Hockey: Allberry hat-trick as Tunbridge Wells rout Trojans with clinical display

Pam Mills
TUNBRIDGE WELLS came into the game on the back of three straight victories as they sat on top of South Premier League Division Two.

They started brightly with Trojans unable to make any inroads into the Wells’ half thanks to the relentless press.

Good work from Sam George and Ben Alberry forced the Trojans keeper to parry a shot out to Ben Brandt, who controlled the bobbling ball and slotted the rebound to give Wells the lead.

From there the home side never looked back and created multiple chances, flooding the Trojans D with players and pressure.

Another turnover resulted in a neat interchange through the midfield and Allberry netted a second.

He added to his tally shortly before half-time, the ball just creeping over the line despite the best efforts of the Trojans’ keeper and scramble defence.

The Wells pressure was proving too much for Trojans, and Jack Garwood finished off after some neat stick work by George.

Soon the score climbed to 5-0 when Allberry’s shot was blocked on the line by a Trojan foot, and he duly completed his hat-trick with the penalty stroke.

Trojans did pull one back with some clinical finishing after a turnover in midfield, slotting past the diving James Harris to spoil Wells’ clean sheet.

However, this seemed to re-energise the home side and George rounded off a fabulous solo effort with a reverse-stick finish into the bottom corner.

The rout was completed when Brandt netted his second after some neat stick work along the baseline, slotting the ball under the oncoming keeper.

It was a comprehensive win and powerful performance from Wells that ensures they remain top of the league with no points dropped so far.

However, a testing run of matches against sides in the top half of the table starts with a fixture against fourth-placed Bournemouth at Tonbridge School on Saturday [October 28, 1pm start].

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