. the team talk at the break was an honest reflection from all as to how were playing and what needed to be done. It worked! Trinity were much the brighter after the restart. Knott was winning the midfield battle. Gilbert and Porter were combining well. Saadiq Khna was full of excellent running both with and without the ball.
The threat from short corners remained for Barnes and although Lagerberg made some terrific stops. Two goals were scored in quick succession. This was very harsh on the re-invigorated Trinity.
Porter and Nav Khan combined well at the other end to win a short corner. Fairchild continued his fine run of scoring with a crisp shot low into the right hand corner. Not quite game on, but definitely second half on!
Trinity were now moving the ball nicely side to side from Ferrigan on the left via the centre to Morgan and Austin and Jewiis on the right.
From such a move the ball was sweetly struck in from the left for Jewiis (whohad an excellent game) to finish very neatly at the far post.
Trinity finished the game with a succession of short corners that could not be converted. Another goal or two would have been what they deserved.
Many thanks to Beaker and Ian Roberts for Umpiring.
MOM: Saadiq Khan