What a year 2018 was for us here at Severn Sport. From pre-season tournaments, to crucial fixtures at all levels and to meeting more and more people involved and interested in local football. It was our biggest year to date and we would like to thank all of you for being a part of it.
Now Ryan and Kelsey decided to pick out player and moment from the year just gone, but before we do that let’s take a look at some of the best moments of the last 12 months.
In April, Ryan went away with Longlevens back home to Reading to see Levens secure a 3-0 win against Woodley United to secure their highest ever league finish – days after a 3-0 win over Windsor at Saw Mills.
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September marked a landmark commentary for us, as English Bicknor vs FC Barometrics gave us our first penalty shoot-out on radio commentary. The Reg Davis Cup final would come down to spot-kicks at Slimbridge’s Thornhill Park.
So let’s take a look at our moments of the year, starting with Kelsey De Maria’s.
I’ve picked the Severn Sport Shield pre-season tournament. Over the course of a hot week in July we were lucky to have a World Cup semi final in between our semis and everyone in attendance was going football crazy. For the debut of a tournament we had no idea what to expect, but we were shown that local people love local football and that given a platform football can thrive in the county….and it was nice to see Kieran Squires win player of the tournament.
With over 100 games covered over the course of the 12 months, Ryan’s moment was always going to be a live game.
After a great year for us I have to look straight to the drama of the final day in the Stroud League. We had covered a few Barnwood United games as they closed in on the title but it was still all to play for on the final day. Luckily, we had a friend of ours at the Frampton United Reserves game and we were able to keep up to date with all the goals as they were going in, with the title going down to goal difference it added to the drama. The final 10 minutes were incredible…and it was a privilege to see it in the flesh.
And to end, our player of 2018.
Kelsey: My player of the year has to be Ben Whitehead at Cirencester Town. For a player at any level to score 50+ goals in a calendar year it’s frightening, let alone a part time player at Southern League level. He is the spearhead to a potent Centurions attack and has had his fair share of admirers and offers, so we are lead to believe. His loyalty to the club is great to see and having seen him in action last Saturday, I can’t wait to see where he and this Cirencester Town side can go!
Ryan: Considering I saw a lot of Hellenic League football this year I have to give it to Brad Martin for his exploits for both Longlevens & Bishops Cleeve. This guy scored a lot of goals for Levens last season and was their main man going forward. There were a lot of question marks thrown his way when he made the summer switch to Kayte Lane but not from me. I knew he would continue to find the net and he has proved his doubters wrong with a great start to his Mitres career. Obviously circumstances haven’t helped Longlevens this season but he has been a big miss for them. Throughout 2018 I have spoke to Brad a lot and have struck up a friendship with him and brother Craig. He won’t like me saying that though, as he has a reputation to maintain!
Once again, thank you to everyone who has contributed and supported us during the last 12 months and we hope to continue to provide you excellent coverage to local football in the year to come. Happy New Year to all.