November was a weird month wasn’t it? Wet and windy in places, with winter warmers frequently surfacing – including games with goals aplenty. Incredibly we saw two different sides score 7 goals in a game and the standard of goals we saw was exceptional.
This month we 10 games and in those games we saw a whopping 43 goals, at 4.3 goals per game for the stats fans amongst you.
As always, the difference between the Severn Sport Team Of The Month and other similar awards is that we pick players who excelled and performed in Severn Sport live matches. So let’s take a quick look at the games we covered and the games we had to choose players from.
Thursday 1st November – Slimbridge U18s 3-3 Cheltenham Town U18s
Saturday 3rd November – Longlevens 0-4 Ardley United
Monday 5th November – Taverners 0-7 Stonehouse Town
Thursday 8th November – Tuffley Rovers U18s 3-1 Bustleholme U18s
Saturday 10th November – Holmer Green 1-0 Longlevens
Tuesday 13th November – Cirencester Town 3-3 Slimbridge
Saturday 17th November – Tuffley Rovers 0-0 Wantage Town
Sunday 18th November – Tuffley Rovers U18s 0-3 Slimbridge U18s
Saturday 24th November – Bishops Cleeve 2-1 Tuffley Rovers
Monday 26th November – Tuffley Rovers U18s 7-2 Stourport Swifts U18s
So let’s take a look at those selected in this months team.
Goalkeeper – Kane Winman (Tuffley Rovers)
Finally Kane Winman makes the team of the month, and rightly so! The young man has waited in the wings, playing for the Reserve side whilst Luke Merchant was between the sticks for Tuffley’s first team. Merchant has been called upon by Cirencester Town, his parent club and Winman has taken his opportunity with both hands…literally. Against Wantage he was superb. He made two incredible stops at the end of the game that earned his side an important point and stemmed the flow of defeats. He is improving by the game and what I like about him is how professional he is, he wants to do the best he can every game and win every game whether its for the first team or the reserves.
Right Back – Sam Hill (Tuffley Rovers)
The Severn Sport Sponsored Sam Hill enters the team of the month for the first time this season for a run of form that has coincided with a tighter Tuffley back line that aren’t shipping goals galore every game. Hill picked up a couple of niggly injuries in pre-season at the start of the domestic campaign but he has finally shaken those off and is producing performances at an incredibly high level. Against Wantage & Bishops Cleeve he filled in at left back but he is in the side in his natural right back position. He beats his Tuffley teammate Liam Thomas into the side.
Centre Back – Fin Brown (Longlevens/Slimbridge U18s)
Throughout pre-season and the early couple of months of the campaign all I have heard from those involved with Longlevens & Slimbridge U18s is that Fin Brown is going to be some player. Now I hadn’t seen it. Not to say Brown didn’t impress me, it was just every time I saw him play it was off the bench or against a side where he wasn’t required to do anything. This month it all changed. Throughout November I have seen his quality on the ball, seen his defensive ability and seen the composure of a guy who enjoys his football. He even played right wing for Longlevens at Holmer Green and looked good out there.
Centre Back – George Callinan (Slimbridge U18s)
Partnering Brown in the centre of defence is a young man who made his Severn Sport Night In debut during November too. With his side 3-0 down against Cheltenham Town U18s, Callinan went forward for a corner and bulleted a header into the net and started a great comeback. A solid performance against Tuffley in the County Cup and that was his position secured. A confident player that has a tenacity that sometimes sees him get into trouble but he is learning and getting better at controlling his emotions. Nothing wrong with a bit of passion though.
Left Back – Jacob Waddington (Slimbridge U18s)
Waddington completes the trio of Slimbridge defenders to make the squad and it was mainly due to his shift against Tuffley in the County Cup. He was flying into tackles and winning them time after time after time and everytime he got up, dusted himself down and got on with it. He was good on the ball and was positive with his play. Waddington put in the perfect left back performance by sitting and letting Ryan Sarson run riot. No disrespect to him but I would have him down as an unsung hero in the Young Swans side but I am sure Adam Coyle trusts him to do a job for the team.
Right Midfield – Jeremiah Idowu (Cheltenham Town U18s)
I’ve mentioned the Slimbridge U18s 3-3 Cheltenham Town U18s game a number of times and another of the star performers on the night, if not THE star performer on the night, Jeremiah Idowu makes the team of the month for a sensational performance. Two goals and all the attributes of a player with a bright future caught my eye as did the fact he was smiling and laughing and enjoying himself. He loves playing football and based on his performance at Thornhill Park, he is pretty good at it too.
Centre Midfield – Ollie Long (Longlevens)
This squad must be one of the youngest team of the month’s ever. It continues with Ollie Long. Like Sam Hill he makes the squad in his natural position yet it is his performance out of position that sees him make the squad. Away at Holmer Green, with Longlevens short of centre halves and Ollie Long stepped in to play in a back three. He did well, very well. With Dave Rich and James Campbell at the back with him he listened to instruction throughout and also gave himself a few yards to make up ground to win challenges. Levens lost 1-0 but were unlucky to even let in a goal. It was a great performance from a man, like Hill, who has appeared to shake off a niggling early season injury.
Centre Midfield – Jack Phillips (Tuffley Rovers)
I am going to throw it out there. Jack Phillips is one of the signings of the season, if not THE signing of the season. He has added stability and quality to a Tuffley midfield that needed some experience after a bad start to the season. He wins the ball, breaks up the play, can pass, can shoot, gets stuck in with headers and challenges and has the quick feet to beat a man. He is impressive. Very impressive. Having spoken to Tuffley fans and teammates, I know that I am not the only one who sees Phillips’ quality. Even as I write I know that he is going to go on the shortlist for December’s team after his performance today.
Left Midfield – Liam Gale (Stonehouse Town)
Liam Gale put in one of the best individual performances of the season during Stonehouse’s 7-0 demolition against Taverners. Four goals and a performance that showed just how good he can be. The former Fairford man signed for Tuffley Rovers but appears to be back at home with Stonehouse Town and he will flourish in the County League I am sure. He only seems to score good goals too, I can’t remember a time where a Liam Gale goal hasn’t been ever a well worked team goal or a screamer.
Striker – Adam Bloomfield (Slimbridge U18s)
Bloomfield is just the hottest prospect in Gloucestershire football right now. He has 28 goals in 12 games for a brand new side in Slimbridge U18s. A hattrick against Tuffley U18s in the County Cup instantly meant that he made the squad but he was on the shortlist after the Cheltenham draw. He can score all sorts of goals. Finishes from within the box, headers, penalties, solo efforts, team goals. Literally anything. No more needs to be said about how good Bloomfield is right now.
Striker – Niall Priday (Tuffley Rovers U18s)
Priday is moody, he is emotional, he sometimes carries the weight of the world on his shoulders – but when he is good, he is really good. Two goals and four assists against Stourport Swifts and an assist whilst playing with a chest infection against Bustleholme show that he produces for the team consistently. Yes, when the side aren’t firing on all cylinders he can become isolated and fails to influence a game but that goes for most players when you are your side’s kingpin. Priday tends to play up front on his own and his teammates feed off him, he is vital to the young Tuffley side.
So there is the starting XI. This season we have 5 substitutes instead of 3 as that makes up the standard matchday squad. Here are the subs for the November team.
Henry Birkett (Tuffley Rovers)
Ethan Ravenhill (Tuffley Rovers U18s)
Jack Watts (Bishops Cleeve)
Jordan Staten (Bishops Cleeve)
Tommy Ouldridge (Cirencester Town)
The last thing to name is the manager of the side. This month it has to go to Jody Bevan of Fairford Town. Fairford have now amassed more league wins that they managed throughout the whole of last season and Bevan has got his side oozing with confidence. November saw them win derbies against Tuffley Rovers & Bishops Cleeve as well as moving nearer to the top 10 for the first time in Bevan’s reign.
Here is the XI in full: