On Saturday 3rd July Trojans went to Nottingham to play both Surbiton and Harrogate in a triangular finals day competition. (Having beaten Winchester, Guildford, London Wayfarers, Wimbledon and Clifton Robinsons to reach the finals)
Our first game was against Surbiton (they had already beaten Harrogate 1-0 in the first game of the day). The Trojan boys were nervous at the start of the game and Surbiton put our defence under a lot of pressure, scoring in the first half. In the second half, Trojans found their form and equalized with a short corner, converted with a great solo effort by Matthew Dicker. Whilst we did have chances to win, the game ended a draw, with our goalkeeper, Archie Chapman-Sheath, keeping us in the tournament with a super save minutes from the end of the game.
Although we were disappointed not to win, Trojans regrouped knowing that a 2 nil win over Harrogate would see them as Champions!
The Harrogate game started with Trojans on the front foot from the pushback. Trojans had numerous chances to score and broke the deadlock with a well-worked short corner, with Charlie Cook flicking the ball into the roof of the net. Whilst Harrogate did have a few chances, Trojans continued to pressurise the Harrogate goal. The second goal was another well-worked short corner routine, culminating with Charlie Cook flicking low to beat the GK.
Trojans had done it. The match finished 2-0 and Trojans were National Champions 2021.
The squad of players all did exceptionally well throughout the whole competition and Trojans U14 Boys are well-deserved winners. The future looks exciting for Trojans Hockey.
Thank you to Richard Roberts for supplying the match report.