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 December we saw a whopping 27 goals – at 3 goals per game. Incredibly despite looking at 9 games covered we only saw an average of 3 goals, which is poor for us. The below list of games will show you that we saw two 0-0 draws and nearly saw a third…which would have been a disaster!
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.
Wednesday 1st January – Cirencester Town 0-0 Highworth Town
Saturday 4th January – Longlevens 3-0 Fairford Town
Tuesday 7th January – Cirencester Town Development 0-4 Shortwood United
Saturday 11th January – Cirencester Town 5-3 Cinderford Town
Saturday 18th January – Brimscombe & Thrupp 1-1 Reading City
Tuesday 21st January – Cinderford Town 5-1 Bristol Manor Farm
Wednesday 22nd January – Longlevens 0-0 Brimscombe & Thrupp
Saturday 25th January – Gloucester City 0-1 Southport
Tuesday 28th January – Cinderford Town 1-2 Bideford
So let’s take a look at those selected in this month’s team.
Goalkeeper – Lewis Clayton (Cirencester Town)
Clayton beats Kane Winman and Harrison Ellis to the number 1 jersey this month after two good showings in different situations against Highworth Town and Cinderford Town. He kept a clean sheet in the 0-0 with Highworth and made a couple of decent saves to keep the Centurions in it and dealt with the wind well against Cinderford Town. A solid keeper who has a great future ahead of him.
Right Back – Jordan Morris (Cirencester Town)
Two in a row for Cirencester Town with the inclusion of Jordan Morris. In an ideal world Morris would be appearing further up the field but he has found himself not just filling in at right back, but excelling the role. Through the system that the Centurions have adopted, Morris can still get forward and support the attacking play, whilst fulfilling his defensive duties. A great month for the former Forest Green Rovers man.
Centre Back – Eli Simpson (Brimscombe & Thrupp)
Eli Simpson is a player that has made the shortlist for the team of the month a number of times over the last couple of seasons and off the top of my head I believe he has only made the team once before and at right back! This month has seen Simpson playing centrally and after starting at right back against Longlevens, an injury to Chris Greenhough saw him move central and to be honest he had a very good showing in a tough local derby. In a tough season for Brimscombe he has been a consistent performer.
Centre Back – Ollie Long (Longlevens)
Ollie Long is having an unbelievable season for Longlevens and is in contention for our player of the year at the Severn Sport End of season Awards in May for sure. Against both Fairford Town and Brimscombe & Thrupp he was a rock at the back and kept two clean sheets. He is a very good defender and continues to impress every time we see Longlevens play.
Left Back – Callum Wood (Cinderford Town)
January was a great month for Callum Wood at Cinderford Town, he put in a string of impressive performances, scored a great goal away at Evesham, has assists, has been scouted by Football League clubs over the course of the month and is only 16 years old. That is all we need to say about how good this young man has been lately.
Right Midfield – Joe Haswell (Longlevens)
Another young player makes the team after a great month in Longlevens and Gloucester City U18s man Joe Haswell. He was terrific against Fairford, looked bright from the bench against Brimscombe & Thrupp and away from our eyes he also scored away at Ardley United. What I like about him is how direct he is out wide. He isn’t afraid to take his man on, isn’t afraid to get stuck in and is settling into men’s football like he has been playing at Hellenic Level for years.
Centre Midfield – Jake Parrott (Brimscombe & Thrupp)
On Severn Sport on Dean Radio Ryan said that Parrott is his player of the month for January for the high performance level we have seen from him this month. Against both Reading City and Longlevens he lead his side and was constantly talking to the players and that is the attitude you need from your captain! Parrott spoke to us after the win against Royal Wootton Bassett about the fact Brimscombe have consistency in their play at the moment and he is one of the players who have stood up to be counted when it matters.
Centre Midfield – Craig Norman (Cinderford Town)
If Parrott was Ryan’s player of the month, Norman was Kelsey’s. Scoring crucial goals and proving to be handful against both Cirencester Town and Bristol Manor Farm and having another great outing in the defeat to Bideford. Norman is such a versatile player for the Foresters and can do a bit of everything. He can play in a number of positions and is a reliable player in Paul Michael’s squad.
Left Midfield – John Dennis (Cirencester Town)
John Dennis makes the team for the showings against Highworth and Cinderford, mainly the latter. Dennis was at the heart of everything in the second half and chalked up a great goal for himself, cutting in from the left hand side and drilling the ball low into the corner. Dennis is a valuable player in John Brough’s squad and if he can keep up his performance level could be very useful for the rest of the season. Dennis narrowly edged out Joe Wilton into the starting XI.
Striker – Luke Soule (Shortwood United)
The two strikers are strikers who scored goals….believe it or not! But they are both forwards who showed how clinical some of our players are. The first is Luke Soule who scored two against Cirencester Town Development and had two goals chalked off for offside in the process. Soule was fantastic on the night and really was unplayable. He showed great link up play and his positioning was top class. An impressive overall performance that deserved the goals.
Striker – Josh Hunt (Cinderford Town)
How can you leave a striker out who scores a hattrick? Answer, you don’t! Hunt scored a hattrick against Bristol Manor Farm and like Soule, was unplayable on the night. Hunt and James Harding for Cinderford are probably the most impressive partnership up front in the county and they compliment each other, whilst being good enough to play as the lone striker. Hunt’s hattrick showed he can score all sorts of goals, the 20 yard curlers, the poacher’s headers and a great solo effort. Clinical and impressive.
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.
Brad Martin (Longlevens)
Joe Wilton (Shortwood United)
Tommy Anderson (Cirencester Town)
Sam Turl (Cinderford Town)
Jamie Bremner (Brimscombe & Thrupp)
The manager of the month goes to Frampton United manager Josh Loveridge after his side reached the top of the County League and have built a decent lead over the rest of the chasing pack in the process. Other managers on the list were Dursley Town manager Karl Nash, Slimbridge’s Lee Driver-Dickerson and also Longlevens manager Craig Martin.
Check back over the course of the month to see which games we are heading to and also who makes February’s Team of the Month.