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Trent College 3 Oundle 1
A strong first half display of good passing and excellent finishing laid the foundation for another impressive victory for the Trent College 1st XI on Saturday the 4th of October. Having not beaten Oundle at this level for 5 years, Trent were determined to match their visitors’ pace and determination from the start, and although Oundle did create two penalty corner chances early in the game, the Trent defence were able to soak up the early pressure and it was not long before the home team began to dominate possession.
Impressive ball retention across the back line and solid midfield play allowed the attackers to stretch the Oundle defence with good movement off the ball. This combined with purposeful probing passing around the packed Oundle defence created the first chance of the game which fell in the circle to Charlotte Gale, who calmly rounded the goalkeeper to slot home on the reverse stick for her 4th goal of the season. Trent were soon on the attack again and a flowing move through the centre of the pitch resulted in Paige Gillott hitting the post from the left hand side of the circle.
Trent continued to play on the front foot and pressure resulted in Oundle conceding a penalty corner which was well defended by the goalkeeper, but found its way to Rebekah King, who gleefully converted the rebound to send Trent 2-0 ahead after 15 minutes. It was King who added the third goal on 24 minutes, when she turned and fired in a rasping shot from the edge of the circle following delightful approach play from Lewyckyj and Godwin down the right hand side.
Trent continued to control the game in the second half, and could have added to their lead with Gale and Gillott having driving runs into the circle snuffed out before they could get their shots away. Oundle, to their credit, kept working hard and scored a deserved consolation goal with 10 minutes remaining on the clock when an attack on their right was pushed home from close range.
Trent went looking for the fourth goal, which would have given them a bonus point, and forced a penalty corner in the final minute, but were unable to convert it and in the end they had to settle for 4 points in the ISHL table.
Trent play their final game of this half of the season away to Bromsgrove this Saturday, and will be looking to round of a pleasing series of matches so far with another victory.