TT PLAYER OF THE MONTH – October 21 by Dom Roman

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Dom Roman – @DomRoman

October 2021 didn’t go according to plan for the Gulls. Starting with a bang, but then league defeats and a lamentable FA Cup exit – before a better finish. The Yellows rollercoaster shows no sign of abeiting. Much like the other months, there’s not been many stand-out performances, but much like the other months, there is a deserved winner. Let’s go on shall we!

1 – Shaun MacDonald – TT MOTM

The Geordie stopper came back in our time of need, and all credit to him, he has delivered. Mac’s (re)arrival was greeted with plenty of scepticism amongst supporters, but since taking over from Mark Halstead he’s been damn near immaculate and his departure in the summer has quickly become a distant memory. The keeper looks like he’s maturing and realising his potential, and we are frankly lucky to get him back on short notice. No sign so far of the mental block that would give opponents odd goals here or there, (and lost him his place to Covolan) Mac has been calm, composed, authoritative and has pulled out numerous saves to keep the Gulls in games. Two man of the match displays in October at Bromley and Havant, and overall a string of impressive displays between the sticks. Well done Mac.

TT MOTM – Bromley and Havant (a)

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2 – Joe Lewis

Joe Lewis had a somewhat yo yo month along with most of the squad! The Welshman started it off by scoring a rocket against Wealdstone, a goal so startingly fantastic it was barely believable. Cue Man of the match and Twitter sensation! But the next four games, saw defensive issues re-emerge and Joe was culpable as much as anyone. However, you can never keep a good man down, and the final two games of the month saw a strong performance and another goal versus King’s Lynn (from a lot closer this time) and a very solid performance in Wales, finishing October off with room for optimism. Still a young chap learning his trade and a key man for Gary Johnson.

TT MOTM – Wealdstone (h)

3 – Sinclair Armstrong

It probably says much about the month, that Sinclair having played only 2 games, scoops 3rd – but here we are! The team has been crying out for more pace and energy, and Sinclair’s impact at Plainmoor was exactly what he had hoped for. The striker enjoyed every moment of his debut and instantly became a hit with the Yellow Army, whilst bagging a first goal for the Gulls versus King’s Lynn. He followd that up with a quieter but hard working game at Wrexham. Just a shame his next United game won’t be until 13th November, he’ll be gagging for more goals by then.

TT MOTM – King’s Lynn (h)

4 – Tom Lapslie

This list gets more difficult to judge as I go on. 4th and 5th could have been a number of players to be honest, but at 4th I’ve plumped for the midfield energizer bunny, Tom Lapslie. Tom was tremendous against Wealdstone, simply everywhere and even scoring a header to get the Yellow Army in the party spirit. Poor defeats at Bromley and Boreham followed, but Lapslie tried as he always does, and was one of the few to come away with any credit. Then Havant and more injury disruption for Tom, before an October swansong in Wales and a busy return to action as the Gulls chased a draw. Mr 100%. 

TT MOTM – Boreham Wood (a) 

5 – Dean Moxey

I could have picked 5th out of a hat, but I’m giving it to that Steady Eddie Dean Moxey. Mox has reached the veteran stage, but unlike Hall and Wright, he has yet to miss a game this season. During October the defence still wobbled, but he did better than most, with two strong performances to finish as the Gulls rebounded from the FA Cup misery (thankfully). Dean’s long throws have also been dangerous and despite Dan Martin being touted as a replacement, there’s no contest at the moment at left back.

COYY – Dom

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