Holy Trinity began their season at home in a game which finished honours even.
The home side was skippered by Nutting; Holy Trinity’s player of the season last year. With two sub players to choose from along with new faces and positives taken from Trinity’s final pre-season match last week, the confidence was flowing more today than in previous games.
Trinity started the better side and were indeed carving out the bulk of the chances. A couple of flurries came Elim’s way, but it wasn’t substantial to mount a serious threat to the Trinity defence.
Elim’s goalkeeper in the opening stages was clearly the busier of the two and he had to pull off a smart save to stop Trinity breaking the deadlock. Elim came pressing again; but didn’t have enough in the locker to get a shot on target.
Midway through the first half, the deadlock was broken. Smith had been keeping the Elim defence busy with his runs down the left flank and cut in to unleash an unstoppable right foot shot which this time, the Elim goalkeeper could do nothing about.
For the remainder of the first half, possession and attacking were fairly even with neither goalkeeper troubled and so it finished at half time 1-0 to Trinity.
One of Trinity’s troubles last season was giving away goals in a short space of time when in winning or drawing positions. Come the start second half, Trinity doubled their lead; a good attacking move combined with a defensive mix up at the back allowed Westwood to open his account for the season.
The Trinity goal had seemed to kick Elim into gear and indeed they halved the deficit midway through the second half. A long ball over the top resulted in a defensive mix up at the back which allowed Elim to lob the ball over the onrushing Hargreaves in goal to make it 2-1.
Trinity however kept their positivity and shape and forged a couple of good attacks but couldn’t find an elusive third goal which probably would have killed the game off.
The last ten minutes saw Elim throw everything forward to search for an equaliser. Nutting and Guru were resolute at the back along with Shineton and Milla on the right and left flanks respectively. Elim still pressed and Hargreaves managed to make a smart save from an Elim header which was cleared by Shineton on the rebound.
Elim however still continued to show their stubbornness and were rewarded with an equaliser in stoppage time. A corner came in from the left hand side and the ball in the centre was overhead kicked right in between Hargreaves and Shineton on the line to make it 2-2.
There was barely time to take stock with the whistle blowing about a minute later so it finished honours even for the two teams in the opening game of the campaign.
For Elim, the result will probably feel like a win for them having fought back from 2-0 in the second half. For Trinity however, the result will probably be the opposite throughout the camp.