Kenley edge TMW Club XI in exciting seven goal friendly thriller

By - Wednesday 11th September, 2013

Chris Austin reviews Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian’s first club XI early pre-season friendly against Kenley Hockey Club on Saturday 7th September 2013

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After an exciting Summer League in Purley and a few new Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian Hockey Club (Trinity Mids) faces on the pitch, the side was looking fresh and highly motivated for their first Club XI friendly against Kenley 1st XI.

There was some confusion over who was the home side as both teams are fortunate enough to use one of the top astroturf pitches in Croydon as their home ground, at Warlingham School. For both sides this has been very important in the development of their skills and a breath of fresh air from the days of grass hockey. As it was, Trinity Mids lined up in their away strip of white and Kenley in their home shirts of Blue and Yellow.

For the first quarter Trinity Mids carried their new found confidence into the game with some excellent passing and possession, but as the game went on this diminished as Kenley Hockey Club started to take the game by the scruff of the neck. In total Kenley lead the game 3-0 at half time, leaving Trinity Mids with an almost impossible task. 3-0 (GOALS: Chalmers and Lawrey)

However, after some excellent words of wisdom from Jake Metcalfe, Josh Alexander, and Chris Austin (the more senior team members) the Mids took to the second half with new found confidence and belief.

Both goals flew into the net; with the first a powerful reverse stick drive, and the second a well crafted and placed flick

The fightback began with a outstanding brace from Jake Metcalfe, who had obviously been listening to his own team talk and decided to take it upon himself to claw the game back. Both goals for Jake took similar routes with great build-up play involving Pete Marriott, Oscar Howell, and Dan Ramsey. It seemed an impossible task in both instances, but with two reverse stick spins, excellent balance, and skills, there could only be one outcome. Both goals flew into the net; with the first a powerful reverse stick drive, and the second a well crafted and placed flick – the latter an early contender for Trinity Mids goal of the season. 3-2 (GOALS: Metcalfe)

As the minutes went by Trinity Mids persevered, but the third goal against Kenley would not come until Bobby Watson (back for the summer whilst studying at Reading University) was perfectly positioned from a short corner to flick low to Kenley’s Ben Gane’s left. 3-3. (GOAL: Watson)

Ben Gane was unlucky on this occasion. To reinforce this, and contrary to what the scoreline might suggest, Rhys O’Flaherty and Ben Gane both had good games and the scoreline could have been greater still than this exciting battle.

As the game had progressed, Kenley HC edged it on possession, whilst territorial advantage was very much with Trinity Mids, through efficient possession and some stupendous counter attacking hockey. In the end the game was decided by a well hit cross-shot into the D by Colin Burke that sadly picked up a deflection off one of the Trinity Mids defenders. 4-3 (GOAL: Own Goal)

Trinity Mids continued to compete with Kenley, but by now the clock had counted down. Chatter at the sidelines after the game explained how it felt to be part of such a great game, whether umpiring or playing, or with the excellent support from Trinity Mids and Kenley parents and girlfriends alike.

May we wish both Kenley HC and TMWC the best for their games in Surrey Regional and SOHL divisions for the forthcoming 2013 /2014 season.

Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian Hockey Club

Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian Hockey Club

Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian Hockey Club are one of Croydon’s leading clubs fielding four teams every Saturday in the county leagues. Traditionally the borough’s most successful club, the 1st XI now play in Surrey Division 1 alongside local rivals Addiscombe and Croydon Old-Whits. Originally founded in 1957 as the old boys’ team of Trinity School, the club now welcomes allcomers and run a very popular juniors’ section on Sunday mornings.

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