Colin French reckons the goal which sealed his hat-trick and clinched Trojans’ 4-1 win over Tulse Hill & Dulwich was arguably among the best he has ever scored.
It came in the second half at Stoneham Lane with Trojans 3-1 up and preparing to celebrate Mark Tubb’s first South Premier League Division 2 win as manager.
“It was a 3D dribble inside the circle, past several defenders and the Dulwich goal keeper, culminating in a lifted shot past the defender on the line,” he recalled.
French has been a prolific goalscorer in local hockey for Trojans and Winchester over a long period of time, bagging his last treble in the 5-2 win over Blackheath a the tail end of last season..
“They don’t come much better than that,” he smiled.
Trojans produced a disciplined performance against a Tulse Hill team that pushed Winchester hard for the Premier 2 title last season, but which has yet to chalk up a point from the three matches this term.
“They are historically very structured and a side we generally don’t take three points from,” French recapped.
Schoolmaster French, who had several ex-pupils lining up as team-mates, got Trojans scoring underway after a dribble and pin-point pass from the right baseline from KES debutant Jacob Faye.
His second was a back post deflection coming from a quickly taken free hit outside the circle which caught the Dulwich defence out of position.
Scott Summers added a third either side of what proved a consolation goal for Tulse Hill’s Ash Neale.
Then came French’s hat-trick stunner, which sent Trojans’ celebrations into overdrive.
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