Well, that was a fun pre-season wasn’t it? An action packed July saw us get all the way across the county to see how a number of our side’s are shaping up for the new season.
Out of the 17 games we saw in July, we saw a mammoth 80 goals – at 4.70 goals per game. Even though it is pre-season you have to saw that is a phenomenal return.
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. However, for this month we have decided to NOT include players based on the Severn Sport Shield, as they were included in a team of the tournament – which you can find here.
So let’s take a quick look at the games we covered and the games we had to choose players from.
Tuesday 2nd July – Brimscombe & Thrupp 0-6 Swindon Town XI
Thursday 4th July – Fairford Town 0-3 Gloucester City
Friday 5th July – Slimbridge 3-1 Bristol Rovers U23s
Saturday 6th July – Fairford Town 0-1 Hungerford Town
Monday 8th July – Cinderford Town 1-0 Hereford
Tuesday 9th July – Tuffley Rovers 6-1 Gloucester City U18s
Wednesday 10th July – Cheltenham Saracens 5-2 Longlevens
Friday 12th July – Slimbridge 1-1 Gloucester City
Saturday 13th July – Gloucester City U18s 2-4 Longlevens
Saturday 13th July – Tuffley Rovers 5-6 Cheltenham Saracens
Tuesday 16th July – Cirencester Town 2-7 Royal Wootton Bassett
Wednesday 17th July – Newent Town 3-3 Hardwicke
Saturday 20th July – Longlevens 3-1 Cribbs
Tuesday 23rd July – Longlevens 1-0 Slimbridge
Saturday 27th July – Hardwicke 2-2 Fairford Town
Tuesday 30th July – Tuffley Rovers 2-1 Worcester Raiders
Wednesday 1st August – Slimbridge 2-3 Yate Town
So let’s take a look at those selected in this month’s team.
Goalkeeper – Lewis Adams (Slimbridge)
We are quite quickly running out of superlatives to describe Lewis Adams. Throughout his pre-season he has shown his quality and has shown why his stock continues to rise in and around the county. Quite simply, Adams can go very far in the game and at such a young age his development has been sensational.
Right Back – Sam Hill (Tuffley Rovers)
We have a lot of banter with Hill on social media, but what is undeniable is his quality on and off the ball. One of the best full backs in Gloucestershire right now and with such a young squad at Glevum Park, he is one of the most crucial players in Tuffley’s side.
He took his goal against Worcester raiders with the composure and ability of a forward and if he stays fit could have a great season.
Centre Back – Ollie Long (Longlevens)
Like Hill, Ollie Long is a player who needs to stay fit in order to showcase his ability. Long looked solid at centre back during pre-season, but even more effective at right back. He has grabbed assists in pre-season, whilst improving on his defensive positioning. Potentially a big player for Longlevens this season.
Centre Back – Joel White (Slimbridge)
After impressing for Tuffley Rovers last term White made the step up to Slimbridge and to Southern League football. In his first few performances for his new side he has showed how good a defender he has become, whilst establishing what could be a solid partnership at the back with Christien Turner.
Named in our big season preview as Ryan’s player to watch in the division, White has hit the ground running with the Swans and will be looking to continue into the new campaign.
Left Back – Craig Beaton (Hardwicke)
Beaton makes the side for his performances against Newent and Fairford respectively. Whilst he hasn’t been perfect, he has played 67 minutes and 80 minutes at a time and has out ran some of the younger players on show. Still as tough tackling as ever, Beaton will be one of the experienced men looking to see Hardwicke improve this term.
Right Midfield – Ben Lodge (Fairford Town)
Ben Lodge caught the eye for the first time during the friendly with Gloucester City. Lodge’s direct approach and ability to take defenders on saw him take up some neat positions and create chances throughout pre-season for Jody Bevan’s men.
Against Hardwicke he played the majority of the game on the left wing but can play on either flank. With Connor Thompson up front, Lodge could be a very handy player going forward.
Centre Midfield – Tommy Callinan (Longlevens)
Callinan makes the squad after scoring two against Cribbs and for his overall performances for Longlevens. After making his debut for the first team in defence, he has found himself at home in the centre of midfield. He could have a big role in the development of the new look Levens side, after they lost both Jonty Welch and Dave Rich in the centre of the park.
If he can add goals to his game consistently they he will be very handy for Craig Martin’s men.
Centre Midfield – Dan Bailey (Fairford Town)
Dan Bailey has been one of the most impressive players of pre-season, with a number of efficient performances that have seen the Fairford captain leading by example. Bailey breaks the lines from midfield and was constantly running ahead of the front men, if he can keep doing that then he will score a lot of goals this season.
Left Midfield – Jordan Dowdeswell (Hardwicke)
The Hardwicke man continues to impress and continues to performs for his club. Two goals away at Newent, including a beautiful 25 yard free kick and a very good showing at home to Fairford were enough to make Dowdeswell a starter in the team of the month. Going into the new Gloucestershire County League season, Hardwicke will look to Dowdeswell to be one of their key men going forward.
Striker – Will Hawes (Slimbridge)
What a pre-season Hawes has had. Goals, hat-tricks and a number of impressive performances that has brought an air of optimism to Thornhill Park ahead of the new season. Hawes was unbelievably good against Bristol Rovers U23s and was pretty unplayable. Against Gloucester City he was a thorn in the side of the Tigers defenders and continued to perform throughout the month.
Striker – Brad Martin (Longlevens)
Brad Martin will be one of the players to watch in the Hellenic League this season. Back at Longlevens and he will be looking to build on another prolific season in front of goal and will be on of the key figures in the changing room for a young and new look to the Longlevens squad.
Quite simply, if he scores 20+ goals again then Longlevens will be very much safe.
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.
Marlon Jackson (Gloucester City)
Jordan Cooper (Newent Town)
Luke Griffiths (Newent Town)
Ethan Moore (Cinderford Town)
Sam Turl (Cinderford Town)
Here is the full XI for the month: