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With Kelsey on a break from Severn Sport earlier in August, Ryan has been flying solo and trying to experience as much Gloucestershire football as he can, taking in 13 matches across the month.
So with that being said, let’s take a look at the 13 games to choose from.
Tuesday 4th August – Brimscombe & Thrupp 3-0 Longlevens
Wednesday 5th August – Barnwood United 1-1 FC Lakeside
Saturday 7th August – Aylesbury Vale Dynamos 0-1 Longlevens
Tuesday 10th August – Brimscombe & Thrupp 3-1 Brislington
Saturday 14th August – Cheltenham Saracens 2-2 Hereford Pegasus
Sunday 15th August – Longlevens Ladies 0-3 Pucklechurch Ladies
Wednesday 18th August – Longlevens 3-0 Westfields
Saturday 21st August – Longlevens 3-2 Chalfont St Peter
Sunday 22nd August – Gloucester City Women 4-1 Longlevens Ladies
Wednesday 25th August – Fairford Town 0-2 Longlevens
Thursday 26th August – Longlevens 5ths 6-1 Boss FC
Saturday 28th August – Gloucester City U21s 7-0 Gornal Youth
Monday 30th August – Longlevens 2-2 Tuffley Rovers
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 here is who makes this month’s team of the month:
Goalkeeper -Kane Winman (Longlevens)
The pre-season team of the month saw Levens’ new keeper Ellis Parker selected and this time round its Winman who makes the cut. Three clean sheets in the month for him, including two of the better sides in the Hellenic in Westfields and Fairford Town. He is a player who was expected to play better with the arrival of Parker and its turning out that way.
Right Back – Will Emery (Longlevens)
Will Emery is a player who can and has played a number of positions for Longlevens, but he has been very handy in a decent start for his side at right back. He has had to deal with the likes of Aidan Thomas, Ross Langworthy and Aaron Basford in recent games, as well as the impress Shamal Edwards in the FA Cup and he hasn’t looked out of place in any game.
Centre Back – Ashleigh Lloyd (Longlevens Ladies)
Ashleigh Lloyd, by my calculations, is only the third or fourth woman to be included in the team of the month and she deservedly takes a spot in the heart of defence. Now looking at the above you’d question how a defender who conceded seven goals makes the team? Quite simply, if it wasn’t for her it could have been more. Her positioning in the two games has been exceptional and she got a cheeky goal at Meadow Park as well.
Centre Back – Ollie Long (Longlevens)
Ollie Long is the first of two players who made the pre-season team of the month and retains his place. Long is fastly becoming one one of the best defenders within the Hellenic League clubs in the county and whilst that may trigger people, it is factually accurate. He is like a new signing to Longlevens by staying with the club and is destined to be their captain in future years.
Left Back – Ruari O’Boyle (Gloucester City U21s)
O’Boyle makes the team after a very good attacking display from the full back in the 7-0 win over Gornal Youth. Throughout the first half City U21s flew down the left hand side and it was his crossing that saw Joe Jeremiah break the deadlock and he was a constant threat.
Defensively there is definitely more to see of the young man and he will be tested as the season wears on, but it was a good start!
Right Midfield – Sam Folkes (Brimscombe & Thrupp)
Way back at the start of the month Folkes scored two in a 3-0 win over Longlevens and he marked his Hellenic League debut for the Lilywhites with a quality display as well as the strikes. He played well in pre-season and has gone on to be a near ever present in August for Sam Prior’s men. A very good acquisition to replace to departed Ed Major as it currently stands.
Centre Midfield – Shaun O’Connor (Longlevens)
Recently on Twitter I have said that Shaun O’Connor is playing his best football in the last 18 months and he is a real leader in the current Longlevens side. You can tell when Longlevens are without their captain as they lack a certain bite, but when he is there he is the glue to hold the team together really.
Centre Midfield – Sergio Mills (Gloucester City U21s)
Sergio Mills played the 7-0 win over Gornal Youth at his own pace. He dictated the tempo of the game and scored two goals that showed different attributes. His first was an attacking players instinct of following in a long distanced effort and picking up on the scraps and the second saw him show agility, skill and flair to turn on the half way line, glide forward and past players, before having the ability to blast a 20 yard effort into the top corner. Oozed class all match.
Left Midfield – Charlie Holliday (Longlevens)
Holliday is the second player to retain his place in the team of the month after literally picking up where he left off in pre-season. Against Aylesbury Vale Dynamos he gave their right back nightmares for sure, constantly beating his man but his balls in just evaded Levens shirts. Then he scored against Westfields and Fairford Town and honestly, with his start as good as it is, he will be a miss for his side when he leaves for university at the end of the month.
Striker – Brad Martin (Longlevens)
The man who I have described as the best striker in the Hellenic League is already on four goals and that is whilst he has been playing a deeper role for long spells. He has shown his ability to create and to hold up play for his side and this has seen the likes Ethan Dunbar come in to the fold and score for fun. Like O’Connor you can tell when he isn’t in the side – although Longlevens are now at a point where they don’t necessarily rely on him as much these days.
Striker – Harlie Price (Brimscombe & Thrupp)
The top scorer in the Hellenic Premier in Gloucestershire. Do I need to say anymore? Harry Potter isn’t the only HP who is magic!
In addition to the XI making the team of the month we also have seven substitutes (usually 5 but we have added two extra spots this season) who make the shortlist for the team and were unlucky not to make the XI. The subs are:
Nerys Akers (Pucklechurch Ladies)
Lucy Skelding (Longlevens Ladies)
Katie Ambrey (Gloucester City Women)
Oli Barnes (Brimscombe & Thrupp)
Luke Finch (Cheltenham Saracens)
Harry Morgan (Tuffley Rovers)
Craig Martin (Longlevens 5ths)
Just like the pre-season team of the month the August team is lead by a management combo, with Longlevens’ Co-Managers Michael Palmer and Craig Martin leading the team in August. A start that no one expected really, especially after being comfortably beaten by Brimscombe on the opening day. They are now 7 games unbeaten, equalled their best ever run in the FA Cup ahead of Saturday’s kept and kept clean sheets in big wins against Westfields and Fairford within seven days of each other. A genuinely outstanding month to witness for a side with no budget.
So let’s take a look at the Xi for August:
Check back at the start of October to see who has made the team of the month for September, a month where we have more FA Cup action and it’s FA Vase time!