Men’s 1s- Epsom fall to Trojans

jimmy_m Match reports, Men 1st XI

 

Trojans: 4

Epsom: 3 (Harris, M.Atkinson, P.Atkinson)

 

Epsom fought hard away at league-leaders Trojans but were ultimately always coming up slightly short against a strong home side. Trojans dominated the first half, sweeping the ball around with pace and accuracy and orchestrating constant pressure. They scored early from a swift move down the right, and subsequently called returning Epsom legend Colin Savage into making several top saves. Savage was finally beaten again just before half time, after another fast moving Trojans counterattack saw a forward drill home a backhand shot to make it 2-0. Epsom hadn’t really got going and could have been further behind.

The second half was much more even after James Harris fired home a short corner to make it 2-1. This strike seemed to rattle Trojans and Epsom were able to apply more pressure. However, Trojans were solid at the back and then made it 3-1 midway through the half. Epsom rallied and Mike Atkinson fired home a short corner for 3-2. Epsom kept coming but in their search for an equaliser they were leaving more and more spaces at the back. Some further heroics from Savage kept Trojans at bay but the hosts eventually made it 4-2 with an end-to-end counterattack with just 3 minutes remaining. Epsom won a penalty corner right on the final whistle which Paul Atkinson clinically converted for 4-3. Trojans were the better side on the day with Epsom needing to pick up their game. The side hosts Bournemouth next week at Therfield School.