VOTE | Player of the Month, March 2018
March saw West return to something approaching expected form for Steve Settle’s team, registering 3 wins, 2 draws, and a loss. There were several star performers throughout the month, and this 6 man shortlist could’ve been much longer – however, we’d like you to have your say on the March player of the month award.
- Tom Bailey netted three times over the course of the month, including a vital double against Squires Gate that sealed a crucial 2-1 win. Consistent as ever, Bailey is one of the division’s top marksmen, and has been crucial to West’s attacking play throughout March.
- Matt Eckersley’s return to West has coincided with the team recovering some of the defensive solidity that deserted the side during the winter months. While he also earned a red card during this period, a goal away at Charnock Richard, as well as several eye-catching performances, has earned him his place on the shortlist.
- Lanre Olapede has grown into his role at West during the month of March, with his energetic and intelligent performances providing a platform for the rest of the side. Many considered him unlucky to have not been named Player of the Match by Charnock Richard last Saturday, in what was certainly the single most impressive display by an individual in a West shirt last month.
- Jack Sergeant has such a good month that it likely harmed his chances of winning player of the month – his displays earning a recall to the Gibraltar national side, where he played a key role in a historic 1-0 win over Latvia. For us, he’s been solid in the centre of the park, both breaking play down and creating it himself, and is fast becoming a fan favourite
- Ben Steer’s impact on games this season has been marked – and his ability to turn a game in West’s favour in a matter of moments means it is always thrilling whenever he is on the pitch. Scoring 2 goals last month, his effort against Congleton Town, at a time when West were struggling to get a grip on the game, was typical of this – and his month has been peppered with these instances of brilliance.
- Ash Woods has been an industrious presence up front for the side, whether playing as a typical centre-forward or troubling fullbacks on the left of a front three. With three goals throughout the month, as well as two awards of the opposition’s player of the match award, Woods is building on the legacy he created during his first spell at the club – with his thunderous effort against Hanley Town being perhaps his stand-out moment.
Cast your vote below – polls close at midnight, Wednesday 4 April.