A sublime ‘perfect’ hat-trick from Tom Lang will quite rightly take the headlines in this resounding victory for Trinity. Showing maturity beyond his years his 3 excellent finishes were the cornerstone of this victory.
This was a strong team performance in a game that we needed to win and on paper we should have won. To do it so convincingly was the most pleasing aspect.
Before the game the team talk was to start hard and fast, take the game to PWs and establish an early lead. This is what happened. The intelligent running of Seaman up top was opening up room in the channels for Morgan and Ferrigan to exploit from the back as well as for Jewiss and Quelch from midfield. Trinity pressed hard in the opening 10 minutes and went close a number of times before Lang broke the deadlock. Seaman produced a fine run and cross from the right, Lang broke to the near post and deftly deflected the ball into the top corner. The finish of a natural goalscorer. Goal number two for Trinity nearly followed shortly after but the rocket from Jewiss sailed narrowly wide of the top corner. But it wasn’t long before it came. This time Lang was put through at the top of the D. As the keeper advanced, he smashed his shot high into the net. Another top class effort.
Trinity did not have it all their own way, PW’s were quick on the break. They had two skilful players in the middle who were assisted by a bobbly, sticky pitch that made tackling a bit of a lottery early on. They were creating chances and Trinity were thankful to Armfield early on for keeping them out. One save in particular stood out as he stood tall and took a strong shot to the chest guard and then cleared strongly.
Aston was superbly marshalling the PW’s centre forward, which gave the covering defenders and midfield the time to repel more breaks. Morgan as well was showing his superb turn of speed. He’s the only player I’ve seen who can start 4 or 5 yards behind his man yet still get in front to intercept a pass that has come from the same distance.
However midway through the half a PWs break resulted in a short corner. They moved the ball neatly around the D and applied the finish.
2-1 to Trinity at half time. It was vital that Trinity scored first in the second period. This game needed putting to bed!
Right on cue, Seaman executed a trademark run along the bye-line. His cross was blocked by the Keeper, but with speed of thought and no shortage of skill he flicked in the rebound from the tightest of angles. The two-goal cushion settled Trinity and the ball began to be moved with skill and pace through the midfield and around the back.
Lang completed his hat-trick after being put through from a clearance from the back by Fairchild. This time he chose to round the onrushing keeper with ease and walk the ball into the empty net.
Trinity now controlled the rest of the game. Pressure from Seaman on the PWs defence was telling as he intercepted a poor PWs restart and finished with aplomb in the bottom corner. Game over.
Many thanks to Sanjay for Umpiring