Firstly, hope you’ve all had a great Easter and enjoying the recent form Gary Johnson’s side has been on. This is our March and Easter round up of ExGulls, where we’re looking at a month with plenty of goals, some international strikes as well as some transfer news.
Kieffer Moore – Cardiff City and Wales
We start of with Kieffer Moore who was named in Wales’ World Cup Qualifiers squad. He came off the bench in both qualifiers; the first was a 3-1 defeat away against Belgium and the second in a 1-0 win against Czech Republic. He started their friendly against Mexico scoring the only goal of the game. He also managed to score for Cardiff City in the Championship as they beat struggling Derby County 4-0.
Jayden Stockley – Charlton Athletic
The Headmaster returned for Charlton Athletic as he opened the scoring against A.F.C. Wimbledon in their 2-2 draw at Plough Lane. They currently sit 3 points off the play-offs with out-of-form Lincoln City currently occupying 6th.
John Marquis – Portsmouth F.C.
A managerial change has happened at Fratton Park with Kenny Jackett being replaced by Danny Cowley and that means a new man for John Marquis to impress. Marquis who has scored 16 goals this season spent the final few games under Jackett on the bench and his final goal in the Jackett era, being a consolation strike at his old stomping ground, Doncaster Rovers. Since the new management has come in he’s only played 67 minutes where he doubled Portsmouth F.C. lead away against Shrewsbury Town but was later sent-off in the second half.
Aiden O’Brien – Sunderland A.F.C.
Despite not being involved in the final, Aiden O’Brien was amongst the Sunderland A.F.C. team which made their way to becoming champions of the 2020/21 Papa John’s Trophy. They beat Tranmere Rovers 1-0 at Wembley. When he returned to the squad he scored the winner as Lee Johnson enjoyed a return to Bristol, beating his old sides local rivals Bristol Rovers 1-0.
Conor Wilkinson – Leyton Orient
3 goals in 3 games for Conor Wilkinson has given Leyton Orient’s play-off hopes a new lease of life as all of those goals helped Jobi McAnuff’s side to victories. The pick of the bunch was a last gasp chipped winner against Carlisle United from a long ball by goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux.
Jamie Reid – Mansfield Town
Reidy kept up his trend of scoring goals to give Mansfield Town the lead. His 5th of the season helped Mansfield beat Cheltenham Town 3-1 at Field Mill. Despite the good form seen early on in Nigel Clough tenure, recent form has seen them drop down the table and currently sit 9 points clear of Southend United who sit in 23rd.
Joss Labadie – Newport County
A midfielder well known for his yellow cards managed to get himself into double figures last month but more importantly scored twice in 3 games with the latter coming in a 2-0 win away to struggling Colchester United. The Exiles currently sit inside the League 2 play-offs and had recently relocated to the Cardiff City Stadium on a temporary basis due to the poor condition of the Rodney Parade pitch.
Keith Curle – Oldham Athletic
After leaving Northampton Town last month, Keith Curle has appointed the new manager of League 2 side Oldham Athletic. The Latics have spent most of the season in the bottom half of the table and after a winless opening 4 games, a win over Exeter City saw Curle earn his first 3 points and will look to build towards next season.
Nathan Smith – Port Vale
Smudge scored for Port Vale as they beat Crawley Town 3-1, the midfielder who turned 25 last week helped Port Vale become the inform side with 5 straight wins in League 2. They currently sit in the middle of the table with 6 games to play but could have a pivotal part to play at the bottom of the table as they face Barrow A.F.C. and Grimsby Town in their remaining games.
Josh Rees – Aldershot Town
The midfielder is one of the top scoring midfielders in the National League with 10 goals this season. A brace to bring Aldershot back to 3-3 after being 3-1 down with 30 minutes to play against Boreham Wood as well as scoring Aldershot’s consolation goal against Stockport County as they lost 2-1.
Shaquile Coulthirst and Tyrone Marsh – Boreham Wood
Tyrone Marsh has recently found his goal scoring touch with early strikes, both goals in March coming in the opening 5 minutes against Hartlepool United and most recently Notts County. Those games both finished in 2-2 draws as Boreham Wood have taken points of some of the teams aiming for promotion to the Football League. Shaquile Coulthirst scored his first goal for Boreham Wood since joining the club from neighbours Barnet F.C. He scored Boreham Wood’s second goal but they couldn’t hold on as they drew 2-2 against Dagenham & Redbridge.
Fraser Kerr and Jak McCourt – Chesterfield F.C.
The most recent player to become an ExGull is defender Fraser Kerr. The former Hartlepool United player seemed to not settle in the bay and especially being away from family during these though time. Gary Johnson allowed him to move back north and joined Chesterfield F.C. Since joining the Spireites he’s started 7 of the last 8 games with only 1 defeat in a winning run for James Rowe’s side. Another ExGull is Jak McCourt who managed to score his second of the season in their 3-0 win at home against Yeovil Town.
Paul McCallum – Dagenham & Redbridge
The former West Ham United loanee had a strong start to March with a brace against Maidenhead United and a strike against his former side Solihull Moors. He missed the next two games before returning to the side against Hartlepool United but hasn’t scored since.
Nathan Blissett and Dan Sparkes – Maidenhead United
Blissett had his best month in front of goal for Maidenhead United, scoring 4 goals including a brace against Torquay United. He also scored against another former side, Solihull Moors and was on the score sheet alongside another ExGull Dan Sparkes in a 2-0 win against Chesterfield F.C.
Mark Ellis – Notts County
Ellis is looking like one of the loan signings of the season in the National League. After a long-term injury at Tranmere Rovers forced him out of the first team picture, the defender joined Notts County on loan and has scored 3 goals in 7 appearances. His goals have also been crucial ones as well as they came in wins against Wealdstone F.C., Woking F.C. and most recently Wrexham A.F.C.
Jamie Ward – Solihull Moors
Early in the month, Jamie Ward came off the bench and was an impactful substitute for Solihull Moors as his goal 7 minutes from time rescued a point after Nathan Blissett’s opener for the Maidenhead United.
Josh McQuoid – Weymouth F.C.
From one Northern Irishmen to another, Josh McQuoid was on the score sheet once again this month for Weymouth F.C. as they saw off Wealdstone F.C. 4-0 at the Bob Lucas Stadium. Weymouth F.C. can’t be relegated due to there being no relegation from the National League but Brian Stock’s side see themselves towards the bottom three.
Ben Gerring – Woking F.C.
Alongside racking up the yellow cards, Ben Gerring has also found the back of net for Woking F.C. beating strugglers King’s Lynn Town 3-0. He played in Woking F.C.’s F.A. Trophy tie against Hereford F.C. but we’ll touch on that later.
Luke Young – Wrexham A.F.C.
Young’s opener against Barnet F.C. set Wrexham A.F.C. on their way to a 2-0 victory at The Hive, London. Unfortunately for the Red Dragons, defeats over Easter against Notts County and Torquay United has seemed to of halted their play-offs chances and they’ve seemed to suffer another blow due to injuries to strikers Kwame Thomas and Jordan Ponticelli.
Rhys Murphy and Reuben Reid – Yeovil Town
4 goals in his last 6 games for Rhys Murphy has seen his goal tally enter double figures and finds himself 5 goals short of last seasons tally (17). He’s increased his goal tally with Yeovil Town’s third goal against Barnet F.C. in a 4-1 win, a brace against Woking F.C. and an equalising penalty in a 2-1 defeat away against Bromley F.C. Elsewhere at the striker department of Huish Park, Reuben Reid added two goals to his tally with a penalty to put the hosts 2-0 up in a 2-2 draw against Notts County and the equaliser against Sutton United in a 2-1 defeat.
Hereford F.C. off to Wembley
As we said earlier, Hereford F.C. faced Woking F.C. in one of the F.A. Trophy semi-finals and a 22nd minute goal by Joey Butlin sent Josh Gowling’s Hereford F.C. to Wembley. Hereford F.C. also had former midfielders James McQuilkin and Yan Klukowski, the latter a player/coach on the bench that afternoon. At the end of May they’ll be facing A.F.C. Hornchurch, who beat Notts County on penalties, in the F.A. Trophy final
Sean McGinty – Greenock Morton
In Scotland defender Sean McGinty equalised with a penalty to send Greenock Morton’s Third Round Scottish Cup tie against East Fife into extra time. Morton managed to grab a winner 8 minutes from time to secure a tie away against Scottish Premiership side Motherwell F.C.
Louis Britton, Robbie Cundy and Opi Edwards – Bristol City
In contract news ahead of next season, Bristol City announced that striker Louis Britton and defender Robbie Cundy have both signed new deals at the club. Britton has spent time on loan at both Torquay United and Stockport County this season but has found his best form playing for Bristol City U23’s whilst Cundy has had successful loan spells at Cambridge United and currently Gillingham F.C.
They’ve also announced that winger Opi Edwards will be released in the summer. The brother of Owura, has registered a few appearances this season, including 1 assist for Bristol City but injuries has hampered his career so far.
Would you take him back at Plainmoor?
Iffy Allen – Ebbsfleet United
Forward Iffy Allen will be leaving Ebbsfleet United at the end of his current contract. He joined Dennis Kutrieb’s side in the summer from Maidstone United but didn’t score during the null & voided National League South season.
Jason Banton – Cray Wanderers
Another player who will be finding pastures new is attacking midfielder Jason Banton who’s left Cray Wanderers. The news came after manager Tony Russell and assistant manager Joe Vines both announced they’d be leaving the club.
Krystian Pearce – Barbados
Another ExGull who played in his nations World Cup Qualifiers was Krystian Pearce for Barbados in the CONCACAF Qualifiers. He earned his first cap in 3 years starting in both games in their qualifying double header. They both finished 1-0 with a defeat against Panama and a win against Anguilla.
Sam Cox and Kadell Daniel – Guyana
Another nation involved in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers is Guyana who named 2 ExGulls in their recent squad in Kadell Daniel and Sam Cox. They both started all 3 of their qualifiers with Daniel scoring in Guyana’s 4-0 win over Bahamas,
Axel Andresson – Riga F.C. (Latvia)
The Icelandic defender has had a great start at his new side Riga F.C. as they currently sit top of the Optibet Virsliga. He marked his debut with a goal within the opening 16 minutes in their 3-0 win away against F.K. Ventspils.
R.I.P. Alan Slough
He maybe most recognised for his time spent at Luton Town and Fulham F.C. but after his playing days he spent time at Plainmoor as a coach as well as running a number of popular football clubs throughout Devon. He is the grandfather of current gull Louie Slough. He passed away aged 73.
R.I.P Alan Slough