HE SCORED his first headed goal in senior football. It won Boston United a share of the spoils. He had the man-of-the-match champagne in his hand. And all in the week he got engaged to his girlfriend.
You’d think Ryan Semple would be a happy man wouldn’t you?
But speaking after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Blyth Spartans, the winger revealed the club’s on-off form has left him pulling his hair out all season (well, he would be doing were it long enough).
“At times we’re bombarding the opposition and then shooting ourselves in the foot,” he said. “We’re our own worst enemy.”
‘Inconsistent’ was the word that regularly cropped up in Semple’s post-match interview.
Ironically, that was also the same word his manager, Jason Lee, used to describe the club’s wide players moments earlier.
Semple’s last two appearances from the bench have seen him put the ball in for Marc Newsham’s equaliser at Eastwood on New Year’s Day, and grab his side’s only goal against the Spartans. Two rays of light in two very dull games.
With that in mind, you’d think the former Peterborough United and Lincoln City man would be getting the plaudits, and a regular starting place.
But the bad news is that his managers disagree.
Despite confessing he believes his game is improved by a 4-4-2 formation, with wingers looking to get crosses into the box, Lee still maintains that the 4-3-3 system benefits the team as a whole.
And that means more competition for places for Semple who, the bosses believe, should also have scored more than the one solitary goal this season.
More bad news was to follow as Lee added that he believes Semple is currently doing the club a better service as an impact player, arriving from the bench to add some spark to a slow game.
Last season, we saw Semple and Jamie Yates regularly alternated on the right wing until the pair were put together as part of a two-pronged wing attack and, suddenly, the Pilgrims enjoyed that winning run which saw them finish comfortably in the play-off spots.
As the club look to do the same again, would a regular place for their winger again herald better results?
How to get consistency from Boston United is a difficult question. Does it have a Semple answer?