Rutter brace lifts Willis Cup for Trinity

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Trinity showed their strength in depth with their Reserve team defeating their St Peter counterparts 3-2 at Springfield, St Peter netting late goals through juniors Darren A’Court and Aaron Maynard, writes Andy Bradshaw.

Denis Corrigan, Trinity’s manager, said: ‘It was a disappointing game overall, I think the occasion got to both teams.

However we won and I’m delighted.

‘Defensively we kept St Peter out all night only to switch off at 3-0 up.

We relaxed and let them back in with a couple of late goals.

‘Our name goes on the trophy for the second time and there are some big names on it already including Southampton, Benfica and Cambridge! I really don’t know how they got there?’ For the record, the former pair competed for the silverware while playing in the now defunct Guiton Division while Cambridge were victors when representing Sunday football’s Jersey Soccer League.

Beatson nodded home a Gerrard Meadows corner kick on the stroke of half-time and 90 seconds after the break Rutter found a bottom corner after he was left in acres of space in the middle of St Peter’s defence.

Numerous spectators missed both goals having departed for an early half-time cuppa and then returning minutes after the resumption! Rutter fired home his second on a far post, following a Steve Jones cross, to make it 3-0 before the Saints replied with their late consolations – A’Court finishing well after winning the ball in midfield and Maynard capitalising on a mistake to nod the ball over the goalkeeper.

St Peter manager Bernie Hopley said: ‘Trinity worked the registrations better than us, I think we could have been stronger! ‘We missed injured junior striker Ryan Le Cornu badly, getting to the final he has been marvellous with excellent penetration for us in attack and had he played it could have been very different.

‘It was a blow losing goals either side of half time but I’m glad we pulled a couple back because I didn’t think Trinity were three goals better than us on the night.’

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