Boothman nets hat-trick as blues hit Carlisle for 5...
By Rylands FC
Rylands secure safe passage to the next round of the Macron Cup with 5-1 victory against Carlisle City at Gorsey Lane...
Rylands returned to Gorsey Lane for the first time since their victory over Wythenshawe Amateurs on 15th September, entertaining Carlisle City in the Macron Cup 1st Round.
Ahead of this clash, the visitors had been in good form themselves, sitting in 2nd place in the First Division North with only 2 defeats to their name. The Blues again had to make a handful of enforced changes, with Nev Picton, Jack Woolley and Jay White coming into the starting XI.
Carlisle City started the better of the two sides, taking the game to Rylands with a very direct approach. At any opportunity early on, they gained success from finding Aaron Bradbury in space out on the left, and he sent a handful of crosses into the box searching for the in-form McCartney. However, the Blues responded and defended well. Carlisle continued to pressure the Rylands back line, with Blair forcing an early reflex save from Graeme McCall.
The first half continued in a competitive manner, with both sides showing good commitment to win the ball back. Again, the away side forced some good spells of pressure, resulting in a number of set pieces. However, the reshuffled back line commanded most of the deliveries into the box, with Warren Gerrard making a fantastic block to keep Carlisle at bay.
On 30 minutes, it was Rylands’ turn to test the opposition set-piece defending. A dangerous cross from Steve Boothman found the head of Tom Croughan, who’s effort just glanced over the bar. 5 minutes later the home side were almost ahead, with Jay White racing on to a through ball and taking it round the advancing keeper. His goal bound effort was well cleared by the recovering Greenslade on the line.
With the midfield battle beginning to be controlled by the home side, there was one more chance in the first half of note. After some good work from Boothman and White in the corner, the ball found Elliott Jones in the left corner of the box, however his effort deflected safely into the hands of the ‘keeper.
HALF TIME: Rylands 0 v 0 Carlisle City
The away side made a change at half time, and the substitute Reynard was brought straight into action, being released down the right hand side. However, his effort trickled wide of McCall’s right post. With 53 minutes on the clock, the impressive Picton on his full debut threaded Boothman in down the left side. He cleverly cut inside one, before jinking past Heath for the visitors who then proceeded to bring him down and the hosts were awarded a penalty. Boothman dusted himself down, and slotted home.
The home side, aided by the tireless displays of Picton, Jones and stand-in captain, Ste Wolhuter in midfield, were now proving too much to handle for the opposition. Once again, a clever ball over the Carlisle high backline released White. After initially being held up by the recovering defence, he lifted his head and whipped in a dangerous cross. Croughan stretched at the back post and his effort was too powerful for the goalkeeper and doubled the home side’s lead.
Tom Croughan stretches at the back post and doubles Rylands' lead...
Soon after, a quick through ball from Lownsbrough found the feet of Croughan back to goal. His lay off to Wolhuter was then flicked over the defence and White was racing towards goal at an acute angle, however Townsley reacted well to save.
With 75 minutes on the clock, a free kick was given away by Rylands 25 yards out to goal and a possible opportunity for the visitors to get themselves back into the game. A stinging effort from Reynard rattled the crossbar, with the rebound being cleared by the home side.
Quickly after however, the impressive Croughan found himself in some space on the right hand side. Having cut inside Bradbury, he then skipped past another before coolly slotting past Townsley to make it 3-0.
The hosts were now in total control, and a fourth goal seemed inevitable. After the introduction of Parry and Murphy, it was the latter who found Boothman in acres of space. He took it past the trailing defender, narrowing down on goal. An opening of the body, a glance up to shape the ball into far the corner, the keeper expectant. However he cleverly deceived us all to calmly pass the ball into the near corner to add a fourth and his second of the game.
Steve Boothman wheels away after notching his second of the afternoon..
With the visitors trying to force a consolation goal, the home side caught Carlisle on the counter as the dominant midfield of Picton and Wolhuter combined to release the latter through on goal 1v1. Unfortunately, he couldn’t get the goal his performance merited, with his dinked effort drifting wide of the post. In response to this, the away side quickly launched the ball upfield. Renyard found himself with space to cross the ball towards the back post where an unmarked Bradbury met the cross to pull a goal back for the visitors.
3 minutes later, further gloss was added to the scoreline. With the recently introduced Wellstead, Croughan and Boothman combining well around the visitors box, it was meant to be that the fantastic performance of Boothman was capped off with a hat-trick goal. Jinking past an opposing defender and feigning to shoot, his eventual low effort wrong footed Townsley in goal and a 5th goal was added and Rylands secured progress to the second round of the Macron Cup.
FULL TIME: Rylands 5 v 1 Carlisle City
"I thought Carlisle started the game very well. They were a big strong side who played quite direct at times with a lot of quality throughout. We were under the cosh for the first fifteen minutes or so until we started to grow in to the game. As the half went on, we started to see more of the ball. We spoke at half time about being positive and the lads took complete control. From the moment we opened the scoring less than ten minutes in to the half, there only looked like one team would go on to win it. We were fantastic. It was a great result against a very strong side. We look forward to the next round of the cup and wish Carlisle City all the best for the rest of the season."
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The blues next match kicks off at 7:45PM on Tuesday 23rd October when the blues travel to Vauxhall Motors in the Hallmark Security League First Division South at The Syncreon Arena, CH66 1NJ.