6th March 2015
A determined and high-spirited band of ten Trinitonians laid claim to the wind-swept Stover pitches by arriving first and preparing both physically and mentally for the challenge ahead.
Stover clearly saw the threat coming and choose to maximise their home advantage by scheduling the Derby clash in slot 1. Despite the difficult conditions, Trinity created twenty shots on target although, frustratingly, no goals in the first passage of play. The Stover break always seemed to be on but Walker was granite-like in between the posts. Jake Evans, Jaime Pastor and Ben Clark combined fearlessly in midfield till they finally set up Jake to thunder home a well-deserved decisive goal. Jake struck again in the second half following another period of skilfully protected possession.
With the other match finishing in a draw, the mood in the camp was buoyant as our heroes took on Tower Hill next. The opposition created some impressive passing football but rarely created a substantial threat to the Trinity defence, authoritatively marshalled by our indomitable captain, Jordi Llonch. The greater athleticism and purpose of the team from the coast paid off as the matched finished 1-0, Ben Clark this time being the one to capitalise.
The tournament was now finely balanced but the team’s fate was in its own hands: a third win would mean an unassailable 9 points. However, with fatigue creeping in disaster struck as an unpromising solo run by a St John’s player resulted in the first goal conceded by Trinity all afternoon. However, when the going gets tough the tough get going. Cometh and the hour, cometh the man, Ben Clark was again the player in the right place at the right time. In a display of superlative goal-hanging, in a game without offsides, Ben Ashfield sealed the tournament victory when he managed to power home, not one but two goals.
Played 3, Won 3. A superb team effort from the whole squad.