Goalkeeper of the Month Awards December 2022

Mon 9th January 2023 | League Awards
By Martin Fallon

The Goalkeeper of the Month awards for December 2022 have been announced.


Winning this award for the first time this season and the fourth time in total is Jack Atkinson from Bury AFC.

It has been another excellent month for Jack behind the back four with over 300 minutes of football played in  the month before a goal was conceded. Jack kept 3 clean sheets this month starting in the Isuzu FA Vase against Abbey Hey, followed up by two in the league against Barnoldswick Town and Squires Gate. The only goal he conceded all month came at Northwich Victoria in the final game, a game that Bury won 6-1.

Jack has already managed to keep 12 clean sheets so far this season, which is only one behind the 13 he managed all of last season.

Well done Jack!


Winning this award for first time is Stuart Cross of Steeton. It is also the first time that a Steeton custodian has won the Goalkeeper of the Month award since they joined the league.

Stuart joined Steeton at the start of the season but struggled for game time. His opportunity came in mid-November, and it is his performances in December in which he has really began to shine and establish himself as the number one keeper at the club.

December saw Stuart play three games for Steeton, keeping a clean sheet in the first of those games as his side won 1-0 at Nelson. Next up was a great match against Atherton LR, Stuart keeping his side in the game with some fantastic saves that were ultimately in vain as Rovers won 3-2.

The final game of the month saw Stuart again in fine form, making a number of good saves in the derby against Ilkley Town, but was powerless to stop Ilkley leaving with the points.

Well done Stuart!


Making it a hat-trick of debutant winners this season is Charlie Wood, the Rocester number one picking up the first ever Goalkeeper or Player of the Month that the Romans have won.

Despite a disastrous start in the league (with only 3 points to their name and a goal difference of -54 by the end of November), first team goalkeeper Charlie has maintained a tremendously positive attitude and applied himself with unstinting effort and hard work throughout. Indeed, without Charlie in the team, the Rocester contingent are confident that the goal difference would have been worse.

December has seen Rocester's fortunes improve with two draws in the league (1-1 v Ashville & 0-0 v Abbey Hulton United) and a 4-2 win against Midland Football League Premier Division outfit Wolverhampton Casuals FC to reach the Quarter Finals of the Staffordshire FA Senior Cup.

Charlie made a significant contribution in all three matches including many fine saves to deny the opposition. The 0-0 draw versus Abbey Hulton was of particular note in that this was the first clean sheet that Rocester had kept in all league and cup matches this season and this was in no small measure due to a number of excellent saves by Charlie. Needless to say, Abbey Hulton had no hesitation in declaring Charlie their Man Of The Match!

Well done Charlie!

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