Trojans carried their successful pre-season into South Premier League action, beating Eastbourne 4-1 with a much younger looking side that included three juniors.
The Division I game was fought mainly in the middle of the Stoneham pitch - Trojans opening the scoring when Dave McNee controlled a ball from Angus Haigh at the top of the D and then slotted it into the left-hand corner, writes Toby Dudson.
But soon after a slip by the experienced Chris Jackson gifted Eastbourne the ball in a promising area which Jamie Francis finished off with a reverse stick shot past Steve Cole to make it 1-1 at half-time.
Eastbourne put Trojans under pressure with two early but unconverted second half short corners.
But Trojans restored their lead when Matty Bell took a quick free-hit which found Ian Bassett (pictured playing indoors) to make it 2-1 with a fierce shot.
Later some confusion with an umpiring decision led to Trojans going through on goal with Eastbourne slow to react. Bassett passed the ball around the keeper to McNee, who slotted his second of the day with an easy finish.
Trojans made it 4-1 Dan Ferrier slotted away a penalty corner with a well executed drag flick.
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