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 11 games we saw in November, we saw a whopping 50 goals – at 4.54 goals per game. We are delighted that we got to 11 games despite some terrible November rain and wet weather we experienced. But nothing last’s forever… EVEN COLD NOVEMBER RAIN! … anyway, we still managed to chalk up 11 games which is great!
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 2nd November – Falmouth Town 3-2 Longlevens
Saturday 2nd November – Gloucester City 2-2 Curzon Ashton
Tuesday 5th November – Bitton 4-0 Fairford Town
Saturday 9th November – Cinderford Town 1-0 Potters Bar Town
Tuesday 12th November – Cinderford 6-1 Gloucester City
Saturday 16th November – Newent Town 1-2 Cirencester Town Development
Monday 18th November – Slimbridge U18s 10-1 Dursley Town U17s
Saturday 23rd November – Tuffley Rovers 2-2 Reading City
Saturday 23rd November – Havant & Waterlooville 3-1 Cinderford Town
Tuesday 26th November – Tuffley Rovers 3-0 Bourton Rovers
Saturday 30th November – Gloucester City 2-2 Kettering Town
So let’s take a look at those selected in this month’s team.
Goalkeeper – Harrison Ellis (Fairford Town)
The goalkeeper position was a tough one, with Harrison Ellis and Andy Hannah showing good form early in the month to get on the shortlist and then Dursley U17s keeper Toby McCormack scored in his side’s 10-1 defeat against Slimbridge U18s to put the cat amongst the pigeons. But I went with Ellis because he was better in between the sticks despite defeat at Bitton.
Right Back – Sam Hill (Tuffley Rovers)
Since making his return to the Tuffley side earlier in the month Sam Hill put in a number of good performances and capped it off with a looping free kick in the cup victory against Bourton Rovers. He slots in at right back despite making his return at left back purely because for the first month in a while we have more left backs on the shortlist than right backs!
Centre Back – Nick Rhodes (Cinderford Town)
For the centre back position the list threw up the million dollar question, Liam Angel or Nick Rhodes? Well we have gone with Rhodes who had three solid performances for Cinderford Town in the month and played his part in a thrilling November in the FA Trophy for the Foresters. A special mention to Angel though who pushed him very close.
Centre Back – Mark Pritchett (Tuffley Rovers)
This selection is a moment of history. Mark Pritchett becomes the first player ever to be named in three consecutive Team of the Month’s and being completely honest, we sat there last Tuesday and watched Tuffley sweep aside Bourton and Pritchett had put in such a good performance I turned to Kelsey and said “if the season ended tomorrow, Pritch is up there for player of the season for me,” he has been outstanding all season long!
Left Back – Sam Turl (Cinderford Town)
Above I mentioned about the number of left backs on the shortlist (4) and Sam Turl takes it. Now Will Christopher has left Cirencester Town I honestly believe that Sam Turl is the best full back in Gloucestershire right now….let that sink in. He is as good going forward as he is going back and is an integral part of Paul Michael’s squad at the Causeway. He takes the spot ahead of Hill who slots to right back, as well as Gloucester City’s Jack Senior and Cirencester Town Development’s Felipe Dias – with the latter to be named on the bench.
Right Midfield – Joe Shutt (Tuffley Rovers)
Shutt has only appeared for half a month but what a couple of weeks he has had at Tuffley Rovers. He made his debut against a very good Westfields side, which is always going to be difficult, before scoring the equaliser against Reading City and also opening the scoring against Bourton Rovers. Two very good performances and an impressive couple of showings. Tuffley are delighted to have him in the squad and I can see why.
Centre Midfield – Andy Lewis (Cinderford Town)
The third Cinderford player to appear in the team is Andy Lewis. He has been lethal in front of goal for the Foresters and like Turl and Rhodes is an integral part of Paul Michael’s squad. His performance against Havant & Waterlooville sees him get the nod…although ignore the fact that if he didn’t put a quick free kick out for a throw then Cinderford probably would have got a draw…but he had a very good game before that and nearly scored an outstanding effort too.
Centre Midfield – Liam Harper (Slimbridge U18s)
Not surprisingly we have to wait to the midfield before seeing one of the Slimbridge U18s players named in the squad. Winning 10-1 is a weird scoreline to analyse as there was a clear gulf in class but Harper as captain lead his troops perfectly. When it was flat he got into them and he did his job well. He broke it up and played the quick passes out wide to the forwards who were flying!
Left Midfield – Kian Gardiner (Slimbridge U18s)
One of those forward players who were flying was Gardiner, who was unbelievable. He scored two and grabbed a couple of assists too. It was very impressive. There isn’t much more I can say about his performance other than he was positive, he was attacking and ruthless and what impressed me was his decision making. Gardiner knew when to pass it and when to go it alone and he stood out for me.
Striker – Josh Hunt (Cinderford Town)
The fourth Cinderford player to make the line up is Hunt. Similar to the centre back choice this was a shootout between Hunt and Harding and whilst Harding scored a hattrick against Gloucester City, it was Hunt’s performance against Havant that saw him just shade it for me. His touches and link up play enabled Cinderford to take it to their National League hosts and allowed the likes of Harding and Marley Thomas to test the defenders, he also took his goal very well.
Striker – Ethan Dunbar (Slimbridge U18s)
Not for the first time this season Dunbar is on a hattrick! Two in a row for Dunbar who continues to be quick, continues to be unplayable and continues to score goals. I could literally just copy and paste what I said last month as it was pretty much exactly the same. Frightening pace and clinical finishing is a deadly set of attributes to have.
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.
Toby McCormack (Dursley Town U17s)
James Harding (Cinderford Town)
Ollie Long (Longlevens)
Jordan Cooper (Newent Town)
Felipe Dias (Cirencester Town Development)
The manager of the month goes to Cinderford Town’s Paul Michael to shock absolutely no one. What a month for the Foresters, who produced stunning performances to beat Southern Premier duo Merthyr Town and Potters Bar Town in the FA Trophy and then beat a Gloucester City side with ease in the County Cup. An impressive display full of heart followed at Havant and Cinderford are a side on the up have a great chance for success in the second half of the season. Others on the shortlist include Lee Chivers at Hardwicke and also Ben Powell at Chalford.
Decemeber is now here and with the festive period coming at us with speed we will hope to get to as many games as possible weather permitting and will be looking to make visits to a number of sides due a Severn Sport visit so keep your eyes peeled to see where we head to this month.