Looking for Gas – Aug & Sept 2019

With your wonderful armchair traveller, Keith Brookman.

As the title suggests, this is an attempt to track down as many former Rovers players, who are still involved in the game, as possible.

Most will have played first team football for Rovers in the past, while others are still contracted to the Gas, but either out on loan or work experience.

The latest instalment lives on the main page HERE, and the rest of the season will be archived in chunks.

August and September 2019 are archived below, right in front of your very eyes.


 

Chapter 10 – Week commencing 29th September 2019

SUNDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER

Luke Daniels was again on the bench for Brentford who, in the day’s only game in The Championship, beat Barnsley 3-1 at Oakwell.

Another goalkeeper who spends most matchdays on the bench is Mikkel Andersen and he was there again for FC Midtjylland and watched as they lost 1-0 at home against OB. In spite of this setback, though, they still lead the Danish Superliga.

TUESDAY 1ST OCTOBER

In The Championship Tom Eaves came off the bench in the 66th minute for Hull City and scored his first goal for the club six minutes later. It was the only goal of the game in their encounter with Sheffield Wednesday.

Grant McCann, Hull manager, said afterwards; ‘I’m delighted for Tom. It’s almost like a monkey off his back now and hopefully he can carry on scoring.’

Marc Bola was an unused substitute for Middlesbrough and saw his side take a point from their home game against Preston North End.

Jake Clarke-Salter started for Birmingham City, though he was substituted seven minutes from time. His side were beaten 1-0 by Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

Reading, who had John Swift sent off after only 20 minutes, were beaten 4-1 by Fulham at the Madejski Stadium. Sam Walker was an unused Reading substitute.

There were several games played in the EFL Trophy and some former Gas players were rested by their respective managers. Of the ex Gas contingent at Walsall, for example, only Rory Gaffney was involved in their game against Southampton U-21’s. He started for The Saddlers who ran out 1-0 winners.

MK Dons were also 1-0 home winners, against Fulham U-21’s. Hiram Boateng completed 90 minutes for MK while Lee Nicholls was an unused substitute.

Goalkeeper Matt Macey was in the Arsenal U-21 side that played Peterborough United at London Road. There was another 1-0 scoreline in that match, in favour of The Posh.

Burton Albion, with John-Joe O’Toole in their side, lost 2-0 against Everton U-21’s at The Pirelli Stadium. Chris Beardsley was an unused Burton substitute.

At Sincil Bank Lincoln City lost 1-0 against Manchester United’s U-21’s. Cian Bolger, who picked up a yellow card, and John Akinde, were both in the Lincoln side.

In the Northern Premier League Premier Division Kieran Preston was in goal for Basford United, who collected an away point from a 1-1 draw at Scarborough Athletic.

In the North West Division Ossett United also collected a point, from a 2-2 home draw against Runcorn Linnets. Andy Monkhouse was in the Ossett lineup and a big thank you here to the club’s Media Manager and Match Secretary Neil Spofforth who was incredibly helpful when I requested photos of Andy for this feature.

Andy Monkhouse - Courtesy of Neil Spofforth, Ossett United FC
Andy Monkhouse  [Courtesy of Neil Spofforth, Ossett United FC]
In yet another drawn match, this time in the Southern League Premier Division One South, the game between Mangotsfield United and Basingstoke Town finished 1-1. Liam Armstrong and Trey Anderson were again in the Mangotsfield side.

Isthmian League Premier League side Bishop’s Stortford suffered another heavy defeat as they suffered a 4-1 home loss against Potters Bar Town. Jamie Cureton completed 90 minutes for Stortford.

In the same league, Tom Hitchcock was missing from the Cheshunt side that were 1-0 home winners against Wingate & Finchley but Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis was in the Merstham side that suffered a 3-1 home defeat against Worthing.

WEDNESDAY 2ND OCTOBER

In the Championship Derby County, with Kelle Roos in goal, picked up a point from a 2-2 draw at Barnsley.

Luke Daniels took up his customary place on the Brentford bench and watched his side take a point from a 1-1 home draw against Bristol City.

Two more former Gas goalies could be found on the bench at the Cardiff City Stadium and both were wearing squad number 1. Neil Etheridge warmed the Cardiff City bench and Joe Lumley did the same for Queens Park Rangers who were beaten 3-0.

Tom Lockyer was in the Charlton Athletic side beaten 2-1 by Swansea City at The Valley. Connor Roberts was in the Swansea side.

In the First Round of the CSS League Challenge Cup Hendon, with Scott McGleish on the bench, were 1-0 winners at Walton Casuals. Rene Howe was missing from the Walton lineup.

Isthmian League Premier Division side Bishop’s Stortford released a statement saying that joint manager Steve Smith had decided to step down and that Jamie Cureton would assume full responsibility for first team matters, with his first game in charge being the game against Horsham on 12th October.

Jamie Cureton, now in sole charge at Bishop’s Stortford. Photo courtesy of Nathan Cracknell
Jamie Cureton, now in sole charge at Bishop’s Stortford.  [Photo courtesy of Nathan Cracknell]
THURSDAY 3RD OCTOBER

Millwall manager Neil Harris decided to step down from his position, as did his assistant, David Livermore. Placed in temporary charge was former Rovers defender Adam Barrett who has been First team Development Coach at The Den.

Celtic moved to the top of their Europa League group thanks to a 2-0 home win against Romanian side Cluj. Fraser Forster was in goal for Celtic while Scott Sinclair was an unused substitute.

FRIDAY 4TH OCTOBER

Friday night football saw Birmingham City take on Middlesbrough in the Championship at St Andrews. The Blues won 2-1 and there were two former Gas players watching from the sidelines. Jake Clarke-Salter and Marc Bola were unused substitutes for Birmingham and Middlesbrough respectively.

Over in Ireland NIFL Premiership side Larne, with Jeff Hughes in their side, were 6-0 home winners against Glenavon.

In the League of Ireland Premier Division Derry City, with Mark McChrystal an unused substitute, lost 1-0 at Dundalk.

SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER

In The Premier League the sole former Gas representative, Oli McBurnie, started for Sheffield United who earned themselves a point from a goalless draw at Watford.

Moving down into The Championship and Tom Lockyer was in the Charlton Athletic side that took a point from a 2-2 draw against Fulham at Craven Cottage. Although they ended the day in tenth place, Charlton are only two points away from a play off place.

Wigan Athletic v Charlton Athletic - Sky Bet Championship - DW Stadium
Tom Lockyer – Photo courtesy of the man himself!

Sam Walker was, briefly, back in Bristol on Saturday afternoon. Once again he warmed the bench for Reading, beaten 1-0 by Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

Another former Gas goalie, Kelle Roos, was on the winning side as Derby County beat Luton Town 2-0 at Pride Park.

After opening his Hull City account in midweek Tom Eaves was recalled to the starting lineup for their trip to Huddersfield Town. No happy ending on this occasion, though, as Hull were well and truly beaten, 3-0.

Caretaker Millwall manager Adam Barrett has a 100% record after one game as his side were 2-1 winners against Leeds United at The Den.

One of two former Gas players to be appointed as manager during the week, Adam Barrett is the caretaker manager of Millwall FC. Photo courtesy of Alan Marshall.
One of two former Gas players to be appointed as manager during the week, Adam Barrett is the caretaker manager of Millwall FC.  [Photo courtesy of Alan Marshall.]
Luke Daniels was again an unused substitute for Brentford who, after their midweek draw against Bristol City, lost 1-0 at Nottingham Forest.

Billy Bodin returned to the Preston North End matchday squad and was an unused substitute, watching his side beat Barnsley 5-1 at Deepdale, a result that see them up to third in the league.

Goalkeeper Joe Lumley spent the afternoon on the Queens Park Rangers bench and saw his side beat Blackburn Rovers 4-2 at Loftus Road.

Connor Roberts was also on the losing side, as Swansea City, top going into their game against bottom of the table Stoke City, lost 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.

Yet another former Gas goalie was on duty at The Hawthorns. Neil Etheridge warmed the Cardiff City bench as they slipped to a 4-2 defeat against West Bromwich Albion.

In League One Oxford United extended their unbeaten run to six games as they collected a point from a 2-2 draw at Accrington Stanley. Matty Taylor was a 77th minute substitute for Oxford.

Lee Brown returned to the Portsmouth side after injury as they won 2-1 at Doncaster Rovers. Hero for Portsmouth though was Ellis Harrison. Sent on at the start of the second half, he scored the winning goal in the 91st minute to earn Pompey three much needed points.

Jack Bonham was in the Gillingham side that recorded a 3-1 home win against Southend United and he was joined, in the 92nd minute, by substitute Alex Jakubiak.

Lincoln City took their first three point haul under new boss Michael Appleton. They beat Sunderland 2-0 at Sincil Bank and even missed a penalty. Cian Bolger was in the Lincoln side while John Akinde was an unused substitute.

MK Dons, who visit the Memorial Stadium next Saturday, lost 3-0 to Burton Albion at Stadium MK. Lee Nicholls and Hiram Boateng were in the MK side while John-Joe O’Toole was in the Burton lineup.

Stefan Payne was in the Tranmere Rovers side and faced another of his former clubs, Shrewsbury Town, at Prenton Park. He finished up on the losing side, though, as The Shrews, with Ollie Norburn in their lineup, were 1-0 winners. Tranmere played the whole second half with ten men following the dismissal of Connor Jennings in first half stoppage time.

Wycombe Wanderers and Peterborough United shared six goals at Adams Park. Joe Jacobson was an unused substitute for Wycombe.

Exeter City, League Two leaders going into the day’s fixtures, dropped a place following their 1-1 draw at Crewe Alexandra. Tom Parkes lined up for The Grecians.

Tom Broadbent was an unused substitute for Swindon Town, who surrendered their unbeaten record at Valley Parade where Bradford City were 2-1 winners.

Elliott Ward and Reggie Lambe were both in the Cambridge United side that drew 2-2 against Macclesfield Town at The Abbey Stadium.

Mansfield Town were 1-0 winners at Grimsby Town in spite of having Hayden White sent off on the hour mark. The only goal of the game arrived in the 96th minute so Conrad Logan and Ryan Sweeney, who both started for Mansfield, earned themselves a rare win bonus and helped their side move up to 19th place.

Plymouth Argyle conceded a 93rd minute goal at Home Park which ensured their clash against Scunthorpe United ended all square at 2-2. The suspended Matt Lund was missing from the Scunthorpe side while Gary Sawyer was the only one of three former Gas players in the Argyle side. Dominic Telford and Byron Moore were both missing from their matchday squad.

Walsall’s mini unbeaten run of four matches came to an abrupt end at The Bescot Stadium where Salford City claimed their first away win by beating The Saddlers 3-0. James Clarke and Stuart Sinclair were in the Walsall side while Rory Gaffney was missing, presumably because The Saddlers were facing his parent club.

It was an emotional day at Sixfields, where Northampton Town met Leyton Orient, as tributes were paid to the late Justin Edinburgh who had managed both clubs. Orient, with Matt Harrold in their side, came out on top winning 1-0. Cobblers boss Keith Curle included three former Gas players in his lineup, namely Andy Williams, Chris Lines and Joe Martin.

Cheltenham Town missed an opportunity to go top of the league as they could only draw against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park. The score was 1-1 and Cheltenham’s goal was scored by Ryan Broom, his fifth of the season. Gavin Reilly also started this one for The Robins who are fifth instead of top, but only two points behind leaders Forest Green Rovers.

In the National League Boreham Wood recorded a 1-0 home win against Solihull Moors. Danny Woodards and Ricky Shakes were in the Boreham matchday squad and while Woodards remained on the bench Shakes was called on…in the 93rd minute!

Eastleigh came from behind to beat Chesterfield 2-1 at The Proact Stadium. Joe Partington was in the starting XI and Scott Rendell made his customary entrance from the bench, arriving on the pitch in the 82nd minute.

The clash between two of the bottom four sides, Chorley and Aldershot Town, ended in a goalless draw. Alefe Santos again started for Aldershot.

Angelo Balanta opened the scoring for Dagenham & Redbridge against another of his former sides, Barnet, and remain unbeaten in their last 11 league games. They didn’t win this one, though, as Barnet equalised just three minutes after Balanta’s goal.

Sam Slocombe was in goal for Notts County who drew 2-2 at Dover. They left it late to claim an equaliser, though, as it was the 90th minute when they earned a share of the spoils.

There was late drama at Hartlepool where United beat Yeovil Town 2-1. Winning 1-0 going into time added on, Yeovil scored an equaliser in the 91st minute only to concede the winning goal a minute later. Luke James, who started the game for the home side, had left the pitch at that point as he was substituted on 76 minutes. Goalkeeper Adam Smith was on the losing side for the first time since joining The Glovers on loan from Forest Green Rovers.

Maidenhead United, with Bernard Mensah in their starting lineup, were beaten 1-0 at home by new league leaders FC Halifax Town.

It was FA Cup Third Qualifying Round day and many former Rovers players were involved at this stage of the competition.

York City, leaders of National League North, were drawn away at Buxton and progressed to the next round thanks to a 2-1 win. Andy Bond was an unused substitute for The Minstermen.

Gloucester City live to fight another day following their 1-1 draw against Whitby Town. Luke Russe was in the Gloucester side that scored deep in added time to force a Monday night replay at Gloucester’s temporary home, Evesham.

Bath City’s FA Cup journey ended in Essex where they were beaten 4-2 by Billericay Town. Ryan Brunt scored one of Bath’s goals and Ryan Clarke was in goal.

Louie Soares was introduced as a 75th minute substitute for Hampton & Richmond Borough, who went out of the competition following their 2-0 defeat at Oxford City.

Welling United eased through to the next round, though, beating Tavistock 4-1 thanks, in no small part, to Bradley Goldberg who scored a first half hat trick. Theo Widdrington also started for Welling, whose opponents had two men sent off in the second half.

Weymouth were also 4-1 home winners. They beat St Albans City with their first goal being scored by Josh Wakefield after only 11 minutes. Abdulai Baggie was also in the Weymouth starting XI.

Dartford were another side to win 4-1 and Adam Cunnington scored one of their goals as they eased to an away win against Blackfields & Langley.

The Towns of Chippenham and Slough will have to do battle all over again following their 3-3 draw at Hardenhuish Park where Slough equalised in the 93rd minute. Will Puddy, George Rigg and Chris Zebroski were all in the Chippenham lineup, while Scott Davies started for Slough.

Jeffrey Monakana was named on the Dulwich Hamlet bench for their home tie against Eastbourne Borough. That’s where he stayed and watched his side win 3-0 in front of a crowd of 1,834.

Bristol Manor Farm live to fight another day following their goalless home draw against National League South leaders Wealdstone. Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist and Steve Kingdon were in the Manor Farm side and it was Kingdon who took all the plaudits; ‘It was a heroic defensive showing with home skipper Steve Kingdon leading the way with a Man of the Match performance…’ said the report in The Non League Paper.

Salisbury, with Darren Mullings in their side, can concentrate on the league following their 4-2 Cup exit at the hands of Margate in front of a home crowd of 743.

In the Northern Premier League Premier Division Basford United, with Kieran Preston in goal, were 4-3 home winners against Gainsborough Trinity, a result that sees them up to second place in the table.

In the North West Division Ossett United, with Andy Monkhouse wearing the number four shirt, were beaten 1-0 by City of Liverpool.

In the same division Widnes were also beaten 1-0. They lost at home against Tadcaster Albion. Josh Klein-Davies was a Widnes substitute and was called on in the 73rd minute.

Special mention here for Simon Kimber of Nuneaton Borough FC who has sent me photos of Craig Stanley and Alex Henshall for use in these articles during the course of the season. Unfortunately Borough, with Stanley and Henshall both in the starting lineup, were beaten 2-0 by St Ives Town in their Southern League Premier Central Division match. The result leaves them in ninth place just three points away from a play off place.

Nuneaton Borough’s Alex Henshall - Photo courtesy of Simon Kimber, Nuneaton Borough FC
Nuneaton Borough’s Alex Henshall  [Photo courtesy of Simon Kimber, Nuneaton Borough FC]
In the Premier South Division Pierce Mitchell was an 84th minute substitute for Taunton Town who are in sixth place in the table following their 3-1 home win against Farnborough.

Merthyr Town were also 3-1 home winners, against Wimborne Town and they did it with Ben Swallow and Eliot Richards in their starting lineup. There was a Gavin Williams named on the bench for Merthyr and I’m assuming that was the manager, a former Rovers and City player, of course!

Swindon Supermarine were 2-1 home winners against Chesham United and Martin Horsell was once again in goal for the Wiltshire side and, according to Steve Brennan of Motion Sport Photography was their Man of the Match.

I simply had to include this outstanding photo of Swindon Supermarine goalkeeper Martin Horsell, pictured in action against Chesham United. Courtesy of Steve Brennan of motionsportphotography
I simply had to include this outstanding photo of Swindon Supermarine goalkeeper Martin Horsell, pictured in action against Chesham United.  [Photo Courtesy of Steve Brennan of motionsportphotography]
Bottom of the table Yate Town suffered another defeat, this time 3-0 against Truro City at Lodge Road. Sam Kamara and Ollie Mehew were in the Yate starting lineup.

Moving on to the Southern League South Division and Frome Town are in second place following their 3-2 away win at AFC Totton. Manager of Frome is Danny Greaves and as there was a Greaves named on the Frome bench I can only assume that it was him!

Darren Jefferies was in the Highworth Town side that lost 3-2 at Basingstoke Town while Tyrone Tucker-Dixon was named on the Melksham Town bench for their game at Cinderford Town which ended 1-1.

Mangotsfield United slipped to a 4-0 away defeat at Evesham United. Liam Armstrong and Trey Anderson were in the Mangos’ starting XI.

Lewis Powell was on target for Larkhall Athletic in their 3-1 home win against Willand Rovers. It was the first ever meeting between the clubs. Dale Evans also started for The Larks, while Jack Camm and Neil Arndale were named on the bench.

In the Isthmian League Premier Division Chris Dickson was in the Hornchurch side that lost 1-0 at Horsham.

In the South East Division there was a goal for Dave Martin who was in the Whitehawk lineup for their game at Faversham Town. Although his goal gave Whitehawk the lead, they conceded twice in the second half and lost 2-1.

In the Midland league Premier Division Highgate United were 3-1 away winners at Gresley Rovers. Sam Oji skippered the Highgate side.

Barton Town, with Craig Disley in their side, lost 3-1 at home to Eccleshill in their Northern Counties League Premier Division match. Many thanks, to Barton’s Aaron Irwin for sending on photos of ‘Dis’ in action for Barton.

Craig Disley in action for Barton Town. Photo courtesy of Aaron Irwin, Barton Town FC
Craig Disley in action for Barton Town.  [Photo courtesy of Aaron Irwin, Barton Town FC]
In the Western League Premier Division Cribbs, with Joe White in their side, were 1-0 home winners against Buckland Athletic.

In the same league Bitton lost 2-1 at Westbury United, though I have no idea if Matt Groves was in the Bitton lineup for this one.

Michael Smith was in the Heart of Midlothian side beaten 1-0 at home by Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership which means that he and his team mates are perilously close to the bottom of the league as they are just two points better off than bottom club St Johnstone.

Motherwell are up to third, though, following their 2-0 home win against St Mirren and skipper Peter Hartley was again at the heart of the Motherwell defence.

In Scottish League Two Darryl Duffy was a 64th minute substitute for Stirling Albion, who gained a point from their 1-1 draw at Brechin City.

Scottish Junior side Lochee United, with Garry Kenneth again in their starting lineup, were 2-1 home winners against Scone.

In the Northern Ireland Premiership Seanan Clucas was in the Dungannon Swifts side beaten 4-3 at Warrenpoint who scored the winning goal in the 93rd minute.

Kayne McLaggon scored his sixth goal of the season for Welsh Premier League leaders Barry Town United who were 3-2 winners against Newtown.


Chapter 9 – Week commencing 22nd September 2019

SUNDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER

In the Scottish Premiership Fraser Forster was in goal for Celtic, 2-1 home winners against Kilmarnock, and Michael Smith was back in the Heart of Midlothian side after injury. Smith was able to celebrate a win as his side won the Edinburgh derby against Hibernian 2-1.

Micheal Smith has returned to the Hearts side after injury - Photo courtesy of James Christie Heart of Midlothian FC
Micheal Smith has returned to the Hearts side after injury  [Photo courtesy of James Christie Heart of Midlothian FC]
Barry Town United stayed top of the Welsh Premier league thanks to a 1-0 away win at Cefn Druids. Kayne McLaggan was in the Barry side though didn’t get on the scoresheet on this occasion.

Mikkel Andersen took up his usual position on the FC Midtjylland bench as they played out a goalless draw against FC Copenhagen in the Danish Superliga.

MONDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER

Former Rovers goalkeeper Adam Smith, who was released in the summer, joined Yeovil Town on loan from Forest Green Rovers.

TUESDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER

It was third round night in the Carabao Cup and Colchester United caused the shock of the round as they beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-3 on penalties following a goalless draw. Paris Cowan-Hall was sent on by Colchester in the 50th minute and scored one of the decisive spot kicks.

Paris Cowan-Hall who scored one of the penalties that enabled Colchester United to beat Spurs - Photo courtesy of Matt Hudson, Colchester United FC
Paris Cowan-Hall, who scored one of the penalties that enabled Colchester United to beat Spurs  [Photo courtesy of Matt Hudson, Colchester United FC]   But WHAT is he using for shin pads??
Connor Roberts was in the Swansea side beaten 2-1 by Watford at Vicarage Road, while Matt Macey was an unused Arsenal substitute in their 5-0 win against Nottingham Forest.

There were four games played in the EFL Trophy and Rovers recorded a fine 2-1 win against Chelsea U-21’s at The Mem but, but as far as I could tell, there were no former Rovers players involved in any of the ties.

Matt Lund was missing from the Scunthorpe United side beaten on penalties by Leicester U-21’s and Adam Dawson is still missing from the Macclesfield Town squad. They were beaten 3-2 by Port Vale, who were without Cristian Montano.

There was a full programme of National League matches and Alefe Santos started for Aldershot Town who suffered a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Yeovil Town. Santos, of course, was with Yeovil last season and they recorded their sixth win on the bounce and stay in fourth place level on points with third placed Woking and second placed FC Halifax Town. Goalkeeper Adam Smith made his Yeovil debut in this one and picked up a yellow card.

Ricky Shakes started for Boreham Wood who suffered a 2-1 home defeat against Notts County. Sam Slocombe was in goal for County and he also picked up a yellow card.

Hartlepool United were held to a 1-1 home draw by Chesterfield and seem to be struggling to mount a promotion challenge. Luke James was an 88th minute substitute for ‘Pool.

Bernard Mensah completed 90 minutes for Maidenhead United, but they suffered a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Dover Athletic.

Dagenham & Redbridge extended their unbeaten league run to nine games, and moved into sixth place, with a 2-1 win at Sutton United. Angelo Balanta was in the Dagger’s lineup for this one.

Joe Partington was in the Eastleigh side that recorded a 3-2 win against Torquay United at Plainmoor, a result that took them further away from the bottom four.

Chippenham Town beat Cirencester Town 4-3 after extra time in their second qualifying round FA Cup replay and will now face Slough Town in round three. Chris Zebroski and George Rigg both started for Chippenham.

Andy Monkhouse, who missed the first game against Colne last weekend, was back in the Ossett United side for their FA Cup replay. However, he and his side bowed out of the competition following their 4-0 home defeat.

In the Northern Premier League North West Division Widnes, with Josh Klein-Davies in their starting XI, were beaten 3-0 at Prescot Cables.

Lyle Della-Verde was named on the Hayes & Yeading United bench for their game at Dorchester Town and that’s where he stayed, watching his side claim a 3-2 win with all the goals arriving in the first half.

In the Southern Premier League Division One South goalkeeper Liam Armstrong, who joined Mangotsfield United on a month’s loan earlier in the day, made his debut but finished up on the losing side as they suffered a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Winchester City.

Barton Town, with Craig Disley in their lineup, were beaten 4-2 on penalties, following a 4-4 draw, by Liversedge in the second round of the Northern Counties East League Cup.

WEDNESDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER

There were more Carabao Cup ties played and John-Joe O’Toole returned after suspension for Burton Albion, who were 2-0 winners against Premier League AFC Bournemouth at the Pirelli Stadium. Chris Beardsley was an unused substitute for The Brewers.

MK Dons were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool at Stadium MK where Hiram Boateng went on for MK in the 72nd minute and Lee Nicholls was an unused substitute.

Oxford United beat West Ham United 4-0 at The Kassam Stadium and Matty Taylor, on as a 70th minute substitute, scored Oxford’s second goal just a minute after entering the fray.

Goalkeeper Sam Walker was an unused Reading substitute at Molineux where they were beaten 4-2 by Wolverhampton Wanderers in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw.

In the quarter finals of the Scottish League Cup Scott Sinclair was a 66th minute substitute for Celtic and scored 10 minutes after going on as they were 5-0 winners against Partick Thistle. Fraser Forster was an unused Celtic substitute.

Michael Smith was in the Heart of Midlothian side that beat Aberdeen 3-0 on penalties following a 2-2 draw at Tynecastle.

In Sweden Ostersunds, with Charlie Colkett in the side, were beaten 2-0 at Orebro and are now in 13th position in the league standings.

In the Singapore League Charlie Clough was an unused Brunei DPMM substitute in their 1-1 draw at home against Geylang International.

FRIDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER

The only game played in League One saw Blackpool beat Lincoln City 2-1 at Bloomfield Road. Cian Bolger completed 90 minutes for Lincoln, while John Akinde was an unused substitute.

In the League of Ireland Premier Division Mark McChrystal was an unused substitute for Derry City who recorded a 4-0 home win against Cork.

SATURDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER

Oli McBurnie completed 90 minutes for Sheffield United who were beaten 1-0 by Liverpool in their Premier League clash at Bramall Lane.

Oli McBurnie - From the Mem to the Premiership, stopping at Swansea on the way! Photo courtesy of Mark Woolas, Sheffield United FC
Oli McBurnie – From the Mem to the Prem, stopping at Swansea on the way!  [Photo courtesy of Mark Woolas, Sheffield United FC]
Goalkeeper Joe Lumley was on the losing side as Queens Park Rangers were beaten 2-1 by West Bromwich Albion at Loftus Road. Seeing this result made me realise that there are three sides in the Championship with three words in their name – these two and Preston North End. I can only think of a couple more; Forest Green Rovers and, perhaps, Brighton & Hove Albion (strictly speaking though that’s more than three words!)

Speaking of Preston, they drew 3-3 against another team in Bristol, but were again without the services of Billy Bodin.

Tom Lockyer collected a yellow card, but he won’t be too bothered about that as he and his Charlton Athletic side were 1-0 winners against Leeds United, even though the match stats show that enjoyed just 28% of the possession.

Missing three players following a midweek car crash Derby County still had enough in the tank to beat Birmingham City 3-2 at Pride Park. Kelle Roos was again between the posts for The Rams but Jake Clarke-Salter can’t seem to get into the Birmingham squad, let alone the starting XI.

Tom Eaves was a 74th minute substitute for Hull City who drew 2-2 against Cardiff City, though the former Rovers striker was unable to find the back of the net. Neil Etheridge was again an unused Cardiff substitute.

Marc Bola played the first half of Middlesbrough’s game against Sheffield Wednesday but didn’t return for the second half. Wednesday won 4-1 and Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate said; ‘That first half performance was absolutely terrible.’

Swansea City, with Connor Roberts in their side, were held to a home 1-1 draw by Reading who had goalkeeper Sam Walker on the bench.

Stefan Payne’s goal for Tranmere Rovers, against Ipswich Town at Portman Road, put them on level terms. It didn’t last, though, as Ipswich scored three more to win 4-1.

Oxford United were 3-0 winners against Gillingham at the Kassam Stadium. Matty Taylor started, and scored, for the U’s while Jack Bonham and Alex Jakubiak both started for The Gills. Jakubiak was taken off at half time.

Portsmouth’s 1-0 home win against Bolton Wanderers was only their second three point haul of the season. Still missing Lee Brown through injury, Pompey named Ellis Harrison on the bench.

Ollie Norburn was in the Shrewsbury Town side beaten 3-0 at home by third placed Fleetwood Town who moved up to third place.

MK Dons slipped to their third successive defeat as they lost 2-1 at Sunderland. Lee Nicholls was in goal for MK, while Hiram Boateng was a 78th minute substitute.

In League Two Gavin Reilly scored for Cheltenham Town, who drew 1-1 against Crewe Alexandra at Whaddon Road. Ryan Broom was also in the Cheltenham side.

Walsall won their third successive game, 3-2 at Crawley Town and James Clarke (he’s on fire!) scored again for The Saddlers. Stuart Sinclair and Rory Gaffney also completed 90 minutes for Darrell Clarke’s side.

Stuart Sinclair - a member of the Walsall side moving up the league following three successive wins. Photo courtesy of Tom Heslop, Walsall FC
Stuart Sinclair – a member of the Walsall side moving up the league following three successive wins.  [Photo courtesy of Tom Heslop, Walsall FC]
In spite of their 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Grimsby Town, Exeter City are still top of the table, though only on goal difference from Crewe Alexandra. Tom Parkes was named in the Exeter starting XI.

Matt Harrold came off the Leyton Orient bench for the second half as they drew 3-3 against Port Vale at Brisbane Road.

Macclesfield Town and Colchester United played out a 1-1 draw at the Moss Rose. Paris Cowan-Hall started for Colchester, but Adam Dawson, who I thought was at Macclesfield, hasn’t been seen all season.

Plymouth Argyle were 1-0 winners against Mansfield Town at Field Mill, though Gary Sawyer was the only former Gas man in the Argyle side. Conrad Logan and Ryan Sweeney were both in the Mansfield side.

Northampton Town, with Chris Lines, Joe Martin and Andy Williams all starting, drew 2-2 against Morecambe at the Globe Arena.

Matt Lund picked up a 19th minute red card for Scunthorpe United but his team mates were still able to take a point from a 1-1 draw against Bradford City at Glanford Park.

Cambridge United also drew 1-1, at Stevenage. Elliott Ward was in the Cambridge starting XI and Reggie Lambe was introduced as a 63rd minute substitute.

Tom Broadbent was an unused substitute for Swindon Town, who slipped to a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Newport County.

Maidenhead United were beaten 2-0 at Barrow in the National League. Bernard Mensah was in the Maidenhead starting XI.

Aldershot Town’s 2-1 defeat at Chesterfield saw them drop into the bottom four. Alefe Santos completed 90 minutes for The Shots.

Angelo Balanta was in the Dagenham & Redbridge side that was held to a goalless draw by bottom club Chorley, so there were no goal celebrations from him on this occasion.

Angelo celebrations - no celebrations this time around. Photo courtesy of Lewis McKean, media officer at Dagenham & Redbridge FC
Angelo celebrations – no celebrations this time around.  [Photo courtesy of Lewis McKean, media officer at Dagenham & Redbridge FC]
Eastleigh and Hartlepool United, two of the teams expected to do well this season, lie in 15th and 16th places respectively following their 1-1 draw. Joe Partington was in the Eastleigh side and Colin Rendell was a 76th minute substitute while Luke James was a 72nd minute substitute for Hartlepool.

Sam Slocombe kept another clean sheet for Notts County, 2-0 winners against AFC Fylde at Meadow Lane, a game that drew a crowd of 9,090.

Ricky Shakes was a 61st minute substitute for Boreham Wood, who were 2-1 winners at Woking, though Danny Woodards was again missing from the squad.

Yeovil Town, with Adam Smith in goal, were 3-1 home winners against league leaders Bromley and moved into second place, just a point behind them. Referee Aaron Jackson made headlines for all the wrong reasons as he red carded all eight Yeovil ball boys for timewasting!

Luke Russe was on the scoresheet for Gloucester City in National League North. They were 3-1 home winners against Guiseley and moved up to 11th in the table.

York City, in the same league, were 3-0 winners against Kings Lynn Town in front of ` Bootham Crescent crowd of 3,082. Andy Bond was on target for the unbeaten league leaders.

In National League South Chippenham Town and Dulwich Hamlet played out a 2-2 draw. Will Puddy was back in the Chippenham goal after suspension and George Rigg and Chris Zebroski were also in the side while Jeffrey Monakana started for Dulwich.

Adam Cunnington was a 59th minute substitute for Dartford, beaten 3-2 at home by Slough Town who sent on Scott Davies in the 90th minute.

Hampton & Richmond Borough won only their third game of the season, 1-0 against Tonbridge Angels. Jefferson Louis was in the Hampton starting XI but was substituted on the hour mark.

A Ryan Brunt penalty wasn’t enough to save Bath City from going down to a 2-1 defeat at Hemel Hempstead Town. Ryan Clarke also started for The Romans but there was no sign of Alex Wall in the Hemel Hempstead lineup.

Welling United, with Bradley Goldberg and Theo Widdrington in their side, registered a 2-1 away win at Hungerford Town.

Weymouth are now fourth in the league following last season’s promotion and they were 3-0 home winners against Concord Rangers. Abdulai Baggie started for Weymouth while  Josh Wakefield was an unused substitute.

In the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy, Ossett United were 1-0 home winners against Widnes. Andy Monkhouse was named on the Ossett bench and Josh Klein-Davies on the Widnes bench.

Mangotsfield United bowed out of the competition, beaten 2-1 by Slimbridge at Cossham Street. Liam Armstrong and Trey Anderson were both in the Mangotsfield side and Liam picked up the Mangos Man of the Match Award; ‘For an outstanding performance between the sticks.’

Pride of place in the competition, though, must surely go to Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist. Named on the Bristol Manor Farm bench, he was sent on for the injured Lewis Bamford after just 15 minutes and went on to score four goals as his side beat Moneyfields 7-1 at The Creek. His manager, Lee Lashenko said afterwards; ‘It was clinical finishing and great feet from him. Some players go to jelly in front of goal, but he is a calm finisher.’ Manor Farm skipper, by the way, was former Rovers trainee/scholar Steve Kingdon.

In the Southern League Premier Central Division Nuneaton Borough recorded a fifth successive home win and moved to within a point of the play off places following their 3-1 win against Barwell. Craig Stanley and Alex Henshall were both in the Nuneaton lineup.

Tyler Lyttle returned to the Rushall Olympic side after a lengthy lay off though injury and he had to go off, injured again, in the 69th minute. Play was held up in the 80th minute of the game for 37 minutes following a serious injury to a Lowestoft Town player. The game did eventually get back underway and Rushall ran out 4-1 winners.

Moving on to the Southern League Premier South Division and Yate Town were beaten 4-2 on their travels by Chesham United, after they had led 2-0 at one stage. The result leaves Yate at the bottom of the league, with just four points from their eight games. Sam Kamara scored the first Yate goal after 16 minutes. Ollie Mehew was also in the Yate lineup.

Swindon Supermarine, with Martin Horsell in goal, picked up a point from a 1-1 draw at Dorchester Town.

Martin Horsell was between the posts for Swindon Supermarine in their 1-1 draw against Dorchester Town. Photo courtesy of Steve Brennan of motionsportphotgraphy
Martin Horsell was between the posts for Swindon Supermarine in their 1-1 draw against Dorchester Town [Photo courtesy of Steve Brennan of motionsportphotgraphy ]
Lyle Della-Verde was named on the Hayes & Yeading bench for their trip to play Truro City and he spent the afternoon watching his side lose 3-0.

Walton Casuals, with Rene Howe in their starting lineup, were 2-1 home winners against Merthyr Town. Ben Swallow and Eliot Richards were in the Merthyr lineup.

Paulton Rovers are up to second place in Division One South following their 4-0 home win against Barnstaple Town. Nuno Felix was in the Paulton side.

Third placed Frome Town drew 1-1 against Highworth Town and while the only Gas connection with Frome appears to be manager Danny Greaves, Darren Jefferies was named on the Highworth bench and went on in the 86th minute.

Larkhall Athletic lost 2-0 at league leaders Thatcham Town. Dale Evans and Lewis Powell started for The Larks, while Jack Camm, Geraint Bater and Neil Arndale were named on the bench.

In the Isthmian League Premier Division there was a clash between two former Rovers strikers and Chris Dickson came out on top as he scored twice for Hornchurch in their 4-0 home win against Bishop’s Stortford whose attack was led by Jamie Cureton.

On Friday night Barry Hayles collected his Forever Fulham Award at Craven Cottage and on Saturday he went on as a 72nd minute substitute for Merstham who lost 2-0 at Enfield Town. Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis was in the Merstham starting lineup.

Barton Town, of the North West Counties League, registered a 2-0 home win against Albion Sports with skipper Craig Disley in midfield.

Closer to home Matt Groves was in the Bitton side that suffered a 5-1 home defeat at the hands of Plymouth Parkway in their Western League Premier Division encounter, while Joe White scored for Cribbs in their 3-1 home win against Odd Down.

Scotland is next up on the list and in the Scottish Premier League Fraser Forster was in the Celtic side held to a 1-1 draw at Hibernian while Scott Sinclair was sent on as an 84th minute substitute.

Heart of Midlothian, with Michael Smith in their starting XI collected a point from a goalless draw at St Mirren.

Motherwell’s Peter Hartley picked up a yellow card, though I suspect it was worth it as his side were 2-1 winners at St Johnstone.

In Scottish League One Darryl Duffy started for Stirling Albion who were held to a 1-1 home draw by Stirling Albion.

Lochee United, with Garry Kenneth at the heart of their defence, went through to the next round of the Macron Scottish Junior Cup thanks to a 3-0 away win at Hall Russell United.

Dungannon Swifts recorded a 2-1 home win against Carrick Rangers in the Northern Ireland Premier league and once again Seanan Clucas was in their side.

In the same league Jeff Hughes was in the Larne side held to a goalless draw by Coleraine.

Barry Town United were 1-0 winners in the Welsh Premier League against TNS and they now head the table and are four points ahead of the second placed team…none other than TNS! Once again Kayne McLaggon was in the Barry starting XI.

 


Chapter 8 – Week commencing 15th September 2019

SUNDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER

Mikkel Andersen was again an unused substitute for FC Midtjylland who won 3-0 in their Danish Superliga match at Lyngby.

MONDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER

Kieran Preston kept another clean sheet as Basford United beat Carlton Town 3-0 in the First Round of the Integro Challenge Cup.

TUESDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER

Just for a change there were no former Gas players involved in any of the Champions league games, so we move straight on to League One!

Two former Gas men returned to the Memorial Stadium, namely Jack Bonham and Alex Jakubiak.  Both featured for Gillingham who left BS7 with a point following their 1-1 draw against Rovers.

Lee Nicholls and Hiram Boateng were both in the MK Dons side beaten 1-0 at home by unbeaten Ipswich Town.

Portsmouth were held to a 2-2 draw by Burton Albion at Fratton Park and only equalised in the 95th minute. Lee Brown is still missing from the Pompey lineup through injury, but Ellis Harrison was sent on from the bench in the 78th minute. John-Joe O’Toole was in the Burton side but was sent off in the 25th minute when they were already leading 2-0.

Cian Bolger started for Lincoln City, who drew 1-1 at Rochdale, while John Akinde went on as an 80th minute substitute.

Ollie Norburn started, and scored, for Shrewsbury Town who beat Southend 4-3, a result that leaves the Shrimpers in the bottom three with just one point.

Stefan Payne was in the Tranmere starting XI and they went on to draw 2-2 against Peterborough United at Prenton Park even though they were two goals down at one point in the second half.

Wycombe Wanderers and Accrington Stanley played out a 1-1 draw at Adams Park and Joe Jacobson was an unused substitute for the Chairboys.

Matty Taylor started for Oxford United, who drew 0-0 at Bolton Wanderers, though he was substituted in the 78th minute.

In League Two there was a 3-2 home win for Cheltenham Town against Bradford City. Gavin Reilly and Ryan Broom both started for the Robins and Reilly scored their first goal after 59 minutes.

Gary Sawyer and Byron Moore started for Plymouth Argyle in their 2-2 draw at Crawley Town and Dominic Telford was sent on to replace Moore in the 68th minute.

Exeter City, with Tom Parkes in their side, retained their place at the top of the league with a 2-1 home win against Port Vale. Cristian Montano was in the Vale lineup.

Matt Harrold was introduced as a 77th minute substitute for Leyton Orient who were beaten 2-1 by Crewe Alexandra at Brisbane Road.

Daniel Leadbitter was an unused substitute for Newport County who drew 1-1 at Macclesfield Town, but there was a win for Walsall at last. Stuart Sinclair scored the only goal of the game in their match against Morecambe at the Globe Arena and James Clarke and Rory Gaffney were also in the side.

Matt Lund was again on target for Scunthorpe United, who drew 2-2 with Oldham Athletic at Glanford Park in a match which saw both sides collect five yellow cards!

Swindon Town, who introduced Tom Broadbent as a 35th minute substitute, suffered a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Colchester United.

Mansfield Town, reduced to ten men in the 49th minute of their home game against Cambridge United, were beaten 4-0 with all of the goals arriving in the final 16 minutes.

Conrad Logan and Ryan Sweeney were in the Mansfield side while Elliott Ward was an unused Cambridge substitute and Reggie Lambe started and scored a 95th minute penalty.

Northampton, with Joe Martin, Andy Williams and Chris Lines all in their side, were 1-0 winners at bottom of the table Stevenage.

Chris Lines - Photo Credit Pete Norton, Northampton Town Official Photographer
Chris Lines  [Photo Credit – Pete Norton, Northampton Town Official Photographer]
There was one game played in the National League and Aldershot Town, with Alefe Santos in their starting XI, were beaten 2-0 at Barnet.

Going into the night’s Southern League Premier Central Division games Stourbridge were in second place, on goal difference, behind Rushall Olympic. However, they were beaten 4-0 at Nuneaton Borough who had Alex Henshall in their starting lineup.

In the Southern League Premier South Division Pierce Mitchell was named on the Taunton Town bench and saw his side take a point from a 2-2 draw at Dorchester Town.

Darren Mullings was in the Salisbury side that also took a point as they drew 3-3 at Weston super Mare.

In the Isthmian League Premier Division Bishop’s Stortford, with Jamie Cureton in their starting lineup were beaten 5-1 at home by Cray Wanderers. Jamie was substituted on 72 minutes.

Cheshunt, with Tom Hitchcock in their lineup, were 2-1 winners at Bognor Regis Town. In the South East Division of the Isthmian league Whitehawk were defeated for the first time this season. Dave Martin was in the side beaten 2-0 at Hastings United.

Eastleigh went through to the third round of the Hampshire Senior Cup with a 3-0 home win against Fleet Spurs. Scott Rendell skippered the Eastleigh side and scored the first goal of the evening.

Yate Town, with Ollie Mehew and Sam Kamara named on the bench, lost 2-1 against Cirencester Town in the Gloucestershire Senior Cup.

WEDNESDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER

In the Southern League Premier South Division Merthyr Town were beaten 1-0 at Tiverton Town. Ben Swallow started for Merthyr and Eliot Richards was named on the bench but only had to wait 14 minutes before being called into action.

In the Singapore league there was a rare defeat for Brunei DPMM. With Charlie Clough in their side they lost 1-0 against Tampines Rovers. However they still head the table, four points ahead of Tampines and Hougang.

FRIDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER

In the League of Ireland Premier Division Derry City, with Mark McChrystal an unused substitute, played out a home goalless draw against Bohemians.

SATURDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER

Oli McBurnie started, but didn’t score, in Sheffield United’s 2-0 win at Everton in the Premier League. It was their first away win since their return to the top tier of English football.

In the Championship Derby County, with Kelle Roos in goal, drew 1-1 at Leeds United while another former Gas goalkeeper, Luke Daniels, warmed the bench for Brentford who were involved in a goalless draw against Stoke City at Griffin Park.

There was another goalless affair at Ashton Gate between Bristol City and Swansea City where Connor Roberts was a 91st minute substitute for The Swans.

A second minute own goal by Middlesbrough’s Ashley Fletcher was enough to give Cardiff City all three points as the two teams clashed at the Cardiff City Stadium. Neil Etheridge returned to the Cardiff squad and was an unused substitute while Marc Bola was on the Boro bench throughout the 90 minutes.

Neil Etheridge - Photo Credit Neil Brookman
Neil Etheridge   [Photo Credit Neil Brookman]
Tom Eaves played the opening 45 minutes for Hull City who won 3-0 against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. All three goals were scored in the second half of the match.

Queens Park Rangers, with Joe Lumley in goal, moved up to fourth place in the league following their 2-1 win against Millwall at The Den.

Tom Lockyer was in the Charlton Athletic side that lost for the second week running. They were beaten by Wigan Athletic at the JJB Stadium and dropped to seventh in the league standings.

Former Gas players missing from Championship action on this day were Billy Bodin (Preston North End), Sam Walker (Reading) and Jake Clarke-Salter (Birmingham City).

Jack Bonham and Alex Jakubiak were in the Gillingham side for their League One clash against Ipswich Town at The Priestfield Stadium. However, the visitors took all three points, winning 1-0, and moved to the top of the league.

Michael Appleton’s first game in charge of Lincoln City didn’t exactly go to plan as they were beaten 6-0 by Oxford United at Sincil Bank. Cian Bolger played the 90 minutes for the hosts and John Akinde went on at the start of the second half, while Matty Taylor was a 68th minute substitute for Oxford and scored their sixth goal 11 minutes after going on.

MK Dons, with Lee Nicholls and Hiram Boateng both starting, suffered a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Southend United who recorded their first win of the season.

Ollie Norburn completed 90 minutes for Shrewsbury Town as they held Rotherham United to a goalless draw at The New York Stadium.

Tranmere Rovers scored twice in time added on to beat Burton Albion 2-1 at Prenton Park. Stefan Payne started this one for the hosts and scored the winning goal in the 95th minute. Chris Beardsley was an unused Burton substitute.

Wycombe Wanderers were 1-0 home winners against Portsmouth where two former Rovers players were involved. Joe Jacobson started for Wycombe but had to come off in first half stoppage time, while Ellis Harrison started for Pompey but picked up two yellow cards and was sent off in the 57th minute.

Ellis Harrison - Photo Credit Neil Brookman
Ellis Harrison   [Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]
Tony Craig, who skippered Rovers in the absence of Ollie Clarke, scored Rovers third goal in a 3-1 win at AFC Wimbledon and earned himself a place in the Football League Paper’s League One team of the Day.

The following former Rovers players were missing from League One action through injury, suspension or loss of form; Aaron Chapman (Peterborough United), Lee Brown (Portsmouth) and John-Joe O’Toole (Burton Albion).

In League two Cambridge United, with Elliott Ward and Reggie Lambe in their side, suffered a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of fourth placed Swindon Town.

Paris Cowan-Hall was an 80th minute substitute for Colchester United, 2-1 home winners against Leyton Orient for whom Matt Harrold also went on in the 80th minute.

League leaders Exeter City, with Tom Parkes in their lineup, took a point from a 1-1 draw against Newport County at Rodney Parade.

There were mixed fortunes for the ex Gas contingent at Northampton Town. The Cobblers, with Joe Martin, Chris Lines and Andy Williams all starting, were held to a 2-2 draw by Crawley Town at Sixfields but they were 2-0 ahead at one point in the game. Lines scored his first goal for Northampton, a 15th minute penalty, Williams was substituted on 75 minutes and Martin scored a 95th minute own goal to gift the visitors a point.

Third placed Cheltenham Town extended their winning run to four games and ended Plymouth Argyle’s unbeaten home league record with a 2-0 win at Home Park. Gary Sawyer and Dominic Telford were in the Argyle starting XI while Ryan Broom and Gavin Reilly started for Cheltenham.

Port Vale and Mansfield Town shared four goals at Vale Park where Cristian Montano started for Vale, but was substituted after only 15 minutes, while Conrad Logan and Ryan Sweeney were in the Mansfield side.

James Clarke’s goal from an overhead kick proved to be the only one of the game at The Bescot Stadium where Walsall were 1-0 winners against Scunthorpe United. Stuart Sinclair and Rory Gaffney also started for The Saddlers while Matt Lund was in the Scunthorpe side.

James Clarke - Photo courtesy of Tom Heslop, Walsall FC
James Clarke  [Photo courtesy of Tom Heslop, Walsall FC]
Former Gas players missing from League Two action, for whatever reason, were; Harry Pell (Colchester United), Daniel Jones (Cambridge United), Adam Smith (Forest Green Rovers), Byron Moore (Plymouth Argyle), Daniel Leadbitter (Newport County), Tom Broadbent (Swindon Town), Jordan Tillson (Exeter City) and Adam Dawson (Macclesfield Town).

A 94th minute goal was enough to give Aldershot Town a 1-0 National League win against Wrexham. Alefe Santos was again in The Shot’s starting XI while assistant manager Anwar Uddin watched from the sidelines.

Anwar Uddin - Photo Credit courtesy of Ian Morseman, Aldershot Town
Anwar Uddin  [Photo Credit –  Courtesy of Ian Morseman, Aldershot Town]
Ricky Shakes was a 78th minute substitute for Boreham Wood who registered a 4-0 home win against Stockport County, but goalkeeper Sam Slocombe and his Notts County side were beaten 2-1 by new league leaders Bromley.

Luke James was a 73rd minute substitute for Hartlepool United who were beaten 2-0 by Dover Athletic at Victoria Park. Two Hartlepool players and manager Craig Hignett all collected red cards.

Bernard Mensah started for Maidenhead United who recorded a 1-1 home draw against Harrogate Town while Dagenham & Redbridge, with Angelo Balanta in their side, were involved in a goalless draw at Torquay United.

There was no joy for Eastleigh, though, beaten 3-1 at AFC Fylde. Joe Partington started for the Hampshire outfit and Scott Rendell was a 72nd minute substitute.

The former Gas players not on view in the National League were; Nathan Blissett (Solihull Moors) and Danny Woodards (Boreham Wood)

Most National League North and South sides were involved in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup and so we are having a look at how our former Gas representatives fared.

Andy Bond was in the York City side that won went through to the next round by virtue of their 2-0 win at Irlam.

Gloucester City, with Luke Russe in their lineup, eased through to round three thanks to a 5-0 win at Kidlington.

There was also a comfortable win for Bath City, who won 4-0 at Swindon Supermarine where there were two former Gas goalies on view. Martin Horsell was between the posts for Supermarine and Ryan Clarke was in goal for The Romans. Ryan Brunt also started and scored Bath’s first goal.

Ryan Brunt - Photo courtesy of Bath City Official Photographer Simon Howe
Ryan Brunt   [Photo courtesy of Bath City Official Photographer Simon Howe]
Bradley Goldberg and Theo Widdrington were in the Welling United side that brushed aside the threat posed by Chipstead and won through to the third qualifying round by virtue of a 7-0 win. Goldberg scored twice, his first coming from the penalty spot.

Josh Wakefield and Abdulai Baggie both started for Weymouth, who are also through to round three following a 3-0 win at Scholing.

Adam Cunnington was a 68th minute substitute for Dartford, who won 2-0 at Horsham but Chippenham Town and Cirencester Town will have to do it all again on Tuesday following their 2-2 draw. George Rigg and Chris Zebroski were in the Chippenham side.

Dulwich Hamlet drew a home crowd of 1,689 for their tie against Bognor Regis Town and didn’t disappoint as they won 6-1. Jeffrey Monakana was in the Dulwich starting XI.

Scott Davies stayed on the Slough Town bench and watched his side record a 3-1 away win against Flackwell Heath.

Darren Mullings was in the Salisbury side that went through to the next round as they beat Portland United 1-0.

Taunton Town, though, are out of the competition following their 2-1 defeat at Havant & Waterlooville. Pierce Mitchell was named on the Taunton bench for this one.

Merthyr Town, with Ben Swallow and Eliot Richards in their lineup, are also out of the competition following their 2-1 defeat at Weston super Mare.

Lyle Della-Verde opened the scoring for Hayes & Yeading United, 4-0 winners at Badshot Lea but Jamie Cureton was on the losing side as Bishop’s Stortford went down to a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Peterborough Sports.

No FA Cup joy for Cheshunt, either. With Tom Hitchcock in their side they were beaten 4-1 at Maidstone United.

Tyler Lyttle returned to the Rushall Olympic squad for their home tie against Gainsborough Trinity and was named on the bench. His side went through to the next round following their 2-0 win.

Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist, meanwhile, was named on the Bristol Manor Farm bench for their away game at Tiverton Town, which saw them progress to round three thanks to a 4-2 win.

In the Northern Premier League Premier Division Kieran Preston was in goal for Basford United who were beaten 2-0 by new league leaders South Shields, in front of a crowd of 1,643.

In the North West Division Josh Klein-Davies was named on the Widnes bench for their game at league leaders Workington AFC which they lost 2-0.

Dave Martin was in the Whitehawk side that lost their home Isthmian South East Division game against Phoenix Sports 2-1.

In the Southern League Premier Central Division the day’s only game saw Nuneaton Borough register a 3-2 home win against Alvechurch. Craig Stanley and Alex Henshall were both in the Nuneaton side.

The only game in the Premier South Division saw Yate Town slip to a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Walton Casuals and also saw them slip into the bottom three. Ollie Mehew started for Yate and Sam Kamara was named on the bench. Rene Howe was in the Walton lineup, though he didn’t get on the scoresheet.

There were more games played in Division One South where Larkhall Athletic suffered a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Paulton Rovers. Dale Evans and Lewis Powell started for Larkhall, while Geraint Bater and Neil Arndale were named on the bench while Nuno Felix started for Paulton.

Northern Counties side Barton Town, with Craig Disley in their lineup, lost 5-2 at Grimsby Borough and sacked their manager after the game; ‘It is with a heavy heart that we announce that we have tonight decided to relieve Dave Ricardo of his duties as manager.’

In the Scottish Premiership Peter Hartley was in the Motherwell side that suffered a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Ross County.

Darryl Duffy was in action in Scottish League two and started for Stirling Albion in their goalless draw at Annan Athletic.

Garry Kenneth was in the Lochee United side that were involved in a first round William Hill Scottish Cup tie against Lowland League side Edinburgh University. They beat the students 3-1 and have been drawn at home to another Lowland League side, BSC Glasgow, in the second round.

In the Northern Ireland Premiership Larne, with Jeff Hughes named on the bench, played out a goalless draw against Dungannon Swifts who named Seanan Clucas in their starting XI.

In Sweden Charlie Colkett was in the Ostersunds side, and collected a yellow card, in their defeat at Falkenberg.

Finally, in this week’s report, an honourable mention for former Rovers goalkeeper Gavin Kelly, omitted from last week’s list of staff still involved in the beautiful game. Gavin is goalkeeping coach at Bridlington Town who play in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division.


Chapter 7 – Week commencing 8th September 2019

SUNDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER

No former Gas players were involved in any of the day’s games (as far as I can tell) and with international games scheduled to be played this week it will give me time to remind you of former players now involved in management/coaching.

In the Premier League Gareth Taylor is listed as Manager of Manchester City’s Academy side on the club’s website. Bradley Allen, one of the famous Allen footballing dynasty, is an Academy Coach at Tottenham Hotspur.

In the Championship Adam Barrett is First Team Coach at Millwall and Martyn Margetson is Swansea City’s Goalkeeping Coach.

League One sees Matt Gill, Paul Raynor and Gary Waddock all in Assistant Manager positions, at Ipswich Town, Gillingham and Southend United respectively. Waddock is currently in temporary charge of the Shrimpers following the departure of former manager Kevin Bond.

In addition, Chris Beardsley is Fitness Coach at Burton Albion and is still registered as a player. He was an unused substitute for the Brewers when we played them at the Pirelli Stadium recently.

Darrell Clarke, Marcus Stewart and Brian Dutton are, of course, with League Two side Walsall (Manager/Assistant Manager/Coach), Keith Curle is in charge at Northampton Town and John Vaughan is the Bradford City Goalkeeping Coach.

Another Goalkeeping Coach in League Two is Steve Mildenhall, who is with Swindon Town. Cheltenham Town also have a former Rovers contact as their Goalkeeping Coach, in Steve Book while Ian Weston is Physiotherapist at Forest Green Rovers.

In the National League Anwar Uddin is Aldershot Town’s Assistant Manager and Aaron Downes holds a similar role with Torquay United. Danny Senda is Barnet’s First Team Coach while James Quinn is Assistant Manager/Coach for Solihull Moors.

National League North finds Marcus Law in charge at Bradford PA, Marcus Bignot is Guiseley’s Joint Manager and Colin Gordon is Chairman of Kidderminster Harriers.

Andy Monkhouse, currently playing for Northern Premier League side (North West Division) Ossett United, also coaches at the club and is an Academy Coach with Rotherham United.

Neither John Still or Jerry Gill played for the Gas, but Still was Assistant Manager to Ray Graydon and Gill was a Coach under Paul Trollope. Still is now Head of Football with National League South side Maidstone United, while Gill is Manager of Bath City.

There are more Rovers connections in the Southern League Premier South where Gavin Williams is Merthyr Town’s Manager, Scott McGleish is a Coach at Hendon and Michael Meaker is back with Taunton Town, also as a Coach.  Rhys Evans, meanwhile, is Goalkeeping Coach for Swindon Supermarine.  Mark McKeever is with Weston super Mare and, on their website, has the title of Senior Phase Coach.

Rhys Evans, now Goalkeeping Coach at Swindon Supermarine. Photo courtesy of Steve Brennan, motionsportphotography
Rhys Evans, now Goalkeeping Coach at Swindon Supermarine.  [Photo courtesy of Steve Brennan, motionsportphotography]
In Southern League Division One South Phil Bater is Manager of Larkhall Athletic, Danny Greaves is in charge at Frome Town and Paul Tovey is Assistant Manager at Paulton Rovers.

Barry Hayles, meanwhile, is Assistant Manager at Isthmian Premier League side Merstham while Jamie Cureton is still playing, for Bishop’s Stortford, combining that with being the club’s Joint Acting Manager and also coaching Arsenal’s U-15 & U-16 players.

Closer to home there are two former players in managerial capacities in the Western League, namely Andy Gurney at Roman Glass St George and Ray Johnston at Hallen.

Chris Llewellyn, meanwhile, was appointed Head of Coaching at Carmarthen Town AFC in the summer and Dr Christian Edwards is Director of Football for Cardiff Met who play in the Welsh Premier League.

In Scotland David McCracken is a Coach at League One side Peterhead. Also up in Scotland, Nicky Hammond was appointed to the position of Head of Recruitment at Celtic on 1st July, though it was said to be only a short term appointment. Jim Paterson, meanwhile, is Assistant Manager of Stenhousemuir and David Clarkson is an Academy Coach at Motherwell.

Paul Heffernan is the Strikers Coach for Cabinteely FC over in Ireland, while Trevor Morgan is much further away in India. As far as I know he is now the Assistant Coach at FC Pune City.

Former Gas midfielder Stephane Leoni is manager of French side Sarre-Union.

On the international scene, Martyn Margetson combines his role of Goalkeeping Coach at Swansea City by occupying the same position with England. Richard Evans is a member of the Belgian National side’s backroom staff and Terry Connor is assistant to Mick McCarthy for the Republic of Ireland national side.

Last, but by no means least, Aidy Boothroyd is the manager of the England U-21 side.

I’m sure that there are many former players still involved in a Managerial/Coaching Capacity at every level of the game and if I’ve missed any out, then please let me know in order that this list can be kept updated.

MONDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER

Scotland’s hopes of qualifying for Euro 2020 hang by a thread following their 4-0 defeat by Belgium at Hampden Park where Oli McBurnie was an unused substitute for the Scots.

Wales won their friendly match against Belarus 1-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium. Connor Roberts was again in the Welsh side and there was another cap, at last, for Tom Lockyer who was sent on as a 77th minute substitute.

In the Northern Premier League Premier Division there was another clean sheet for Kieran Preston and his Basford United side, 3-0 winners against Stalybridge Celtic.

TUESDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER

Andy Monkhouse skippered Ossett United in their First Qualifying Round FA Cup replay against Thornaby and helped his side through to the next round as they ran out 6-0 winners.

Lewis Powell came off the bench and scored for Larkhall Athletic in their Southern League Cup tie at Swindon Supermarine, but the Larks were beaten 4-1. Martin Horsell was in goal for the winners while Neil Arndale, Geraint Bater and Jack Camm started for the Larks

WEDNESDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER

Taunton Town drew 2-2 with Willand Rovers in a Southern League Cup tie but went through to the next round by virtue of winning a penalty shootout 5-4. Nabi Diallo was an unused Taunton substitute.

Mangotsfield United made nine changes for their match against Highworth Town and went out of the competition, losing 1-0. Trey Anderson was one of those ‘rested’ by the Mangos.

In the Northern Counties East League Premier Division Craig Disley started for Barton Town who won their first league game of the season, beating Silsden AFC 3-0. Disley was substituted in the 55th minute after being the subject of two strong challenges, one of which resulted in a Silsden player receiving his second yellow card of the night.

THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER

Craig Stanley, a player overlooked in previous articles, joined Nuneaton Borough from Clitheroe FC. Stanley played a handful of games for Clitheroe after signing for them in the summer.

FRIDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER

Derby County, with Kelle Roos in goal, were held to a 1-1 draw by Cardiff City in their Championship match at Pride Park.

Two transfers involving former Rovers players saw Jefferson Louis join Hampton & Richmond Borough from Chesham (I’ve lost track of how many clubs that he’s now joined!) and Elliott Ward sign for Cambridge United following a trial period at the Abbey Stadium.

In addition, Theo Widdrington joined Welling United on loan until January 2020.

SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER

Oli McBurnie was in the starting lineup for their Premier League match against Southampton at Bramall Lane and had a goal ruled out by VAR before he was substituted in the 65th minute. United were beaten 1-0 by the Saints.

In the Championship Charlton Athletic, with Tom Lockyer in their side, surrendered their unbeaten record as they were beaten 1-0 by Birmingham City at the Valley. Jake Clarke-Salter was an unused Birmingham substitute.

Tom Eaves started for Hull City who drew 2-2 against Wigan Athletic, though he didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet, while Marc Bola was in the Middlesbrough starting lineup for Middlesbrough who were 1-0 home winners against Reading.

No goals for Billy Bodin, but he started for Preston North End, 2-0 home winners against Brentford. Luke Daniels took up his customary place on the Brentford bench.

Goalkeeper Joe Lumley was on the winning side as he and his Queens Park Rangers team mates recorded a 3-2 home win against Luton Town.

Another unbeaten run came to an end as Swansea City, with Connor Roberts in their side, lost 1-0 at home against Nottingham Forest.

There were two former Rovers players in the Lincoln City squad at Sincil Bank, namely Cian Bolger and John Akinde. Both were named on the bench and both appeared in the second half against Rovers who claimed all three points thanks to a Jonson Clarke-Harris penalty.

Ollie Norburn made his first appearance of the season for Shrewsbury Town, who shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw against AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow.

MK Dons, with Lee Nicholls in goal, clinched their first away win of the season as they were 3-0 winners against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road. Hiram Boateng was also in the MK squad and was sent on as a 61st minute substitute.

There were no goals at the Pirelli Stadium where Burton Albion, with John-Joe O’Toole in their starting lineup, drew 0-0 with new league leaders Coventry City.

Jack Bonham was in goal for Gillingham who beat Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 at the Priestfield Stadium, while Alex Jakubiak was an unused substitute. Joe Jacobson started for Wycombe.

Matty Taylor, injured a few weeks back against Rovers, returned to the Oxford United squad and was sent on as an 84th minute substitute as they beat Tranmere Rovers 3-0 at the Kassam Stadium. Stefan Payne started for Tranmere and was substituted after 62 minutes.

There was no joy for Mansfield Town in League Two, even though goalkeeper Conrad Logan saved a first half penalty in their game at Crawley Town. Ryan Sweeney also started for the Stags, who were beaten 1-0.

Conrad Logan, who saved a penalty at the weekend. Photo courtesy of Mark Stehenson, Mansfield Town FC
Conrad Logan, who saved a penalty at the weekend. [Photo courtesy of Mark Stehenson, Mansfield Town FC]
Two of the three former Rovers players at Cambridge United were involved in their 3-2 win at Crewe Alexandra. Eliott Ward started and Reggie Lambe went on as a 76th minute substitute. Daniel Jones was the former Gas man missing.

League leaders Exeter City maintained their unbeaten start to the season…just! A 92nd minute penalty saw them draw 2-2 against Leyton Orient at St James’ Park. Tom Parkes was a 76th minute substitute for the Grecians while Matt Harrold was an unused substitute for Orient.

Paris Cowan-Hall was an unused Colchester United substitute as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of third placed Forest Green Rovers.

Joe Martin, Andy Williams and Chris Lines all started for Northampton Town, 2-0 home winners against Newport County, and Williams opened the scoring after only five minutes. Daniel Leadbitter was an unused Newport substitute.

Northampton Town v Sileby Rangers - Pre-Season Friendly
Andy Williams, who scored after only five minutes on Saturday.  [Photo courtesy of Pete Norton, Northampton Town Official Photographer]
Cristian Montano completed 90 minutes for Port Vale, who beat Plymouth Argyle 1-0 at Vale Park. Byron Moore was in the Argyle lineup, Dominic Telford was sent on from the bench in the 64th minute and Gary Sawyer was an unused substitute.

Ryan Broom scored both Cheltenham Town goals, after 32 and 82 minutes, to secure a 2-0 win for them at Salford City. Gavin Reilly also started for Cheltenham.

Matt Lund was on target for Scunthorpe United who recorded their first league win of the season as they were 3-0 winners against Morecambe at Glanford Park. The result lifted them off the foot of the table.

Matt Lund, who scored for Scunthorpe last weekend. Photo courtesy of Chris Mumby, Scunthorpe United FC
Matt Lund, who scored for Scunthorpe last weekend.  [Photo courtesy of Chris Mumby, Scunthorpe United FC]
Swindon Town were also 3-0 home winners. They beat Macclesfield Town at the County Ground to move into second place. Tom Broadbent was sent on in the 87th minute for Swindon who are a point behind leaders Exeter City and a point ahead of third placed Forest Green Rovers.

It’s nine games without a win now for Walsall, beaten 1-0 by Bradford City at the Bescot Stadium. James Clarke, Stuart Sinclair and Rory Gaffney all started for the Saddlers.

Portsmouth were involved in an EFL Trophy tie and were 3-1 winners against Norwich City U-21’s at Fratton Park. Ellis Harrison started, and scored two of the Pompey goals.

In the National League Bernard Mensah was sent on as a 72nd minute substitute for Maidenhead United who lost 1-0 against Barnet at The Hive.

Angelo Balanta scored for Dagenham & Redbridge, 3-1 home winners against Hartlepool United, but Luke James was missing from the Hartlepool squad.

Joe Partington started for Eastleigh, who played out a 1-1 draw with Bromley, and Scott Rendell was sent on in the 53rd minute.

Boreham Wood played out a goalless draw at Harrogate where Ricky Shakes was the only former Gas player on view, and he spent the entire ninety minutes on the Boreham Wood bench.

Sam Slocombe kept a clean sheet for Notts County, 1-0 winners against FC Halifax Town at Meadow Lane where the attendance was 5,188.

Sam Slocombe, who kept a clean sheet at the weekend. Photo courtesy of the media team at Notts County
Sam Slocombe, who kept a clean sheet at the weekend.  [Photo courtesy of the media team at Notts County]
There was a rare goal for Alefe Santos, who scored Aldershot Town’s second in their 2-1 win against Stockport County at Edgeley Park, a result that saw them move out of the bottom four.

Alefe Santos, who scored for Aldershot Town on Saturday - Photo courtesy of Ian Moresman, Aldershot Town
Alefe Santos, who scored for Aldershot Town on Saturday  [Photo courtesy of Ian Moresman, Aldershot Town]
Luke Russe appears to have been the only former Gas player making a National League North appearance. He was in the Gloucester City side that took a point from a 2-2 draw against Kings Lynn Town.

In National League South Bath City were held to a 2-2 draw by Eastbourne Borough at Twerton Park and both Ryans (Clarke and Brunt) were in the Bath side for this one.

Chippenham Town also collected a point as they played out a 3-3 draw at Chelmsford City. They were without the suspended Will Puddy, but George Rigg skippered the side and Chris Zebroski was also in the lineup.

Adam Cunnington was in the Dartford starting XI and they went on to collect all three points from a 2-0 away win against Concord Rangers.

Jeffrey Monakana was in the Dulwich Hamlet side that suffered a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Hungerford Town.

Slough Town, with Scott Davies in their side, were 3-1 home winners against Hampton & Richmond Borough, a loss that sent them to the bottom of the table. Jefferson Louis made his Hampton & Richmond debut.

Weymouth were 4-1 away winners at St Albans City. Abdulai Baggie started this one and was replaced by Josh Wakefield on 86 minutes.

Welling United, with Bradley Goldberg and Theo Widdrington in their side, suffered a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Wealdstone.

Basford United, with Kieran Preston in goal, were 3-1 away winners at Bamber Bridge and moved up to second place in the Northern Premier league Premier Division.

In the North West Division, Andy Monkhouse was in the Ossett United side held to a 1-1 draw at home by Ramsbottom United.

Josh Klein-Davies was named on the bench for Widnes, who recorded a 3-2 away win against Colne. There were 16 added minutes of time in the first half due to an injury to the referee! Josh stayed on the bench all afternoon.

Although he didn’t feature in the Rushall Olympic first team’s 3-3 home draw against St Ives Town in the Southern League Premier Central Division on Saturday afternoon, Tyler Lyttle is on the comeback trail after injury and turned out for their U-21 side on Saturday morning.

Craig Stanley and Alex Henshall were both missing from the Nuneaton Borough lineup as they slipped to a 2-0 away defeat at Biggleswade Town.

In the Premier League South, Ollie Mehew saw his late penalty saved by the Hayes and Yeading goalkeeper as Yate Town suffered a 2-1 defeat. Sam Kamara was on the bench for Yate and he was sent on late in the second half.

Eliot Richards and Ben Swallow were both named on the bench for Merthyr Town who were beaten 3-1 at home by Chesham United. Both were sent on in the 50th minute by manager Gavin Williams.

Darren Mullings was also on the losing side as Salisbury were beaten 3-1 at home by Metropolitan Police, a result that leaves them in eighth place in the league.

Darren Mullings, who was on the losing side on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Michael Berkeley Photography
Darren Mullings, who was on the losing side on Saturday.  [Photo courtesy of Michael Berkeley Photography]
Darren Mullings, who was on the losing side on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Michael Berkeley Photography
Martin Horsell was in goal for Swindon Supermarine who collected a point from a 1-1 draw at Taunton Town.

In Division One South, Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist was in the Bristol Manor farm side that slipped to a 3-2 home defeat against AFC Totton. I noticed, also, that the Manor Farm skipper was Steve Kingdon, a former Rovers trainee/scholar.

Mangotsfield United, without the services of Trey Anderson, were 2-0 winners against Larkhall Athletic at Cossham Street. Dale Evans, Geraint Bater and Lewis Powell were all in the Larhall side.

Highworth Town lost 3-0 at home against Melksham Town and had a player by the name of Darren Jefferies in their side. I’m pretty sure this is the same Darren Jefferies who made his senior debut for Rovers in the Second Round of the FA Cup, against AFC Totton, in 2011 but will need to make further enquiries!

Moving on to the Isthmian League and even the introduction of Jamie Cureton in the 80th minute couldn’t save Bishop’s Stortford from slipping to a 1-0 defeat at Folkestone Invicta who are top of the table with 19 points from their seven games.

Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis started, and Barry Hayles was an 80th minute substitute, for Merstham who were 4-0 winners at Wingate & Finchley.

Chris Dickson was again on target for second placed Hornchurch, who were 4-1 away winners at Carshalton Athletic.

Tom Hitchcock was named on the bench for Cheshunt who suffered a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Margate, the winning goal coming from the penalty spot in the 90th minute.

In the South East Division of the Isthmian League Whitehawk, with Dave Martin in their side, were 5-1 home winners against Herne Bay and now lie second in the league just a point behind leaders Chichester City.

In the FA Vase Second Qualifying Round Sam Oji was in the Highgate United side that went out of the competition following a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Worcester City.

There will be no Wembley visit for Craig Disley, either. Although he was on the scoresheet for Barton Town, they were beaten 4-2 at Nostell Miners Welfare FC.

In the same competition Andy Gurney’s Roman Glass St George went through to the next round by virtue of their 3-2 win at Ivybridge Town.

Last season Joe White was joint manager of Western League side Chipping Sodbury Town along with his father, Steve. This weekend he returned to his former club as a striker with Cribbs and scored both their goals in a 2-0 win…there’s gratitude!

In the Scottish Premiership Fraser Forster kept a clean sheet for Celtic, who maintained their 100% start to the season with a 1-0 win at Hamilton Academical.

Heart of Midlothian, with Michael Smith an unused substitute, lost 3-2 at home against Motherwell and have now lost seven and drawn three of their last ten games. Peter Hartley was in the Motherwell side.

In Scottish League Two Darryl Duffy was in the Stirling Albion lineup for their 1-0 win against Elgin City. He didn’t quite last the pace, though, as he was substituted in the 93rd minute!

I’m assuming that Garry Kenneth was in the Lochee United side that went through to the next round of the DJ Laing East Region Cup, wining a penalty shootout 8-7 against Hartill after a 2-2 draw.

Seanan Clucas was in the Dungannon Swifts side that suffered a 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Cliftonville in the NIFL Premiership but Jeff Hughes was on the winning side as his Larne side registered a 4-1 away win against Institute.

Mark McChrystal was an unused substitute for Derry City, beaten in the League of Ireland League Cup Final 6-5 on penalties, after a 2-2 draw, by Dundalk.

In Wales Kayne McLaggon scored the only goal of the game, after just ten minutes, as Barry Town United beat Airbus 1-0 and head the Welsh Premier League Table after six games.

Brunei DPMM FC head the Singapore League and were 3-0 winners on Saturday, beating Warriors FC 3-0. Charlie Clough was in the DPMM side.


Chapter 6 – Week commencing 1st September 2019

SUNDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER

In the Old Firm derby in the Scottish Premiership Celtic came out on top by beating Rangers 2-0 so Fraser Forster kept a clean sheet for the Hoops. No place in the Celtic side for Scott Sinclair though and after this match there were rumours that he might be on his way to Sunderland.

In Denmark, FC Midtjylland were 1-0 winners against Brondby and Mikkel Andersen was again an unused substitute for them.

Mikkel Andersen - Credit Neil Brookman
Mikkel Andersen  [Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]
MONDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER

Melksham Town are out of the FA Cup, beaten 3-2 at home in an FA Cup Preliminary Round replay. Andy Sandell was named on the Melksham bench for this one.

TUESDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER

Many clubs were involved in EFL Trophy matches and we begin our roundup at Home Park, Plymouth, where Rovers drew 1-1 and then lost the ensuing penalty shootout 5-3. Clubs get a point each for the draw and the winners of the shootout gain an extra point.

Gary Sawyer and Byron Moore were in the Argyle side and it was Moore who drew his side level in normal time after Tom Nichols had given Rovers the lead.

While many former Gas players were rested by their clubs, Ellis Harrison wasn’t, and he started for Portsmouth who were 1-0 home winners against Crawley Town.

Matt Harrold started for Leyton Orient, who were 2-0 home winners against Southend United while Rory Gaffney was introduced in the 66th minute as a substitute for Walsall for his senior debut, then went on to miss a penalty in the shootout that followed a goalless draw between the Saddlers and Coventry City. It was Coventry who claimed the extra point by virtue of a 5-4 shootout win. Stuart Sinclair, by the way, was on the bench for Walsall.

Tom Parkes and Jordan Tillson were in the Exeter City side that recorded a 1-0 home win against Cheltenham Town for whom Ryan Broom started and Gavin Reilly was an unused substitute.

Hiram Boateng was a 64th minute substitute for MK Dons, who won 3-0 at Stevenage and Lee Nicholls was an unused substitute.

Chris Lines and Joe Martin started for Northampton Town while Andy Williams was on the bench for their home tie against Peterborough United and it was the Posh who came out on top, winning 2-0.

Joe Martin - Photo Credit Pete Norton, official Northampton Photographer, petenorton1@mac.com
Joe Martin  [Photo Credit – Pete Norton, official NTFC Photographer, petenorton1@mac.com]
Cristian Montano also started for Port Vale, against Shrewsbury Town at Vale Park, and he was on the winning side as Vale beat the Shrews 2-1.

John-Joe O’Toole was on the winning side as his Burton Albion side beat Crewe Alexandra 3-1 at Gresty Road, while John Akinde was on the scoresheet for Lincoln City, though his side were beaten 3-1 at Doncaster Rovers. Cian Bolger started and was the Lincoln skipper for this one.

Gillingham suffered a 3-2 home defeat by Colchester United and had Jack Bonham on the bench all night with Alex Jakubiak being sent on in the 69th minute. Paris Cowan-Hall started for Colchester.

Adam Smith returned to the Forest Green Rovers squad but stayed on the bench and watched his side win 3-2 against Southampton U-21’s.

Moving swiftly on to the National League and Luke James was an unused substitute for Hartlepool United who were 1-0 away winners at Barrow, a win that sees them up to eighth place in the table.

Joe Partington was in the Eastleigh side that recorded a 2-0 home win against Boreham Wood and Scott Rendell went on as an 85th minute substitute. Ricky Shakes was in the Boreham Wood starting XI.

Sam Slocombe kept a clean sheet as his Notts County side played out a goalless draw against Solihull Moors at Meadow Lane and Nathan Blissett was in the Solihull side.

Bernard Mensah was a 65th minute substitute for Maidenhead United, now up to fourth, who drew 2-2 at Wrexham.

In National League North Luke Russe opened the scoring for Gloucester City after only two minutes of their game at AFC Telford United but there was to be no happy ending as Telford ran out 4-3 winners.

York City, with Andy Bond in their side, made it nine games unbeaten with a goalless draw at Guiseley.

Bath City, in National League South, were 3-1 home winners against Hampton & Richmond Borough. Ryan Clarke was in goal for the Romans and Ryan Brunt scored two of their goals.

Will Puddy, Chris Zebroski and George Rigg all started for Chippenham Town who lost 1-0 at Dorking Wanderers.

Jeffrey Monakana was named on the bench for Dulwich Hamlet for their home game against Maidstone United. Monakana went on in the 63rd minute but finished on the losing side as Maidstone were 1-0 winners.

Abdulai Baggie started and Josh Wakefield was a 51st minute substitute for Weymouth who earned a point from a goalless draw at Oxford City.

Scott Davies was in the Slough Town side that beat Hemel Hempstead Town 2-0 while Alex Wall was named on the bench for Hemel Hempstead and went on at the start of the second half.

Yate Town bowed out of the FA Cup after losing their Preliminary Round replay 2-0 at Exmouth Town. Neither side posted their lineups on their social media accounts so I’ll have to assume that Sam Kamara and Ollie Mehew played for Yate.

Hayes & Yeading, with Lyle Della-Verde on their starting XI, went through to the next round after beating AFC Dunstable 2-1 after extra time.

Josh Klein-Davies was also on the winning side as Widnes were 3-2 winners at Mossley.

In the Northern Premier League Premier Division Kieran Preston kept a clean sheet as Basford United took a point from a goalless draw at Stafford Rangers.  Basford’s photographer Craig Lamont has kindly let me have some recent photos of Kieran to be used through the season.  I thought I would like to illustrate these articles with photos of former Gas players turning out for their current club, though it will take time for the photos to filter through.

Kieran Preston - Photo Credit Craig Lamont, craig@craiglamontphotography.co.uk
Keiran Preston  [Photo Credit – Craig Lamont, craig@craiglamontphotography.co.uk]
In the North West Division Ossett United with Andy Monkhouse in their lineup won their first game of the season, 1-0 against Pickering Town.

In the Southern Premier League Division One South Larkhall were 2-1 winners against Basingstoke Town. Jack Camm, Dale Evans and Lewis Powell all started for the Larks while Geraint Bater and Neil Arndale were on the bench.

WEDNESDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER

In the National League Angelo Balanta scored after only two minutes for Dagenham & Redbridge in their game against Bromley. However, he and his side had to settle for a point as Bromley equalised in the 94th minute to make it 1-1.

FRIDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER

There were a few former Rovers players on international duty and Oli McBurnie started for Scotland in their European Championship qualifying match against Russia at Hampden Park. However, Russia won the match 2-1 to leave the Scots only a very slim chance of automatic qualification.

Wales won their match against Azerbaijan…just, as Gareth Bale scored the winning goal just six minutes from time at the Cardiff City stadium. Connor Roberts was the former Gasman playing for Wales, while Tom Lockyer was an unused substitute.

SATURDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER

With international games being played here, there and everywhere, the day’s roundup starts in League One and in the lunchtime televised game MK Dons were 2-1 home winners against AFC Wimbledon. Lee Nicholls was in goal for the Milton Keynes outfit and Hiram Boateng was a 77th minute substitute.

Tranmere Rovers, two goals down at the break, hit back to claim a point from a 2-2 draw against Gillingham at Prenton Park. Stefan Payne was in the Tranmere lineup, while Jack Bonham was in goal for Gillingham whose opening goal was scored by Alex Jakubiak.

Unbeaten Wycombe Wanderers are top of the league following their 3-1 home win against Lincoln City. Joe Jacobson scored twice for Wycombe and might have claimed a hat trick as his side’s second goal went in off Lincoln defender Michael Bostwick after JJ’s corner. Cian Bolger was an unused substitute for Lincoln whose goal was scored by half time substitute John Akinde.

Joe Jacobson - Credit Neil Brookman
Joe Jacobson  [Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]
Chris Lines, Andy Williams and Joe Martin were all in the Northampton Town lineup at Valley Parade where the Cobblers were beaten 2-1 by Bradford City.

Cambridge United were beaten 1-0 by Forest Green Rovers at the Abbey Stadium, though both Reggie Lambe and Daniel Jones were missing from their lineup. Adam Smith was an unused Forest Green substitute.

Top of League Two are Exeter City, 3-1 winners at Carlisle United. Tom Parkes, now with Exeter, made a 68th minute substitute appearance against another of his former clubs.

Gavin Reilly and Ryan Broom were both on the scoresheet for Cheltenham Town whose 4-2 home win against winless Stevenage saw them up to sixth place in the table.

Rory Gaffney made his Walsall league debut in their goalless draw with Colchester United, while James Clarke also started for the Saddlers and Stuart Sinclair was introduced as a 57th minute substitute. Paris Cowan-Hall was in the Colchester side.

Matt Harrold was an unused substitute for Leyton Orient who crashed to a 3-1 home defeat against Swindon Town. The Wiltshire Robins, who moved up to fourth place, had another former Gas man on their bench in Tom Broadbent.

Mansfield Town, with Conrad Logan and Ryan Sweeney in their side, picked up their first home league win of the season as they beat bottom of the table Scunthorpe United at Field Mill. Matt Lund was again in the Scunthorpe side, but they are in deep trouble having collected just one point from their opening seven games.

Daniel Leadbitter started for Newport County, whose 1-0 home win against Port Vale saw them stay in second place in the league standings. Cristian Montano was in the Port Vale side.

Byron Moore, who scored against Rovers in the midweek cup match, was again on target for Plymouth Argyle in their 2-2 draw against Oldham Athletic at Home Park. Skipper Gary Sawyer had to be content with a place on the bench, which is where he stayed all afternoon.

In the National League Aldershot Town, who introduced Alefe Santos as a 65th minute substitute, slipped into the bottom four as a result of their 2-1 home defeat by Barrow.

Boreham Wood, though, recorded a 3-1 home win against Dover Athletic and while there was no sign of Danny Woodards in their lineup, Ricky Shakes was sent on as a 79th minute substitute.

Joe Partington started for Eastleigh in their 1-1 draw at Ebbsfleet United and Scott Rendell went on as an 87th minute substitute as their side moved into 13th place in the table.

Angelo Balanta was in the Dagenham & Redbridge side that extended their unbeaten league run to six games with a 1-0 win at Maidenhead United. Bernard Mensah was a 75th minute substitute for the home side.

Sam Slocombe was in goal for Notts County who collected a point from a 1-1 draw at Sutton United while in the evening kick off Hartlepool United played out a 1-1 home draw against league leaders Woking. Luke James was an unused Pool substitute.

National League North leaders before the day’s games, York City, dropped to second place following a 1-1 draw against Southport at Bootham Crescent. Andy Bond gained an eight out of ten from the Non League Paper for his performance for York.

Luke Russe was in the Gloucester City side that recorded a 2-1 home win against Darlington, a result that leaves them in 13th place in the league table.

In ninth place in National League South are Bath City, who drew 1-1 at Braintree Town. Ryan Clarke was in goal for the Romans and Ryan Brunt scored their goal from the penalty spot to register his third goal of the week.

Ryan Clarke - photo credit Bath City photographer Simon Howe
Ryan Clarke  [Photo credit – Bath City photographer Simon Howe]
Abdulai Baggie started for Weymouth and Josh Wakefield was sent on as a 74th minute substitute as they were 1-0 home winners against Welling United. Bradley Goldberg was missing from the Welling side.

Adam Cunnington started for Dartford, who suffered a 4-3 home defeat at the hands of Dorking Wanderers while Scott Davies was in the Slough Town side that won 2-0 at Eastbourne Borough.

There was an eventful game at Hardenhuish Park, home of Chippenham Town. Will Puddy, Chris Zebroski and George Rigg all started the match against Tonbridge Angels and Chippenham won 2-1. Zebroski scored one of their goals, while Puddy was red carded in the closing stages for head butting visiting skipper Sonny Miles. His action resulted in a penalty for the visitors and they duly scored their consolation goal from the spot.

Alex Wall was on the winning side as he started for Hemel Hempstead Town in their 2-0 home win against Chelmsford City.

As far as I know, there was only one game played in the Southern League and that was in Division One South. Frome Town manager Danny Greaves was able to celebrate another win for his side as they beat Barnstaple Town 3-1 to consolidate their place at the top of the league.

Craig Disley was selected in midfield for Barton Town for their Northern Counties League Premier Division against Bridlington Town but they suffered a 2-0 home defeat.

In the Western League Premier Division Matt Groves scored for Bitton, who were 4-0 home winners against Buckland Athletic.

It was FA Cup First Qualifying Round day and I’ve done my best to catch up with former Rovers players involved in the competition at this stage.

Darren Mullings was in the Salisbury side that won 3-2 at Thatcham Town in front of a crowd of 661.

Bristol Manor Farm went through to the next round thanks to their 3-1 win at Bridgwater Town. Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist started, and scored, for the Farm.

Chris Dickson was on the scoresheet for AFC Hornchurch, scoring their fifth goal in a 6-0 home win against Kempston Rovers.

Jefferson Louis is another former Gas player through to the next round. He was in the Chesham United side that registered a 4-2 home win against Fleet Town.

Bishop’s Stortford won their first FA Cup tie in six years when beating Dunstable Town 5-3. Goes without saying that Jamie Cureton was on the scoresheet. In fact, he netted twice!

Jamie Cureton - Credit Nathan Cracknell, ngcracknell@hotmail.com
Jamie Cureton  [Photo Credit – Nathan Cracknell – ngcracknell@hotmail.com]
Lyle Della-Verde was also on the winning side, as Hayes & Yeading were 1-0 away winners at Haywards Heath Town.

Hendon were also 1-0 winners, at Little Common, and once again Scott McGleish was on the Hendon bench.

Mangotsfield United’s FA Cup exit was swift, though, as they were beaten 5-0 by Blackfield & Langley at Cossham Street. Trey Anderson was again in the Mangotsfield side.

Basford United are another side to go out of the competition. They lost 2-1 at Matlock Town. Goalkeeper Kieran Preston was between the posts for Basford.

Merthyr Town were 1-0 winners at Plymouth Parkway and Gavin Williams’ side introduced Ben Swallow as a 60th minute substitute.

Martin Horsell kept a clean sheet for Swindon Supermarine as they were 3-0 winners at Wantage Town.

Charlie Ten Grotenhuis warmed the bench for Merstham whose FA Cup dream is over for another year. They lost 1-0 at Whyteleafe.

Widnes, with Josh Klein-Davies in their lineup, were beaten 4-0 at home by Whitby Town while Whitehawk, who had Dave Martin playing for them, suffered a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Abbey Rangers.

In the Scottish Challenge Cup Third Round, a competition that includes teams from Wales, Ireland and England as well as the home nation (best not to ask!) Solihull Moors beat Kelty Hearts 4-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw. Nathan Blissett started for the Moors.

Garry Kenneth was in the Lochee United side that suffered a rare defeat, 3-1 at Dundee North End. Their second defeat of the season means they have already dropped more points this season than did in the whole of last season!

In the Irish Premiership Dungannon Swifts, with Seanan Clucas in their lineup, lost 5-0 at Coleraine, while Larne also lost. With Jeff Hughes in their side they were beaten 2-1 at Glentoran FC.

Moving on to Wales and Barry Town United remain top of the Welsh Premier League in spite of being held to a goalless draw by Caernarfon Town. Kayne McLaggon started for the league leaders and before the match he was named as the Premier League Player of the Month for August.


Chapter 5 – Week commencing 25th August 2019

SUNDAY 25TH AUGUST

There was one game played in the Championship and Swansea City, with Connor Roberts in their side, were 3-0 home winners against Birmingham City.

In the Scottish Premiership Celtic were 3-1 home winners against Heart of Midlothian. In goal for Celtic was Fraser Forster, who rejoined the club on 22nd August on loan from Southampton. He’s previously spent three spells with the Glasgow side, two on loan and one as a permanent Celtic player.

Fraser Forster - Credit Keith Brookman
Fraser Forster   [Photo Credit – Keith Brookman]
Michael Smith was in the Hearts side for this game but, somewhat worryingly, was substituted after only 18 minutes with an injury to his left leg.

FC Midtjylland won 2-0 at SonderjyskE in the Danish Superliga and goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen was again on the bench.

MONDAY 26TH AUGUST

Bank Holiday Monday saw almost a full non league programme and we start the roundup with news of former Gas players appearing in the National League.

Aldershot Town picked up a point from a 1-1 home draw against Sutton United. They equalised in the 94th minute and sent Alefe Santos on as a substitute in the 95th minute!

Boreham Wood were beaten 2-1 at home by Ebbsfleet United though they played all but two minutes of the game with ten men following the second minute red card issued to Femi Illesanmi. Danny Woodards started for Boreham Wood, while Ricky Shakes was an unused substitute.

Ricky Shakes - Photo Credit Jeff Davis
Ricky Shakes   [Photo Credit – Jeff Davis]
Angelo Balanta was in the Dagenham & Redbridge side that beat Yeovil Town 3-2 and Luke James was in the Hartlepool United side that registered a 4-2 home win against Wrexham.

Bernard Mensah was sent on as a 90th minute substitute by Maidenhead United who suffered a 2-1 home defeat by Bromley, but goalkeeper Sam Slocombe was on the winning side as his Notts County team won 5-1 against Chorley at Meadow Lane in front of a crowd of 5,082.

Solihull Moors slipped to a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Eastleigh. Nathan Blissett was in the Moors side while Joe Partington started for Eastleigh and Scott Rendell was sent on in the 79th minute.

National League North leaders York City drew 1-1 at Bootham Crescent against Gateshead in front of a crowd of 3,157, a total that included 306 Gateshead supporters. Impressive, I thought!

Luke Russe started for Gloucester City, who were beaten 3-0 at Brackley, while James Spruce was named on the bench.

In National League South there was a surprise home defeat for Bath City who went down
2-1 to Oxford City. Ryan Clarke was in goal for Bath, Ryan Brunt went on as a 79th minute substitute and the attendance was 1,030.

Jeffrey Monakana was in the Dulwich Hamlet side beaten 3-2 at home by Slough Town, while Scott Davies turned out for Slough.

Will Puddy was in goal for Chippenham Town and George Rigg also started as they lost 1-0 at Hampton & Richmond Borough. Chris Zebroski was named on the bench and eventually got a taste of the action in the second half. Louie Soares was on the bench for Hampton and went on in the 67th minute.

Adam Cunnington was in the Dartford side held to a 2-2 draw at Hungerford Town while Bradley Goldberg scored twice for Welling United, 4-2 home winners against Tonbridge Angels.

Abdulai Baggie was on the scoresheet for Weymouth and Josh Wakefield was in their starting lineup, but they slipped to a 4-3 home defeat at the hands of Wealdstone.

Kieran Preston was in goal for Basford United who went down 1-0 against Grantham Town in their Northern Premier League Premier Division match.

In the North West Division Josh Klein-Davies started for Widnes who played out a goalless draw at Kendal Town while in the same division Andy Monkhouse was in the Ossett United side that suffered a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Brighouse Town.

In the Southern League Premier Central Division, Alex Henshall started for Nuneaton Borough, beaten 5-3 at Coalville Town while Rushall Olympic, again without the services of Tyler Lyttle, were 4-1 home winners against Stratford Town.

In the Southern League South Premier Division Jefferson Louis was named on the Chesham United bench for their game at Hendon, which ended in a 3-1 defeat. Scott McGleish was missing from the Hendon bench.

Salisbury, with Darren Mullings named on the bench, were 3-2 home winners against Yate Town for whom Ollie Mehew and Sam Kamara started.

Gavin Williams named himself on the bench for Merthyr Town’s home game against Swindon Supermarine. His side, without any Gas players on this occasion, were 3-1 winners against Swindon Supermarine for whom Martin Horsell was in goal.

Lyle Della-Verde was named on the bench for Hayes & Yeading for their home game against Farnborough. He went on in the 74th minute and scored in the final minute of the game to seal a 2-0 win for his side.

Moving on to the Southern League Division One South and Trey Anderson was again in the Mangotsfield United side who kept up their 100% record with a 5-1 home win against Barnstaple Town.

Bristol Manor Farm and Larkhall Athletic played out a goalless draw at The Creek. Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist was named on the Farm bench while Dale Evans, Lewis Powell and Jack Camm all started for the Larks and Neil Arndale and Geraint Bater were on the bench.

Bishop’s Stortford, of the Isthmian League Premier Division, were 3-0 winners at Kingstonian and, although he played, Jamie Cureton wasn’t on the scoresheet!

Charlie Ten Grotenhuis started for Merstham, who went down 3-1 at Folkestone Invicta. I’ve not seen Barry Hayles in a Merstham squad as yet – saving himself for later in the season, perhaps!

Tom Hitchcock was on the scoresheet for Cheshunt, netting from the penalty spot in their
1-1 home draw against Corinthian Casuals.

In the Welsh Premier League Barry Town United were held to a 2-2 home draw by Bala Town and once again Kayne McLaggon was on target for Barry.

TUESDAY 27TH AUGUST

There were a number of EFL (Carabao) Cup ties played on this evening and last season’s semi finalists, Burton Albion, with John Joe-O’Toole in their lineup beat Morecambe 4-0 at the Pirelli Stadium.

Kelle Roos was an unused substitute for Derby County, who were beaten 3-0 in a local affair, by Nottingham Forest, at the City Ground.

Preston North End beat Hull City 5-4 in a penalty shootout at Deepdale following a 2-2 draw after 90 minutes. Billy Bodin was sent on as a 69th minute substitute for Preston and scored in the shootout. No such luck for Tom Eaves, though, as he went on in the 78th minute for Hull and missed the final penalty of ten to hand Preston a route into the third round.

Oli McBurnie started for Sheffield United, though only played for the first half, in their home tie against Blackburn Rovers. The Blades go through to the third round thanks to a 2-1 win at Bramall Lane.

Colchester United beat Premier League side Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, going through after winning a penalty shootout following a goalless draw in normal time. Paris Cowan-Hall was sent on as a 90th minute substitute for Colchester and scored from the spot in the shootout.

Daniel Leadbitter was an unused substitute for Newport County, beaten 2-0 by West Ham United at Rodney Parade.

Byron Moore started, and Gary Sawyer went on as a 71st minute substitute, for Plymouth Argyle who lost 4-2 against Reading at Home Park, while Sam Walker was in goal for the victors.

Hiram Boateng was on target for MK Dons, scoring their third goal in their 4-2 win at Southend United. Lee Nicholls was an unused substitute for the winners.

In the EFL (Leasing.Com) Trophy Andy Williams and Chris Lines were both sent on as substitutes for Northampton Town who beat Arsenal U-21’s 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

In the same competition Mansfield Town lost 4-1 on penalties in their home tie against Everton U-21’s. Conrad Logan and Ryan Sweeney were both unused Mansfield substitutes.

WEDNESDAY 28TH AUGUST

The remaining ties in the Carabao Cup took place and Cian Bolger and John Akinde were both in the Lincoln City side beaten 4-2 by Everton at Sincil Bank.

Cian Bolger - Credit Neil Brookman
Cian Bolger   [Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]
Portsmouth were 2-0 winners against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road and Ellis Harrison was an unused substitute for Pompey.

Reggie Lambe was in the Cambridge United side brushed aside by Swansea City, who were 6-0 winners at the Liberty Stadium.

Jeff Hughes was in the Larne side that progressed to the next round of the Bet McLean League Cup by virtue of a 3-0 home win against Lisburn Distillery. By all accounts Hughes, the Larne skipper, scored a ‘spectacular’ goal.

FRIDAY 30TH AUGUST

Kayne McLaggon was in the Barry Town United side that recorded a 1-0 win on the road, at Carmarthen Town. They end August top of the Welsh Premier League with ten points from their opening four games.

SATURDAY 31ST AUGUST

In the Premier League Oli McBurnie started for Sheffield United in their game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge which the Blades drew 2-2 after being two goals down.

Tom Lockyer and Charlton Athletic appear to be thriving in the Championship and they won
2-0 at Reading and lie second in the league table after six games.

Marc Bola made a brief return to Bristol and was in the Middlesbrough side that collected a point from a 2-2 draw against Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

There were two former Gas goalies on view at Griffin Park. Brentford’s Luke Daniels was an unused substitute but Derby’s last line of defence, Kelle Roos, conceded three as the home side won 3-0.

Connor Roberts and his Swansea teammates moved to the top of the league following their 1-0 win against previous leaders Leeds United at Elland Road. They left in late, though, as the winning goal arrived in the 90th minute courtesy of Wayne Routledge.

Tom Eaves was an unused Hull City substitute as they drew 1-1 at Millwall but it was a good day for Billy Bodin, who scored for Preston North End in their 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest.

Goalkeeper Joe Lumley was on the winning side as Queens Park Rangers were 2-1 winners at Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

In League One Accrington Stanley won their first game of the season with a 2-1 home victory against MK Dons for whom Lee Nicholls and Hiram Boateng both started.

Wycombe Wanderers preserved their unbeaten start to the season with a goalless draw at AFC Wimbledon with Joe Jacobson in their starting lineup.

Portsmouth drew 1-1 at Blackpool and although Lee Brown is still missing from their side through injury, Ellis Harrison was sent on in the 65th minute of this game.

Rovers went down 2-0 against Burton Albion, the home side taking all three points thanks to two late goals. Two former Gas players were in the home side’s squad and it was good to have a chat with John-Joe O’Toole, who seems settled in his new central defensive role, and Chris Beardsley who was named on the Burton bench. I decided not to remind them that both had been sent off when playing for Rovers against the Brewers back in 2013!

Jack Bonham and Alex Jakubiak were both in the Gillingham side that won 5-0 against beleaguered Bolton Wanderers at the Priestfield Stadium.

Lincoln City were 2-0 winners against Fleetwood Town at Sincil Bank and are in second place in the League table. Cian Bolger was an unused substitute for the home side, but John Akinde came off the bench in the 71st minute (probably in case they were awarded a late penalty!).

Stefan Payne, on from the start for Tranmere Rovers, who drew 1-1 at Rotherham United, scored their equalising goal in the 95th minute.

Cheltenham Town, with Ryan Broom and Gavin Reilly both starting, were beaten 1-0 at Crawley Town, where the only goal of the game arrived in the 91st minute.

There was another 1-0 win at St James’ Park Exeter where the home side scored as early as the fifth minute. Jordan Tillson was an unused Exeter substitute, though there was no sign of Tom Parkes. For Mansfield Conrad Logan was in goal and Ryan Sweeney started though he collected a red card in the 86th minute for the alleged use of his elbow on goalscorer Ryan Bowman.

Newport County, with Daniel Leadbitter again an unused substitute, were 2-1 winners at Forest Green Rovers and moved into second place in the league table just two points behind leaders Exeter City.

Northampton Town, with Chris Lines and Andy Williams in their starting XI and Joe Martin as a 77th minute substitute, won their first home game of the season3-1 against Plymouth Argyle, with Williams scoring two of them. Gary Sawyer started for Plymouth but was replaced by Byron Moore at the start of the second half. No sign of Dominic Telford, though.

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Chris Lines   [Photo Credit – JMP]
Paris Cowan-Hall was an 86th minute substitute for Colchester United, 1-0 winners at Oldham Athletic and there was another 1-0 scoreline at Vale Park, in favour of Port Vale who beat Cambridge United. Cristian Montano started for the home side and Reggie Lambe was introduced as a 70th minute substitute for the visitors.

Matt Harrold was an 84th minute substitute for Leyton Orient, who drew 1-1 at Salford City but there was another defeat for Scunthorpe United who lost 1-0 against Carlisle United at Glanford Park and remain at the foot of the table.

Tom Broadbent was again an unused substitute for Swindon Town, 3-1 home winners against Morecambe while Walsall suffered a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Grimsby Town.

James Clarke and Stuart Sinclair both started for the Saddlers and after the game it was announced that another former Gas man, Rory Gaffney, would be joining the former Rovers clan at the Bescot, on a season long loan.

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Rory Gaffney   [Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]
In the National League Angelo Balanta was in the Dagenham & Redbridge side that drew 1-1 at Chesterfield but there was a 2-1 home defeat for Eastleigh, beaten by Barnet, Joe Partington was in the Eastleigh starting XI and Scott Rendell went on as a 75th minute substitute.

Alefe Santos was an unused substitute for Aldershot Town, 2-1 winners at Ebbsfleet United and in another 2-1 result, for FC Halifax Town against Solihull Moors, Nathan Blissett completed 90 minutes for the Moors.

Alefe Santos - Credit Neil Brookman
Alefe Santos   [Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]
Bernard Mensah was in the Maidenhead United lineup and they won 3-0 at Sutton United to move into fourth place while Luke James was also on the winning side as he and his Hartlepool United side were 2-1 winners against Torquay United at Plainmoor.

Sam Slocombe conceded three goals at Huish Park where last season’s relegated sides, Yeovil Town and Notts County met. The Glovers won this one 3-1.

Danny Woodards started and Ricky Shakes was a 68th minute substitute for Boreham Wood who won 3-1 at Chorley.

National League North leaders York City collected another three points as they defeated Gloucester City 3-2. Andy Bond was in the York side, while Luke Russe started for Gloucester.

Bath City, in National League South, suffered a third consecutive defeat when losing 1-0 at Chelmsford City. Ryan Clarke was in goal for Jerry Gill’s side while Ryan Brunt was sent on as a 77th minute substitute.

Chippenham Town suffered a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Braintree Town which leaves them down in 14th place. Will Puddy and Chris Zebroski both started this one while former Rovers triallist George Rigg was a 35th minute substitute.

Bradley Goldberg was in the Welling United side beaten 3-0 at Concord Rangers and Adam Cunnington in the Dartford side held to a 1-1 home draw by Hemel Hempstead Town for who Alex Wall was sent on at the start of the second half.

Jeffrey Monakana was an 80th minute substitute for Dulwich Hamlet who played out a goalless draw at Dorking Wanderers.

Scott Davies was in the Slough Town starting XI as they were held to a 1-1 home draw by St Albans City and Weymouth were also held to a 1-1 draw at Tonbridge Angels. Josh Wakefield and Abdulai Baggie were both in the Weymouth side.

Goalkeeper Kieran Preston kept a clean sheet as Basford United registered a home 1-0 win against Radcliffe Borough in the Northern League Premier League Premier Division.

In the North West Division Andy Monkhouse skippered Ossett United, but they were beaten 4-0 at Colne and find themselves in the bottom four with just one point from their opening four games.

In the same division Josh Klein-Davies started for Widnes and scored their equalising goal in a 1-1 draw at Marske United.

Moving on to the Southern League Premier Central Division and hard as I tried, I could only find one former Gas player on duty in this league and that was Alex Henshall, named on the bench for Nuneaton Borough who were 4-1 home winners against Lowestoft Town. Henshall managed to get some game time as he went on around the hour mark.

In the Southern League Premier South Division, Chesham United, with Jefferson Louis made an appearance from the bench for them as they were 2-1 home winners against Blackfield & Langley.

Lyle Della-Verde was named in the starting lineup for Hayes & Yeading United, who collected a point from a 1-1 draw at Gosport Borough.

Martin Horsell was in the Swindon Supermarine side beaten 1-0 at home by Poole Town, while Salisbury picked up a point from a 3-3 draw at Tiverton Town. Darren Mullings started for Salisbury and scored their second goal of the afternoon.

Yate Town and Hendon shared four goals at Lodge Road. Sam Kamara and Ollie Mehew were in the Yate side, while Scott McGleish was on the bench for Hendon.

In Division One South Lewis Powell added another two goals to his impressive tally for Larkhall Athletic as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Bideford. Jack Cam and Dale Evans also started for the Larks and Neil Arndale was on the bench.

Frome Town, whose manager is Danny Greaves, moved to the top of the table following their 2-1 home win against Mangotsfield United. Trey Anderson was in the Mangotsfield side.

Manor Farm, with Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist named on the bench, were beaten 3-0 at Cirencester Town.

You can’t keep a good striker down and Jamie Cureton, who celebrated his 44th birthday during the week, scored twice for Isthmian League Premier Division side Bishop’s Stortford who were 3-2 home winners against Cheshunt. There was a familiar name on the Cheshunt scoresheet as well as Tom Hitchcock scored a 25th minute penalty for them.

Merstham, with Charlie Ten-Grotenhius making an appearance at the start of the second half, suffered a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Kingstonian.

Midland League side Highgate United were in FA Vase action and eased through to the next round with an 11-1 win against Ellistown though I have no idea if Sam Oji was involved in this one. He certainly wasn’t on the scoresheet. He’s still at the club, though, as he was featured in the recent Grassroots Gossip Podcast.

Also in FA Vase action was Craig Disley. Now skipper of Barton Town, who play in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, he scored their third goal in a 3-1 win at Retford.

Diz line-up

In the Scottish Premiership Heart of Midlothian were without the services of the injured Michael Smith as they claimed a point from a 2-2 home draw against Hamilton Academical.

Peter Hartley was in the Motherwell side that beat Hibernian 3-0 and they now lie in fifth position in the league table, just two points behind second placed Rangers.

In Scottish League Two Stirling Albion, who had two players sent off, lost 2-1 at Albion Rovers. Darryl Duffy was in the Stirling side but didn’t get on the scoresheet.

Garry Kenneth was in the Lochee United side that made it through to the next round of the William Hill Scottish Cup with a 5-2 win against Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale.

Over in Ireland Seanan Clucas was in the Dungannon Swifts side that suffered a 3-0 away defeat at Crusaders.


Chapter 4 – Week commencing 18th August 2019

SUNDAY 18TH AUGUST

In the Premier League the only former Gas player currently playing at that level, Oli McBurnie, was a 56th minute substitute for Sheffield United who beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Bramall Lane.

Sam Slocombe was on National League duty for Notts County who were held to a 1-1 draw by Wrexham at Meadow Lane in front of a crowd of 6,263.

Sam Slocombe - Credit Neil Brookman
Sam Slocombe  [Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]
MONDAY 19TH AUGUST

In Sweden Charlie Colkett was in the Ostersund side beaten 4-1 at IF Esborg, which leaves them in tenth place in the league.

Kieran Preston was in goal for Basford United, who suffered a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Matlock Town in the Northern League Premier Division.

Former Rovers striker Matty Taylor joined Oxford United, on loan, from Bristol City.

TUESDAY 20TH AUGUST

Kelle Roos was between the posts for Derby County who slipped to a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Bristol City in their Championship match at Pride Park.

Tom Eaves was also on the losing side, as his Hull City side went down 1-0, at home, to Blackburn Rovers. Marc Bola was named in the Middlesbrough starting lineup for their home game against Wigan Athletic and they went on to register their first league win of the season, 1-0.

In League One there was a former Rovers player making a return to the Memorial Stadium and Stefan Payne got the welcome we were all expecting when he walked across the pitch to take his place on the substitutes bench. He was still there at the end of the game as his side, reduced to nine men, slipped to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Gas.

Joe Jacobson was in the Wycombe Wanderers side that took a point from a 1-1 draw at Fleetwood Town while Gillingham also drew, 2-2 against Blackpool, at the Priestfield Stadium. Jack Bonham was in goal for the Gills and Alex Jakubiak scored both of their goals.

Goalkeeper Lee Nicholls was in goal for MK Dons and Hiram Boateng also started as they were 2-1 home winners against Lincoln City. Cian Bolger was an unused substitute for Lincoln and John Akinde went on as a 66th minute substitute.

Matty Taylor made his Oxford United debut, but they were beaten 4-2 by Burton Albion at the Kassam Stadium. No John-Joe O’Toole in the Burton Albion side, though.

Coventry City were another side to finish 90 minutes with only nine men but, unlike Tranmere Rovers, they managed to salvage a point down at Portsmouth. The final score was 3-3. Lee Brown was in the Pompey starting XI but went off after only 32 minutes and Ellis Harrison stayed on the bench all evening.

In League Two, Cambridge United were 3-2 home winners against Scunthorpe United. Reggie Lambe was an unused Cambridge substitute, while Matt Lund was in the Scunthorpe side.

Gavin Reilly was on the scoresheet for Cheltenham Town, 2-0 home winners against Carlisle United. Ryan Broom was also in the Cheltenham side.

Plymouth Argyle and Salford City played out a 2-2 draw at Home Park. Gary Sawyer and Dominic Telford started for Argyle and Byron Moore was an unused substitute, while Rory Gaffney started this one for Salford.

Gary Sawyer - Credit Jeff Davis
Gary Sawyer [Photo Credit – Jeff Davis]
Cristian Montano was in the Port Vale side that registered a 2-1 home win against Forest Green Rovers, while Andy Williams scored the only goal of the game at the County Ground, to inflict a defeat on another of his former employers, Swindon Town. Chris Lines also started for the Cobblers, and Tom Broadbent was an unused Swindon substitute.

James Clarke and Stuart Sinclair were in the Walsall side that played out a goalless draw against Newport County at the Bescot Stadium, while Daniel Leadbitter was an unused Newport substitute.

Ossett United, of the Northern League North West Division, went down 1-0 at Dunston FC. Andy Monkhouse was in the Ossett starting XI.

In the Midland League Premier Division Highgate United, with Sam Oji again skippering the side, lost 1-0 at Walsall Wood.

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 21ST

Tom Lockyer and his Charlton teammates collected another Championship point as they drew 1-1 against Nottingham Forest at the Valley.

Goalkeeper Luke Daniels was an unused Brentford substitute as they were beaten 1-0 by Leeds United at Elland Road.

Preston North End, with Billy Bodin one of their goalscorers, were 3-1 home winners against Stoke City, while goalkeeper Joe Lumley was on the losing side as Queens Park Rangers lost 3-1 against Swansea City at Loftus Road. Connor Roberts was in the Swansea side.

In the Northern League North West Division Josh Klein-Davies went on as a substitute in the 68th minute for Widnes in their home game against Droylsden and scored their third goal in a 3-1 home win.

Larkhall Athletic, of the Southern league Division One South recorded a remarkable 3-2 win against Evesham. Trailing 2-0 and down to ten men, they staged a remarkable recovery to win the game. Jack Camm, Dale Evans, Geraint Bater and Lewis Powell all started, while Neil Arndale was on the bench. Evans scored twice for the Larks.

Mangotsfield United were also 3-2 winners, at Willand Rovers and Trey Anderson was again in the Mangotsfield starting lineup.

THURSDAY 22ND AUGUST

The death of former Rovers striker Junior Agogo, at the age of 40, was announced. Agogo left Rovers for Nottingham Forest and went on to win 27 full caps for Ghana.

FRIDAY 23RD AUGUST

In the Welsh Premier League Barry Town United made it two wins from two league games as they were 3-1 home winners against Barry Town United. Kayne McLaggon scored two of their goals.

SATURDAY 24TH AUGUST

In the Premier League the only Gas representative, Oli McBurnie, scored his first goal for Sheffield United after going on as a 54th minute substitute. However, his side went down 2-1 to Leicester City at Bramall Lane.

Moving on to the Championship and Kelle Roos was again in goal for Derby County, held to a 1-1 draw by West Bromwich Albion at Pride Park.

Charlton Athletic, with Tom Lockyer in their side, were 1-0 home winners against Brentford and moved into second place in the league table. Luke Daniels was again an unused substitute for Brentford.

Tom Eaves completed 90 minutes for Hull City, but they suffered a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Bristol City.

Marc Bola was in the Middlesbrough side held to a 1-1 home draw by Millwall, while Billy Bodin started for Preston North End, 2-1 home winners against Sheffield Wednesday.

Billy Bodin - credit Neil Brookman
Billy Bodin [Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]
Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Joe Lumley was on the winning side as Rangers beat Wigan Athletic 3-1 at Loftus Road.

Early League One league leaders Lincoln City won their first three games but have now lost their last two. On this occasion they went down 2-1 against Doncaster Rovers. Cian Bolger was an unused substitute while John Akinde was sent on as a 68th minute substitute.

Matty Taylor’s return to the Memorial Stadium wasn’t a particularly joyful occasion for him. The former Rovers striker, playing his second game of the week for Oxford United, received a hostile reception, missed an early opportunity to put his side ahead, was booked and then had to go off with what appeared to be a muscular injury. On a day when tributes were paid to another former Gas striker, Junior Agogo, Rovers were 3-1 winners.

Gillingham, with Jack Bonham in goal and Alex Jakubiak also in the side, were beaten 1-0 by Coventry City at St Andrews.

Lee Nicholls and Hiram Boateng were both in the MK Dons side that suffered a 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Peterborough United, while John-Joe O’Toole was in the Burton Albion side that played out a goalless draw at Shrewsbury Town.

Wycombe Wanderers, with Joe Jacobson in their side held on to their unbeaten record…just. Trailing 3-2 with a minute to go, they turned things around to claim a 4-3 home win against Southend United who have started the season with five straight defeats.

In League Two, Reggie Lambe was a 70th minute substitute for Cambridge United who suffered a 2-1 defeat by Oldham Athletic at the Abbey Stadium.

Reggie Lambe - credit Neil Brookman
Reggie Lambe  [Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]
Rory Gaffney was an unused substitute for Salford City who drew 2-2 against Carlisle United at Brunton Park, while there was another 2-2 draw at Whaddon Road between Cheltenham Town and Swindon Town. Gavin Reilly and Ryan Broom both started for Cheltenham and Tom Broadbent was an unused Swindon substitute.

Paris Cowan-Hall was introduced as an 83rd minute substitute for Colchester United in their 1-0 home win against Northampton Town who had Chris Lines and Andy Williams in their starting XI.

Matt Harrold was an unused Leyton Orient substitute as they went down 3-2 against Crawley Town at Brisbane Road while Scunthorpe United, with Matt Lund in their lineup, lost 1-0 at Macclesfield Town and remain in bottom place with just one point from their opening five matches.

Conrad Logan and Ryan Sweeney were both in the Mansfield Town side held to a goalless draw by Stevenage at Field Mill (or whatever it’s called these days) while Tom Parkes returned to the Exeter City side and was sent on as an 87th minute substitute in their 3-2 win at Morecambe.

Daniel Leadbitter was an unused substitute for Newport County, 1-0 home winners against Crewe Alexandra while there was a bit of a Gas reunion at Home Park where Plymouth Argyle were 3-0 winners against Walsall. Gary Sawyer and Dominic Telford were in the Plymouth side (no sign of Byron Moore, though) and James Clarke and Stuart Sinclair were in the Walsall lineup.

In the National League Boreham Wood went down 1-0 at Bromley. Danny Woodards started the game for Boreham and was replaced by Ricky Shakes in the 80th minute.

Danny Woodards - credit Neil Brookman
Danny Woodards  [Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]
Luke James was an 83rd minute substitute for Hartlepool United who were held to a goalless draw at Chorley while there were three former Gas players on show at Eastleigh where the home side drew 1-1 against Dagenham & Redbridge. Joe Partington started for Eastleigh, while Scott Rendell was sent on in the 80th minute and Angelo Balanta started for the Daggers.

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Joe Partington [Photo Credit – JMP]
Sam Slocombe was in goal for Notts County who drew 2-2 at Ebbsfleet United and Nathan Blissett was a 37th minute substitute for Solihull Moors who lost their unbeaten record when losing 2-0 at Woking, who are the new league leaders.

Bernard Mensah was in the Maidenhead united side that won 2-1 at Yeovil Town while Alefe Santos started for Aldershot Town who were beaten 2-0 at Torquay United.

Andy Bond was in the York City side that recorded a 4-1 win at Spennymoor Town to stay ahead of the pack in National League North. They currently head the table three points ahead of second placed King’s Lynn Town.

In the same league Gloucester City were 3-1 home winners against Boston United with Luke Russe in their starting lineup and James Spruce going on as an 82nd minute substitute.

In National League South Bradley Goldberg scored the goal that earned Welling United a point in their 1-1 draw at Chelmsford City.

Chippenham Town were 1-0 home winners against Weymough and inflicted a first defeat of the season on their visitors. Chris Zebroski skippered the Chippenham side and scored the only goal of the game to earn his side three points. Will Puddy was in goal for Chippenham, while Abdulai Baggie started for Weymouth and Josh Wakefield was sent on as a 77th minute substitute.

Adam Cunnington started for Dartford, who were 2-1 home winners against Braintree Town and Louie Soares was a 72nd minute substitute for Hampton & Richmond Borough, 1-0 winners at Dorking Wanderers.

Bath City suffered their first defeat of the season, losing 3-2 at Slough Town. Scott Davies was missing from the Slough lineup, but Ryan Clarke was in goal for Bath and Ryan Brunt went on as a 68th minute substitute.

In the Northern Premier League Premier Division Kieran Preston was in goal for Basford United who are currently second in the table after their opening three games.

In the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup Andy Monkhouse was in the Ossett United side that won through to the next round as they were 4-3 away winners at Billingham Town.

Widnes live to fight another day after their 2-2 draw at Mossley thanks to an equalising goal from Josh Klein-Davies in the 79th minute. The striker had only been sent on in the 64th minute.

Matt Groves and Scott Brice (former Rovers trainee) were in the Bitton side beaten 3-2 at home by Mangotsfield United, who had Trey Anderson in their side. There were no fewer than nine former Mangotsfield players in the Bitton side!

A Lewis Powell penalty wasn’t enough to prevent Larkhall Athletic exiting the competition. They went down 3-1 at Bradford Town with Dale Evans also starting and Geraint Bater, Jack Camm and Neil Arndale on the bench.

Yate Town were held to a 2-2 draw by Exmouth Town at Lodge Road. Ollie Mehew scored both Yate goals and Sam Kamara was also in the side.

Lyle Della-Verde was in the Hayes & Yeading side held to a goalless draw at AFC Dunstable

In the Southern League Premier Central Division Rushall Olympic’s 2-1 win at Hitchin Town saw them top of the league after just four games, though they were without the services of Tyler Lyttle for this one.

Alex Henshall made his debut for Nuneaton Borough who picked up their first win of the season by recording a 1-0 home victory against Needham Market.

Chesham United, of the Southern League Premier South Division, were 2-1 home winners against Truro City. Jefferson Louis started this one for Chesham.

Merthyr Town, with Ben Swallow in their lineup, but not new signing Eliot Richards, were beaten 1-0 at Farnborough while Hendon, again with Scott McGleish on the bench, also lost 1-0 at Gosport Borough.

Swindon Supermarine and Salisbury played out a 2-2 draw in the Wiltshire derby. Martin Horsell was in goal for Supermarine while Darren Mullings was in the Salisbury side.

In the Isthmian League Premier Division Chris Dickson was again on target for second placed Hornchurch who recorded a 3-0 home win against Kingstonian.

In the same division Merstham also won at home, 2-1 against East Thurrock. Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis started this one for Merstham.

In the Scottish Premiership Peter Hartley’s return to the Motherwell starting lineup saw them gain their first win of the season, 3-1 against Hamilton Academical. The skipper led by example and scored his side’s first goal on 16 minutes.

In Scottish League two Darryl Duffy was in the Stirling Albion side beaten 2-1 by Cove Rangers.

Seanan Clucas was in the Dungannon Swifts side that recorded a 2-1 home win against Glenavon in the Irish Premiership and Jeff Hughes was in the Larne side that drew 2-2 away at Crusaders.

Garry Kenneth was in the Lochee United side that recorded a 4-0 home win against Broughty Athletic.

Charlie Colkett played for Ostersund, in Sweden, as they drew 0-0 against AIK

 

Chapter 3 – Week commencing 11th August 2019

SUNDAY 11TH AUGUST

More FA Cup games took place in the Extra Preliminary Round and one of our local sides, Roman Glass St George, managed by Andy Gurney, were 3-2 winners at Winslow United.

In Denmark FC Midtjylland were 2-0 winners at AC Horsens and once again goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen was on the bench.

MONDAY 12TH AUGUST

In National League South, Adam Cunnington was in the Dartford side that suffered a 4-0 defeat at Chelmsford City.

TUESDAY 13TH AUGUST

There was a full programme of games in the first round of the EFL (Carabao) Cup and Lincoln City, with Cian Bolger and John Akinde in their lineup, were 1-0 winners at Huddersfield Town. Last season, Huddersfield were in the Premier League and Lincoln were in League Two, so an excellent result for the Red Imps.

Huddersfield paid the price for making 11 changes and it beats me why managers feel that they have to make wholesale changes for a competition they clearly don’t respect. Naturally Huddersfield’s aim is to regain their place in the elite, but a few cup wins wouldn’t go amiss, surely. Wonder what their supporters make of it all?

Mansfield Town were beaten by Morecambe in a penalty shootout at Field Mill. The visitors played all but 22 minutes of the game with ten men following the red card handed out to Luke Conlan but they still managed a 2-2 draw in the 90 minutes.

Conrad Logan and Ryan Sweeney were in the Mansfield side and it was Sweeney who missed the final, sudden death, penalty when he lifted his effort over the bar to give Morecambe a 6-5 win after both sides had twice missed their spot kicks.

Ryan Sweeney - Credit Neil Brookman
Ryan Sweeney  [Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]
Marc Bola made his senior bow for Middlesbrough, against Crewe Alexandra and scored a 91st minute equaliser to send the tie into a penalty shootout. However, the Championship side were beaten 4-2 on penalties.

Cristian Montano was in the Port Vale side beaten 2-1 by Burton Albion at Vale Park, while John-Joe O’Toole completed 90 minutes for the winning side.

Rory Gaffney made his first appearance of the season for Salford City, when he went on as a 62nd minute substitute in their home tie against Leeds United. He was on the losing side, though, as Leeds ran out 3-0 winners.

Rory Gaffney - Credit Neil Brookman
Rory Gaffney  [Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]
Another side to make 11 changes were Derby County, but they still managed a 1-0 win against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park. Kelle Roos was an unused Derby substitute, while Matt Lund completed 90 minutes for Scunthorpe.

Hull City scored three first half goals against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park and that’s how the scoreline stayed as they cruised through to round two. Tom Eaves was on the Hull bench and was sent on in the 63rd minute. Stefan Payne was an unused substitute for Tranmere.

In the battle of the Dons (AFC & MK) at Kingsmeadow, the Milton Keynes lot went through after a penalty shootout. Both sides missed a penalty in normal time and MK, with Lee Nicholls in goal and Hiram Boateng an unused substitute, won the shootout 4-2.

There was another penalty shootout at Griffin Park after another 1-1 draw in normal time. The hosts, Brentford, were beaten 5-4 by Cambridge United on penalties. There was a rare appearance for goalkeeper Luke Daniels for the winners, while Reggie Lambe started for Cambridge and Daniel Jones went on as a 73rd minute substitute.

One former Rovers player, Cheltenham’s Ryan Broom, was at the Memorial Stadium but as a spectator only. An injury picked up the previous Saturday ruled him out of the game, and he saw his side lose 3-0 to The Gas.

Charlton’s Tom Lockyer and Forest Green Rovers’ Adam Smith were both missing from their respective sides at The Valley where the South Gloucestershire side won 5-3 on penalties following a goalless draw in 90 minutes. Smith was an unused Forest Green substitute, while Lockyer wasn’t in the Charlton squad.

Tom Broadbent was in the Swindon Town side beaten 3-0 by Colchester United while Jordan Tillson was in the Exeter City side beaten 4-1 by Coventry City at an almost deserted St Andrews (the attendance was a mere 1,155).

There were four penalties in the 90 minutes in the game between Gillingham and Newport County at the Priestfield Stadium. Three of them were awarded to The Gills, who scored two and missed one, while Newport’s 94th minute spot kick was successful and ensured a penalty shootout as the tie ended 2-2. The Welsh side won 4-1 on penalties. Both Jack Bonham and Alex Jakubiak started for the home side and Daniel Leadbitter completed 90 minutes for Newport.

Dominic Telford scored his first Plymouth Argyle goal in their 2-0 win against Leyton Orient at Home Park. Gary Sawyer also started for Plymouth and Byron Moore was introduced as a 61st minute substitute, while Matt Harrold was an unused Orient substitute.

Joe Lumley was an unused substitute for Queens Park Rangers who won a penalty shootout (5-4) against Bristol City at Loftus Road.

Northampton Town, with Andy Williams starting and Chris Lines sent on as a 65th minute substitute, were beaten 3-1 by Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, with the home side scoring all of their goals inside the final ten minutes. Swansea were another side that made 11 changes to their starting lineup.

James Clarke and Stuart Sinclair tasted defeat for the first time in a Walsall shirt as they suffered a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Crawley Town.

In yet another penalty shootout, Reading beat Wycombe Wanderers 4-2 at Adams Park after a goalless draw in the 90 minutes. Joe Jacobson (Wycombe) and Sam Walker (Reading) were able to watch the action from the sidelines as both were unused substitutes.

There was also a full programme of National League games and Aldershot Town, who included Alefe Santos in their starting XI lost 1-0 at home against Bromley.

Solihull Moors are flying at the top of the league after only four games and they were 6-1 winners at Chorley, with Nathan Blissett grabbing a hat trick.

Nathan Blissett - Credit Neil Brookman
Nathan Blissett  [Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]
Angelo Balanta was in the Dagenham & Redbridge side beaten 3-0 at home by Boreham Wood, who included Danny Woodards in their starting lineup and sent Ricky Shakes on as an 89th minute substitute.

Eastleigh, with Joe Partington and Scott Rendell in their side, were held to a 1-1 home draw by Sutton United, while Sam Slocombe kept a clean sheet for Notts County who recorded their first National League win with a 2-0 victory at Harrogate Town.

Luke James was an unused substitute for Hartlepool United in their 2-2 home draw against AFC Fylde, while Bernard Mensah started for Maidenhead United, 2-0 winners at Torquay United.

National League North leaders York City, with Andy Bond in their side, were 3-0 winners at Blyth Spartans

James Spruce made his debut for Gloucester City, going on as an 84th minute substitute in their 3-2 win at Kidderminster Harriers.

Bath City are top of National League South after their 2-1 home win against Hungerford Town and while Ryan Clarke was still missing through injury, Ryan Brunt made his first appearance of the season when going on as 67th minute substitute.

Welling United, with Bradley Goldberg in their lineup, lost 2-1 at Billericay Town and while Louie Soares was on the scoresheet for Hampton & Richmond Borough, they lost 3-2 at Oxford City.

Abdulai Baggie scored Weymouth’s goal in their 1-1 draw at Slough Town and also in the side was Josh Wakefield who made his first start of the season.

Jeffrey Monakana was in the Dulwich Hamlet side beaten 1-0 at Hemel Hempstead Town, while Will Puddy and Chris Zebroski were in the Chippenham Town side beaten 1-0 at Wealdstone.

There was also a full programme of matches in the Southern Premier Central and Southern Premier South Leagues. Whist I was looking for mentions for Tyler Lyttle (Rushall Olympic), Rene Howe (Kings Langley) and Alex Henshall (Nuneaton Borough) in the Southern Premier League Central, there were none so either they have moved on, are on holiday or are injured!

However, in the Southern League Premier South there were a number of former Rovers players involved. Goalkeeper Martin Horsell was on the winning side as Swindon Supermarine were 2-1 winners at Hartley Wintney.

Hayes & Yeading United, with Lyle Dell-Verde in their side, suffered a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Harrow Borough, while Hendon, with Scott McGleish on the bench, played out a 1-1 home draw against Metropolitan Police.

There was another 1-1 draw at Merthyr where the Town and Weston-super Mare shared the spoils. Ben Swallow, playing against one of his former clubs, was in the Merthyr lineup.

Darren Mullings was an unused substitute for Salisbury who beat Gosport Borough 1-0 thanks to a 93rd minute penalty.

Jefferson Louis was in the Chesham United side that made it two wins out of two as they were 3-1 winners at Beaconsfield Town.

Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis was in the Mersham starting XI for their game at Corinthian Casuals in the Isthmian League Premier Division which saw them win 1-0.

In the same league it wasn’t a good night for Jamie Cureton and his Bishop’s Stortford team mates as they were beaten 5-0 at Enfield Town.

Ryan Green turned out for Westfields in the FA Cup Preliminary Round replay against Congleton and his side were 4-0 winners.

From Non League to Champions League, and Celtic were beaten 4-3 at home by Romanian side Cluj and their aggregate loss sees them exit the competition at the third qualifying round stage.  There was no sign of Scott Sinclair in the Celtic squad.

In the Scottish Challenge Cup Darryl Duffy scored for Stirling Albion in their 2-0 win at East Fife.

Over in Ireland Seanan Clucas scored for Dungannon Swifts, who were 3-2 winners at Institute. Larne also won away from home, 2-1 at Carrick Rangers but Jeff Hughes was missing from their lineup.

WEDNESDAY 14TH AUGUST

In a big west country clash in the Southern Premier League South, Yate Town were 4-0 winners at Taunton Town. Nabi Diallo started for Taunton, while Pierce Mitchell was named on the bench. Sam Kamara and Ollie Mehew were both in the Yate side.

Over in Sweden, Charlie Colkett was in the Ostersund side that registered a 1-0 away win at Stocksund.

FRIDAY 16TH AUGUST

Heart of Midlothian, with Michael Smith in their side, were 2-1 winners at Motherwell in the second round of the Scottish League Cup. Peter Hartley was missing from the Motherwell squad.

In the Welsh Premier Division Kayne McLaggon scored one of Barry Town United’s goals in their 2-1 win at Penybont.

In the Irish Premier Division Derry City, with Mark McChrystal named on the bench, suffered a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Shamrock Rovers.

SATURDAY 17TH AUGUST

In the Championship, Tom Lockyer was in the Charlton Athletic side that preserved their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-2 draw at Barnsley, though they left it late. Lyle Taylor scored the equalising goal, from the penalty spot, in the 89th minute.

Marc Bola was an unused substitute for Middlesbrough, beaten 1-0 at Blackburn Rovers and Luke Daniels also remained on the bench, for Brentford, who drew 1-1 against Hull City at Griffin Park. Tom Eaves started for Hull but didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet.

Joe Lumley was back in Bristol and played for Queens Park Rangers at Ashton Gate. He was on the losing side, though, as Rangers were beaten 3-2 by Bristol City.

Kelle Roos was in goal for Derby County, who drew 2-2 at Stoke City, while there were two former Rovers players involved at the Liberty Stadium. Connor Roberts was in the Swansea City side that beat Preston North End 3-2, and Billy Bodin was in the Preston starting lineup.

Jake Clarke-Salter was an unused substitute for Birmingham City who lost 3-0 at Nottingham Forest.

Sunderland were 2-1 home winners against Portsmouth in League One. Lee Brown started for Pompey and Ellis Harrison was introduced as a 62nd minute substitute.

Lincoln City are top of the table start after winning their three opening games and they brushed Southend aside, winning 4-0 at Sincil Bank. Cian Bolger started for them and John Akinde was sent on as a 67th minute substitute.

Stefan Payne went on as a 66th minute substitute for Tranmere Rovers and scored his first goal for the club in their 5-0 win against Bolton Wanderers.

Joe Jacobson also scored, for Wycombe in their 3-2 win against MK Dons. He opened the scoring, from the penalty spot, beating former Rovers goalkeeper Lee Nicholls. Hiram Boateng was also in the MK Dons side.

Burton Albion, with John-Joe O’Toole in their side, suffered a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Rotherham United.

In League Two Conrad Logan and Ryan Sweeney were both in the Mansfield Town side that won 2-0 at Carlisle United.

Colchester United were beaten 2-1 at home by Cambridge United, for whom Reggie Lambe started and Daniel Jones was an unused substitute.

James Clarke and Stuart Sinclair were in the Walsall side beaten 1-0 at Crewe Alexandra, while Tom Broadbent was an unused substitute for Swindon Town who drew 1-1 against Exeter City at St James’ Park.

Matt Harrold was an 82nd minute substitute for Leyton Orient, who drew 0-0 with Stevenage at Brisbane Road and there was another goalless draw at Morecambe where Cheltenham Town were the visitors. Ryan Broom was back in the Cheltenham side after missing their midweek cup tie against the Gas and Gavin Reilly also started.

Daniel Leadbitter was an unused substitute for Newport County, 1-0 home winners against Plymouth Argyle. Gary Sawyer and Dominic Telford started for Argyle, while Byron Moore was an unused substitute.

Dominic Telford - Credit Neil Brookman
Dom Telford  [Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]
Rory Gaffney was a 65th minute substitute for Salford City, who drew 1-1 against Port Vale who included Cristian Montano in their starting lineup.

Northampton Town conceded a 90th minute goal against Macclesfield Town at Sixfields and lost 2-1. Joe Martin started for the Cobblers and was replaced by Andy Williams in the 62nd minute, while Chris Lines was an unused substitute.

Matt Lund was on the scoresheet for Scunthorpe United, who shared four goals with Crawley Town in their encounter at Glanford Park.

In the National League, Aldershot Town were held to a 1-1 home draw by FC Halifax Town. Alefe Santos started this one for Aldershot.

Danny Woodards was in the Boreham Wood side that suffered a home defeat at the hands of Sutton United and Ricky Shakes was an unused substitute.

Angelo Balanta’s seventh minute own goal gave Harrogate Town the lead in their match at Dagenham & Redbridge, but he later scored twice for the Daggers who ended up 4-2 winners. His performance earned him a place in the Non League Paper’s National League Team of the Day.

Hartlepool United lost 3-2 at home against Bromely and Luke James was an unused substitute. Bernard Mensah, though, was on the winning side. The on loan striker started for Maidenhead United who were 4-1 home winners against Chorley.

After his midweek hat trick Nathan Blissett failed to get on the scoresheet for Solihull Moors in their 2-1 home win against Ebbsfleet United. However his unbeaten side are the league leaders at this early stage of the season.

Eastleigh are struggling, though. Their 2-0 defeat at Stockport County leaves them in the bottom four with just four points from their five games. Joe Partington and Scott Rendell both started this game for them.

There aren’t too many former Rovers players in National League North but one of them, Andy Bond, was in the York City side that beat Leamington 2-0 at Bootham Crescent. York already have a lead of three points over second placed Guiseley at this early stage of the season.

Luke Russe, who joined Gloucester City on loan last week, was in their side beaten 4-0 at Chester and he was joined, in the 68th minute, by substitute James Spruce.

In National League South, Bath City dropped to third place following their goalless draw against Tonbridge Angels at Twerton Park. Ryan Clarke returned to their side after injury, while Ryan Brunt went on as a 51st minute substitute.

Louie Soares went on at the start of the second half for Hampton & Richmond Borough in their 1-1 home draw against Billericay Town and Will Puddy was in goal for Chippenham Town in their 1-1 draw at Hungerford Town and substitute Chris Zebroski joined him on the pitch in the 60th minute.

Bradley Goldberg started for Welling United who were 3-1 home winners against Oxford City. Scott Davies has returned to play for Slough Town and was in their side that drew 1-1 at Maidstone United.

Weymouth have made an excellent start to their season and are in second place in the fledgling league table. Josh Wakefield and Abdulai Baggie were both in the side that recorded a 3-0 home win against Dartford, while Adam Cunnington started for the visitors.

Jeffrey Monakana was in the Dulwich Hamlet side held to a 2-2 home draw by Concord Rangers. Alex Wall has, I believe, signed for Hemel Hempstead Town, though he wasn’t in their lineup for their home game against Wealdstone.

The Northern Premier League got underway and Kieran Preston was in goal for Basford United who registered an opening day 3-2 win at Hyde United.

In the North West Division, Andy Monkhouse was in the Ossett United side held to a goalless home draw by Mossley.

Josh Klein-Davies was named on the bench for Widnes, beaten 3-2 at Ramsbottom United.

Tyler Lyttle was named on the bench for Rushall Olympic (that’s one mystery solved!) for their Southern League Premier Central home game against Leiston. The Pics won 6-0 and are second in the table after three games.

Allegedly Rene Howe and Alex Henshall are playing in this league, but I’ve yet to spot them in any team lineups.

There are more ex Rovers players appearing in the Southern League Premier South, though. Lyle Della-Verde, now with Hayes & Yeading United, was on the losing side as they suffered a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Weston super Mare.

Scott McGleish was again on the bench for Hendon, who played out a 1-1 home draw against Wimborne Town while Ben Swallow started for Merthyr Town who were 1-0 home winners against Gosport Borough.

ben swallow - Credit Neil Brookman
Ben Swallow  [Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]
Sam Kamara and Oliie Mehew were in the Yate Town side beaten 3-0 at Poole Town. Meanwhile Taunton Town recorded their first win of the season, as they beat Chesham United 3-2. No sign of Pierce Mitchell in the Taunton squad, though Nabi Diallo was named on the bench while Jefferson Louis was on the Chesham bench.

Swindon Supermarine, with Martin Horsell in goal, claimed a point from a goalless draw at Truro City while Salisbury, with Darren Mullings being sent on as a 78th minute substitute, were 4-1 home winners against Dorchester Town.

The Southern league Division One South kicked off their fixtures and Phil Bater’s Larkhall Athletic were 2-1 away winners at AFC Totton and Lewis Powell was quick off the mark, scoring the first of his two goals after only 11 minutes. Geraint Bater was also in the starting XI while Jack Camm and Neil Arndale were on the bench.

While Paul Tovey remains on the staff at Paulton Rovers, there were no former players in their starting XI for their match at Evesham United, where it finished 1-1.

It’s a similar story at Frome Town, where Danny Greaves remains in charge, but has no former Rovers players with him at present. Frome won their opening fixture 1-0 at Highworth Town.

Trey Anderson is now with Mangotsfield United and he was in their side that recorded an opening day 3-0 win against Sholing at Cossham Street.

Jamie Cureton was again on the scoresheet for Bishop’s Stortford in their Isthmian League Premier Division match at Carshalton Athletic. It wasn’t a good day for ‘Curo’ or his side, though, as they lost 4-2.

It was an excellent day for another former Rovers striker, though.  Chris Dickson, now with Hornchurch, bagged a hat trick in their 6-0 away win against Worthing in the same division.

chris Dickson - Credit Neil Brookman
Chris Dickson  [Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]
Also in this league, Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis started for Merstham, who drew 0-0 at Brightlingsea Regent and Barry Hayles was named on the bench.

In Scotland Celtic were 2-1 winners against St Johnstone in the Second Round of the Scottish League Cup though there was no sign of Scott Sinclair in their squad.

In Scottish League Two Darry Duffy completed 90 minutes for Stirling Albion, who went down 1-0 at Edinburgh City.

In the Irish Premiership Seanan Clucas scored a 90th minute penalty for Dungannon Swifts in their 3-1 home win against Glentoran, while Jeff Hughes was in the Larne side beaten 4-2 at home by Ballymena United.


Chapter 2 – Week commencing 5th August 2019

MONDAY 5TH AUGUST

Monday evening saw one game played in the Championship and Kelle Roos, having signed a new contract in the summer, was in goal for Derby County who registered a 2-1 away win against Huddersfield Town.

TUESDAY 6TH AUGUST

Good to see Ellis Harrison open his account for Portsmouth as he scored twice in their 3-0 home win against Birmingham City in this season’s first Carabao Cup tie. Lee Brown was also in the Pompey side, while Jake Clarke-Salter was in the Birmingham lineup.

Ellis Harrison - photo credit Neil Brookman
Ellis Harrison  [Photo credit – Neil Brookman]
There was a full programme of games in the National League and there were two former Gas players named on the Boreham Wood bench for their home game against Wrexham which ended 2-2. Danny Woodards was called on in the 90th minute, while Ricky Shakes stayed where he was!

Angelo Balanta scored the opening goal for Dagenham & Redbridge, who were 2-1 winners at Dover Athletic but Luke James and his Hartlepool United side lost again, this time going down 2-0 at FC Halifax Town.

Bernard Mensah was an unused substitute for Maidenhead United who drew 1-1 against Chesterfield and there was another 1-1 draw at Meadow Lane between Notts County and Stockport County. Sam Slocombe was in goal for the home side.

Nathan Blissett was in the Solihull Moors side that recorded a comprehensive 3-0 home win against Torquay United, while Alefe Santos was an unused substitute for Aldershot Town who won 1-0 at Woking.

Eastleigh, with Joe Partington in their lineup and Scott Rendell going on at the start of the second half, were beaten 1-0 at Yeovil Town.

It’s going to be a tight league by the looks of it, as after just two games, only FC Halifax Town have a 100% record.

There aren’t too many former Rovers players in National League North (at least I don’t think there are!).

One of them, Andy Bond, was in the York City side held to a goalless draw by Farsley Celtic at Bootham Crescent. Of the others, there was no sign!

It’s a bit of a different story in National League South, though. Will Puddy was in goal for Chippenham Town for their 1-1 draw against Oxford City as they kicked off their 100th season at Hardenhuish Park.

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Will Puddy  [Photo credit – Neil Brookman]
There was also a 1-1 draw at Dartford where the home side, with Adam Cunnington in their lineup, shared the points with St Albans City.

Jeffrey Monakana was again in the Dulwich Hamlet side that made it two wins from two as they were 1-0 home winners against Wealdstone. Hampton & Richmond Borough, meanwhile, lost their home game against Havant & Waterlooville 4-3 but Louie Soares didn’t get any game time on this occasion.

Bradley Goldberg was in the Welling United side that registered a 1-0 home win against Maidstone United.

Weymouth and Bath City played out a 1-1 draw at the Bob Lucas Stadium where Abdulai Baggie was in the Weymouth starting lineup and Josh Wakefield was named on their bench. Ryan Clarke was named on the teamsheet for Bath, but sustained an ankle injury during the warm up. His place was taken by 17 year old Harvey Wiles-Richards, the first player born this century to represent the Romans in a league match.

In the EFL Trophy now known as the Leasing.Com Trophy two of the teams in the same group as Rovers, Swindon Town and Chelsea U-21’s, met at the County Ground. Tom Broadbent started for Swindon, who lost 3-2.

WEDNESDAY 7TH AUGUST

Michael Meaker returned to Taunton Town as a coach, while Marcus Law was named interim manager of Bradford Park Avenue.

THURSDAY 8TH AUGUST

Mikkel Andersen was on the bench for FC Midtjylland who suffered a 4-2 home defeat at the hands of Rangers in the Third Qualifying Round, First Leg Tie, in the Europa League

Chris Zebroski, who was believed to have signed for Aldershot Town, today joined Chippenham Town.

FRIDAY 9TH AUGUST

There are 736 clubs taking part in this season’s FA Cup competition and 14 of them were involved in extra preliminary round action on Friday night, though I’m pretty sure that no former Rovers players were involved in any of the seven ties.

There was a Rovers involved, though; Sutton Common Rovers were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Molesey and now face a replay on Tuesday night!

SATURDAY 10TH AUGUST

It was the first full programme of Premier League games and the only former Gas player on view was Oli McBurnie who joined Sheffield United just a few days earlier. He was introduced as a 63rd minute substitute for the Blades and his side took a point from their 1-1 draw at AFC Bournemouth.

Moving on to the Championship and Jake Clarke-Salter was an unused substitute for Birmingham City in their 1-1 draw against Bristol City at St Andrews. Another former Gas central defender, Tom Lockyer, was again on the winning side as Charlton Athletic beat Stoke City 3-1 at The Valley.

Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge remains on the Cardiff City injury list and will be missing from their lineup for a while. Another former gas goalie, Kelle Roos, kept a clean sheet for Derby County as they drew 0-0 against Swansea City at Pride Park. Connor Roberts was in the Swansea side.

Tom Eaves started for Hull City, who beat Reading 2-1 and goalkeeper Sam Walker took up his usual place on the Reading bench.

There were two former Gas players on opposite benches at Middlesbrough where the home side were beaten 1-0 by Brentford. Marc Bola (Boro) and Luke Daniels (Brentford) were merely spectators for this one.

Marc Bola - Photo credit Keith Brookman
Marc Bola  [Photo credit – Keith Brookman]
Billy Bodin completed 90 minutes in a Preston North End shirt as they were 3-0 winners against Wigan Athletic at Deepdale, while goalkeeper Joe Lumley was between the posts for Queens Park Rangers who were held to a 1-1 draw by Huddersfield Town at Loftus Road.

In League One there was a former Gas defender on show at the Memorial Stadium as Joe Jacobson, now with Wycombe Wanderers, faced his former club in a drab goalless draw.

Jack Bonham and Alex Jakubiak both started for Gillingham, who were beaten 2-1 by Burton Albion at the Priestfield Stadium. Jakubiak was substituted at half time. John-Joe O’Toole was in the Burton lineup.

Hiram Boateng made his MK Dons debut in their 1-0 home win against Shrewsbury Town though once again Ollie Norburn was missing from the Shrewsbury lineup.

Aaron Chapman was an unused substitute for Peterborough United in their 1-0 defeat at Oxford United while Lee Brown and Ellis Harrison both started for Portsmouth in their 2-0 home win against Tranmere Rovers. Harrison didn’t appear for the second half, though, as manager Kenny Jackett made a tactical change. Stefan Payne was introduced as a 63rd minute substitute by Tranmere.

Lincoln City, 2-0 winners at Rotherham United, started with Cian Bolger in their back line and introduced John Akinde as a 77th minute substitute.

In League Two, Reggie Lambe and Daniel Jones were both in the Cambridge United side held to a goalless home draw by Newport County. Daniel Leadbitter was an unused Newport substitute.

Ryan Broom was on the scoresheet for Cheltenham Town, who were 4-1 home winners against Scunthorpe United. Gavin Reilly was also in the Cheltenham side, while Matt Lund started for Scunthorpe.

Matt Harrold went on as a 75th minute substitute for Leyton Orient in their 3-0 defeat at Macclesfield Town while Conrad Logan was in goal for Mansfield Town in their 2-2 draw against Morecambe at Field Mill. Ryan Sweeney was introduced as an 84th minute substitute for The Stags.

Plymouth Argyle, with skipper Gary Sawyer in the starting lineup, beat Colchester United 1-0 at Home Park. Byron Moore also started and Dominic Telford went on as a 34th minute substitute. Harry Pell and Paris Cowan-Hall were both missing from the Colchester lineup.

Byron Moore - Photo Credit Neil Brookman
Byron Moore  [Photo credit – Neil Brookman]
Cristian Montano was an unused substitute for Port Vale in their 1-1 draw against Northampton Town at Vale Park. Chris Lines and Joe martin started for The Cobblers, while Andy Williams was an unused substitute.

Tom Parkes was in the Exeter City side that snatched a 1-0 win at Stevenage thanks to Nicky law’s 89th minute goal meaning that The Grecians are one of only three sides with a 100% record after just two games. The other two, Plymouth Argyle and Swindon Town, make up a west country top three.

At the Bescot Stadium Walsall and Forest Green Rovers played out a 1-1 draw. James Clarke and Stuart Sinclair were in the Walsall side but Adam Smith was missing from the Forest Green side.

Ryan Broom was named in the Football League Paper’s League Two Team of the Day.

National League sides were playing their third league game of the week – the pace is relentless, as we found out when we were down there!. Early pacesetters are FC Halifax Town, the only club with a 100% record which shows, I think, how tight that league is going to be. On Saturday they were 1-0 home winners against Dagenham & Redbridge who had Angelo Balanta in their starting XI.

Eastleigh, with Joe Partington and Scott Rendell in their side, were beaten 2-0 at Barrow while Boreham Wood, with Danny Woodards and Ricky Shakes unused substitutes, drew 2-2 at home against Chesterfield.

Hartlepool United collected their first three points of the season with a 1-0 win at Maidenhead United. Luke James was missing from their lineup, while Bernard Mensah was a 60th minute substitute for the home side.

Sam Slocombe was in goal for Notts County, who were beaten 2-1 by Barnet at Meadow Lane, while Nathan Blissett started for Solihull Moors who were 2-0 home winners against Aldershot Town. Alefe Santos was an unused substitute for Aldershot.

York City head the National League North table after three games, though no team has a 100% record. Andy Bond scored the only goal of the game as they beat Brackley Town 1-0 at Bootham Crescent.

Bath City have collected seven National League South points from their three games and were 3-0 winners at Welling United, though they were without the injured Ryan Clarke and the suspended Ryan Brunt for this one. Bradley Goldberg was in the Welling lineup.

Louis Soares was an 85th minute substitute for Hampton & Richmond Borough who were beaten 2-1 at home by Hemel Hempstead Town, while Adam Cunnington was in the Dartford side held to a 1-1 home draw by Havant & Waterlooville.

Will Puddy kept a clean sheet for Chippenham Town, and saved a last minute penalty, in their 2-0 home win against Billericay Town and Chris Zebroski, on his Chippenham debut, set up their second goal.

Jeffrey Monakana was in the Dulwich Hamlet side, 2-1 home winners against St Albans City, while Josh Wakefield was an 83rd minute substitute for Weymouth who were 4-1 home winners against Chelmsford City.

The Bostik League Premier Division fixtures got underway and it was no surprise to see the name of Jamie Cureton on the scoresheet.  He scored one of Bishop Stortford’s goals in their 3-1 home win over Bognor Regis Town.

Final one - Jamie Cureton - photo courtesy of Bishop’s Stortford FC
Jamie Cureton – photo courtesy of Bishop’s Stortford FC

In the same division, Barry Hayles is on the staff at Merstham but I wouldn’t bet against him having a few games during the season. They suffered an opening day home defeat at the hands of AFC Hornchurch.  In the Merstham lineup was Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis.

In the Southern league Premier Central Division there was no sign of Tyler Lyttle in the Rushall Olympic side (they drew 1-1 against Peterborough Sports) or Alex Henshall of Nuneaton Borough (they lost 3-0 to Kings Langley – no Rene Howe for them, either). As the weeks go by will be keeping a lookout for these and any other ex Gas playing in that league.

In the Premier South Division, Jefferson Louis (not quite as old as Jamie Cureton and not scoring!) was in the Chesham side that defeated Salisbury for whom Darren Mullings completed 90 minutes.

Pierce Mitchell and Nabi Diallo were both in the Taunton Town side beaten 3-0 at Gosport Borough. Gavin Williams is still in charge at Merthyr Town FC and he still has Ben Swallow in his squad. Ben started in their opening day 1-0 defeat at Harrow Borough.

Martin Horsell was in goal for Swindon Supermarine as they were 1-0 home winners against Walton Casuals. Lyle Della-Verde was in the Hayes & Yeading lineup as they drew 2-2 at Tiverton Town.

Yate Town suffered an opening day defeat as they went down 4-1 to Blackfield & Langley at Lodge Road. Ollie Mehew scored the Yate goal and Sam Kamara was named Man of the Match in the report I read.

Scott McGleish, another evergreen former Rovers player, was named on the bench for Hendon who drew 2-2 at Weston super Mare.

There were multiple ties in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup and I guess there were quite a few former Rovers players involved. However one name that caught my eye was that of Matt Groves who scored for Bitton in their 2-1 home win against Bridport to set up a tie against Mangotsfield United in the Preliminary Round.

Hallen, managed by Ray Johnston, bowed out of the competition as they went down 1-0 at Bridgwater Town. Also out are Highgate United who, with Sam Oji wearing the captain’s armband, were beaten 3-2 by Lichfield City.

Craig Stanley’s first game for Clitheroe also ended in defeat. He was in the side beaten 2-1 by 1874 Northwich also in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round.

In the Scottish Premiership Peter Hartley was again an unused substitute for Motherwell who were beaten 5-2 at home by Celtic. Scott Sinclair was sent on in the 67th minute for Celtic.

Hearts, with Michael Smith in their side, played out a goalless draw against Ross County.

In Scottish League Two Darryl Duffy was sent on as a 58th minute substitute for Stirling Albion, who lost 1-0 at Cowdenbeath.

Garry Kenneth was in the Lochee United side that won 7-0 against Burntisland Shipyard in a Scottish Cup Qualifying Round.

In Wales, Kayne McLaggon was in the Barry Town United side beaten 5-4 on penalties in the Welsh League Cup at Haverfordwest County. He scored from the penalty spot in the ninth minute of the game and the scores were level at 1-1 at the 90 minute mark.

Over in Ireland newly promoted Larne were 6-0 winners against Warrenpoint Town in the Irish Premiership. Jeff Hughes started and scored one of the six goals.

Seanan Clucas scored a 90th minute penalty for Dungannon Swifts in their 2-2 draw against Ballymena United in the same league.

In Sweden, Charlie Colkett was in the Ostersund side that picked up a point from a 1-1 draw at GIF Sundsvall.


Chapter 1 – The beginnings of the 2019/20 season

The new season began with a number of former Rovers players in action, both in the EFL and in the top echelons of non league football (the lower ones kick off next week!).

First game of the new campaign came on Friday night at Kenilworth Road, where Luton Town and Middlesbrough shared six goals and Boro’s summer signing Marc Bola was an unused substitute.

The following day saw the season begin in earnest and, in the Championship, former Rovers skipper Tom Lockyer got off to a winning start with his new side, Charlton Athletic. They were 2-1 winners against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, and ‘Locks’ was Charlton’s star performer according to the match report in the Football League Paper.

A very young Tom Lockyer! Photo Credit Keith Brookman
A very young Tom Lockyer!  [Photo Credit – Keith Brookman]
Goalkeeper Luke Daniels started the campaign by warming the bench for Brentford, who began their last season at Griffin Park with a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Birmingham City.

Billy Bodin, who missed last season through injury, was a 57th minute substitute for Preston North End, who lost 1-0 at Millwall, while another goalkeeper, Sam Walker, was on bench duty for Reading who suffered a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday.

One former Gas goalie who did start was QPR’s Joe Lumley who was on the winning side, QPR winning 2-1 at Stoke.

Connor Roberts was in the Swansea side that recorded a 2-1 home win against Hull City, and Tom Eaves made his debut for the Tigers when going on as a 68th minute substitute. Neil Etheridge started in goal for Cardiff City in their 3-2 defeat at Wigan but had to come off after 56th minute with a hamstring injury.

I won’t be mentioning former players who are now managing/coaching every week, but just a reminder that Adam Barrett, another former Gas skipper, is on the coaching staff at Millwall. Martyn Margetson, meanwhile, is goalkeeping coach with Swansea City.

Missing from the Birmingham City lineup was former Rovers loanee Jake Clarke-Salter, now on loan at St Andrews.

Moving on to League One and John-Joe O’Toole made his debut for Burton Albion who were beaten 1-0 at home by Ipswich Town.

Jack Bonham and Alex Jakubiak, who both signed for Gillingham in the summer, were in the Gills side that drew 1-1 against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. Jakubiak scored his first goal for his new side after 30 minutes.

Cian Bolger started for Lincoln in their 2-0 home win against Accrington Stanley, while John Akinde came off the bench after 78 minutes and scored his first goal of the season; from the penalty spot, of course!

John Akinde - Photo Credit Neil Brookman
John Akinde  [Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]
Goalkeeper Aaron Chapman was an unused substitute for Peterborough, who suffered a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Fleetwood Town.

Portsmouth, with Lee Brown in their starting lineup, lost 1-0 at Shrewsbury. Ellis Harrison made his Pompey debut when going on as a 75th minute substitute.

Stefan Payne’s Tranmere Rovers debut ended at half time and his new side were beaten 3-2 by Rochdale at Prenton Park, while Joe Jacobson was in the Wycombe Wanderers side that beat Bolton Wanderers 2-0 at Adams Park.

Staff wise, Matt Gill is assisting Paul Lambert at Ipswich Town so we can expect to welcome him back to The Mem later in the season, while Gary Waddock is Southend United’s assistant manager and Paul Raynor is assistant manager at Gillingham.

In League two Daniel Jones made his Cambridge United debut, against Bradford City alongside another former Gas man, Reggie Lambe. The game at Valley Parade ended goalless.

Harry Pell was in the Colchester United side held to a 1-1 draw by Port Vale and Cristian Montano was sent on as an 88th minute substitute for Vale.

Plymouth Argyle, looking to make a swift return to League One, were 3-0 winners against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road. Gary Sawyer and Byron Moore were in the Argyle starting lineup, while Dominic Telford was an unused substitute.

Tom Parkes made his Exeter City debut in their 1-0 home win against Macclesfield Town while Adam Smith remained on the Forest Green Rovers bench as they were also 1-0 home winners against Oldham Athletic.

Tom Parkes - Photo Credit Keith Brookman
Tom Parkes  [Photo Credit – Keith Brookman]
Matt Harrold was an unused substitute in Leyton Orient’s 1-0 home win against Cheltenham Town. Ryan Broom started for Cheltenham while Gavin Reilly, on loan from Rovers, was sent on as a 67th minute substitute.

Conrad Logan and Ryan Sweeney were in the Mansfield Town side held to a 2-2 draw at Newport County. Sweeney was taken off at half time as, his manager was concerned that he might pick up a second yellow card after the break.

New Walsall skipper James Clarke scored the only goal of the game on his debut, against Northampton Town at Sixfields, and Stuart Sinclair was also in the side. Chris Lines and Joe Martin made their Northampton debuts in this match while Andy Williams was a 65th minute substitute.

Missing from their side’s opening day games were Adam Dawson (Macclesfield Town), Daniel Leadbitter (Newport County), Rory Gaffney (Salford City), Paris Cowan-Hall (Colchester United), Jordan Tillson (Exeter City) and Tom Broadbent (Swindon Town).

Former Rovers connections with managerial/coaching appointments in this league are Darrell Clarke, Marcus Stewart and Brian Dutton (Walsall) and Keith Curle (Northampton Town) and John Vaughan, goalkeeping coach, who is with Bradford City.

Moving down into League Five, otherwise known as the National League, Alefe Santos made his Aldershot Town debut in their 1-0 home defeat at the hands of AFC Fylde, though there was no sign of recent signing Chris Zebroski. Assistant Manager at Aldershot is Anwar Uddin.

Danny Senda is the coach at Barnet and he saw his side register a 1-0 home win against Yeovil Town.

Angelo Balanta was in the Dagenham & Redbridge side beaten 2-0 at home by Woking, while former team mates Joe Partington and Sam Slocombe were in opposition down at Eastleigh where the home side, with Partington in the starting XI, were 1-0 winners against Notts County who had Slocombe in goal. Scott Rendell, a former Rovers loanee, entered the fray for Eastleigh in the 70th minute.

Nathan Blissett got off the mark with a goal in Solihull Moors’ 2-2 draw at Harrogate Town. Former Rovers loanee James Quinn is the assistant manager/coach at the Moors.

Luke James began the season in Hartlepool United’s first team but was on the losing side as they suffered a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Sutton United.

Bernard Mensah, on loan from the Gas, made his Maidenhead United debut in their 1-0 win at Stockport County. Mensah was sent on as a 73rd minute substitute.

Boreham Wood were beaten 2-1 at Torquay United and Danny Woodards spent the afternoon watching the match from their bench. Aaron Downes is the assistant manager at Torquay.

In National League North Andy Bond made his York City debut in their 3-1 win at Altrincham following his transfer from last season’s National League play off side AFC Fylde.

Colin Gordon is Chairman of Kidderminster Harriers, who kicked off their National League North campaign with a 2-2 home draw against Leamington.

Missing from the Hereford United side that drew 2-2 against Spennymoor Town at Edgar Street, were Danny Greenslade and Eliot Richards.

Guiseley joint manager Marcus Bignot saw his side register a 3-0 opening day home win against Kings Lynn.

Jerry Gill’s Bath City began their National League South campaign with a 2-0 win against Braintree at Twerton Park. Goalkeeper Ryan Clarke, named as Bath’s skipper for the season, would have been delighted with a clean sheet. Ryan Brunt misses the Romans’ first three games of the season due to suspension.

Ryan Clarke - Photo Credit Simon Howe
Ryan Clarke  [Photo Credit – Simon Howe]
Louie Soares made his Hampton & Richmond Borough debut, when going on as a 69th minute substitute in their 4-1 defeat at Chelmsford City, while Bradley Goldberg was in the Welling United starting XI as they drew 1-1 at Havant & Waterlooville.

Weymouth began their National League South campaign with a 2-1 win at Maidstone United and Abdulai Baggie started while Josh Wakefield was an 80th minute substitute. John Still is Director of Football (or something similar!) at Maidstone.

Jeffrey Monakana made a goalscoring debut for his new club, Dulwich Hamlet, who were
2-1 away winners at Tonbridge Angels.

Will Puddy kept a clean sheet for Chippenham Town who played out a goalless draw at St Albans, while Adam Cunnington was in the Dartford side that lost 4-1 at Wealdstone.

In the Scottish Premiership Scott Sinclair remained on the Celtic bench and watched his side’s 7-0 demolition of St Johnstone. Celtic’s Director of Football is Nicky Hammond, a former goalkeeper who played three games for Rovers when on loan from Arsenal in 1986.

Also in the Scottish Premiership, Peter Hartley was another unused substitute and watched his Motherwell side play out a goalless draw at Livingston.

David McCracken’s coaching career got off to a reasonable start as his Peterhead side, promoted to Scottish League One last season, began their season with a goalless draw at home to Falkirk.

In Germany, Philip Keanan-Dunwald played his second game for his new side SC Fortuna Koln who were beaten 4-0 by SV Rodinghausen.

On Sunday Matty Taylor was a late substitute for Bristol City who began their Championship campaign with a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Leeds United.

On the same day, in the Scottish Premiership, Michael Smith was in the Heart of Midlothian side beaten 3-2 at Aberdeen

In Denmark, Mikkel Andersen was an unused substitute for FC Midtjylland as they were 1-0 winners against AaB Aalborg.