Goater strike sees off Trojans
Robin Hood coach John Barry Nusum spoke of his relief after his side secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Somerset Trojans in the Dudley Eve Trophy at Bernard’s Park yesterday.
Tomiko Goater’s second-half strike proved the difference between the two sides but it would have been a different story had Jomari Gooden’s last-gasp effort not been cleared off the line by Casey Castle.
“They almost snatched a draw right at the end and we were hanging on a bit,” Nusum admitted. “They gave us a really good test, but I knew they would.
“I’m just pleased we managed to get the victory because at times it looked like it could have gone either way.
“It was a win and a clean sheet so we’ll take the positives from the game on build on that moving forward.”
The first half proved a predominantly one-sided affair as Hood tested Trojans’ goalkeeper Dequan Crockwell on a number of occasions.
The first of which saw Aaron Nelson receive possession on the edge of the area before unleashing a left-footed strike across goal which Crockwell did well to tip round the post.
The Trojans custodian had to be alert again just before the interval as he dived full length to tip Justin Corday’s goalbound free kick brilliantly away to ensure the game remained goalless.
However, there was nothing he could do in the 58th minute as Goater finally found a way through to break the deadlock.
Picking up possession on the left-hand side just outside the area, the forward shifted the ball onto his right foot before flashing a strike beyond the reach of Crockwell and into the far corner.
The setback appeared to spark Trojans into life as they created the clearer chances of the final half-hour.
Leo Burgess came close to levelling, flashing a volley narrowly wide but it was Gooden who came the closest to snatching a draw in the final seconds.
A corner was only cleared as far as the midfielder on the edge of the area, who fired through the crowded penalty area only to see his effort cleared off the line by the perfectly placed Castle, as Hood narrowly held on for the win.
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