Kingsway Rovers kicked off the year in winning fashion, bringing an end to a recent slump in form and will now hope to kick on for the duration of the season.
Coming off the back of no football for just under a month, the typical high press, high intensity style of play from Kingsway was somewhat subdue, though the side were full of endeavour and attempting to get ‘feel’ their way back into swing of things.
Longlevens 3rd’s set up well, structured and the game plan appeared to be to frustrate the home side whilst capitalising, quickly, on their aerial prowess – with Longlevens being much the bigger side man for man. However, Kingsway dealt with this well and dealt with the aerial duels/play that has so often been the Achilles heel of the side in years gone by.
The game was largely played in midfield, with neither side being able to fashion much in the way of clear cut chances in the early part of the first half. That was until Tyler lofted the ball from defence over to Kingsway’s now top goal scorer, Ryan Hooper. The forward has been in good goalscoring form in the last run of games and, despite nearly losing the ball to the keeper, managed to take it round him, compose himself and slot with defenders rushing back.
Beyond this, Kingsway struggled to fashion more clear cut chances in the half. The closest coming from Igs, having gone on a sensation run beating three players, before having the shot blocked by the centre half. The half ended with Kingsway up by one and seemingly comfortable, with Longlevens 3rd’s offering little the other way as Kingsway dealt with the aerial threat the away side looked to capitalise on.
The second half was much the same, each side continuing to push and probe but very little in the final third that troubled either keeper. As the half ticked on, Longlevens 3rds became the more attacking side, pumping balls into the box, with Kingsway retreating to defend their lead. The home side’s backline was in no mood to throw away a clean sheet and dealt with every ball in imperious fashion. The game ended, much in the pattern of the final 10 minutes, with Kingsway heading clear a deep free kick into the box and remained defiant in their prospects of keeping, what has been up until now, a very elusive clean sheet.
MOTM – Charlie: Charlie was superb at the heart of the defence, winning the majority of his aerial duals, confident on the ball and being able to start off passing moves from defence in typical Kingsway style.
A special mention to all of the back line who were all tremendous and the MOTM could have gone to any of them, however Charlie was the overwhelming nominee for an imperious display and the award is well deserved.