Incredibly we are into November, already. The year has flown past and the opening of the football season has been just as quick. It feels like yesterday we were at Longlevens vs Cirencester at the end of June as the country was gripped by World Cup fever. As it is, the nights are drawing in and the cold weather is here.
This month we saw 14 games. Out of those 14 games, there were 61 goals, with an average of 4.35 goals 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.
Thursday 4th October – Tuffley Rovers U18s 1-1 Pegasus Juniors
Saturday 6th October – Tuffley Rovers 6-1 Virginia Water
Sunday 7th October – Evesham United 1-2 Thatcham Town
Tuesday 9th October – Tuffley Rovers 1-3 Abingdon United
Wednesday 10th October – Longlevens 0-2 Brimscombe & Thrupp
Saturday 13th October – Longlevens 1-3 Tavistock
Tuesday 16th October – Cirencester Town 4-2 Winchester City
Saturday 20th October – Bishops Cleeve 6-2 Kidlington Development
Monday 22nd October – Malvern Town U18s 7-0 Tuffley Rovers U18s
Tuesday 23rd October – Cirencester Town 2-3 Gloucester City
Thursday 25th October – Slimbridge U18s 2-2 Bishops Cleeve U18s
Saturday 27th October – Tuffley Rovers Reserves 2-2 Cam Bulldogs
Monday 29th October – Hardwicke 1-1 Frampton United (2-4 on penalties)
Wednesday 31st October – Longlevens 1-2 Fairford Town
So let’s take a look at those selected in this months team.
Goalkeeper – Lewis Clayton (Bishops Cleeve)
Last week Bishops Cleeve manager Stephen Cleal spoke to us about Lewis Clayton, to which he said, “he has got the lot and I know he will only get better the more he plays. He is learning every game and he sets himself high standards, which is a positive thing!” If that doesn’t speak volumes then I don’t know what does. Clayton has be a crucial part of the Cleeve side that has now won 8 on the spin in all competitions. Against Kidlington he was superb and made crucial saves at 1-0 & 2-1.
Right Back – Will Christopher (Cirencester Town)
Whenever we watch Cirencester play Christopher is always one of the more impressive players on the field. He had a strong month again in October with solid performances against two very good attacking outlets in Winchester City & Gloucester City. What is most impressive about him is how well he gets forward and supports attacks, and it is a handy asset to have.
Centre Back – Joel White (Tuffley Rovers)
Two goals at the start of the month sees the Tuffley captain make the team. Throughout the professional leagues you can see how useful and sought after the goalscoring defenders are. White leads his team by example, demanding the absolute best from his teammates and if he can continue to add goals to his game from the back then his stock will continue to rise.
Centre Back – Ryan New (Bishops Cleeve)
Bishops Cleeve moved on to 8 wins in a row in midweek and New has been a part of a side full of confidence and momentum. Against Kidlington Development he and Ben Tunnicliff defended very well. Both made the shortlist for the centre backs but New makes the cut for the way he carries the ball out from the back with such confidence for a young man.
Left Back – Adam Mace (Bishops Cleeve)
Adam Mace is annoying. There, someone had to say it. He is annoying because he is so good. He only scores goals from out of this world and when his delivery is on the money it produces goals, regularly. Against Kidlington he played very well and supported a free-flowing attack.
Right Midfield – Jaden Maddock (Slimbridge U18s)
Yet again one of the impressive Slimbridge U18s side makes the team of the month. Maddock who has played at right back and right wing now for the Young Swans, also made his debut in the first team as the conveyor belt of talent Adam Coyle is bringing through in the U18s continues. Maddock scored a glorious goal against Bishops Cleeve U18s whilst being an outlet for the entire 90 minutes. Another very impressive talent to watch.
Centre Midfield – Tommy Ouldridge (Cirencester Town)
In my opinion the player of the month, without a doubt. Two exceptional performances, really exceptional, against Winchester & Gloucester that included goals, assists and impressive displays. He was awarded man of the match for his performance against Winchester City and he is growing into the side more and more. Charlie Griffin has some very good players at the Corinium and Ouldridge is giving it his all.
Centre Midfield – Ash Caldwell (Brimscombe & Thrupp)
Through covering local football at this level I have learned one thing. I love a talker. Those players who are almost sledging on the pitch, whether its nibbling away at their opposition or in the ref’s ear. It’s great theatre. Caldwell did that so well against Longlevens and went on to score the second from the spot. He is an absolute nightmare to play against I have been told and I can believe it.
Left Midfield – Harrison Reeves (Brimscombe & Thrupp)
What a player this young man is. Harrison Reeves’ stock is similar to that of Marley Thomas in the last 2 years or so. Not the biggest, but he makes up for it with overall ability and an eye for goal. Despite not scoring against Longlevens he produced moments of brilliance and had a very good defender in James Barnett struggling during the second half. One thing I noticed was how hard he works off the ball and for a young player that is great to see.
Striker – Brad Martin (Bishops Cleeve)
When Brad Martin signed for Bishops Cleeve in the summer he had all sorts of question marks thrown at him. And what has happened is he has continued to change games, continued to score goals and continued to perform. Despite not starting every game for the Mitres he is still their top scorer and has a major influence to the side. He came on against Kidlington with the score at 1-0. Cleeve would go on to score 5 more times in half an hour, including one for Martin himself. His performance levels are still high and he is still a very good player.
Striker – Luke Wilkes (Bishops Cleeve U18s)
This Bishops Cleeve fest of a team just had to include this man. Wilkes is a part of the U18s side at Kayte Lane and the engine on this kid is ridiculous. Two games in consecutive months I have seen him now and I am pretty sure he didn’t stop running in either. Tall, strong, quick, good on the ball and has the stamina to keep going. Against Slimbridge U18s he created their best chances including bouncing off defenders on the wing before his cross was diverted into the Slimbridge net. A player with a big future if he keeps doing what he is doing.
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 October team.
Craig Martin (Longlevens)
James Campbell (Longlevens)
Jamie Edge (Gloucester City)
Nathan Clift (Tuffley Rovers U18s)
Beres Nkiwane (Tuffley Rovers U18s)
The last thing to name is the manager of the side. This month it has to go to Stephen Cleal of Bishops Cleeve. Going eight wins in a row is a massive achievement for a side who struggled to deal with expectation in the early going. Cleal has built a side full of confident and ability and the players are showing both in abundance. They are looking to go 9 in a row on Saturday when they take on Virginia Water. Should they do that then the Mitres can find themselves as high as 4th in the Hellenic Premier. A great month for the Mitres.
Here is the XI in full:
We will be at Slimbridge U18s vs Cheltenham Town U18s tonight before a trip to Saw Mills for Longlevens vs Ardley United in the Hellenic Premier.