Ward lands February award

top performer: DHSOB's midfielder Robbie Ward receives his February Player of the Month award from Sean Christian of Premier League sponsor Canada Life

top performer: DHSOB's midfielder Robbie Ward receives his February Player of the Month award from Sean Christian of Premier League sponsor Canada Life

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ROBBIE Ward is the Canada Life Premier League’s Player of the Month for February.

The DHSOB midfielder has been in impressive form this season, but particularly shone last month as the Blackberry Lane outfit moved to the summit of Manx football’s top flight.

With weather wreaking havoc with some of the other title contenders’ fixtures, the Premier League’s lesser lights were given their chance to shine.

Just one point behind the Old Boys’ set-piece specialist were Gavin Gawne (Douglas Royal), Abdur Inceler (Michael), Jamie Moffatt (Ramsey) and Iain Ramsay (DHSOB).

Royal skipper Gawne and Turkish goalkeeper Inceler are in the midst of a relegation battle, but both have acquitted themselves well over the last four weeks as they try and pull their respective sides away from the dreaded drop zone.

Inceler’s predecessor in the Michael goal, Moffatt, has been impressing at the other end of the pitch for new club Ramsey, showing the form that landed him a place in the junior island squad earlier in his career with 17 goals this term.

The fit-again forward netted five goals in four games during February to keep himself in with an outside chance of claiming the seasonal golden boot.

Centre-back Ramsay has been one of Old Boys’ star turns this term and enjoyed another solid month as his side conceeded just one league goal.

A further half a point behind the 24-year-old in the monthly pile are Ramsey duo Danny Foulis and Matty Skillicorn plus Rushen’s enigmatic forward Josh Kelly.

The northerners won three and drew the other of their four matches during the month thanks in large to the good form of the aforementioned midfielders.

Ironically enough Kelly’s Rushen were one of the side’s defeated by the rejuvinated Ballacloan outfit, but his form has been a highlight in a indifferent campaign for the reigning champions.

With the season now two thirds through, St George’s and island star Chris Bass Jr continues to head the hunt for the Gordon Clague Football Writers’ Player of the Year award.

The 2007-08 winner currently leads Castletown skipper Karl Clark by 4.5 points. A further point behind is Laxey’s Ashley Webster who will be aiming to emulate clubmate Jim Travers who won last season’s accolade.

Top under-21 remains Corinthians midfielder Danny Gerrard in joint fifth, while best placed keeper is St Mary’s and island stopper Max Thomas in 16th.

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