It was a much changed side that lined up to take on the unbeaten League leaders at Warlingham on Saturday. Trinity welcomed back Farris Chaudry and were the beneficiaries of a flying visit from Morgs, for whom the punctuality part of the RAF training course cannot come soon enough!
The intensity of the OK’s warm up showed that this was a side who clearly believe they are ear-marked for bigger things. However it was Trinity that started the brighter. With Moose anchoring things at the back, Trinity stuck to their game plan of soaking up pressure and using the speedy Morgan and skill of the Chaudry brothers to hit on the break.
This OK’s side are well drilled at short corners and a clean strike from their centre half opened their account mid-way through the first half. This was to be the first of 3 clinical short corner strikes. Trinity stuck at it though. Smart saves from the also returning Perera and strong defensive play by Ferrigan and Hellier allowed OK’s only one more goal in the half. Trinity have a short corner routine of their own and after great play by Khan and Gilbert, Chaudry Senior cooly converted to make sure the home team were very much in the game at the break.
The extra subs of OK’s proved pivotal in the second half as they were able to maintain the same level of pace and power. Again Trinity held firm but our attacks were becoming fewer and fewer. Moose took his well-deserved leave with 10 minutes to go and this proved the difference as OK’s struck with successive short corners and from open play to walk away with a 1-6 scoreline which was not reflective of the closeness of the match.
Thanks to Brady for umpiring
MoM: Chaudry F
CM: J Gilbert