Holy Trinity 1 Coventry Saints 3
Holy Trinity succumbed to a 3-1 home defeat in a game which was closer than the scoreline suggested.
Knowing beforehand that Saints were a good team in terms of both skill and fitness, Trinity’s objective was to match Saints in all respects and shoot when the chances were on.
Saints started the brighter of the two sides carving out an attack early on. An initial couple of forays for Saints followed which they couldn’t convert.
Trinity then started to forge a way into the game playing some good passing football and matching Saints physically. A good, even match was now on. Trinity in the mid to latter stages of the first half were probably edging the game and had managed a couple of shots on target but nothing significant to trouble the Saints keeper.
The first half ended 0-0 with the evidence suggesting that this was a match that could go either way.
As Trinity have done so often in the early stages of the second half, they made it hard for themselves by conceding early on. A defensive mix up at the back and the ball ricocheting like a pinball outside the Trinity box, Saints took advantage to curl home a great opening goal to break the deadlock at the start of the second half.
Trinity however showed no signs of defeatism from the goal and replied quickly to level the scores through Taft. Taft, a new recruit this season showing good promise, opened his account for the season playing up front with Mayne.
The game stayed 1-1 for a while and a subsequent long range effort from Taft cannoned off the crossbar. Mayne continued his customary good hold up play and it was evident the strikers were playing with more cohesion than before.
Saints’ lead was restored soon after. A cross from the right was misjudged by Hargreaves in goal to make it 2-1. Again, Trinity came forward and pressed for an equaliser but were denied by the woodwork for a second and third time.
Eventually, the game was killed off at the death. Trinity, chasing an equaliser, were caught on the attack and after some weaving play from Saints the ball was struck home to make it 3-1.
The score finished 3-1. For Saints, a hard fought victory. For Trinity, plenty of positives and a morale booster in one of their better performances. There was more synergy between the front players, more physicality throughout the park, and less hesitation to shoot in front of goal. Trinity can look to move forward and take this style of play and attitude into subsequent games.