It is the first day of a new month which means only one thing, it is time for the team of the month!
With the news of a month long lockdown imminent it seems likely that there won’t be one for November, but we are still able to look back on a very busy October.
During another action packed month we took in another 12 games, which takes us onto 37 games in three months – which is wonderful. Those matches were:
Saturday 3rd October – Cirencester Town 4-0 Cinderford Town
Tuesday 6th October – Gloucester City 3-1 Kettering Town
Thursday 8th October – Tuffley Rovers U18s 6-2 Radstock Town U18s
Saturday 10th October – Longlevens 2-0 Wokingham & Emmbrook
Tuesday 13th October – Stonehouse Town 1-5 Bishops Cleeve
Wednesday 14th October – Brimscombe & Thrupp 2-1 Moreton Rangers
Saturday 17th October – Lydney Town 0-4 Brimscombe & Thrupp
Wednesday 21st October – Slimbridge 4-2 Melksham Town
Thursday 22nd October – Tuffley Rovers U18s 10-2 Chipping Sodbury Town U18s
Saturday 24th October – Fairford Town 2-1 Tuffley Rovers
Tuesday 27th October – Cinderford Town 1-2 Winchester City
Saturday 31st October – Gloucester City 2-1 Chester FC
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 – Adam Thomas (Brimscombe & Thrupp)
Thomas makes the team having put in two great performances after not playing competitive football by his own admission for nearly five years! You wouldn’t have known that it was that long with the string of saves he made against Moreton Rangers in particular. His showings in October probably mean that Sam Prior’s search for a keeper is not as urgent as it could have been.
Right Back – John Watson (Fairford Town)
John Watson was named our man of the match during the 2-1 win for Fairford against Tuffley Rovers for his performance going forward as well as doing a job at the back. Watson has stepped up for manager Jody Bevan and has started the season very well and at the moment is probably one of the first names on the team sheet.
Centre Back – Shayne Anson (Cirencester Town)
Cirencester Town sit top of the league with 7 wins out of 8 games and have only conceded 3 goals and during the game against Cinderford Town, Anson was superb. He has then received plaudits in other games during the month which shows just how important he is to the Centurions right now. A great defence and Anson makes the team for a great showing in front of us.
Centre Back – Jack Bartman (Brimscombe & Thrupp)
It’s another man who has received a M&S Roofing Man of the Match nomination during October who partners Anson and for Ryan it is one of the early signings of the season in Jack Bartman at Brimscombe. He was named MOTM whilst his side won 4-0 away from home, which shows just how good he played at the back. As the guys said on commentary on the day, Bartman is starting to look like a very good Hellenic League defender.
Left Back – Alex Whittle (Gloucester City)
Alex Whittle will be remembered as the man who scored Gloucester City’s First Team’s first competitive goal at the new Meadow Park with his strike against Kettering Town and it kick started a great start for the Tigers to their National League North season. Whittle is another who has left Ryan and Kelsey impressed everytime we have seen him play and again is an early contender for signing of the season already.
Right Midfield – Ollie Pitt (Brimscombe & Thrupp)
Right midfield was the one position where both Ryan and Kelsey couldn’t make up their minds. A shortlist of a number of players made it very difficult, but narrowly just edging out Blaine Waugh of Bishops Cleeve is Ollie Pitt of Brimscombe & Thrupp. As far as individual performances go, his showing against Lydney was superb and yet he didn’t get the goal that his performance deserved.
Centre Midfield – James Sunley (Tuffley Rovers U18s)
Two players retain their spot in the team of the month after initially making the September and they both play for Tuffley Rovers’ U18s side. Firstly we have James Sunley in central midfield who was absolutely instrumental in both the FA Youth Cup win against Radstock Town and then in the 10-2 demolition of Chipping Sodbury. He scores goals, he sets them up, he tracks back, he makes it look easy. An incredible player developing into a top talent.
Centre Midfield – Shaun O’Connor (Longlevens)
Shaun O’Connor made the shortlist for the team following his inspiring performance from midfield against Wokingham & Emmbrook. He helped win the midfield battle against a tough and competitive Berkshire outfit and then went and scored the winning penalty in the FA Vase at Milton United this weekend. What a captain!
Left Midfield – Jay Malshanskyj (Slimbridge)
Dylan Morgan of Brimscombe & Thrupp is very, very unlucky not to make the XI here. But after seeing Slimbridge win in the league (I know, we actually saw it with our own eyes!) Malshanskyj was absolutely stunning for 90 minutes. With the former Forest Green Academy man on the wing the Swans have balance and it allows them another outlet to attack with. Against Melksham he was outstanding and showed his true class. But credit Morgan as both had a great month!
Striker – Rudi McKinnon (Tuffley Rovers/U18s)
Here he is. The second man to retain his place in the team of the month. He is the man who is currently the reigning Player of the Month too and by scoring 6 goals in a half against Chipping Sodbury and scoring the win against Radstock Town his start to the season has been nothing short of sensational and McKinnon really is looking like an incredible young player who has a very, very bright future.
Striker – Matt McClure (Gloucester City)
Gloucester City’s second player in the team is Matt McClure, who has been great for the club both on and off the pitch this season. His game can be summed up by Saturday’s game against Chester when Kelsey turned round and simply said “wow, Matt McClure’s work rate is out of this world” and that is something that will resonate with City fans. What City fans have always appreciated are players who work hard for the side and work hard for the shirt. McClure does that and scores goals! Gloucester are onto a winner with him.
In addition to the XI making the team of the month we also have five substitutes who make the shortlist for the team and were unlucky not to make the XI. The subs are:
Liam Daly (Gloucester City)
Blaine Waugh (Bishops Cleeve)
Dylan Morgan (Brimscombe & Thrupp)
James Barnett (Longlevens)
Michael Ford (Slimbridge)
The manager of October’s team of the month saw us down to two possibilities once again. Narrowly just missing out is Cirencester Town’s John Brough, after his side ended October having only conceded three league goals and currently sitting on top of the Southern League Division One South.
The other man who is the manager for October’s side is Gloucester City’s James Rowe who has seen his side win four out of four to sit on top of the National League North – scoring 13 goals in the process!
So let’s take a look at the line-up in full: