MACRON PLAYER OF THE MONTH AWARDS
PREMIER DIVISION – JACK HAZELHURST OF CITY OF LIVERPOOL
Jack played a key role in what was a good month for the Purps, in which they won all five games and kept up the pace at the top of the table.
In the opening game of the month, Jack scored twice and earned the man of the match award in the 3-0 win at Charnock Richard, and played his part in the derby win at Litherland REMYCA in the next game.
The third game of the month was a home game against Hanley Town, and once again Jack was given the man of the match nomination and scored an important goal in the Purps' 3-2 win.
Jack then rounded off the month in fine style, scoring a hat trick of headers in the 3-1 win at Avro in the Macron Challenge Cup semi-final first leg, which put the Purps in pole position to complete their progress to the final a week later.
Six goals, including a hat-trick of headers, and consistently impressive performances throughout the month makes Jack a worthy winner of the award..
DIVISION ONE NORTH – RICHIE ALLEN OF LONGRIDGE TOWN
Richie played three games in March scoring ten goals including three hat tricks.
The first of the three games on 2nd March was an 8-1 victory at home against Atherton LR. Richie scored four goals, all in the second half to help Longridge Town to an emphatic win. His hat-trick was collected in a five minute spell and he then notched his fourth in the 93rd minute.
Richie’s next game was away at St Helens Town on 16 March, a humdinger of a game that ended in a 4-4 draw with Richie notching up his second hat-trick in two games and achieving the Man of the Match award in the process.
Longridge then moved back to the MRG for a home game against Steeton. Richie opened the scoring in the first half and bagged another two for his hat-trick in the second half, one of which can only be described as a brilliant diving header. Steeton nominated Richie for MOM as a result, his second in as many matches.
Richie now has scored 37 goals for Longridge Town this season and has five games left to challenge for top scorer in the League. Richie has been a great part of Longridge Town’s continued success and is enjoying his football as Club Captain.
It has been a great experience for everyone at the club watching Richie play and support the team with his knowledge of football at this level and above. Longridge Town have five cup finals to achieve promotion to the Premier Division and with Richie driving the team as Captain, the team target is that this will come to fruition on April 27th.
DIVISION ONE SOUTH – JORDAN BURTON OF WYTHENSHAWE AMATEURS
Jordan nominated as Man of the Match on three occasions during March, and should have been four after some outstanding performances. He Scored three goals including a 30 yard stunner, and also contributed three assists in the other goals scored during the month.
He is a sensational player, who is actually attracting supporters to come and watch. The first thing they ask is whether Jordan is playing when they arrive at the ground. He is a young player, still learning and if he continues to learn he will play at a much higher level.
Not only is Jordan a good team player, he is also charismatic off the pitch. In March Wythenshawe had three long coach trips to away matches, two of which have been set backs to their title hopes, but Jordan’s charisma ‘rallies the troops’ (and supporters).
Opposition teams quickly realise the threat he causes and can at times get physical. He is now shrugging it off, gets up, dusts himself down and gets on with the game.
He has won nine man of the match awards this season, is a key member of the squad and the award is a fitting recognition of his contribution to the team.
REUSCH GOALKEEPER OF THE MONTH AWARDS
PREMIER DIVISION – RYAN JONES OF BOOTLE
With four clean sheets in the six games his side played in the month, it’s safe to say Bootle goalkeeper Ryan Jones has played his part in helping his side extend their winning run to 17 games.
Kicking off the month with a tricky game against 1874 Northwich, Jones produced a string of fine saves in either half to ensure his side collected a 2-0 win.
With the game goalless, the stopper produced a superb block to deny Scott McGowan, before getting down low to push away Matt Woolley’s free-kick with his side 1-0 ahead. In the second-half, Jones denier Taylor Kennerley from close-range, as well as being a commanding figure by claiming a host of long balls and crosses pumped into his box.
Three days later and Jones’ side headed to Irlam, with the keeper once again making a sting of impress stops to help his side to another 2-0 win.
In the first-half, Jones twice denied Jordan Buckley, before in the second-half, and with his side leading 1-0 with just five minutes remaining, the former AFC Liverpool man superbly denied Connor Martin after the substitute had broke clear of the Bootle backline.
The big games kept coming for Bootle in the month of March and next up for Jones’ side was Ashton Athletic, and despite being beaten twice by the Yellows, Jones made two fine stops with a the game tied at 2-2.
First, he denied Adam Gilchrist by getting down low to push the forwards effort round the post - before blocking Charlie Munro’s low-drive.
Next up for Jones and his side was a trip to Shropshire to take on Whitchurch Alport, and despite not being involved in much of the action, the keeper's distribution in testing conditions was more than impressive.
A week later, and Jones played a pivotal role in his sides 1-0 win away at Barnoldswick. In the first-half, he twice denied Zach Dale - and despite being largely untested in the second-half, when called up on in the dying moments, Jones stepped up to the mark.
Substitute Harry Thomson managed to find space on the edge of the box, before letting fly with a right-footed effort that looked destined for the top corner, but Jones, at full-stretch in mid-air, somehow managed to push the ball over the bar, before comfortably claiming the resulting corner.
Jones and his side concluded the month with a local derby against Litherland REMYCA, and another clean sheet was collected by the stopper as his side ran out 4-0 winners.
But despite the convincing scoreline, Jones was called into action on a couple of occasions, but, like he was throughout the month, proved up to the task.
The stopper also played a direct part in his side's third goal, when his pin-point goal kick was latched onto by Carl Peers, before the midfielder coolly looped the ball over Jones’ opposite number.
DIVISION ONE NORTH – JORDAN LATHAM OF AVRO
There are no more superlatives left for Avro's teenage goalkeeper, who was consistently excellent throughout an important month for the club.
After a fantastic January month, 3 clean sheets and 2 penalty saves where everyone at the club felt Jordan was a strong candidate to be keeper of the month , he swallowed his disappointment and came back with a simply stunning performance at Longridge in February, single handedly keeping the Longridge attack out for much of the game.
During March he pushed himself further yet again, and was an ever present in all 7 games played across 3 competitions.
Having let fewest league goals in of any goalkeeper in Division One North, Jordan managed a further four clean sheets in the league and cups, being beaten only once in the league all month, and that was a penalty up at Cleator Moor.
Developing all the time, calm, confident and with a very strong kick upfield, Jordan has built a strong relationship with his back four. It's a testament to his growth and development this season that he was disappointed on the last day of the month to have conceded against City of Liverpool, the Premier Division league leaders.
A quiet and unassuming young man off the field, there is no more worthy winner of goalkeeper of the month in the opinion of those at the club who watch Jordan week in, week out.
DIVISION ONE SOUTH – AARON TYRER OF CHEADLE HEATH NOMADS
Aaron played in five games during a good month for the club that saw them collect four wins, and he displayed the consistent form that he has shown all season where he has played at the top of his game every week, directing and managing the defence with great assurance and authority.
He won two man of the match nominations in the victories over Wythenshawe Amateurs and Stone Dominoes, and while keepers are often measured on clean sheets and not their dedication to the cause, Aaron turned some fine displays throughout the month with some fantastic saves and game saving knocks off the line.
As well as his performances during games, Aaron's preparation in advance is impressive. He arrives first and sets up before the other lads arrive and takes his warm up very seriously. He brings his own goalkeeping coach and is always first on the ground home or away. He goes that extra mile and pushes the other players in the squad to do the same, and is a deserved winner of the award.