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 9 games we saw in February we saw a whopping 37 goals – at 4.11 goals per game. That is much better for us after only seeing 3 goals per game for January despite seeing the same number of games. Disappointingly, we would have seen 11 or 12 games as a minimum for the month if it weren’t for the weather! Yet, in some respects we did great to get to 9 games despite the weather.
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 February – Brimscombe & Thrupp 2-2 Holmer Green
Monday 3rd February – Slimbridge U18s 5-0 Westfields U18s
Tuesday 4th February – Tuffley Rovers 3-0 Shortwood United
Wednesday 5th February – Longlevens 6-1 Shrivenham
Saturday 8th February – Slimbridge 1-2 Frome Town
Saturday 15th February – Cirencester Development 2-1 Moreton
Tuesday 18th February – Cirencester Town 2-1 Winchester City
Saturday 22nd February – Cinderford Town 3-1 Mangotsfield United
Tuesday 25th February – Cirencester Town 2-3 Forest Green Rovers
So let’s take a look at those selected in this month’s team.
Goalkeeper – Conrad Logan (Forest Green Rovers)
February saw a few goalkeepers catch our eye including veteran keeper Kev Sawyer, but the spot this month goes to Forest Green stopper Conrad Logan. Logan produced a solid display that ended up winning his side their GFA Senior Cup semi final at Cirencester Town. A string of saves from a man of experience proved crucial and for that, he is in!
Right Back – Blaine Waugh (Cinderford Town)
Blaine Waugh makes the side after a terrific display against Mangotsfield United and after making the shortlist a number of times he makes the squad. He gets forward and supports a potent Cinderford attack, whilst being solid at the back – despite taking the odd risk! A well taken goal where he got his reward for making a forward run after his pass saw him end up with a tap in.
Centre Back – Owen Giles (Slimbridge U18s)
I was very impressed with Owen Giles when we went to Thornhill Park for Slimbridge U18s’ home game with Westfields. He brought it out from the back, made a mixture of short and long passes to try and get his side going forward and even chipped in with a goal of his own, with a well taken header from a corner. Impressive display and one to watch.
Centre Back – Liam Angel (Cinderford Town)
At the back with Giles is Liam Angel of Cinderford Town. Angel put in a great showing against Mangotsfield and marshalled the back line well throughout the 90 minutes. Positionally he was great and he was always open for a pass as the Foresters controlled the game. His goal was a sharp turn in the box after the ball dropped to him. If he stays fit then he is one of the first names on the team sheet for Paul Michael.
Left Back – Will Peck (Slimbridge)
Left back came down to a straight shoot-out between Will Peck and Jacob Waddington. Waddington played two 90 minutes in a row in front of us and was good in both games, but Peck takes it, just, for his performance against Frome Town. Grabbed an assist as Slimbridge dragged themselves back into the game and was the Swans’ best attacking outlook throughout the second half.
Right Midfield – Tommy Anderson (Cirencester Town)
Tommy Anderson is probably the player of the month across the county for me. Marked his 100th appearance for Cirencester Town with goals against Willand Rovers, as well as scoring in the two Ciren games we saw. His winner against Winchester City sent the Centurions into the Southern League Challenge Cup final and grabbed the second to make it a tense ending in the 3-2 defeat by Forest Green Rovers. An exceptional talent playing at the top of his game right now.
Centre Midfield – Jake Rhodes (Tuffley Rovers)
Jake Rhodes is one of the most improved players I have seen in the last 12-18 months and I stress that it isn’t a negative against him! More of a compliment that he has found his stride and is producing some high quality displays. Now in the centre of midfield for Tuffley, Rhodes is able to influence the game more, get on the ball more and support the attack more. When he played up front he was easily isolated but now he is thriving.
Centre Midfield – Ben Hands (Longlevens)
Ben Hands is a popular player and man within local football and the reaction to his comeback from injury on social media and at games tells you all you need to know. He is in a very good Longlevens side right now and is growing in both confidence and match fitness by the game and is showing his quality every time we see him. He has been a goal scoring midfielder for Levens, whilst getting stuck in when he needs to. A quality player.
Left Midfield – Levi Irving (Cirencester Town)
If Tommy Anderson was the player of the month, Levi Irving is the man who had the best month! Goals, praise from all over and a contract with the Centurions. Not a bad month for their academy produced forward. I left the Forest Green defeat appreciating what I had seen from Irving – who had played on the left of a front three hence being on the left here. He is showing me by the game that he is the real deal.
Striker – Harry Emmett (Longlevens)
Speaking of players who are the real deal, Harry Emmett makes the team after another outstanding month for the former Cheltenham Town Youth man. Honestly the partnership that he and Brad Martin have up front for Longlevens is a joy to behold. The demolition job of Shrivenham at Saw Mills was unreal, genuinely unreal. He took his two goals like an experienced striker and turned provider for one of the goals of the season in Martin’s goal at the end. Everyone knows how good this kid is and the fact he is so young makes it so frightening.
Striker – Callum Ebanks (Tuffley Rovers)
The final striker position was a tough one but I’ve gone with Callum Ebanks at Tuffley Rovers. He was impressive in his debut against Shortwood United, scoring the opener of the 3-0 win and has made an impact already in his short time at the club. In Rovers’ away trip to Brackley he continued his form with two well taken goals in their 3-1 win. Tuffley have missed a prolific front man since Shayne Bradley hung up his boots again and in Ebanks they have a focal point for their technical players to feed off. Definitely one to watch between now and May.
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.
Ben Watkins (Cinderford Town)
Sam Farr (Cirencester Town/Devs)
Ash Caldwell (Brimscombe & Thrupp)
Jacob Waddington (Slimbridge U18s/Shortwood United)
Isaac Johns (Longlevens)
The manager of the month goes to Cirencester Town manager John Brough, as the Centurions got their play-off push in a great position and made the Southern League Challenge Cup final along the way. They were narrowly beaten in their second semi of the month and on another day would have won that! Others who were close were Craig Martin at Longlevens and the guys at both English Bicknor and Andoversford.
Check back over the course of the month to see which games we are heading to and also who makes March’s Team of the Month.