Stuart Moore - Basingstoke Town (Vanarama Conference South) Appearances: 5
This week, we start with Stuart Moore, whose Basingstoke side played against Havant and Waterlooville on Saturday. Unfortunately, by all accounts, 'Stoke played poorly as they fell to a 2-0 defeat. The following Tuesday, they played local rivals Tadley in the Hants Cup and made nine changes from the side that lost to Havant three days previously, Stuart being one of them. In total, there were debuts for SEVEN young players and despite an entertaining 2-2 draw, 'Stoke lost on penalties as the away end went crazy...
George Legg - Hendon FC (Ryman Isthmian League) Appearances: 10
Bizarrely, after a good start to the season, George was excluded from Hendon's match day squad for their FA Cup match against Rushden and Diamonds. A Leon Smith second half goal decided the match in Hendon's favour but, with Legg playing no part, suspicions were raised. The club did nothing to quash these suspicions as Legg found himself on the bench for their 2-2 draw with Hampton and Richmond Borough. I quizzed the club as to the reasons behind his bizarre ommission but their reply did little to answer my question;
@TalkMurtyToMe don't think so; he was involved in the warm up on Sat. Doubt it's a reflection on George either, just we have 2 great keepers— Hendon Football Club (@HendonFC) September 15, 2014
Seems a real bizarre one to me, as George has played really well so far this season and has only recently signed an extension at the club. Will definitely be one to keep an eye on over the next few weeks.
Jon Henly - Welling United (Vanarama Conference Premier) Appearances: 2
Jon made his debut in Welling's league match against Wrexham on Saturday, in a game that only really came to life in the final five minutes. With Welling leading 1-0 with seconds to play, they looked like holding on for the win. But then this happened...
Goal! Late equaliser from the hosts 1-1— Welling United FC (@wellingunited) September 13, 2014
I wish I could say it didn't get worse...
Another goal! Deflected long range effort sneaks in for Wrexham 2-1— Welling United FC (@wellingunited) September 13, 2014
So, from leading 1-0 heading into stoppage time, the Wings came away heartbroken, and with nothing to show for their valiant efforts. Determined not to let it get to them, Welling went to Lincoln the following Tuesday and goals from captain Jake Gallagher and Tyrone Marsh gave them a 2-0 win. More importantly for Reading fans, a clean sheet for Henly.
Royston Drenthe - Sheffield Wednesday (SkyBet Championship) Appearances: 2
Drenthe started on the bench for his temporary new club as his Wednesday side played Bolton on Saturday afternoon. With the score at 0-0, Drenthe entered the fray on 61 minutes only to be relatively ineffective until the latter stages. He blazed a glorious opportunity over the bar in the final stages after a typical mazy run from the Dutch winger, followed by an equally typical wild effort into row Z. He also curled an effort wide in stoppage time as the game finished 0-0.
Comically, the club released a video captioned "DRENTHE ON VIDEO" reviewing Drenthe's 'best bits' from his cameo appearance. If you want a good laugh, here it is: (highlights include THAT miss, a pass and him being fouled)
Despite the cameo appearance, Drenthe returned to the bench for Tuesday night's clash with Birmingham. With the game once again finely poised at 0-0, Drenthe made his second appearance in a Wednesday shirt as goals from Stevie May and Jeremy Helan gave the Owls a 2-0 victory.