Leigh Ramblers 0 - 1 Catholic United
By Thomas Kearney
SUPER SUB TRENKEL WINS DERBY FOR HOOPS
Catholic United returned to winning ways with a hard-fought 0-1 victory against local rivals Leigh Ramblers at Belfairs Park.
Playing with 10 men for the majority of the second half after Brad Vaughan was dismissed with the scoreline goalless, the Hoops resiliently regrouped to produce the games one outstanding moment as Dan Trenkel sealed the three points.
Whilst both sides played at the same venue in Ilford the previous weekend, the resultant moods contrasted considerably leading into the return fixture following October’s stalemate. Ramblers secured a 1-3 win against Sungate whereas Catholic’s resurgence up the league was halted by a shock single goal defeat to Manford Way.
How the Hoops reacted would determine the character within the squad that was boosted by the return of Jamie Salmon & Max Kent.
In a nondescript opening 45 minutes as both teams failed to stamp their authority, the game changing incident occurred shortly after the break when Vaughan was sent off for denying a goal-scoring opportunity.
Reverting to a diamond midfield & Trenkel replacing the injured former-Ramblers player Hollingsworth, gave the Hoops more control as the home side failed to capitalise on the numerical advantage.
With 20 minutes remaining, both substitutes combined with a goal worthy to win any match. Collecting the ball on the left, Kent picked out Trenkel with a glorious diagonal pass before the striker cushioned the ball first time over the towering Dylan Skinner.
The Hoops return to action on Wednesday night with another local derby against Old Southendian at The Len Salmon Stadium.
All the best for the rest of the season, Leigh Ramblers. Also, thanks to Andy Wilkins for supplying the matchday photographs.