Macron Player and Reusch Goalkeeper of the Month Awards - September 2018
Tue 9th October 2018 | League Awards | By Ian Templeman
MACRON PLAYER OF THE MONTH AWARDS
PREMIER DIVISION - TAYLOR KENNERLEY OF 1874 NORTHWICH
Taylor put a mixed August behind him and knuckled down during September. During the five games played, he made a big impact in each one earning two player of the match awards from the opposition and more accolades from sponsors and supporters.
1874 started the month at Squires Gate and were beaten by a very good footballing side. The task was made all the more difficult when the team were reduced to ten men, but Taylor constantly tried to create openings for his team mates whilst tracking back when required.
Fortunes picked up for the Greens and a home win against Litherland REMYCA followed to set them on a path for a steadier month. Taylor played his part in creating openings for his team mates flicking the ball on to an attacker who lobbed the ball just wide.
When 1874 took the lead, there was a real sense of purpose to hold on for the first win of the season. Taylor pushed hard to make it more comfortable, flashing an angled shot just wide of the post and set up a number of other chances for his team.
Next up was a tricky encounter at in form Runcorn Town. In truth, the Greens deserved something from the game, but were undone by a hotly debated penalty awarded to the hosts.
In the 16th minute a well worked corner between involving Kennerley, allowed a pinpoint delivery into the Runcorn area which created the opening goal. Despite a scrappy start to the second half, 1874 continued to enjoy most of the attacking play with Runcorn’s attacking options being limited. 1874 shot just over the bar following a good run down the left wing and cross by Kennerley. Taylor continued to work hard for the team, all to no avail.
The following week, a trip to West Didsbury was on the calendar. A Taylor Kennerley double ensured 1874 Northwich returned home from Manchester with their second win of the season. The winger struck in each half as 1874 defeated West Didsbury& Chorlton 2-1 at Brookburn Road.
Kennerley opened the scoring in the 20th minute, drilling through a packed box and into the net from 12 yards. In the second half, he came close with two efforts before adding a second goal in the 74th minute, meeting a Paul Connor cross eight yards out and bulleting a header past a helpless Burgess.
The final game of September saw 1874 pick up their second win on the bounce, with three points against Bootle. Taylor had a shot blocked by the legs of the Bootle goalkeeper in the first half, but the deadlock was broken in the 37th minute. Cutting in from the right wing, Kennerley passed infield to a team mate. HIs shot from outside the area was fumbled by the keeper allowing the following up Kennerley to score from close range.
Minutes later, the ball was slipped into the path of Kennerley whose shot beat the keeper but not the covering defender who cleared the ball off the line. With the game seemingly heading towards a draw, 1874 struck the decisive blow to secure their second successive victory.
Kennerley powered his way the Bootle rear guard, delivering a cut back from the dead ball line he found a team mate lurking at the far post to tap the ball home.
There has been an improved maturity from Taylor, since a few discipline issues in August and that has played an important part in 1874's resurgence on the field
DIVISION ONE NORTH - ROBERT McCARTNEY OF CARLISLE CITY
It was a month to remember for Carlisle City striker Robert McCartney with no fewer than 10 goals scored in four of his six appearances during the month, along with three man of the match nominations from opponents.
All four games he scored in resulted in victories and have helped to secure top spot in the division and progression in the League Cup.
On two occasions he bagged four goals in a game, with all four of City's goals in the 4-2 away win at AFC Darwen and all four in the win against in form AFC Liverpool.
His tremendous run of form took Robert's goal tally to 13 goals from his 12 appearances up to the end of the month.
DIVISION ONE SOUTH - JAMES KIRBY OF SANDBACH UNITED
James Kirby has been ever-present for United this season and has played a vital role in his sides' successful start to the season.
He bagged himself 11 goals in 5 games during September, including a record breaking 5 in Sandbach’s 7-0 win over Cheadle Town, and only failed to score in one match during the month.
After picking up the top goal scorer award for Sandbach last season, he has continued his goal scoring form into this campaign and Sandbach have won every game in which he has scored.
A brace against Athersley Rec and New Mills and a goal in games against Atherton LR and Wythenshawe have helped his side pick up all 3 points in these games.
Overall, Kirby has been superb so far, and after helping his side to 5 wins out of the 6 games that they played in the month of September, is a worthy winner of the award.
REUSCH GOALKEEPER OF THE MONTH AWARDS
PREMIER DIVISION - BEN ASCROFT OF CITY OF LIVERPOOL
Ben Ascroft's performances in goal for COLFC throughout September were consistently assured and as throughout his time with the Purps, he provided a very solid defensive foundation for the team.
With 7 wins out 8 in the month, the emphasis rightly fell to the attacking elements in the team, but Ben's agility, command of his box, aerial ability and especially his distribution, are often the starting point for quick flowing attacks.
Clean sheets in 3 games against Whitchurch Alport, Ashton Athletic and Litherland REMYCA were highlights during the month, but in all the games, COLFC have come under pressure and often it is Ben who remains calm and relieves the pressure, by plucking high balls out of the air with seeming ease.
DIVISION ONE NORTH - WILLIAM KITCHEN OF GARSTANG
Out of the five games played during September, Garstang goalkeeper William Kitchen kept three clean sheets and conceded an average of just a goal a game during the month.
He made a crucial penalty save in Garstang's 2-0 victory at home to Nelson, and turned in consistently good performances during a month in which they won out of five games.
William's all round ability and excellent distribution played a crucial part in the victories during the month, in which the team further established themselves in their first season in the league.
DIVISION ONE SOUTH - THOMAS WHITE OF CAMMELL LAIRD 1907
Thomas came into the Lairds' starting line up for the first time on 11th September, and from then played in three league games, one Cheshire Senior Cup tie against Hyde United, and an FA Vase game against Shelley.
In the five games, Thomas kept four clean sheets and conceded only one goal in the other game, playing a significant role in the team's fine run of form that saw them go on a 5 game unbeaten run during September.
It's been an impressive start to the season for Thomas and everyone at Lairds will be hoping for more of the same in the months ahead.