Saturday had all the ingredients needed for an upset; Christmas party season, Trinity on good form and a derby against a Kenley side who had only procured 1 point all season but were always going to be up for beating their rivals. The pre-match talk centred on not being complacent and needing to back up our good work from previous weeks by securing the 3 points.
The first half went as most would have expected, Trinity seeing a lot of the ball with Kenley sitting deep and looking to hit us on the break. With a lot of time on the ball in certain areas of the pitch we were guilty in the first 20 minutes of trying to force it forward too quickly, but we rectified this in the last 15 minutes and got two goals to show for our troubles, courtesy of John Devaney following some good work from Robbie Warburton and a Callum Thorner drag flick. 2-0 at half time with the power to add a lot more if we kept playing in the same way in the 2nd half.
However, the game plan fell apart a bit with a double blow straight after half time - Kenley striking twice in similar fashion with a good touch at the back post and in a blink of the eye it was 2-2, the momentum was with them and we were up against it for the first time in the match. Fortunately the side has grown this year and instead of disintegrating we played some sensible hockey to turn the tide which led to a short corner, Callum duly slotting to make it 3-2 and score his 2nd of the day. A few more chances came and went before we earned ourselves another short, Callum slotting again to make it 4-2 and the game looked safe with 10 minutes to go. However, Kenley weren't done and they managed to score from a short once again, and just as thoughts turned to a nervy last 7 minutes we won a flick straight from the push back, which after a long and cold delay in sending their keeper off was put away by Josh as we saw out the rest of the game comfortably. 5-3 in a bit of a ding dong battle, not the greatest hockey all the way through but enough to get the 3 points and keep our good run going.
So the pre-Christmas report reads as follows: 6th place with 16 points represents a good recovery following a rather disappointing start with too many draws which should have been victories. However, we have been very competitive against the top of the league sides and if we beat the sides that we should do after Christmas whilst maintaining the standards against the top sides it could be a very enjoyable 2nd half of the year.