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 7 games we saw in December we saw a whopping 37 goals – at 5.28 goals per game. As you can see we only managed 7 games in a month which is poor from us, but due to rain and a spat of unfortunate illness between both Kelsey and Ryan we missed out on a couple of extra games. However to still see 37 goals in those 7 games is mad really!
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.
Tuesday 3rd December – Tuffley Rovers U18s 4-3 Longlevens U18s
Wednesday 4th December – Longlevens 6-3 Hereford Lads Club
Saturday 7th December – Slimbridge 0-3 Cirencester Town
Tuesday 10th December – Fairford Town 7-1 Ardley United
Saturday 14th December – Longlevens Reserves 0-3 Woolaston
Tuesday 17th December – Cheltenham Saracens 3-1 Bourton Rovers
Thursday 26th December – Longlevens 1-1 Bishops Cleeve
Saturday 28th December – Gloucester City 0-1 Telford United
So let’s take a look at those selected in this month’s team.
Goalkeeper – Adam Wallace (Longlevens Reserves/U18s)
Wallace makes the team despite being on the end of two defeats and letting in 7 goals because of his overall play was superb and like all good keepers we find ourselves saying “it would have been so many more if it wasn’t for him!” A solid young keeper with a bright future at Longlevens.
Right Back – Liam Brignull (Cheltenham Saracens)
During the 3-1 win for Cheltenham Saracens over Bourton in December Brignull was fantastic! He bossed his right flank and supported the forward players whilst marshalling and patrolling the defensive third too. Obviously the Bourton goal didn’t come down his side, and he nearly scored a late goal himself. A great display.
Centre Back – Ellis Dunton (Fairford Town)
What I am about to write is crazy, but I nearly forgot how good Dunton is until we went to Fairford vs Ardley. He scored a well taken header and put in another imperious display that shows just how important he is for Fairford Town right now. One of the best defenders in the Hellenic League and not just including our clubs.
Centre Back – Shayne Anson (Cirencester Town)
Similar to Dunton really, I had forgot just how good Shayne Anson can be and against Slimbridge he was one of many who on the day put in a display for new manager John Brough. The Centurions are a different beast now.
Left Back – Will Tunnicliff (Cirencester Town)
Tunnicliff makes the team for again, a great showing against a decent Slimbridge side. He got forward and supported play well and as a full back he did the basics perfectly. He then chipped in with a goal later on in the month to show his effectiveness in the final third and if he can defend as well as he can then he will be a very big player for Cirencester for the rest of the season.
Right Midfield – Harry Emmett (Longlevens)
There is simply nothing more I can say about Harry Emmett other than on our End of Year special four guests who had no link to each other all named him as one of their players of the year. Emmett is honestly setting the standard in the Hellenic League and is just 18 years old, which is the scariest thing.
Centre Midfield – Dan Bailey (Fairford Town)
On the End of Year special Kelsey described Dan Bailey as a unsung hero for Fairford Town and that what he does goes under the radar and that is 100% true. What impresses about Bailey the most is his work rate off the ball, not to mention his ability to arrive late in the box and prove a useful asset in the penalty box.
Centre Midfield – Josh Thomas (Gloucester City)
Since James Rowe took over as Gloucester City manager, Josh Thomas has seen his impact in a major way. He has moved back into his natural central midfield position, put in man of the match displays and earned a new contract at the club. As far as months go, that isn’t a bad one!
Left Midfield – Aidan Bennett (Fairford Town)
During the win over Ardley, Bennett was played up front but here he is wedged onto the left wing to be accommodated. He can and has been effective on the wing so he was moved out there, but my god what a start to life at Fairford Town this man has made. A hatful of goals, a number of assists and a string of impressive performances have caught the eye of everyone, including us.
Striker – Harlie Price (Cheltenham Saracens)
Harlie Price was named in Ryan’s team of 2019 and made the bench of Kelsey’s side and he continued to impress with two goals and a captain’s performance against Bourton Rovers…we aren’t trying to get a sponsorship with Athelite Sports either I swear….but hey, have a look at their website for a variety of sports wear and their legendary comfort sock (https://www.athelitesports.co.uk/)
Striker – Levi Irving (Cirencester Town)
Over the last 12-18 months I had heard a lot about Levi Irving and how highly Cirencester Town rate this young man. One 90 minute performance against Slimbridge later and I can sit here and safely say that I am a believer. The young man played as a lone striker against decent defenders like Joel White and Christien Turner and he absolutely bossed them at points. He held the ball up well, he brought other players into the game and he showed composure beyond his years to score. A very very very bright star in the making here.
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.
Sam Mason (Cheltenham Saracens)
James Mortimer-Jones (Cirencester Town)
Joe Haswell (Longlevens)
Brad Martin (Longlevens)
Adam Bloomfield (Tuffley Rovers U18s)
The manager of the month goes to Cirencester Town’s new manager John Brough. The former Cinderford Town manager arrived and immediately saw a number of experienced players leave yet he has gone about his business, added key young players and has reaped the rewards with a number of wins and positive performances in the last month and I hope they continue!
That is the final team of the month for 2019 done, roll on 2020 as the county continues to make us proud!