Its getting to that time of the season where all the media experts start putting together their “team of the season” in their respective leagues. What I would be interested to know Non League fans is what is your conference dream team of the year? I am picking a team based on how players performed against me (Hereford United) this season, not being influenced by stats and other opinions.
You can include three players from your own team you support as a maximum. I would be also intrigued to find out how your current players compare to those you have picked and if any could rival their form this season. Stuart Hammonds (NLP Chief Editor) wont be far away from this team I am sure as usually gets it right?!
Setting up how Luton Town (they have been the best team) have played mostly this season in a 4-2-3-1 formation which can be interpreted in different ways while the game is going on…
GK – Mark Tyler (Luton Town)
Two clean sheets against me this season. His kicking and handling was immaculate as ever.
RB – Lee Vaughan (Kidderminster Harriers)
Tenacious in the tackle and loves to get forward. Sets the tempo for his team and has a great passion to win a football match.
CB – Steve McNulty (Luton Town)
He is very much like marmite but I think he is great at this level. Reads the game well, has a good touch for a centre back and was a key figure against us. Miller and Coulson have obviously been fantastic for Cambridge this year with their defensive record yet Michael Rankine had the better of them at our place before Christmas.
CB – David Stephens (Barnet)
A man mountain of a centre back at 6ft 5 and he won just about everything in the air against us in both games. Still young enough to move on higher and I am sure he will. Dean Wells of Braintree and Blaine Hudson of Welling have also impressed me this season.
LB – Greg Taylor (Cambridge United)
Another full back who likes to get forward yet looked stronger and more disciplined defensively this season.
CM – Josh Payne (Woking)
Was individually superb up at Woking this season. Had a great range of passing and scored a wonderful half volley to cap off a fine display.
CM – Phil Turnbull (Gateshead)
Always looks to receive the ball off defenders and get his team playing. Hardly gives the ball away and dictates the tempo of the game. Surprised he hasn’t moved on higher. Marcus Kelly has been Forest Greens best player this season and caught my eye in their game at the new lawn.
RW – Keanu Marsh Brown (Barnet)
Just edged out Andre Gray by a whisker for his performances over both games against us. Gray scored a stunning hat trick against us. Yet in both games Marsh Brown was a constant thorn in our side, full of running and creativity that set him apart. Scored two goals as well.
LW – Elliot Frear (Salisbury City)
Again was picked for both of his performances against us. He was very lively and always looked to take on his full back. Producing some great crosses into our box which were a nightmare to deal with. My old Uni team mate Joe Lolley was very close who produced a fantastic display for Kidderminster on boxing day.
ACM – Luke Guttridge (Luton Town)
Has to be the signing of the season for me. A Northampton fan I know wasn’t happy when he chose to sign for Luton in the summer, we have seen why. Gets in pockets of space where defenders don’t like to go in, uses the ball very well and can score from almost everywhere. A very experienced player and Luton have missed him recently. James Norwood has also had a great season at Forest Green and impressed with 16 goals.
CF – Lee Gregory (Afc Halifax)
I used to play with Lee at Mansfield and he has gone to be a top striker at this level. Very much like Paul Benson (who ran him close) for me but obviously he is in his prime and looking a good bet for the golden boot. Always used his body well, brought his team mates into play and looked to play on shoulder of the last defender when ever he got the chance.
From my current Hereford United squad, unfortunately not enough players have been consistently good enough to have pushed the eleven players I have picked for a variety of reasons.
I feel Daniel Lloyd Weston has done very well in the twenty games he has played and has a good future in the game. Daniel Leadbitter has had some good games at right back and has improved since the season started defensively.
Rod Mcdonald and Dominic Collins have had a great battle at centre back this season and have both had some good games for us this season. I think Dom has improved the most due to starting the season on the bench, he has done a job at right back on more than a few occasions and has also chipped in with some important goals.
All these players are under 23 and part of our backline. Last season when we finished 6th, we conceded 63 goals with an experienced backline of James Bittner, Andy Gallinagh, Stefan Stam and Chris Carruthers playing a lot of games. We have a great chance of beating that this year (currently on 56) and in turn will be something they can take out of the season as young players.
What do you think? Would love to know your views…