Triton Hockey Club match reports
TRITON MEN’S 1s 4
NESTON MEN’S 3s 1
Triton Men’s 1s secured second place in the North West Premier Division and with it promotion following a convincing home win over Neston.
After falling behind in their past few games, Triton were keen to get the first goal on the board this week and did so as Mikey Calam broke from midfield to tee up Tom Chaddock who had his first effort blocked before finishing at the second attempt.
At this point, it seemed that Triton were going to storm away with the win but a defensive lapse let Neston in for an equaliser that keeper JP Dodd couldn’t save.
From this moment on, player of the match Alex Fitton and Daniel Austin mopped up everything at the back with some fine tackling.
Triton took the lead again before half-time as top scorer Ryan Griffiths slotted through the keeper’s legs.
Brad Stevens and Will Turner worked tirelessly up front to create Triton chances, occupying the Neston defence in the process.
In the second half, Martin Gregory started to dominate proceedings down the right hand side by maintaining possession for the home team and Simon Trenbirth began to control the midfield.
Danny Leidland picked up a back injury but bravely carried on through the second half, helping Triton to attack from the back down the left.
Chaddock got his second of the game to make it 3-1, pushing home following good work from Stevens.
Andy Conway completed the scoring five minutes later to secure the win with a typically accomplished finish.
SANDBACH MEN’S 1s 3
TRITON MEN’S 2s 1
(Division One South)
Three quickfire goals from Sandbach in a 10-minute period won this local derby.
Ben Laxton scored the consolation goal for Triton.
TRITON MEN’S 3s 1
WILMSLOW MEN’S 4s 1
(Division Five South East)
The Men’s 3s were left frustrated in their attempts to also secure promotion with a game to go in the season.
With such an important game, Triton started nervously and were on the back foot for most of the first 15 minutes.
Thankfully, the defensive line soaked up the pressure until the team settled down.
One such attack resulted in Ali Joyce taking a nasty knock to his hand which resulted in him missing the rest of the game.
Triton finally got into their stride and the pressure was firmly in the opposite direction for most of the remaining game.
The opening goal came from a well-worked penalty corner when Tom Statham struck across the face of goal and Dan Hancock was on hand to finish it.
Triton dominated for large parts of the second half but couldn’t make their pressure count in front of goal.
Player of the match Matt Kerry had an excellent game, mopping up all the counter-attacks that were thrown his way.
However, Wilmslow equalised 10 minutes from the end meaning that Triton need a win to secure promotion in their last league game at the weekend.