Sungate 1 - 4 Catholic United
By Thomas Kearney
HOOPS BEAT SUNGATE BY THE SAME SCORELINE IN SUCCESSIVE WEEKS
Catholic United replicated last weekend’s cup win to beat the same opposition by the same scoreline at Ilford Rugby Club.
Victory moved Dan Trenkel’s side out of the relegation zone as the Hoops recorded back-to-back league wins courtesy of a Tom Hollingsworth brace, as well as goals from Jamie Salmon & Aaron Baldwin.
In treacherous conditions in East London, along with being hampered by a late arrival & no substitutes, Catholic dug in to produce their most resilient performance of the season.
Jamie Salmon opened the scoring after 20 minutes when having caught the keeper off guard, drilled home a low free kick after Hollingsworth was fouled on the edge of the box.
The scoreline remained until a blistering start to the second half from the Hoops extended their advantage.
Adjusting to the horrendous conditions quicker, Baldwin headed home - his third in as many starts from the club - at the front post following some neat footwork & delivery from Thomas Kearney on the left.
Hollingsworth then grabbed his first of the afternoon when running on to a flick on, lashed a left-footed strike from 20 yards in emphatic fashion.
The hosts did pull one back when Ciaran Kelly capitalised on defensive hesitancy with the ball holding up in the breeze to break through & round Louis Godwin-Green.
With the impending late rally diminishing as quickly as the light goes starting games at 14:00 without floodlights(!), the visitors killed off the match with 10 minutes remaining after when Tony Jacobs was brought down in the opposition area & Hollingsworth converted for his 14th goal of the season.
Well played, Sungate, & all the best for the rest of the campaign. Let’s leave it a few weeks at least before we face each other again though.
Special mention to Jimmy Morgan who turned out for the Hoops late on & performed extremely well at left back. Good man, Jim.
Next week sees Catholic face bottom of the table Manford Way at the Len Salmon Stadium.