The Player of the Month awards for October 2022 have been announced.
PREMIER DIVISION - JAWED JEBRIN (LOWER BRECK)
It's Lower Breck's first winner of this award since Ste Milne in September 2019, with Jawed Jebrin a deserved winner after a tremendous month.
JJ really came into his own after a substitute appearance at Longridge in the opening game of the month. He took on board the advice and guidance from the management and really stepped up to the plate when it mattered most this month.
The game after Longridge he scored his first hat-trick for Breck as his side won 4-1 at West Didsbury & Chorlton. He also got Man of the Match that game. That was followed by a loss to Northwich Vics, with JJ again getting the opposition nod for Man of the Match. A 4-1 win at Litherland REMYCA was next with JJ getting another goal and setting up one for Jamie Menagh, and he did everything but score in the 2-0 win over AFC Liverpool, including one cleared off the line.
A third Man of the Match for the month came at Congleton Town where he also netted his fifth goal of the month, and he also had an excellent performance in the final game of the month at home to Barnoldswick.
Well done Jawed!
FIRST DIVISION NORTH - ANDREW BRIGGS (STEETON)
The Player of the Month heads to Steeton for the very first time as Andrew Briggs' seven goals and three man of the match performances seeing him the winner.
Steeton's strong late-October form (3 wins and 1 draw) has coincided with 24-year-old Andy's purple-patch in front of goal too. Scoring his 100th senior goal for the club in the surprise West Riding County Cup win over NCEL Premier team Silsden was the springboard for a rich vein of form for the young captain.
A hat-trick at Darwen was complemented by being involved in the other two goals as well, the left foot proving decisive following strong running into position. The next match saw another hat-trick at home to Runcorn, this time a trio of right footed finishes, and a further assist for Steeton’s other goal. The final match of the month saw him lead the line against 100% side Pilkington and help his team to a surprise 1-1 draw, both goals coming in time added after the 90 minutes. No goals on that occasion but a fine captain’s performance from the big striker.
Andy’s disciplinary record last season was far from perfect but on being given the captaincy the one-club man has flourished and managed to channel his energy positively, no yellow cards in his 15 games this season. Andy is very much the quiet man off the field but having been with the club since he was 16 has earned the respect required to make his captain with his goals, hard work and overall example. At 6’2” tall his is a threat in the air but is actually more effective with fine footwork, strong pace and a good finished with both feet.
A great October for Andy.
FIRST DIVISION SOUTH - RYAN MALBON (ECCLESHALL)
The October winner for the First Division South is Ryan Malbon from Eccleshall, the clubs first winner of this award since September 2021.
Ryanjay is a young player who joined Eccleshall this season and has improved game on game. His powerful running caused problems in the opening game of the month at Abbey Hey in what was his first start for the club and he scored a consolation goal in our defeat but earned the man of the match award.
He scored again in our Macron Cup win (on penalties) against Cheadle Heath and netted the clincher spot kick for good measure. In our FA Vase win against Newent Town, he was brought down in the box for our goal from the spot and ran himself into the ground in his striking role. He also netted the final spot kick in our penalty shoot-out victory.
On the Saturday against Rocester, he was a constant thorn in their side, setting up our first goal with a run down the left before a slide rule cross gave Mitch Glover an easy chance. His was a superb individual goal, another strong run before cutting into the box and driving the ball past the keeper to put us two up. His second MoM award followed. He has settled in well at Eccleshall and deserves the win this month.