EX-GULLS UPDATE by @EXGULLS

EX-GULLS UPDATE

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@ExGulls looks at what former Gulls have been up to!

As the clocks look to go back soon, and according to the National Obsession Podcast, bring us the beginning of the season. We’ve looked back at all the action including a free scoring striker in the National League South and a final day great escape in Iceland!

Kieffer Moore – Wales

Despite only scoring once this season, Robert Page hasn’t deterred from selecting striker Kieffer Moore for Wales’ upcoming World Cup Qualifiers. The Red Dragons make trips to Czech Republic and Estonia in the penultimate group of games in their group.

Ryan Law – Plymouth Argyle

Days after celebrating his 22nd birthday, Ryan Law marked the occasion by scoring his first professional goal. He finished off the scoring in Argyle’s 3-0 win at home against Sheffield Wednesday, as Ryan Low looks to continue the Pilgrims strong start to the season.

John Marquis – Portsmouth F.C.

Until last Saturday, Marquis hadn’t scored since the second game of the season before scoring twice in a rain soaked 4-0 win over Sunderland A.F.C. at Fratton Park. Hopefully this brace will kick start his season and recreate his form from last October/ November where he scored 9 goals in 7 domestic games.

Ryan Bowman – Shrewsbury Town

After a stellar season last year with Exeter City, Ryan Bowman has yet to find form to push the Shropshire side up the table. He scored his first goal to earn Shrewsbury a point away against Sheffield Wednesday, but couldn’t convert from the spot against Bolton Wanderers as they last 2-1.

Lucas Covolan – Port Vale

Port Vale currently sit in the automatic promotion places after 10 games in League 2 and Lucas Covolan has key to their early season success. The Brazilian has kept 5 clean sheets so far this season with 2 more in the last month. They came in wins over fellow early promotion contenders Harrogate Town and bottom side Scunthorpe United.

Jamie Reid – Stevenage F.C.

Jamie Reid scored his first league goal for Stevenage F.C. and what a way to score it! Winning the ball on the halfway line, he ran to the edge of the area before cutting in and finding the top corner, a goal we saw on many occasions at Plainmoor. Stevenage F.C. went on to beat Hartlepool United 2-0

Joss Labadie – Walsall F.C.

Joss Labadie received his first red card for Walsall F.C. in their 1-1 draw against Bradford City. It came shortly after they equalised but they managed to hold onto their point.

Scott Boden, Tyrone Marsh and Josh Rees – Boreham Wood

In North London, all 3 Ex-Gulls at Boreham Wood all found the back of the net and on one occasion they scored in the same game. In their National League tie against Bromley F.C., Boden put them into the lead, before the hour Josh Rees restored the lead and Tyrone Marsh scored a last-minute winner to win all 3 points.

Rees and Boden both scored in their 2-2 draw against F.C. Halifax Town, 2 goals in 10 minutes put them 2-1 up but a goal from another Ex-Gull, who we’ll talk about later rescued a point for the Shaymen. Rees also went on to score the winner as Boreham Wood came from behind to beat a 10-man Yeovil Town side and Scott Boden scored an immediate equaliser from the spot in front of the BT Sport cameras in their 1-1 draw against Eastleigh F.C.

Paul McCallum – Dagenham & Redbridge

It was another good month for Paul McCallum scoring 4 goals as Dagenham & Redbridge kept up their strong start to the season. He scored his third of the season to cancel out Wealdstone F.C.’s opener at the Chigwell in a 2-2 draw before scoring the Daggers fourth in the next home game against Weymouth F.C. He also netted a brace in a 5-1 win against Solihull Moors as only Grimsby Town have bettered Daryl McMahon’s sides start to the season.

Michee Efete – Grimsby Town

The defender, who joined the club from Wealdstone F.C. in the summer, has found his scoring touch, he cancelled out Armani Little’s opener to score his first goal for Grimsby Town as they ran out 3-1 winners at Plainmoor. He also scored in the Mariners 2-0 win against Eastleigh F.C. but received a straight red card in Grimsby’s only defeat of the season away against Bromley F.C.

Billy Waters – F.C. Halifax Town

Waters scored in 4 of Halifax’s 6 games in September, with only Barnet and Yeovil stopping him from scoring. He doubled the Shaymen’s lead against Southend United, scored the equaliser against Boreham Wood, were the aforementioned Rees and Boden scored for the hosts. He continued his good form, scoring the third in a 3-0 win against Stockport and the winner against Aldershot Town.

Kyle Cameron – Notts County

The defender kept up his form in front of goal we saw last season at Plainmoor for Notts County with goals against Aldershot Town and Wealdstone F.C. Against Aldershot he scored Notts’ equaliser and with his goal against Wealdstone, it eventually proved to be the winner as both games finished 3-2. He came off before the hour mark against Maidenhead United and has been out injured since, coincidentally Notts County have lost all three games since.

Benji Kimpioka and Rhys Murphy – Southend United

In what has been a tough start to the season for Southend United, Rhys Murphy has still found the back of the net on 3 occasions. His first put Southend 2-0 up against Wrexham A.F.C. but they failed to hold out drawing the game 2-2. He also scored in defeats against F.C. Halifax Town and Aldershot Town.

He’s recently been joined by Sunderland A.F.C. youngster Benji Kimpioka on loan until January. The Swede spent the tail end of last season on loan at Plainmoor and made his debut against Solihull Moors, playing 68 minutes before being subbed off.

Josh Umerah – Wealdstone F.C.

Despite not scoring at Plainmoor last Saturday, Umerah is currently Wealdstone’s top scorer this season with 5 goals. He scored the opener in a 2-2 draw away against Dagenham & Redbridge before scoring twice in a 3-2 defeat at Notts County. His third goal this month put Wealdstone 2-1 up against Aldershot Town in their 2-2 draw at Grosvenor Vale.

Josh McQuoid – Weymouth F.C.

McQuoid has scored twice in September with goals against Solihull Moors and Dover Athletic. The first was the Terras’ fourth of the afternoon as they stormed into a 4-1 lead at Damson Park before surviving a late scare to hold onto all 3 points. His second was an equaliser against bottom side Dover Athletic in a 1-1 draw in front of the BT cameras.

Joe Quigley – Yeovil Town

Quigley had a strong start to the month, his penalty was the only goal in a 1-0 win against F.C. Halifax Town at Huish Park with his second of the month being yet another penalty, doubling the Glovers lead against 10 man Stockport County in a 3-0 win. He didn’t score in the last 2 games of the month as they were beaten by both Chesterfield F.C. and Boreham Wood.

Andrew Nelson – Darlington F.C.

In the National League North, Andrew Nelson scored his first goal since October 2019 as Darlington F.C. drew 2-2 away against Blyth Spartans. Nelson goal was the equaliser as they came from 2-0 down to earn a point in Northumberland.

Lee Mansell – Gloucester City

In managerial news, Lee Mansell has been appointed to the helm at Gloucester City. He joins the club after they parted ways with Paul Groves following their 3-0 defeat against Gateshead F.C. The Tigers currently sit second bottom in the National League North with only one win on the board. Mansell has already brought in ExGull Lucas Tomlinson to join the squad on loan from Bristol Rovers, who already have Daniel Leadbitter, Max Sheaf and Tommy O’Sullivan, who’ve also plied their trade at Plainmoor.

Ashley Hemmings – Kidderminster Harriers

Elsewhere Ashley Hemmings scored against Gateshead F.C. but despite scoring with more than 25 minutes left to play, Kidderminster couldn’t find an equaliser as they lost 3-2.

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Alex Fletcher – Bath City

Bath City have progressed through to the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round to face Banbury United after beating Frome Town 5-0 at Twerton Park. Amongst the goal-scorers was Alex Fletcher who has also scored twice in the league last month. He scored Bath City’s only goal in a 3-1 defeat against Dartford F.C. as well as the third goal as they beat Braintree Town by the same score line.

Adebayo Azeez and Jake Robinson – Dartford F.C.

It’s been a superb month for Adebayo Azeez scoring 7 goals this month including a hat-trick. His hat-trick came against Hythe Town in the F.A. Cup as they ran away 5-1 winners before scoring against Maidstone United in the following round to set up a tie with A.F.C. Sudbury for a place in the first round. Alongside Azeez on the score sheet against Bath City was Jake Robinson as they won 3-1. Azeez also scored a brace as Dartford F.C. hit Welling United for six.

Danny Mills – Dulwich Hamlet

Dulwich Hamlet currently sit in the National League South play-offs after 6 games with Danny Mills goal against Hungerford Town securing their third win of the season. Danny Mills scored the final goal as they won 3-1.

Elliott Romain – Ebbsfleet United

Romain scored the winning goal for Ebbsfleet United as they beat Carshalton Athletic in the F.A. Cup. They went on to beat Aylesbury United to set up a home tie against Hampton & Richmond Borough.

Joe Oastler and Scott Rendell – Havant & Waterlooville

Torquay United’s next F.A. Cup opponents have a few Ex-Gulls in their ranks and two of them scored in September. Scott Rendell doubled Havant’s lead away against Ebbsfleet United as they won 2-1 with Joe Oastler scoring against his old side as they were beaten at home by Oxford City by the same score. Doswell’s side currently sit a point of the play-offs having played 6 games at the time of writing.

Elliot Benyon – Oxford City

Unfortunately for Oxford City, their F.A. Cup journey came to an end against Frome Town but Elliot Benyon scored his first of the season. He then followed it up on Saturday, doubling City’s lead against Welling United as they went on to win 3-0

James Hurst and Jamie Ward – Buxton F.C.

Former Northern Ireland international Jamie Ward continued his goal scoring exploits at Buxton F.C. with goals against Warrington Town and Morpeth Town, both games finished 2-2. He also scored in the F.A. Cup as they beat Rushall Olympic 4-0 and then he scored twice as they beat the City of Liverpool 6-1. Also scoring in the latter of those games was James Hurst as he put Buxton 3-0 up to set up an away tie against Kettering Town.

Dan Lavercombe – F.C. United of Manchester

Dan Lavercombe has kept 2 clean sheets in the last month, denying both Bamber Bridge and Scarborough Athletic. F.C. United won the two games. 1-0 and 6-0 respectively.

Billy Kee – Coalville Town

In the Southern League Central Division, it’s currently a 6-way tie for the golden boot with Billy Kee being amongst them for Coalville. The striker scored in wins against Alvechurch F.C., Redditch United and a brace at Nuneaton Borough. Coalville currently sit a point off the top but have played a game more.

Ryan Jarvis – Lowestoft Town

Ryan Jarvis scored his first goal for his new side Lowestoft Town. The veteran opened the scoring as they beat Stratford Town 2-0.

Chris Zebroski – Swindon Supermarine

The striker has joined Swindon Supermarine after leaving Chippenham Town in the summer. The 34-year-old joins George Dowling at Webbswood Stadium.

Jared Lewington – Taunton Town

After picking up an injury on the opening day of the season Lewington returned to the scoresheet in an 8-1 win over Shepton Mallet in the F.A. Cup. Unfortunately for the Peacocks they didn’t qualify for the 4th Qualifying Round as they were beaten 5-1 by Weston-super-Mare.

Gary Warren – Tiverton Town

Since leaving Scottish side, Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2018, he only scored 1 goal but since joining Tiverton Town, Warren has scored 3 goals with 2 of them being scored in the last month. The defender scored the equaliser in a 2-1 defeat against Salisbury F.C. before restoring Tivvy’s 2 goal lead as they beat bottom side Kings Langley 4-1.

James Hamon – Truro City

Hamon added to his clean sheet collection this season as Truro City beat Yate Town 2-0. Truro City currently sit 14th after 9 games.

Scott Laird – Weston-super-Mare A.F.C.

Weston-super-Mare A.F.C. beat Taunton Town in the F.A. Cup 5-1 but were knocked out in the next round by Dorking Wanderers. In that 5-1 win, player/ assistant coach Scott Laird bagged himself a brace before scoring in their next game as they were beaten 3-1 by Hartley Wintney. 

Bobson Bawling – Haringey Borough

In the Isthmian League, Bobson Bawling is enjoying life at Haringey Borough netting another goal as they beat East Thurrock United 5-1. At the time of writing, only their goal difference is keeping them out of the play-offs.

Shamir Fenelon – Horsham F.C.

Despite currently sitting in the relegation zone of the Isthmian League, Shamir Fenelon has scored 3 goals in September for Horsham F.C. Horsham were forced into replays against both Haywards Heath Town and Kingstonian in F.A. Cup with Fenelon scoring in both of the replays. He also scored the opening goal in their 2-1 defeat away at Folkestone Invicta.

Jason Banton – Kingstonian F.C.

Kingstonian F.C. on the other hand currently sit top of the Isthmian League. Jason Banton secured all 3 points against Brightlingsea Regent with goals in the F.A. Cup against Oxhey Jets and the original tie against Horsham F.C.

Aarran Racine – Worthing F.C.

Like Kingstonian, Worthing F.C. have had a strong start to the season as they currently sit in the play-offs. Midfielder Aarran Racine scored twice last month with the winning goal against East Thurrock United alongside the only goal in their F.A. Cup replay against Corinthian-Casuals as they were knocked out, losing 3-1.

Rhys Healey – Toulouse F.C.

Going into the international break in Ligue 2, Toulouse F.C. find themselves at the top of the table, recovering well after last year play-off heartbreak. Rhys Healey is currently the clubs joint top goal scorer with 5 goals this season, scoring 2 of those goal in September. He scored the opener against Grenoble Foot as they won 4-1 as well as the second goal in a 2-0 win away against Dunkerque.

Andre Wright – Sligo Rovers

Andre Wright scored his first goal since returning to Ireland after a brief stint in Scotland. The striker opened the scoring as Sligo Rovers drew 1-1 against second from bottom Waterford F.C. They currently sit 3rd in the table and are inline to compete in the Europa Conference League Qualification next season.

Ruairi Keating – Galway United

In Ireland Divison 1, striker Ruairi Keating scored the winning goal as they beat 9-man Cobh Ramblers 1-0. The win was crucial as it confirmed their place in the play-offs. They can only finish as high as second as the league leaders Shelbourne won the title at the weekend beating Treaty United 1-0.

Matt Green – Linfield F.C.

In Northern Ireland, Linfield F.C. have had an unbeaten start to the season despite sitting 5th in the table, with 3 win and 3 draws so far, Matt Green has scored in 2 of their 3 win so far this season. His first was the second equaliser as they came from behind twice to beat Portadown F.C. 3-2 with his second being the opening goal as they beat Belfast rivals Glentoran F.C. 3-0.

Alex Davey – I.A. Akranes

Arguably the story of the month involving any ExGull belongs to Alex Davey. During our last article for TorquayTalk, we spoke about how close I.A. Akranes were from being relegated from the Icelandic top division. They won their previous 2 games going into the final day of the season and needed to win with Kopavogur falling to defeat to stay up.

With just over 20 minutes to play, relegation seemed likely, despite Kopavogur only trailing by a goal, Akranes found themselves 2-0 down away against Keflavik. A strike from the edge of the penalty area by Alex Davey gave Akranes hope and with 15 minutes to play they found themselves 3-2 up. They held out and made the great escape to compete once again in the Urvalseild karla.

R.I.P. Tony Scott

We unfortunately heard of the deaths of two Ex-Gulls this month. Tony Scott was a winger who played for Torquay for 3 years at the end of the 1960’s. The winger scored 4 goals in 96 games for Frank O’Farrell’s side before joining Ex-Gull, John Bond at A.F.C. Bournemouth where Bond was manager. He emigrated to Australia with his wife at the end of the 90’s and passed away aged 80.

R.I.P. Peter Darke

We also heard the passing of former defender, Peter Darke at the age of 67. The full back played his whole professional career for Devonian side spending most of his career with Plymouth Argyle. After a year on loan at Exeter City, he played his final few years as a professional for Torquay United at the end of the 70’s. He made 66 appearances over those two years.


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