Return to football for the first team ✅
Progression to the next round of the county cup ✅
The boys returned to football after a little over a month lay off due to the weather playing havoc with the pitches for both sides. Woolaston Reserves home ground is currently closer to resembling a swimming pool than a pitch so the game was played at a neutral venue in Lydney.
Both sides were rusty and for Kingsway, that was abundantly evident in the first 20-30 minutes. The passing was a bit skewed and Woolaston seemed to be handling the enforced break better, passing the ball well and causing the Kingsway defence questions. It seemed to be Woolaston Reserves finishing that let them down and they continued, throughout this period, to allow Kingsway off the hook.
Kingsway did have a few bright sparks during this period, Igs Correia toe poking across goal from an awkward angle, only for the keeper to make a fantastic last ditch save, pushing the ball on to the post and evading Jack Dalby for a certain tap in.
The away side could smell blood and as the half went on, they gathered fluidity and fashioned a few guilt edge chances. Ryan Hooper with arguably the miss of the day from two yards out, hitting the crossbar after the ball was flashed in across the box at a difficult height. Igs Correia was on the rebound and lashed this towards goal, however the keeper pulled of a fantastic reflex save to deny the forward a much needed goal.
However, despite the keepers heroics, the breakthrough fell to the away side. Jack Dalby using his guile, strength and tricky feet to get into the box and win a penalty from a poor tackle to put Kingsway in pole position to open the scoring. Ryan Hooper did not disappoint with a sumptuous penalty into the top right hand corner as the keeper dived the wrong way.
Kingsway could have doubled their lead before half time as Samuel Sysum used his pace to run down the edge of the box and spotted Igs Correia free for a tap in across. However, his pass was poor and straight to the keeper frustrating both Sam and Igs. This was a general theme of Kingsway’s play with the final pass lacking in the first half.
The half ended with Kingsway 1-0 up and Kingsway knowing they would need to up the effort and tempo to maintain their lead and they did just that.
Samuel Sysum, shortly after the commencement of the second half, raced onto a through ball by Jimmy McRae to slide past the keeper. Sam will be disappointed by his poor passing throughout but he more than made up with this with the goal and he wasn’t done yet.
Woolaston Reserves came for a game and were keen to ensure they kept themselves in this. A well worked passing move put through the Woolaston Reserve striker who remained composed, 1-on-1 with the keeper, and slotted beyond him. With the score line at 2-1, the game was tight and Kingsway felt they may rue the missed chances of the first half.
To wash away Kingsway concern, Sam added a phenomenal second, a fantastic ‘Trivela’ with the outside of his foot from the edge of the box, wrongfooting the keeper and restoring Kingsway’s two goal lead after picking up the ball from a defensive mistake and running towards goal.
The game at this point ebbed away from Woolaston Reserves as Kingsway, in complete contrast to the first half, put on a finishing clinic.
Sam Sysum completed his hat trick with another fantastic finish, but this time in the box. The wingback was in confident mood and this was evident in his third, ignoring the pull back across the box to give the defender twisted blood, turning him inside out before slotting beyond the keeper at the near post.
Sam, whilst celebrating, was quoted as saying “my confidence there was disgusting” and we’re inclined to agree! The enigmatic wingback was in imperious form today and we hope it continues.
Not to be outdone, Ryan Hooper quickly adding his second. Igs capitalising on a defensive mistake to put Jack Dalby through who unselfishly squared for Ryan Hooper to sit down the keeper and squirm the second just beyond the keepers outstretched hand.
Woolaston Reserves did continue to press and probe but Kingsway were in buoyant mood by this point.
The gaffer, Ryan McDonald, came on in the final 10 to get some minutes into the legs, replacing Igs who just didn’t appear to be able to get going throughout the game.
The change appeared to have little impact on the rest of the side with Ryan Hooper adding his third and the second hat trick of the game in the dying minutes. Sam Sysum decided to find his passing boots to loft one in to Ryan Hooper. The striker applied a brilliantly deft header to loop over the keeper towards the far post and complete the score line at 6-1.
The final whistle ended the game shortly after and Kingsway will be delighted with the result after a long period of no football.
MOTM: Samuel Sysum – The wingback/forward will frustrate the life out of most managers but, when he is ‘on it’, he’s dangerously brilliant. His passing wasn’t at its greatest today but one thing you can guarantee is influential goals, pace and drive and he delivered those in abundance today.
The second goal was sublime technically and his third goal highlighted the very best of Sam, twisting and turning at pace before applying a deadly finish.
Long may it continue!