Ed @DomRoman summarises the TT Match Verdict ratings for TUFC from October and reveals our third TT ‘Player of the Month’:
No. Name and October TT Rating
1) Michee Efete: 7.7
The Player of the Month was slightly more competitive this time, and after three very solid appearances to finish it – Efete pips Davis for October’s award. The defender looks the real deal to me. He’s got a really powerful build, and is equally happy at right or centre back. A young guy with a bright future – Owers will want to keep him a while.
Man of the Match – FC Halifax
2) Liam Davis: 7.6
What a difference Liam has made on his return from injury! He is quality, and has quickly silenced the critics who had already written him off. Comfy and composed on the ball, defensively assured and looking like a league player. Davis is proving his class at last.
Man of the Match – Ebbsfleet
3) Luke Young: 7.4
Like most of the others it was a rough start to the season for Luke, even if he was still placed high in Aug/Sept! The midfielder has been all action as usual, and is currently aided well by the busy Evans. He still struggles defensively and is impatient at times with the ball, but remains very much a key player.
Man of the Match – Maidenhead and Dover
4) Josh Gowling: 7.4
It will be no surprise to me this season if Josh is in the top five of this list every month (barring injury/transfer). Gowling is a defensive magnet for the ball, mainly due to his excellent positional sense. It’s not all perfect of course. When the game gets stretched his lack of mobility is a problem – as it was in the 2nd half V Hartlepool.
5 Jamie Reid: 7.1
Only 5th – Luke will be disapointed! Reidy had two superb games (against Maidenhead and Ebbsfleet) in October and finished the month as our best player. It’s just a shame for him we don’t play for another two weeks – his confidence after the permanent move is sky high. Jamie may have a new strike partner by then, who knows!
Man of the Match – Hartlepool
6 Damon Lathrope: 6.9
Man of the Match – Aldershot
7 Sean McGinty: 6.8
8 Vincent Dorel: 6.7
9 Ryan Higgins: 6.6
10 Callum Evans: 6.4
11 Josh McQuoid: 6.2
12 Rhys Murphy: 5.7
13 Ruairi Keating: 5.7
14 Jennison Myrie-Williams: 5.5
1) TT Rating is the average of the ratings (out of 10) from the TT Match Verdicts
2) Players only included if they have been rated in 50% or more of TUFC games
3) Players only rated in games if they have played more than 10 minutes
Congratulations Michee Efete on taking our ‘Player of the Month’ award for October. The ratings definitely show an upward curve from September’s dreadful efforts, and the top spot could easily have gone to Liam Davis – whose average just dipped due to a couple of lower ratings. Also Luke Young picked up a couple of MOM awards; he’s bound to win plenty more as the season progresses. Even the much-maligned Sean McGinty improved his rating fairly dramatically, whilst Myles Anderson fails to chart this time – we can all be thankful for that.
At the other end of the scale there is unsurprisingly two strikers, and Jennison Myrie-Williams who made little impact at the start of month – he did ok on Saturday though, so not a lost cause just yet!
The changing nature of the team in just the opening months, can be summarised by the fact that neither of our first two monthly winners made it onto this list – with both Ryan Clarke and George Dowling succumbing to injuries. I would love to see George feature again in November, preferably alongside a striker who can bring the goals back to Plainmoor! A number of building blocks in the squad are there, but the hard graft is still to be done, and there will inevitably be more changes very soon.
Dominic – TT Editor