St John Fisher 4 Holy Trinity 1
Holy Trinity finished their second game of the season against new boys St John Fisher with a 4-1 defeat.
Trinity were keen to get their season off to a win following their 2-2 draw against Elim two weeks prior whilst Fisher would have been keen to turn around their 9-2 defeat for their opening game at home.
Prior to the game, it was announced that Nutting will take up the captaincy for Trinity this season who we all wish the best of luck and are sure he will do a great job of skippering Trinity. There were also new faces in the Trinity camp following a recruitment drive to the team who we wish the best of luck in their time with the team. There was also the return of Foster in central defence to partner Nutting.
The game started fairly evenly with Trinity starting out making plenty of attacks down the right wing in the first ten minutes but nothing clear cut came to avail. The game then became more even with Fisher coming back into the game and playing some good football.
It was the home side who broke the deadlock first. An attack into the penalty area took multiple ricochets before Fisher slammed the ball home to make it 1-0.
Trinity tried to forge a way back in but were held up by a hardworking midfield and a sturdy defence to prevent the visitors drawing back level. Fisher’s advantage however, clearly seemed to spark confidence in the team and were prevented from furthering their lead but for a couple of saves from Hargreaves.
Fisher’s persistence however finally bore fruit when they doubled their lead following an attack into the penalty area with a one on one and then further extended their lead shortly afterwards to make it 3-0 towards the end of the first half.
Having read that the margin of Fisher’s defeat wasn’t a fair reflection of their previous game, it was evident that this was a fair statement from their previous opponents Meredith. Trinity in the meantime wouldn’t be blamed for feeling shell-shocked!
Trinity however didn’t cave in following the goals and managed to forge some good moves; the fast pace of Smith and some stubborn moves brought out a couple of decent blocks from the Fisher keeper along with a solid back line.
Half time came and the scoreline remained at 3-0. Shortly into the first half, Fisher scored yet again to make it 4-0 with a powerful shot right down the middle of the goal. Trinity however salvaged some pride by pulling a goal back midway through the second half; a good attack down the middle resulted in Black making it 4-1.
A goal apiece in the second half is what both teams ended up with. Barring a couple of saves a piece from both keepers, neither keeper had any other significant contributions to make. Fisher were doing more of the attacking with some good passing and movement but equally, Trinity were there to cut out the attacks with the defence looking more resolute in the second period. Trinity furthermore looked for a second goal to reduce the deficit but this time, it was only in vain.
Trinity will ultimately feel disappointed by not being able to win following the draw with Elim, but will take positives in drawing the second half and with playing much better football in that period combined with having new faces in the team. Hopefully having the team gel with the new faces and consistency in playing will start to yield better results over time.
For Fisher, with a performance like that, other teams may well start viewing them as tough opponents and they will probably beat a few teams over the season.