Severn Sport Team Of The Month – August 2018

Amazingly, the Summer Bank Holiday has been and gone and we now find ourselves on the brink of Autumn. The nights are drawing in and the days are getting shorter, but the football is just livening up.

August saw us see 13 games across the month and it also saw us break the streak!! Our streak of not witnessing a 0-0 draw hit 501 days before Brockworth Albion and Brockworth United played out a very entertaining 0-0 draw. The upside of the draw was it gave Ryan his first penalty shoot out to cover, so it isn’t the end of the world.

In the 13 games we saw 50 goals at 3.85 goals per game, so despite a couple of ridiculously high scoring games the fact we also had a couple of close games and the aforementioned 0-0 sees the average lower than the usual 4 per game.

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 4th August – Longlevens 2-2 Flackwell Heath
Tuesday 7th August – Brimscombe & Thrupp 0-2 Bishops Cleeve
Wednesday 8th August – Longlevens 2-3 Lydney Town
Saturday 11th August – Tuffley Rovers 1-4 Colney Heath
Saturday 11th August – Gloucester City 1-2 Slough Town
Tuesday 14th August – Tuffley Rovers 0-1 Longlevens
Wednesday 15th August – Brockworth Albion 0-0 Barnwood United (Barnwood win 3-1 on pens)
Saturday 18th August – Barnwood United 3-3 Lydbrook Athletic
Tuesday 21st August – Cirencester Town 0-1 Cinderford Town
Wednesday 22nd August – Tuffley Rovers U18s 4-3 Redditch United U18s
Thursday 23rd August – Slimbridge U18s 9-0 Bromyard Town U18s
Saturday 25th August – Northwood FC 3-1 Longlevens
Monday 27th August – Longlevens 1-0 Bishops Cleeve

So let’s take a look at those selected in this months team.

Goalkeeper – Robert Sherwood (Barnwood United)

Sherwood made two outstanding saves to earn his side a draw in consecutive games, adding together just the three saves in the penalty shoot-out away at Brockworth. A quality keeper playing for a side full of confidence.

Right Back – Keenan Rankin-Woodhouse (Barnwood United)

Even though Rankin-Woodhouse usually plays in the centre as part of a two or three he makes the cut at right back as the decision was made early on that the back four were to be made up of centre halves. Keenan has had a great start to life in the Northern Senior League, scoring 4 goals already this season – including a 94th minute equalizer against Lydbrook. He will be looking to continue his form into September.

Centre Back – James Barnett (Longlevens)

James Barnett has taken to the Hellenic League like a duck to water. He has been one of the most impressive new signings of the season across all of our local sides. He started incredibly well against Flackwell Heath and Lydney before suffering a shoulder injury. His return against Bishops Cleeve was part of one of the best defensive displays I have seen in years. One to watch for the rest of the season.

Centre Back – Luke Kavanagh (Longlevens)

The aforementioned defensive display above gets full recognition with the inclusion of Kavanagh in the team of the month. He made a few John Terry like blocks in the game and was winning headers for the fun of it. This along with his decent second half showing away at Northwood were enough to see him edge out a couple of centre halves who find themselves on the bench.

Left Back – Andy Lewis (Cinderford Town)

Cinderford’s performance against Cirencester Town nearly ten days ago was almost perfect. The tough away trip they turned into a dominant affair. The Foresters controlled the game and Lewis was one of those who lead by example. He was man-marking Ben Whitehead for the bulk of the first half and was the recipient of two potential yellow card challenges from the Ciren man. He dusted himself off time and time again and put in a great performance.

Right Midfield – Taylor Buckland (Slimbridge U18s)

The first of two inclusions for the Slimbridge U18s side that currently sit top of the Midland Floodlit Youth League Southern Division. The Young Swans have played 3 won 3 and that is thanks to the likes of Buckland who would have caused the Bromyard town defenders nightmare. He has the skill, the pace and the ability to go far.

Centre Midfield – Dave Rich (Longlevens)

Dave Rich is almost like Benjamin Button. He plays like he is getting younger. Rolling back the years game by game. His overhead kick against Flackwell Heath was out of this world on the opening day and his performance level only increased from there. An important member of the Longlevens side and a big miss when unavailable.

Centre Midfield – Kirk Layton (Bishops Cleeve)

Layton is a very solid player. Having seen the Mitres twice I have seen just how important he is for Stephen Cleal’s side. He brings the ball from the defensive third all the way into the final third and pieces things together, all whilst getting stuck in himself and breaking up play in the middle of the park.

Left Midfield – Elliot Kennedy (Bishops Cleeve)

Kennedy is a part of one of the most potent forward lines in the county. He finds himself at left midfield after playing on the left side of a front three at Brimscombe at the start of the month. He scored on the night and has continued to do so since. Against Longlevens he nearly took Luke Kavanagh’s head off with a volley and as a constant threat.

Striker – Adam Bloomfield (Slimbridge U18s)

Slimbridge absolutely adore Adam Bloomfield and just from watching him in action you can see why. He is quick, agile, powerful for his size and can finish even the most difficult of chances. He wins headers and gets stuck in whilst also being able to be that fox in the box you would expect him to be. He has already scored two hattricks in three games and will surely win the golden boot in the league.

Striker – James Campbell (Longlevens)

Campbell has been an incredible addition for Mark Moore’s men. Six goals in his first 8 games for the club is a terrific return for a man who missed so much football through injury in the last 18 months. Speaking to him at Northwood on Saturday Campbell said he was enjoying his football again and was enjoying playing the best part of the 90 minutes week in, week out. A unit of a man and has one of the hardest shots in the county for sure.

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 August team.

Lewis Thompson (Lydney Town)
Josh Nelmes (Lydney Town)
Liam Sheppard (Lydney Town)
Logan Roach (Longlevens)
Niall Priday (Tuffley Rovers U18s)

The only other thing to do is give this squad a gaffer. For their start to the season it has to go to Mark Lee at Lydney Town. Lydney look like such a hard team to beat this season and are playing some good football. They have been physical yet dangerous. They have had a very good start and sit in the top half of the table, yes they will have a job to stay there, but they have started well.

Here is the XI in full:

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