Dom Roman – @DomRoman
Ed and number-cruncher Dom Roman checks through the TT Match Verdict ratings for TUFC from the entertaining Owers Out/Johnson In month that was September and reveals our second TT ‘Player of the Month’ of 18-19:
No. Name and September TT Rating
1) Jamie Reid 7.1 – TT PLAYER OF THE MONTH
It had to be Jamie! 5 games in September, 5 goals from the striker; since Johnson’s arrival Reidy has been rejuvenated. The work ethic has always been there, but not the finished product – well September was the month this tired narrative altered. Jamie netted sharp finishes against Hemel and Hungerford, and then finished the month off with aplomb at Plainmoor. More to come we hope as the new boss infuses these players with confidence – well done Jamie!
Man of the Match – Hungerford and Woking
2) Alex Bass 7.0
Young Alex has got on about his business quietly and confidently. With TUFC generally on top, the keeper hasn’t been called on very often this month, but made a brilliant stop against Hemel that proved crucial and just looks so assured between the sticks. There will be bigger tests to come as winter approaches for Alex and I feel he is more than ready for it.
3) Opi Edwards 6.8
Opi was electric in the cup at Lymington and really grabbed the chance to showcase his skill and pace on the Red Button. Apart from that the winger has been inconsistent at times and needs to sharpen up his decision-making, but as a teenager starting out at a new club this kid is doing great and I think there’s much more to come under Gary Johnson’s expert tutelage.
Man of the Match – Hemel and Lymington
4) Jake Andrews 6.8
Much like his City colleague Edwards, Jake Edwards was excellent in the cup and picked some wonderful passes out to break down the Lymington resistance. He has been utilised on the wing by Gary Johnson and would probably prefer to be central with his ability, but Jake is very comfortable on the ball and a real danger on set pieces – with numerous assists to his name already.
5) Liam Davis 6.4
I’m calling it now, Liam will most likely be in the top-5 every month! The left back has not exactly been on fire and I’m sure he’ll have better months, but defensively there is no issues at all on that side with LD about – plus he’ll always give you a willing option going forward. A real steady player and one of the first names on the team-sheet.
Man of the Match – Chippenham
6) Kyle Cameron 6.1
Cameron has been the one constant amongst the centre backs so far this season, as defensive compatriots have been chopped and changed due to injuries, form or formation shifts. He has had worrying moments (especially in the 1st half V Woking), but keeps plugging away and attacks the ball with hunger – a mainstay in the defence.
7) Ruairi Keating 6.1
Ruairi got his goal against Lymington, but had a frustrating month overall and was quickly substituted last weekend for Janneh. Unlike Owers I think Gary appreciates what the Irishman brings to the table, but strikers have to score goals and even versus Lymington he missed a couple early doors. Still a rough diamond with much to prove.
8) Asa Hall 6.1
Let’s be honest I’m no great fan of Asa so far. He’s a better captain than Brett in leading by example, but is not very mobile around the pitch and struggled to find his passing range again last Saturday. Asa’s attitude is fine, he’ll always show for the ball and get involved, but as a 31 year-old with loads of League experience and probably one of our top wage-earners I am expecting to see more quality.
9) George Esssuman 5.7
George only played the first three games of the month and looked steady enough in those. The injured centre back will be itching to get back in contention, but could find it difficult to regain his place as the competition at the back hots up.
10) Chris Regis 5.0
I don’t rate Regis at all, sure he scored against Lymington but as soon as the going gets tough I just can’t see the heart or fight required – even at NLS level. The composed Lemonheigh-Evans was a class above him on arrival V Woking and I’d be surprised (and disappointed) if Chris regains his place at Brightlingsea.
11) Ben Wynter 4.8
12) Brett Williams 4.8
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
TT Player of the Month roll-call
August – Liam Davis
September – Jamie Reid