Firstly, Happy New Year and hope you all had a great Christmas despite the measures we’re currently under. Thankfully 2020 is behind us but we’re all thankful for Gary Johnson and Torquay United, who have kept marching on despite all the challenges thrown at them this season. Luckily football has kept going, despite the pause during Lockdown 1.0 and it’s seen many Ex-Gulls continue playing with some having an excellent end to what was a horrible year!
Jamie Reid – Mansfield Town
Reidy has had a new lease of life under new boss Nigel Clough at Mansfield Town and managed to score his first league goal for the club, it also turned out to be the decisive one in a 1-0 win away to high-flying Cambridge United.
Rumours have swirled around social media about a possible loan move to the National League in search for game time, but he’ll keep taking the opportunity whilst he can at Field Mill.
Rhys Healey – Toulouse F.C.
We don’t normally cover our Ex-Gulls who have moved abroad until the end, but the month Rhys Healey’s had he has to be mentioned in this months edition. The Welshman, who had a brief loan spell in the 2017-18 season, has scored in his last 6 games for the Ligue 2 side with goals against Niort Chamois, Nancy, Guingamp, Chateauroux, Le Havre and Pau F.C.
Not only is he now Toulouse’s top scorer this season with 8 goals, he’s currently Ligue 2’s joint second top scorer, with only Auxerre striker Mickael le Bihan scoring more (13) so far this season.
Ashley Barnes – Burnley F.C.
Another striker who briefly had a loan spell at Plainmoor was Ashley Barnes. The Premier League man opened his account in the league with the opener at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Barnes who has been hit with injuries in 2020, ended his goal drought with his first senior goal in 13 months, his last coming in a 3-0 win away to Watford F.C.
Ryan Bowman – Exeter City
Ryan Bowman didn’t score a professional hat-trick before Colchester United last month and later managed his second in 17 days as The Grecians thrashed Tranmere Rovers 5-0 to remain the top scorers in League 2.
Bowman now has 9 goals to his name this season; only John Marquis (Portsmouth F.C.) and Jake Robinson (Billericay Town) have scored more than him.
Chesterfield F.C. have had a new lease of life since former Gloucester City boss James Rowe came in and he has also given Jak McCourt a new lease of life. McCourt, who was supposed to start the season with Macclesfield Town, joined Chesterfield F.C. on a short team deal but with a goal in their 6-0 win at home to Barnet F.C. as well as strong performances in midfield, he earned himself a new long-term deal at the Technique Stadium.
Josh McQuoid – Weymouth F.C.
The Terras have had a slow start to the season, but as seen in the festive fixture at the Bob Lucas they can give any team a good game. McQuoid has had strong month with 4 goals and opened his account for the season in a 5-1 defeat to F.C. Halifax Town. Unfortunately for McQuoid, every league game he’s scored in so far this season, Weymouth F.C. have lost. The only exception was an F.A. Trophy win against fellow National League side Maidenhead United.
Joe Quigley – Yeovil Town
It’s safe to say that Yeovil Town have had a nightmare season so far, the play-off hopefuls last season have only won 3 games during 2019-20. One bright light for them has been striker Joe Quigley who has added to his account in December with goals against Eastleigh F.C. and Bromley F.C. He’s also received the only red card an ex-Gulls striker has seen this season in The Glover’s 3-0 win at Huish Park against Aldershot Town.
Jake Robinson – Billericay Town
As mentioned earlier, Jake Robinson is currently leading the way with John Marquis in the goals department and the Billericay Town man has managed to score a brace in a 3-1 win at home in their Essex Derby to Braintree Town to add to that. Robinson’s month has been affected due to a COVID outbreak at Billericay Town, which has meant they’ve only been able to participate in 2 fixtures in December.
Danny Mills – Dulwich Hamlet
Elsewhere in the National League South, Dulwich Hamlet man Danny Mills has added 4 goals to his tally for the season. Amongst those goals was a brace in a 2-1 win against Hampton and Richmond Borough.
Ben Gerring – Oxford City
Gerring unfortunately started the season off with an early injury and in order for him to return to full fitness and give him some game time, Woking F.C. sent him on loan to National League South side Oxford City. Gerring got a handful of games on his month long loan deal, picking up a red card against Dulwich Hamlet on the way.
Ruairi Keating – Galway United
As touched on in our last report, former fans favourite Ruairi Keating has retuned to Republic of Ireland re-joining Galway United. They currently play in the Irish 2nd tier and finished in the play-offs, in the season just gone.
Manny Duku – Raith Rovers
Nicknamed ‘The Best Player in Scottish Football’ by follower, Mark Hepworth. Manny Duku has lived up to that name up north, continuing his fine form since joining Raith Rovers. He’s scored twice in 4 games in the Scottish Championship with him currently joint top scorer at his club with young talent Daniel Armstrong.
Saikou Janneh returned to Bristol City halfway through his loan spell due to a hamstring injury. The Gambian striker sco- red 2 goals in games against Tranmere Rovers and Salford City in 11 appearances for Newport County.