Severn Sport Team Of The Month – September 2018

What a busy month September was for us at Severn Sport. From covering multiple games, to visiting new places, mainly Lydney Town – you can view the first episode of #ButlersDayOut right here. 

With 17 games viewed this month we have covered a lot of ground. We also saw a cup final, yes already! The Reg Davis Cup final at Slimbridge AFC went the distance and was ultimately decided on penalties. We saw games in the day, night, sun, wind and rain and some matches and a combination of it all. With Autumn and Winter round the corner the nights are starting to draw in quickly.

In the 17 games we saw 50 goals, averaging just 2.94 goals per game as we saw a month where the majority of the games saw the defence come out on top.

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 1st September – Barnwood United 0-1 FC Barometrics
Tuesday 4th September – Tuffley Rovers Reserves 3-0 Taverners
Wednesday 5th September – Longlevens 1-3 Tuffley Rovers
Thursday 6th September – Tuffley Rovers U18s 6-1 Bitton AFC U18s
Saturday 8th September – Longlevens 1-0 Ascot United
Tuesday 11th September – Tuffley Rovers 1-2 Frampton United
Wednesday 12th September – Slimbridge 0-1 Evesham United
Thursday 13th September – Tuffley Rovers U18s 0-2 Bishops Cleeve U18s
Friday 14th September – Longlevens 0-0 Tuffley Rovers (AET)
Saturday 15th September – Tuffley Rovers Reserves 4-2 Whaddon United
Tuesday 18th September – Tuffley Rovers 0-1 Longlevens (Replay)
Wednesday 19th September – English Bicknor 1-1 FC Barometrics (FC Barometrics win 5-4 on penalties)
Thursday 20th September – Tuffley Rovers U18s 1-4 Slimbridge U18s
Saturday 22nd September – Lydney Town 0-3 Reading City
Sunday 23rd September – Gloucester City 3-1 Plymouth Parkway
Tuesday 25th September – Brimscombe & Thrupp 0-3 Cinderford Town
Saturday 29th September – Longlevens 7-1 Penn & Tylers Green

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

Goalkeeper – Eric Edge (Slimbridge)

Edge makes the team after one of the most astonishing goalkeeping displays I have seen for a while. Against Evesham United the scoreline could and really should have been higher were it not for the Swans’ stopper. He made a string of stops throughout the game including two world class stops to keep out the flurry of Evesham attacks.

Right Back – Sam Hill (Tuffley Rovers)

Severn Sport sponsored Sam Hill makes the cut after a rejuvenation in form. Predominantly on the left had side of the back four, Hill moved back to his familiar right back slot for the Tuffley Rovers away at Longlevens in the FA Vase draw and he was absolutely superb. Tuffley fans and players alike have taken to social media to highlight his level of performance too.

Centre Back – Linden Dovey (Evesham United)

In the fixture Slimbridge vs Evesham United we have already mentioned Eric Edge’s performance, but the other stand out performance was Dovey. He lead from example and epitomised the never give up attitude Evesham have shown all season so far, especially in the game at Thornhill Park. His rocket of a winner was pretty much unsavable and the reaction from fans, players and the bench showed just how crucial it is at this early stage.

Centre Back – Mark Pritchett (Tuffley Rovers)

Another of Tuffley Rovers’ defenders makes the side. Player/manager Mark Pritchett has got himself incredibly match fit and is playing at an incredibly high level of performance. Due to injury to centre half Macaulay Herbert, Pritchett has found himself starting every game. He was superb in both games away to Longlevens, including dictating the game that saw Tuffley run out 3-1 winners in the league.

Left Back – Logan Roach (Longlevens)

Logan Roach was one of the stand out performers for the month, let alone at left back. Multiple great performances for Longlevens from both a starting role and coming on from the bench. He was included in the Gloucestershire FA U18s Representative side and also plays for Hartpury College. Roach is always improving, which is even scarier!

Right Midfield – Lucas Price (FC Barometrics)

Price makes the side after two solid performances for Baros. In the Reg Davis Cup semi final at Barnwood United he was outstanding. His spatial awareness was great for a young man and he kept himself high as his side began to fall back. Price was the out ball everytime and he was always in space. His dummy in the final for Callum Debonis’ goal proved his spatial awareness is of a high level.

Centre Midfield – Finlay Byrnes (Slimbridge U18s)

Slimbridge’s under 18s side have started the season like a side possessed. They have swept aside all before them at this stage and are very impressive. Byrnes captains the side and in the game against Tuffley Rovers U18 he impressed with his leadership. Going a goal down so early on meant that he had to keep his side together, he did that and got his name on the scoresheet in the end too. He has since been included in the first team’s match day squads.

Centre Midfield – Kieran Alder (Tuffley Rovers)

Kieran Alder takes his place in the side after a string of impressive performances. He is becoming one of the first names on the teamsheet and rightly so. He has added goals and assists more consistently to his game this season and despite Tuffley only tasting victory in the league twice this term his performances (like his side’s) have deserved much more.

Left Midfield – Harry Emmett (Longlevens)

Where do you begin talking about Harry Emmett? The young man is good at carrying the ball, passing the ball, winning the ball and isn’t afraid to get stuck in. The Cheltenham youth player has been a revelation for Mark Moore’s men so far this season. Against Ascot United he was absolutely superb and played with a maturity beyond his years. He usually plays in the centre but out of the three central players in the squad he would adapt best to the left Remember the name.

Striker – Niall Priday (Tuffley Rovers U18s)

This young man has impressed me a lot this season. Against Bitton he was out of this world. In the game he scored a hattrick as well as notching two assists in a clinical performance both as a team and individually. The game saw Priday awarded the Severn Sport Man Of The Match for the second game in a row and should he find the right level of consistency to his game, he has the ability to go far.

Striker – James Campbell (Longlevens)

I will be honest, before yesterday’s featured game Campbell was on the shortlist but wasn’t due to be in the team of the month. However, his performance yesterday was worthy of making the team on its own but add that to a winner against Ascot and assisting the winner in the FA Vase replay, he has stormed his way into the team of the month for a second successive month. An outstanding athlete.

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 September team.

Blaine Waugh (Cinderford Town/Longlevens)
Lewis Adams (FC Barometrics/Slimbridge U18s)
Adam Bloomfield (Slimbridge U18s)
Ryan Dunn (Longlevens)
Ryan Vincent (Frampton United)

The last thing to name is the manager of the side. This month it has to go to Adam Coyle of Slimbridge U18s after his side’s terrific start to the season, including their cup win against Tuffley. An incredible side who are continuing to get better, which is exciting for the county! We encourage you to check them out.

So here is the XI in full:

We are hoping to record the second episode of #ButlersDayOut this weekend, check back on Severn Sport for the second destination.