Stuart Moore - Basingstoke Town (Vanarama Conference South) - League Appearances: 0
Stuart returns from his suspension this week but faces stiff competition for the number one shirt against his U21 team mate Jon Henly - who was brought in to cover for the suspended Moore but has more than seized his opportunity with a string of fine saves in the opening three fixtures. Big call for the Basingstoke manager, Jason Bristow, ahead of this weekend's clash against Hayes and Yeading.
Jon Henly - Basingstoke Town (Vanarama Conference South) - League Appearances: 3
Henly continued his fine start to the new campaign - and was certainly boosted by the previous week's 4-0 thumping of Bath City - as he saved a tame penalty and made countless saves to help his side to a 3-0 victory. The scoreline was flattering in truth, as Basingstoke scored twice late on through Flood and McAuley to put the game beyond any doubt after Williams had given them a deserved lead from the spot mid-way through the first half.
See Henly's penalty save here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-4sEdhFmNU&feature=youtu.be (around 4 minutes) via @Basingstoke_FC
George Legg - Hendon FC (Isthmian League) - League Appearances: 4
Fresh from the previous week's 2-0 defeat to Met Police, George and his teammates responded well the following Saturday by beating Isthmian League new-boys VCD Athletic by three goals to one, with Aaron Morgan scoring in stoppage time to seal the points. Manager Gary McCann had this to say:
"It was a hard earned win today. It wasn't our best opening 45 but we finished the half with a good goal. In the second half we were much better with two well taken goals. We could have done better with the goal that we conceded on two fronts but we move onto Monday with Bognor our opponents."
On the Monday, Hendon did indeed play Bognor Regis looking for back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Leggy kept a clean sheet as Hendon narrowly beat 10-man Bognor 1-0 with the goal coming from Casey MacLaren. This capped off a fine start to the season for Hendon and the praise flew in from all angles for the side. Post-match, Gary McCann said that
"We got to grip with (Bognor's) shape and then imposed ourselves on the game. It was a solid defensive display. We probably should have been 3 goals up at half time but the lads stuck at it so I'm satisfied."
Legg also tweeted after the match, stating that
Great game of football, clean sheet and the lads were quality, roll on Saturday to make it 3 in a row wins! ⚽️— 'LEGGY' (@georgelegg1) https://twitter.com/georgelegg1/statuses/501487179248705537 August 18, 2014