Craig Tanner - Plymouth Argyle (SkyBet League Two) September Appearances: 5 Total Appearances: 10 Total Goals: 2
In September, Craig was involved in every game for League Two Plymouth, often playing either on the left of an attacking three or up front with a strike partner. Tanner started twice throughout the month, being withdrawn in the 67th and 63rd minutes respectively. He came off the bench three times though, scoring in the 2-1 defeat to Stevenage in the 54th minute having been substituted onto the field at half time. He also appeared off the bench in their wins over Wycombe and his former loan club AFC Wimbledon.
Watch Craig Tanner scoring against Stevenage in the video below, at 1:20.
Craig's team-mates seem to enjoy playing alongside the young Reading loanee, with Jake Jervis being quoted as saying;
"He's creative. He's always looking to play me in behind when he comes inside. That's something we can use and hopefully keep on improving."
A number of fans have also been keen to praise Craig via social media, with one saying that he "battled great out on the left" and another pointing out that he "never gives up."
George Legg - Chesham United (Southern League Premier Division) September Appearances: 3 Total Appearances: 8
George Legg's September began with him as Chesham's number one, starting in both the 1-1 draw with Stratford Town and the 1-1 draw with Slough Town. However, an injury prevented him from being involved against Merthyr Town. His replacement's impressive performance in goal in that 2-1 win also kept Legg on the bench in the following weeks against Aylesbury (x2) and Cirencester Town. A 3-0 defeat in that final game against Cirencester gave Legg the opportunity to regain his place the following week, in a 2-2 draw with 9-man Hungerford.
Legg's drive to play regular football is also something that he prides himself on. This interview via getbucks.co.uk explains;
"The baby came at 4.12pm and I left the hospital at 4.15pm. The missus understands though and was more than happy for me to do it. I'm at the stage where I need to be playing week in, week out. We had agreed that I could miss training for the birth, but not games, as I had not been playing many games." He said: "I'm really enjoying it here, it's like a family. I would like to stay as long as I can, without a doubt. I just need to play as many games as possible. "Reading told me to go out and get some game time, play as much as I can and get some experience.I played 10 games at Hendon last year but didn't go back, so I went back to being a training keeper. You can always get better at training, but there's nothing like playing actual games. I like playing men's football as the style of play suits me better. It's more physical and there's more pressure than academy football, as you have to be good in every game, which I love."
Jake Taylor - Motherwell (Scottish Premier League) September Appearances: 3 Total Appearances: 6
Jake began this month still suspended following his dismissal last month two weeks ago. He returned to play a central midfield role (of a four-man midfield) in Motherwell's 1-1 draw with Ross County and 1-0 defeat to Hamilton. The following week, he started again in central midfield, but this time as the attacking midfielder in a five-man midfield as his side were knocked out of the League Cup by Greenock Morton AET.
Prior to their cup exit, Taylor had some interesting things to say about his start to the season;
"I hope the fans are about to see the best of me," he said. "I played a few games but I got suspended and it was frustrating to miss a few games. But I played at the weekend and we got a vital point. It gives us confidence going into the game on Saturday. It’s been great so far though. It’s very high tempo, with lots of tackling. Lots of running around. The Championship is really similar. It’s 100 miles per hour, it’s all hustle and bustle. You don’t really expect it to be like that up here. But I’m adapting and the more I play the more I get used to it. You realise what it’s all about."
Rob Dickie - Cheltenham Town (Conference National League) September Appearances: 6 Total Appearances: 7 Goals: 1
Since scoring on his debut for the club at the back end of August, Dickie has quickly established himself in the Cheltenham team, not only as a trustworthy starter but also as a player capable of filling in at full-back when required. In those 6 appearances, Dickie's side won 5 games, as his side sit second in the league. Dickie's performances haven't gone unnoticed, especially when filling in as a make-shift right-back, with one fan saying he was "hugely impressive at right-back" and another saying that he was "quite impressed with Dickie bombing down the right."
Lewis Collins - Farnborough (Ryman League Premier Division) September Appearances: 4 Total Appearances: 4
Reading's young playmaker departed the Berkshire club in the week beginning September 7th for Ryman League's Farnborough. He made his debut that weekend, against Kingstonian, in a 1-1 draw where he was substituted in the 75th minute. He played the full 90 minutes the week after, also against Kingstonian as they fell to a 3-2 defeat. They were crushed 4-1 by Enfield Town the following week but Collins kept his place in the side as they went down again the following week against Basingstoke, in a game in which, by all accounts, Collins was impressive despite the defeat.
Aaron Kuhl - Dundee United (Scottish Premier League) September Appearances: 3 Total Appearances: 3
David Luiz A aron Kuhl joined the Scottish club until January and made his debut against Kilmarnock, but couldn't prevent his side falling to a 2-1 defeat. He played the full 90 minutes a week later as they earned a creditable 1-1 draw against Inverness. He started the following game but was substituted in the 73rd minute as his side needed extra-time to beat Dunfermline 3-1 in the League Cup. His performances have caught the attention of the Dundee fans, and I've collected a few of the responses below:
- "been great since he got here"
- "great debut"
- "looks a very tidy footballer"
- "always puts in a great shift"
- "impressed with Kuhl, he even tried to head the ball at someone's feet, if only more players showed that type of dedication"
Harry Cardwell - Woking (Vanarama National League) September Appearances: 3 Total Appearances: 3
Young striker Harry Cardwell joined Woking on loan until October 31st and deputised in an eight-goal thriller against Guiseley. Unfortunately though, Cardwell failed to get on the scoresheet in the 4-4 draw. He started the match against Forest Green but was substituted in the 66th minute during their 2-1 win. The following week he came up against Rob Dickie's Cheltenham, but he again failed to make an impact as he was taken off in the 54th minute as they lost 1-0. Cardwell was then absent from the match-day squad the following week, with no reason confirmed or found (and believe me, I tried).
Craig Tanner again found the net for Plymouth, making that two goals in six matches having failed to score in triple that amount last season for Wimbledon. His goal was a very good finish against Stevenage, and it's enough to win him the award this week. Honourable mentions to the impressive Rob Dickie and Aaron Kuhl for Cheltenham and Dundee United respectively.