Severn Sport Team Of The Month w/ Severn Sparks – August 2020

After six long months we are happy to say that the Severn Sport Team of the Month is back!

Our last team of the month was back in February and after the suspension of grassroots football we were delighted to be back covering local football once again.

With the new season just days away we were able to take in 12 pre-season matches during a month of two halves weather-wise for sure. Those matches were:

Saturday 1st August – Cirencester Town 0-3 Longlevens
Tuesday 4th August – Fairford Town 0-3 Cirencester Town
Saturday 7th August – Quedgeley Wanderers 3-3 Brimscombe & Thrupp
Tuesday 11th August – Slimbridge 1-4 Yate Town
Thursday 13th August – Tuffley Rovers 7-3 Bourton Rovers
Saturday 15th August – Fairford Town 2-0 Brockworth Albion
Tuesday 18th August – Longlevens 3-0 Slimbridge
Saturday 22nd August – Brimscombe & Thrupp 1-4 Cirencester Town
Sunday 23rd August – Longlevens Vets 0-8 Gloucester City Legends
Tuesday 25th August – Tuffley Rovers 1-5 Evesham United
Thursday 27th August – Longlevens 2-5 Thornbury Town
Saturday 29th August – Slimbridge 2-2 Gloucester City

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 the first team of the month of the season:

Goalkeeper – Lewis Adams (Slimbridge)

The goalkeeper position was a straight shoot-out between Lewis Adams and Kane Winman, with Luke Merchant and Nick Jones also on the shortlist. Adams makes the team after a final good showing against Gloucester City last weekend.

Adams has had a great pre-season and even though Slimbridge have lost a couple of games in front of us, Adams has been one of the stand out performers for the Southern League side.

Right Back – Ben Deakin (Slimbridge)

Another one of the Swans’ side who has impressed this pre-season is Ben Deakin. The full back has joined the club from Brimscombe & Thrupp and has been very good in every game we have seen him play in.

All three games have been different for Slimbridge and required different types of performances from Deakin and he has adapted every time. He could be a very good signing for the Swans.

Centre Back – Ollie Long (Longlevens)

Ollie Long is a freak. A very good defender that is growing in stature and performance by the game. Long is turning into one of the best defenders in the Hellenic League out of Gloucestershire and for me is probably in the top two right now with Macaulay Herbert….sorry to everyone else!

Centre Back – Matt Williams (Evesham United)

There were a number of defenders on the shortlist this month but I have gone with Matt Williams of Evesham United. He oozed quality and class against Tuffley and showed his experience and game management throughout the match. We talk about signings and players who could make a difference and bringing Williams back to the Jubilee stadium could be up there for me.

Left Back – Jordan Morris (Cirencester Town)

Left back goes to a man who oddly I find it weird to see play at left back, Jordan Morris of Cirencester Town. Jordan is a man who I have now seen play on both sides of the pitch in both a defensive and attacking capacity and John Brough clearly feels he has the quality to make a difference at either end of the pitch. With Will Tunnicliff departing for Yate, this season could be huge for Morris.

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Right Midfield – Joe Shutt (Tuffley Rovers)

When I am watching Joe Shutt for Tuffley Rovers I cannot help but think about how the 2019/20 table would have looked at suspension had Shutt been at Tuffley all season. He has taken Tuffley that step higher in performance level he really has. Full of energy, bags of quality and has a very good eye for goal. The fact he is staying at Glevum Park this season could be massive.

Centre Midfield – Jack Horrell (Evesham United)

Jack Horrell’s performance against Tuffley was one of, if not the best individual performance of the whole of pre-season for me. He ran the midfield and moved the ball very well throughout. His free-kick at the end summed up what a wonderful night it was for him and it was the kind of performance that new manager Neil Hunt would have been dreaming about when he brought Horrell to the club.

Centre Midfield – Will Emery (Longlevens)

During the pre-season training sessions I went to at Longlevens, co-manager Tommy Callinan Sr said to me “Will Emery is going to be unreal for us this year Ry, he really will.” Little did I know that on the first game of pre-season Emery was going to put in the performance he did in the 45 minutes he was on for. And then he built on that with another good showing against Slimbridge. In the middle with Tommy Callinan Jr and Shaun O’Connor he offers something different to Longlevens and I’m excited to see how he goes.

Left Midfield – Jack Beardsell (Tuffley Rovers)

Left midfield had to go to Jack Beardsell. A superb performance against Bourton Rovers saw him score a hat-trick and also grab an assist. He didn’t play too bad against Evesham in the other Tuffley game we saw but was against a midfield that just dominated the game.

If Beardsell can hit the ground running this season like he did 12 months ago, then he has an opportunity to get Tuffley off to a flying start.

Striker – Danny King (Slimbridge)

Danny King has come back to action in the right physical and mental state and his performances have been outstanding and very, very impressive. We had been used to seeing King play in a full-back role for Slimbridge but he has been playing in a number 10 role and has been one of the stand out players throughout pre-season.

Everyone who has seen King play so far this pre-season has raved about him afterwards and he is becoming an exciting prospect for Slimbridge this season.

Striker – Brad Martin (Longlevens)

Brad Martin is still the best striker in the county at Hellenic League level and a perfect hat-trick against Slimbridge just highlighted that for me.

What has impressed me though is his link up play. In both the games against Cirencester Town and Thornbury Town he has brought in the players around him consistently and continues to show his class at that level.

As it is pre-season subs are a bit of a free-for-all, so for this month I am naming 7 subs, 7 players who have all stood out during the pre-season period but just didn’t make the cut for the team of the month this time around. They are:

Kane Winman (Longlevens)
Josh Hunt (Evesham United)
Roger James (Cirencester Town)
Tom Willetts (Brockworth Albion)
Ross Langworthy (Fairford Town)
Ollie Pitt (Brimscombe & Thrupp)
Jake Parrott (Brimscombe & Thrupp)

The line-up is picked and the subs are named, all we need is a manager and one manager has stood out for me during pre-season and that is John Brough of Cirencester Town. For me he has got his pre-season schedule spot on and has approached every game in the right way. It could be the start of a good season for him and the Centurions.

So let’s take a look at the line-up in full:

Check back next month to see who makes the September team of the month after the first few league matches and the opening rounds of the FA Cup and FA Vase.