It probably won’t come as a surprise to many that Kabby Tshimanga ended the season with yet another hat-trick – even if it didn’t come on the pitch!
Following the last league match of the campaign yesterday afternoon, he followed up his 36th goal of the season with a clean-sweep of the awards at Presentation Evening.
He picked up the Manager’s, Players’, and Supporters’ Player of the Season awards, however there was one award that wasn’t picked up by the front-man, as the Young Player of the Season was awarded to Craig Fasanmade.
The tricky midfielder has had a tremendous season for the Hoops, having made the full transition to the First Team at the start of the season. Despite having made most of his appearances from the bench, he certainly quickly gained a reputation of being a super-sub, as his pace has caused many defences problems over the season.
No more so than against Hemel Hempstead in the replayed FA Cup tie. He was instrumental off the bench at Vauxhall Road and was the key force behind the crucial equalising goal that took it back to Marsh Lane.
He then came off the bench in the replay and grabbed his first Oxford City First Team goal to see the match off, and earn the Hoops a trip to Tranmere Rovers.
He also later grabbed his first league goal, as well as netting in the Oxfordshire Senior Cup to take his tally to three goals in 34 appearances over the season.
It perhaps comes as a surprise to few that Tshimanga picked up a hat-trick of awards this season, his 36 goals scored in all competitions equating to 38% of the total goals scored by the Hoops this season.
This number is even more impressive when you consider that after the fifth league game of the season, he sat on a grand total of 0. Since then, he has scored two hat-trick, both in the FA Cup, whilst also registering five braces.
You don’t have to think for long what the highlight of his season would have been. A magical afternoon on the Wirral really set his name up in lights as he netted a stunning hat-trick to see the Hoops into a replay as Marsh Lane – a tie that also attracted the TV cameras to the ground for the first time.
Of course, there’s one final game still to be played – and surely you couldn’t count him out adding to his tally for the season for one last time?
Honourable mentions also need to go to captain Joe Oastler and goalkeeper Craig King who made up the top three for the Supporters’ Player of the Year. Unfortunately, the result ended up a bit of a landslide victory for the top-scorer, however there was no shortage of recognition for the work that Oastler and King have put in this season.
As well as recording six goals of his own, Joe has put in many a great performance shoring up the defence, having to do so with many central-defensive partners over the year. King, meanwhile, kept 13 clean-sheets over the campaign, ten of these coming in the league. His double-save to protect the Hoops slender 1-0 lead away at Dulwich Hamlet standing out particularly in a great season for the stopper.
Finally, there was a presentation made to First Team coach Steve Glenister, who is stepping down from his role with the club at the end of the season. He was presented with Kabby Tshimanga’s shirt from Tranmere from manager Mark Jones.