Samba Sports Golden Gloves Awards- November 2018

By Ian Townsend

Who had the meanest defence in November? Read on to find out!

Samba Sports are the UK's leading manufacturer of goals- and you can visit their website here. What you'll find, however, is that they are about much more than just the provision of goals! From balls to gloves, from corner flags to water bottles, from coaching aids to captains armbands, if you need it for your club the chances are that Samba will have it (note: they can't supply you with a free-scoring centre forward). They can ever provide you with new dugouts if the old ones are letting in the rain!

Thanks to Samba for their support- and here are our November winners:

Premier Division

Don’t Cha wish your keeper was Rob Tolfrey? So sing the Kingstonian fans, and surely many other clubs in our Premier Division must look enviously at the last line of the K’s defence.

Kingstonian, rather incredibly, played seven league fixtures during November, winning five and conceding only five goals whilst keeping three clean sheets. Often, where more than one keeper was used, we don’t name one- leaving the club the choice of who takes the prize- but Tolfrey played in six of Kingstonian’s matches and kept all of the clean sheets so this one is rather clear cut!

Congratulations Rob- surely you’ve now won so many pairs of gloves you could open your own shop!

North Division

November saw a real turnaround in the fortunes of Tilbury, as they began to turn defeats into victories and ended the month with three successive clean sheets. Rhys Madden is their man between the sticks, and his performances have been instrumental in the Dockers rise up the table.

Congratulations Rhys.

South Central Division

Marlow had a marvellous November which saw them rise to the top of the Bostik South Central Division, a run which included three clean sheets and only two goals conceded in five matches. Simon Grant was their defensive colossus throughout this run, and indeed the keeper has been ever-present as the Blues have shown a clean pair of heels- or should that be a clean pair of gloves- to their rivals. Congratulations to Simon.

South East Division

It has, so far at least, been a South East Division that belongs entirely to Cray Wanderers. Ten points clear at the top, unbeaten; surely Wands supporters could only ask for more of the same for Christmas? November saw them concede only two goals, and record two clean sheets, and also saw keeper Nick Blue be rather more cheerful than his name might suggest, as he was ever-present.

Our congratulations go to Nick, not only for November’s performances but for his six clean sheets across the season so far- and for marshalling the best defence in the Division.

Where next?

South East signings VCD and Heath make Friday additions
Two new Seed Growers- and a new arrival on the Island Coggeshall and Canvey involved in three moves

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