It’s that time of the month we all look forward to, the Severn Sport Team of The Month. And what a month it was!
Out of the 12 games we saw in August, we saw a whopping 52 goals – at 4.33 goals per game. Continuing where we left off with pre-season – where we saw 4.70 goals a game, either way a strong return of 4 goals per game we see at the moment which is frightening.
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.
Saturday 3rd August – Brimscombe & Thrupp 0-1 Binfield
Tuesday 6th August – Bishops Cleeve 4-0 Tuffley Rovers
Wednesday 7th August – Brockworth Albion 3-3 Frampton United Reserves (1-3 on pens)
Wednesday 7th August – Abbeymead Rovers 2-3 Bibury
Saturday 10th August – Fairford Town 3-2 Enfield FC
Wednesday 14th August – Longlevens 2-3 Lydney Town
Saturday 17th August – Cinderford Town 3-1 Cirencester Town
Tuesday 20th August – Brimscombe & Thrupp 0-1 Fairford Town
Wednesday 21st August – Longlevens 3-2 Tuffley Rovers
Saturday 24th August – Bishops Cleeve 1-4 Kidlington
Monday 26th August – Tuffley Rovers 3-3 Brimscombe & Thrupp
Saturday 31st August – Gloucester City 2-3 York City
So let’s take a look at those selected in this month’s team.
Goalkeeper – Ryan Mann (Frampton United Reserves)
Any goalkeeper that saves three penalties in a shoot-out is going to get attention from us, but any goalkeeper who saves three penalties in a shoot-out AND one in the 90 minutes before hand is just clearly going to be into the team of the month. Mann gets the nod over Cinderford goalkeeper Andy Hannah and Cirencester Town keeper Lewis Clayton.
Right Back – Sam Turl (Cinderford Town)
During the Cinderford vs Cirencester game we said on commentary that other than Will Christopher at Cirencester and Sam Hill at Tuffley Rovers there hasn’t been a better right back in the county for the last couple of years and Turl has began the season showing his consistent best at both ends. Paul Michael has a very good and efficient right back at the Causeway.
Centre Back – Ollie Long (Longlevens)
Ollie Long is one of two players to keep his place in the team of the month after being included for his performances in pre-season. When he was first coming through then manager Mark Moore would talk Long up as a future key player for Longlevens…well that time is now as Long is a very key player for Levens and is showing some great form right now.
Centre Back – Ellis Dunton (Fairford Town)
Ellis Dunton put in a defensive performance against Brimscombe & Thrupp that saw Ryan describe it on commentary as “a joy to be here to see” and “the perfect defensive performance.” That speaks volumes for itself. Dunton has joined Fairford from Cirencester in the summer and right now is already showing signs of being the signing of the season.
Left Back – Adam Mace (Bishops Cleeve)
Mace was sought after in the summer by a number of clubs, but he was given the Captain’s armband by Stephen Cleal and so far it has showed to be an inspired decision. Mace was outstanding against Tuffley. One of many disappointing Mitres in the FA Cup game but he is a big player for Cleeve and if they want to win the league he will be one of the key performers.
Right Midfield – Ben Lodge (Fairford Town)
Lodge is the second player to keep his place in the team and again it is because his performance level is sky high right now. We have spoken to Jody Bevan here on Severn Sport about the start to the season the Fairford winger has made and his winner against Brimscombe showed what he is all about. Making darting runs off the wing and ahead of the forwards, he has added goals to his game and is in frightening form.
Centre Midfield – Michael Pook (Cirencester Town)
A slow and uncertain pre-season for Cirencester is now a distant memory and despite defeat on the opening day to Cinderford, Cirencester have gone on to keep four clean sheets in a row and Pook has been reliable in front of goal…mainly from the penalty spot, but he has been the glue that has held the midfield together so far this season. He was very good at Cinderford.
Centre Midfield – Harry Emmett (Longlevens)
Longlevens have started the season very well and have been tougher to break down this season, whilst being very efficient in attack. Part of that is down to having Brad Martin up top (like I’d go through a team of the month post and not mention him} but its also due to Harry Emmett playing absolutely out of this world. The way he carries and glides around the pitch with the ball is unreal. What I like is that over the summer he has found his voice and is more vocal on the pitch, whilst showing more of an attitude too.
Left Midfield – Jack Watts (Bishops Cleeve)
Jack Watts was one of the first players in the team when I sat down to assess the options this month. A scintillating hattrick against Tuffley Rovers in a month that has seen him already move onto 10 goals in all competitions…and we are only in August! Against Kidlington he was one of the two or three players who could walk off the Kayte Lane pitch with a bit of confidence and dignity for their display. As Stephen Cleal said to us following that game, on his day Jack Watts can out play anyone.
Striker – Connor Thompson (Fairford Town)
If Ellis Dunton is showing signs of being signing of the season already, then Connor Thompson is just behind him. Thompson joined Fairford from Swindon Supermarine and his 45 minute showing in the FA Cup against Enfield and 90 minutes at Brimscombe were sensational to see. In the Hellenic League you get players who you can see could easily cut it at a level above or higher and Thompson is just that. He is part of a very impressive Fairford Town attack.
Striker – Ross Gabriel (Lydney Town)
I have only seen Gabriel the once this month but he is the kingpin of the Lydney attack. His ability in the air is incredible. Against Longlevens he didn’t have to do too much, other than get the run on Logan Roach and keep his header on target but he did it perfectly. Gabriel has since scored similar headers in the cup and continues to impress.
Here is the full XI for the month:
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 team.
Steve Davies (Bishops Cleeve)
Brad Martin (Longlevens)
Archie Day (Bibury)
Tom Baldwin (Lydney Town)
Jordan Alderman (Brockworth Albion)
The choice for Manager of the Month was confirmed during our featured game on Saturday, it is Craig Martin of Longlevens. After a season of uncertainty on and off the pitch for Longlevens, they have began this season in the right way. Getting to the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup for Longlevens is an incredible achievement and with the players Martin is bringing in, the young squad is set for big things.
I do have to say other contenders were Jody Bevan at Fairford, the management team of Ian Merrick and Dan Gillespie at Gala Wilton as well as the management team of Matt Blythe and Jason Scrivens of Shortwood United.
Our sides are producing some eye catching results and performances and I just wish I could watch more than one game at a time! Keep it up everyone.