Dom Roman – @DomRoman
Ed Dom Roman checks back through the TT Match Verdict ratings for TUFC from the mainly positive month that was November and reveals our fourth ‘TT Player of the Month’ of 18-19 (spoiler alert…not Reidy this time!):
No. Name and November TT Rating
1) Connor Lemonheigh-Evans 7.8 – TT PLAYER OF THE MONTH
When CLE played for us last season you could sense his bursting potential, and we’re seeing much more of it this campaign. On the ball Connor is strong and determined to not just hold on to possession, but create something as well with pinpoint passing. Off the ball he appreciates team-mates with his movement and has the tenacity to harass the opposition. Add to that some goals and we’ve got a high class midfielder on our hands. His vibrant partnership with City team-mate Jake Andrews came together against St Albans and instantly clicked into gear, I look forward to seeing much more of their imaginative combination in December.
Man of the Match – Billericay Town and Woking
2) Jake Andrews 7.3
Jake arrived back on the scene for the Woking cup game and looked a little rusty, but it wasn’t long before the skilful midfielder found his feet again and against St Albans and Concord he was electric. The understanding between Andrews and his Bristol City colleagues is brilliant, emphasised perfectly by the approach play for Janneh’s hat-trick. Jake always wants the ball and like Connor, works hard for his team. He finished the month with a composed winning penalty in the Basingstoke shoot-out and I’m expecting more moments of magic in the coming month from ‘Mr Assists’!
3) Jamie Reid 7.2
Reidy had two frustrating games to start the month against Billericay and Woking. He just couldn’t take the chances that came his way, and United were frustrated on both occasions. In previous seasons the striker has been disheartened by missed opportunities, but this isn’t the case now and the following week he found the bottom corner with two calm finishes against St Albans to get right back on track. And then there was that Concord goal, a rocket that would have beaten two keepers! Jamie is on course to smash through the 25 goal barrier this season and remains a striker reinvigorated by the new manager.
Man of the Match – St Albans and Basingstoke Town
4) Liam Davis 6.8
Mr Consistency. Steady, reliable, unhurried, unruffled and untroubled – Liam is all of those things and more. We are fortunate he stayed at United as opposing teams rarely get any change out of the left back. He also provides brilliant overlap again and again, giving Kalala support and the team excellent width. Someone whose quality is probably taken for granted at times, not by TorquayTalk!
5) Jean-Yves Koue Niate 6.8
It’s not all been perfect from our defence this season and the two goals scored by Billericay at the start of the month were partly caused by mix ups at the back. Niate and Cameron still represent a very good combination at Centre Back though, and just need to work on their communication and decision-making to ensure the better NLS teams don’t profit from mistakes. The upcoming games will be a good test of their metal and I’m sure the man mountain Niate will be up for the challenge.
6) Saikou Janneh 6.7
A glorious hat-trick against Concord was of course the highlight of Saikou’s month and his clinical finishes set Plainmoor alight – plus he was clearly delighted clutching the match ball at the final whistle. The promising partnership he has with Reidy can still improve and so can the striker’s all round play. He found life difficult against Woking, as GJ posted him on the wing for much of the 90 minutes – but he put a shift in and never shied away from the action, showing a mature attitude to help out his colleagues. Plenty more to come from the young lad (and hopefully more hat-tricks!).
Man of the Match – Concord Rangers
7) Kalvin Lumbombo-Kalala 6.5
KLK is an archetypal rough diamond, but worth a place in Gary Johnson’s team for the X-factor he brings to the table. He can step past defenders in the blink of an eye and is so fast at supporting play, making United’s counter attacking against St Albans and Concord fierce. On the flip side when things weren’t going his way against Billericay and Woking, he has the tendency to try and do too much, looking to shoot rather than keep things simple. A player who GJ will need to polish, but a real talent who can liven up the dreariest of games.
8) Ben Wynter 6.5
Ben’s best month for United. The full back is still only 8th on our November list, but his displays have been much more assured and positive in recent weeks. He was one of our best players in the FA Cup game and desperately tried to create an equaliser by pressing forward from full back. Still much to prove to the Yellow Army, however keep these performance going and his early season wobbles will be forgotten.
9) Kyle Cameron 6.4
Pride and passion galore, United’s recent captain has become a Plainmoor favourite with his whole-hearted displays at the back and rightly so. Always attacking long balls and wanting to push United forward, Kyle is doing his job admirably. In November he had some difficult moments and his overall player rating reflects this – but overall a player who has settled in very nicely down in Devon and has the requisite fire in his belly for a promotion challenge.
10) Shaun MacDonald 6.2
Shaun started the month with a bump, as jitters in the big Billericay match helped the away side salvage a valuable draw (grrr..). It’s a learning curve for the young keeper, controlling your area and becoming more vocal with your team-mates is something Mac will be determined to improve on. Since the Ricay game the keeper has done well enough, and made some good stops at Basingstoke as United scraped through in the FA Trophy. Still a very able deputy for GJ between the sticks with Bass out injured.
11) Ruairi Keating 5.9
12) Brett Williams 4.7
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
October – Jamie Reid
November – Connor Lemonheigh-Evans