Laxey duo lead TotW
Team of the Week
THE latest installment of the Isle of Man Newspapers’ Team of the Week has a surprisingly balanced feel to it.
Gung-ho tactics have gone out the window - for the time being at least - to be replaced with the more conventional 4-4-2 line-up in the nation’s favourite hypothetical XI.
Donning the gloves in between the sticks is Corinthians goalkeeper Joe Kelly who produced several good saves during his side’s impressive victory over DHSOB, including one spectacular stop.
Following their impressive victory over reigning champions St George’s at the weekend, thus ending their 52-match unbeaten run, it’s no surprise to see two of Rushen’s defensive heroes in the latest Team of the Week.
Michael Baker was at his imperious best at the heart of the back four as he helped his side to a 1-0 win, collecting the man-of-the-match honours along the way. Indeed the centre-back almost made his mark at the other end of the pitch but was denied by the crossbar early on in Saturday’s contest.
Slotting in alongside him is his southern team-mate Adam Cregeen who also impressed against the Grand Slam winners and looks to be successfully over the knee injury which ruled him out of the final few weeks of the 2011-12 season.
Another player often seen gracing the pitches in the south of the island is Castletown’s Tom Charmer who earns his place in TotW thanks to an good showing during his side’s 2-1 victory over newly-promoted Marown. Completing the back four is St John’s player-manager Nick Hurt whose strong display during the Saints 3-0 win at home to Gymns was enough to secure his second Team of the Week appearance of the season already.
Hurt’s Mullen-e-Cloie team-mate Andy Glover also impressed during that match and managed to get on the scoresheet in the process, thus earning his TotW stripes in a four-man midfield.
Charmer’s fellow Castletown player Ashley Sansbury also impressed Eric Clague’s ratings panel while in action against Marown, as did veteran midfielder Chris Feeney for Corinthians during their aforementioned victory over DHSOB at Blackberry Lane.
The final spot in the middle of the pitch is taken up by Peel’s all-action midfield maestro Danny Bell who was on top form for the westerners as he netted a hat-trick to help his side secure a 4-3 victory over Ramsey at Douglas Road.
Leading the line in the latest Team of the Week are two players who have instantly hit it off up front for Laxey. Since signing from Castletown last month, Mark Wolfenden has enjoyed a flying start to his Glen Road career and seems to have already forged a devastating partnership with Ashley Webster up front.
Having notched a brace against Peel and a superb hat-trick versus Rushen, Wolfie continued his rich goalscoring form with another brace against Union Mills on Saturday and was joined on the scoresheet by Webster who collected the man-of-the-match honours.
Claiming the refereeing honours this week is Tony McMeiken who produced an impressive display of officiating in the middle of the park during the Mills v Laxey contest at Garey Mooar.
Team of the Week
Joe Kelly (Corinthians)
Michael Baker (Rushen)
Adam Cregeen (Rushen)
Nick Hurt (St John’s)
Tom Charmer (Castletown)
Chris Feeney (Corinthians)
Andy Glover (St John’s)
Danny Bell (Peel)
Ashley Sansbury (Castletown)
Ashley Webster (Laxey)
Mark Wolfenden (Laxey)
(Union Mills v Laxey)
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