Stop Stuart Tognarelli!
That’s Trojans’ plan in the countdown for Saturday’s Hampshire/Surrey Regional League Division 2 summit against Winchester.
Tognarelli is the free scoring Winchester striker Trojans know they have to stop if they are to win the Stoneham Lane derby, which features the area’s two unbeaten clubs.
Tognarelli has scored 18 of Winchester’s 39 goals this season and has bagged hat-tricks in each of his last three outings.
His striking prowess has led to Winchester winning seven of their eight matches – an identical record to that of Trojans, who boast the best defensive record in the Regional Division.
It promises to be a fascinating 70-minute contest between the two local sides who are firm favourites to take the two promotion places at the end of the season.
Tognarelli nailed his latest threesome in Winchester’s 5-0 win over Trinity Mid-Whitgiftians, who lie pointless at the foot of the table.
Once Tognarelli seized upon a poorly taken Trinity 23-metre hit and put Winchester ahead with a reverse-stick shot, the outcome was seldom in doubt.
Trinity did hit the upright and forced a fine save from Ally Birch, but after several near misses Rob Craddock picked out Eric Woodward from a penalty corner to double Winchester’s lead.
Craddock did the spadework again soon after – his surging run being halted by another fine save by the over-worked Trinity goalkeeper, who was only able to parry the ball into the path of Jon Saltmarsh, who picked up the pieces from the rebound.
Tognarelli went on to complete his hat-trick after that – his second goal a drag flick and the third, in the dying minutes, with another reverse-stick shot.
Trojans, meanwhile, beat third-placed Haslemere 5-1 at Woolmer Hill, where Peter Symonds’ College student Ed Jeffery, left, celebrated his maiden first team hat-trick.
Teenager Jeffery pocketed a hat-trick of penalty corner drag flicks as Trojans scored five second-half goals to nail the Surrey side.
Trojans trailed 1-0 and had Ian Bassett sin-binned for 14 minutes, but once they were back to a full complement of players Jeffery’s precision set-pieces took full effect.
Jeffrey bagged his goals alongside strikes by Piers Eveleigh and James Sordillo, which swept Trojans to victory.
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