Triton Hockey Club match reports

(Premier Division)
The Men’s 1s impressive start to 2020 continued away at Stockport Bramhall.
Triton pressed high from the off and pinned Stockport back, forcing a number of mistakes from the home team. Despite this Triton were unable to break the deadlock and it was Stockport who had the better early chances with keeper JP Dodd making a number of smart saves.
A brilliant move broke through the Stockport defence when Jack Newell found Andy Conway who squared the ball perfectly for Ryan Griffiths to open the scoring and continue his rich vein of goal-scoring form.
The opening goal was soon followed by a second as Conway scored with a smart deflection after a pinpoint cross by Martin Gregory.
Triton had a comfortable 2-0 lead at half-time.
It was Stockport who started the second half brighter as they forced Triton back, winning a penalty corner that was swiftly converted to make the score 2-1.
Triton stuck to the job however and managed the game effectively as ill discipline affected the home team.
Austin, Harrington, Currie, Leidland, Trenbirth and Fitton kept cool in the defence and were rarely troubled by the home team as they controlled the ball.
With 10 minutes to go Triton made the game safe as they won a penalty corner. Although Chris Cooper’s initial shot was saved, then Mikey Calam hit the post before putting the rebound across the goal for Gregory to score.
Further chances came for Turner, who looked dangerous throughout, but the game remained 3-1 to Triton.
(Division One South)
The Men’s 2s played in a helter-skelter game against Sale at Alsager Sports Hub.
From a fast, high intensity start, Triton took a 2-0 within the first five minutes. The first followed a Mike Fielding aerial ball from the back to Tom Chaddock who similarly took the aerial route into the D where an on-rushing Joss Berry lobbed the ball over the keeper with a deft touch.
This was rapidly followed by a goal from Tony Stevens who received the ball on the penalty spot and slapped a bouncing ball past the keeper. Unfortunately, Triton failed to maintain the intensity, allowing Sale to get a foothold in the game and pull a goal back late in the first half.
After the break, Triton again started well but despite significant pressure failed to score. Once again this offered Sale the opportunity to take advantage, which it did from the penalty spot.
Frustrated by this, Triton again pushed forward, creating a series of chances, but all were squandered or well saved by the Sale keeper.
Adding to the building pressure, Sale took the lead from a penalty corner. Determined not to lose, Triton again pressed where, with two minutes to go, the ball was played into Joss Berry who whipped the ball past the Sale keeper with an excellent reverse stick sweep.
(Division Five South East)
The Men’s 3s slipped up away at Bowdon in a game it dominated for significant parts.
Triton created multiple chances throughout the game with a significant number of attempts on goal but the hosts scored five minutes from half-time with a breakaway goal.
However, the team remains second in Division Five SE, three points clear of second place.
(Division Six South East)
The Men’s 4s battled hard, showing a vast improvement over the previous week but ultimately went down to four second half goals.
Knutsford dominated the game for large periods, as the home team anticipated. However, a combination of wasteful finishing and a determined Triton rear-guard saw the 4s shut Knutsford out until half-time.
Indeed, Triton came close to scoring through Ben Brock and Lee Wilson, who had good chances.
In the second half, Knutsford scored four times, a couple fortuitous, without reply. At times, Triton lost their shape, trying to pull a goal back but the team cannot be faulted for this endeavour.
Triton can be pleased with the way the defence and midfield worked hard to make things difficult for the opposition.
Keeper Geroge Jenkins had a fantastic game and pulled off a couple of very good reaction saves. James Molesworth, Si Cruxton, Ben Truscott and Nathan Williams all defended resolutely. Going forward, Triton tried to break with pace down the flanks. Brock was a significant threat and was unlucky not to get on the score sheet — coming close to scoring in both halves and deserving a goal by virtue of his effort.