Stuart Moore - Basingstoke Town (Vanarama Conference South) Appearances: 4
Bishop's Stortford were the hosts as Stuart Moore (who celebrated his 20th birthday the following Monday) and his Basingstoke side looked to temporarily go top of the Conference South with a win on 'Non-league day'. A first half brace from Chris Flood and an Enver-Marum goal gave Basingstoke a 3-1 half time lead before Bishop's Stortford halved the deficit midway through the second half. Fortunately, Basingstoke were able to hold on to go top of the Vanarama Conference South. A great achievement for the club as they continue their push for promotion, Ronaldinho or no Ronaldinho...
George Legg - Hendon FC (Ryman Isthmian League) Appearances: 10
Hendon were also in action on 'Non-league day' as they faced a tough trip to Kingstonian. Having lead through goals from Leon Smith (45) and a Sam Murphy penalty (56) - the club had previosuly missed 6 consecutive penalties - they would perhaps have felt a little hard done by to eventually leave with just a point. Two goals in the 66th and 71st minutes denied Hendon, who were left holding on in the final few minutes having had Oliver Sprague sent off with three minutes to go. Hendon were described as 'fantastic' in the first 60 minutes, but Kingstonian were also described as 'irresistable thereafter'. Nontheless, Hendon remained 5th with 17 points and manager Gary McCann had this to say post-match:
"With 65 minutes gone we were 2-0 up and coasting. Then the proverbial goal changed everything. We were left hanging on at the end with ten men. It was definitely a point gained in that respect, onto Tuesday (against Peacehaven and Telscombe)"
Before that game on the following Tuesday however, there was some good news for our keeper Legg - who had started all nine of Hendon's games thus far. Reading and Hendon had agreed a deal to extend his loan at the club for another month. So, with his short-term future sorted, Legg's teammates hosted Peacehaven and Telscombe looking to potentially go third with a win. Legg started in goal to take his league appearances this season into double figures as goals from Kezie Ibe, Lloyd Cotton and Dave Diedhiou lifted Hendon to third in a hard fought 3-2 victory.
Jon Henly - Basingstoke Town/Welling United (Vanarama Conference South/Premier): Appearances: (Basingstoke) 3 (Welling) 0
Having seen his loan expire at Basingstoke, Henly returned to Reading to train with his U21 team-mates. However, on Friday September 12th, it was confirmed by both Sky Sports (WE'RE FAMOUS) and the club that he would join Welling United until January 1st. The Conference Premier side are struggling in 22nd in the league but it's a move that could potentially be great for both parties, with Henly getting vital first team experience while Welling are signing a player who has been on the bench in the Premier League with Reading and in League Two with Oxf*rd.
Royston Drenthe - Sheffield Wednesday (SkyBet Championship) Appearances: 0
Finally, Royston. Remember him? Signed from Alania Vladikavkaz (who?) in the summer but failed to live up to the hype last season? Wasn't given a squad number by Nigel Adkins this season? This seasons highlights include being nominated for the ice bucket challenge by Anton Ferdinand and lieing about being in Brazil for the World Cup? Well he's signed for Sheffield Wednesday until January (HOORAY!).
I'll try not to let Royston completely dominate this report in the next few months so I will simply say that he has trained with his new team-mates over the international break and is - apparently - fit and raring to go. Oh, and he says he's now a team player... the less said about that the better.