Triton Hockey Club match reports
DEESIDE MEN’S 3s 1
TRITON MEN’S 1s 5
Triton Men’s 1s mounted another successful comeback after overcoming a two-goal deficit for the third consecutive week.
The first half was a real struggle as nothing seemed to click for Triton. To the contrary, Deeside looked dangerous throughout and took a 2-0 lead in to half-time.
The second half was a completely different story as Triton dominated from the start.
The visitors pulled a goal back after 10 minutes, as Andy Conway was on hand to sweep home from close range after a good run from Mikey Calam. Conway then netted the equaliser, intercepting a ball across the defence and slotting under the Deeside keeper.
With 10 minutes to go, Triton took the lead from a penalty corner as Ryan Griffiths slotted home on the reverse.
A few minutes later, the win was secured when Martin Gregory’s initial effort from a penalty corner was blocked but Gregory smashed the rebound into the roof of the net.
CHESTER LADIES’ 2s 11 TRITON LADIES’ 1s 2
Triton Ladies’ 1s were battered by both Storm Dennis and Chester in a tough away fixture.
A slow start saw the hosts score two quickfire goals and the Triton players knew they were in for a long 70 minutes. However the visitors grew into the half, creating chances. Michelle Price grabbed a goal to give them some hope.
The conditions turned torrential but both teams continued to play some lovely hockey, passing the ball around and using the channels to break through.
Chester were too effective on the break and scored some quality team goals. But the Triton heads never dropped, typified by player of the match Kate Dale and they scored a deserved second when Michelle Price rounded the advancing keeper and slotted the ball home.
TRITON MEN’S 2s 6
ALDERLEY EDGE MEN’S 4s 1
The Men’s 2s put their recent narrow defeats behind them with a 6-1 thumping of Alderley Edge.
It was soon evident that Triton was the stronger side - a point reinforced by two early goals and the reluctance of the Edge side to move from a half court press.
Controlling play across the back and through the midfield, Triton created both space and regular chances. Goals, however, were slightly harder to come by due to some wasteful finishing and some fine saves by the Alderley keeper.
Four goals were eventually scored in the first half and a further two in the second, with O’Shay Reddy getting a brace. Joss Berry, Greg Williamson, Harry Clare and Mike Fielding got one each.
Had it not been for the late consolation goal, this would have been the perfect vindication of the effort and performances of recent weeks. Even then, the Edge goal only served to take the gloss off what was a thoroughly deserved and comfortable victory.
TRITON LADIES’ 2s 1
OXTON LADIES’ 3s 2
This result was a disappointment for the Ladies’ 2s as they narrowly lost at home to Oxton.
Trailing 2-0 at the break, the team mounted a strong second half performance led by player of the match Sophie Stanley, with Darcey Pawezowski pulling a goal back from a penalty corner.
Sadly the equaliser didn’t come from a great performance.
TRITON MEN’S 3s 2
CREWE VAGRANTS MEN’S 2s 1
The Men’s 3s got their promotion push back on track, after the shock defeat the previous weekend, by ending Vagrants’ unbeaten season.
James Leak opened the scoring before a Vagrants equaliser but Paul King secured a vital three points for Triton to keeps them five points above Sandbach in second place.
CREWE VAGRANTS MEN’S 3s 6 TRITON MEN’S 4s 1
The Men’s 4s hopes of repeating their pre-Christmas win were heavily dashed with a defeat by the improving Vagrants 3s.
Triton started well but went behind when Crewe took advantage of a penalty corner.
However, the visitors fought back. Benji Townsend collected a loose ball in midfield and played it out right to Ben Brock. Brock took the ball to the right of the D before firing it in to Alex Potts who slapped it past the Crewe keeper for a really well worked goal.
Mike Oliver drove the team forward from a deep-lying midfield position and Triton threatened on a number of occasions. Brock, in particular, was unlucky not to get, at least, a goal - having numerous shots and, also, rounding the keeper twice with two goal line blocks.
Despite the balance of play being pretty equal, Triton could count themselves unlucky to go in 4-1 down at half-time.
An early Crewe goal in the second half appeared to take the wind out of Triton’s sails and their attacking performance didn’t quite match the first half. Nevertheless, chances came and went. Crewe edged the half, had the better of the play and were more clinical in front of goal.
Brock put in a brilliant performance with Mike Oliver and Tony Johnson making a welcome return after periods of absence.