Shortwood United defender Tom Hoskins has praised his teammates for the perfect start to 2020 after Wood’s 4-0 win at Cirencester Town Development on Tuesday night.
After a slow first half an hour which saw both sides feel their way into the game, Shortwood took the lead through Luke Soule – who had earlier had a goal disallowed for offside.
Soule’s 43rd minute finish came after some great build up play down the right before the forward swept the ball past Joe Wright to send the visitors into the break a goal to the good.
The second half was again a slow burner due to the swirling wind and rain falling on the Corinium Stadium.
Two quick fire strikes 15 minutes from time from Soule and then Joe Wilton saw Shortwood finally pull away, before Wilton’s sublime solo effort capped off the scoring and sees Wood add to their 3-1 win over Moreton Rangers last weekend.
After the game we spoke to Hoskins about his side’s performance and start to the New Year.
“We started very poorly to be fair,” said Hoskins. “But we grew into the game and were always going to be a struggle to get started due to weather conditions and the plastic pitch…bring back grass!
We got a bit of a rollicking at half time and we knew that we needed to put it right and we did and we played very well second half,” added Hoskins
It was a clinical display from Shortwood in the end, with Soule, Wilton and right winger Rendijs Kalnins catching the eye and Hoskins has praised the forwards for making the night easier for him at the back.
“I’ve been very impressed Rendy [Rendijs Kalnins] and in particular in the second half he was unstoppable. He is definitely a player to watch in the future for sure.
We have been very inconsistent at times this season but it’s mainly due to injuries and the change of squad, but we are finally out of the rut now and have two wins on the bounce and a platform to build on.
We have enough quality to keep it up, but it’s only down to ourselves and our togetherness.
It’s a great feeling to see your forwards score goals, as goals change games and takes the stress away from us at the back. In some games this season we haven’t been the greatest in front of the goal, but that’s from all of us not just the forwards and we need to learn to finish of games like we did at Ciren, as I said we have the quality – we just need to show it more often!” said Hoskins.
In the summer we spoke to Hoskins about the re-build that Shortwood are going through after a rocky couple of years that has seen them come down from the Southern League into the Western League, before moving to the Hellenic League in a lateral move this summer. And the former Slimbridge and Cheltenham Saracens man has again reiterated the great job the club are doing and his desire to see the re-build through to it’s completion.
“This season was always a rebuild season as I said to Severn Sport during pre-season, we’ve got a new squad under a new management team and we didn’t expect anything too drastic.
Our main goal was and still is to build a good side and that won’t happen in one season. We have a great management team who are putting together a great squad, so we just look towards the future of Shortwood United. I will be here for the long run so I’m enjoying ever second of it,” Hoskins added.
Shortwood are without a fixture this weekend but return to action next weekend with a trip to fellow Gloucestershire side, Bourton Rovers.