I had a good response to my first mid season review yesterday so today thought I’d add the midfield and forward players I’d be including in my mid season choice to date. Again if you have any comments or suggestions about anything included then either add to my Twitter page or comment on here.
So for my first of the midfield starts of the season, I am choosing Ted Rossetti of Snodland Town, who plays in the Southern Counties East Football League (SCEFL) Division 1. Rossetti plays with poise and as I witnessed in the tie with Rochester United back in November, he has a lethal right foot, which as Captain of his high flying side, he puts to good use!
Alongside Rossetti, I have chosen a player from the Isthmian League (South East) side, Chatham Town. Jack Evans is a true talent and can strike a dead ball better than any non-league player I have seen.
Evans has scored nine goals already this season, but his contribution to the team, with cross field passes, flicks and turns, as well as his ability to draw free kicks, is a joy to behold and is a key element in Chatham Town sitting in second place, having gained promotion only this season.
For my first forward line pick (based on me selecting a 4-2-4 formation) I am going to be controversial and pick someone who is just at the start of his playing career. Nathaniel Olawole played a crucial role in the game I attended between Holmesdale FC and Welling Town, in the SCEFL Premier Division.
Olawole, who as a youngster, played in the Fulham Academy, has pace and as he demonstrated, in Holmesdale’s win against Welling Town, an ability to finish clinically when needed. Olawole has just left Holmesdale but I am sure we will see him succeeding at a higher level in the future.
My next choice is a striker, Lewis Longhurst, playing at Sevenoaks District Premier League Standard. I have to say however, that in the cup tie, I saw him play in, against Tunbridge Wells Foresters, he absolutely ran the match, scoring a hat trick and controlling play from midfield to the frontline, for his Westerham FC side. To play in this virtual team, Lewis Longhurst would have to step a few levels, but I do not doubt he’d succeed at a higher level.
Next I will turn to a player who I saw at Sevenoaks Town earlier in the season when they played away at Horley Town in the FA Cup. Yahya Bamba is an explosive number 11, with incredible pace and an unerring ability to find the net. Since I saw him play, he has moved up a division to join Cray Wanderers, of the Isthmian Premier League, but he remains one of the best players I have seen this season.
My final team pick, is an out and out goal getter, and I have to return to Chatham Town to include, Dan Bradshaw, their goal machine. Bradshaw has nine Isthmian League (South East Division) goals to his name this season already, to add to the 42 he scored, as Chatham won the SCEFL Premier Division last year.
Bradshaw has pace and a Lineker-Esque knack, for being in the right place at the right time. I did consider Burgess Hill Town’s Dan Perry but in the four games I’ve seen him play this season he has yet to score, despite having racked up 16 league and cup goals himself.
My final selection in this mid season review is for my manager. For this I have to choose someone who may seem an odd pick, given his side’s position in the relegation places, but I’m choosing him for his resilience, tactical knowledge and the loyalty he has shown to his side, as he works this season to build a new side and to keep them in the Isthmian League (South East Division). My choice therefore is Michael Golding, of Corinthian FC, a true gentleman of the game and a highly intelligent manager. I hope that the second half of the season sees Corinthian FC escape the relegation zone, allowing Michael to lead them to greater success in 2023-24.
I hope my picks have provoked some thought with you and you’ve enjoyed reading them. I want to thank all of my readers and take the time to wish everyone of you a very happy Christmas.