County survived a couple of late scares from a fluid Trinity side to hold on to an important three points following Danny Lloyd’s 10th goal of the season.
County lined up with the same formation and line up that saw them draw with Nuneaton at the weekend, save for Amis being replaced by Kayode Odejayi due to Injury. The Hatters quickly fell into a rhythm and looked dangerous going forward, and it only took till the 11th minute for County to take the lead.
For the second time in the past month, a quick goal-kick from Hinchliffe caught out the opposition defence and Danny Lloyd was able to capitalise, lobbing over the keeper to score his 10th goal of the season, on the same day his Grandfather was laid to rest. An appearance and goal which showed real dedication to the club, on what must have been an incredibly tough game to appear in. Full credit to Danny.
Meppen-Walters, Danny Lloyd and Odejayi all had further chances to add to the league, but County’s final product in this game was poor and despite some solid defending from Ross, Smalley and co, Trinity were still looking very handy upfront. This, coupled with some shocking officiating, and you just felt that County needed another goal to make the game safe.
HT: County 1-0 Trinity
County came out attacking the Cheadle End and continued in the same vain as the first half, Meppen-Walters & Montrose were inspired in midfield and County were creating opportunities at will but failing to put them away. The post, the crossbar, deflections and good keeping denied the Hatters in the second half. Meaning that the score remained at a very precarious 1-0.
Up went the board to announce 5 minutes of injury time, a final attention seeking act from a desperately poor official. In response, Trinity pilled players forward and actually finished the game with 5 strikers. Fortunately some good handling from Ben Hinchliffe relieved that final bit of pressure and the referee blew for full-time. Relief for County players and fans as they move 3 points closer to the play-offs.
Big 3 points after a tough couple of weeks.
FT: County 1-0 Trinity