National League South Team Of The Season Confirmed

By Sam Elliott

After eight months’ worth of toil, we can now confirm the National League South Team of the Season. Voted for by the clubs, here is the select side which we are delighted to honour.

Goalkeeper: Ryan Clarke (Bath City)
It has been a big season in so many ways for the veteran goalkeeper. The 36-year-old’s performances helped fire Bath City into the play-offs in the year he bravely opened up about his battle with depression. He let in less goals than any keeper in the league.

Full-back: Anthony Straker (Bath City)
Fans quickly fall in love with a defender who scores goals and Anthony Straker has seven to his name already. But it’s his ability at both ends which makes him an easy sell to supporters. The Romans have the tightest defence in the division.

Centre-back: Ben Gerring (Woking)
Yes, they fell just short of winning the title but few fans expected the season Woking have had. Alan Dowson performed a complete summer overhaul but his October signing shone brightest and the supporters very quickly took to him.

Centre-back: Kyle Cameron (Torquay)
When your team scores goals by the bucket load and you romp to the title, sometimes defenders get forgotten about. Not Kyle Cameron, the Gulls’ incredibly consistent centre-half. He improved remarkably under Gary johnson and at 22, he has a big future

Full-back: Joe Kizzi (Billericay Town)
In what was an up-and-down season for a club their owner was tipping for big things, there was one constant. Marauding Right-back Joe Kizzi has not only shone in their back four but chipped in with some crucial goals as well to keep his team in the play-off hunt.

Winger: Chris Whelpdale (Chelmsford City)
The wideman was patient boss Rod Stringer’s final capture of the summer, but what is it about good things coming to those who wait? Whelpdale is very nearly into double figures from midfield and is always a bundle of energy down the wing.

Central midfield: Jordan Parkes (Hemel Hempstead)
It was the season he turned himself into a Tudors legend. Jordan parkes became the club’s highest ever scorer back in March - and his record 108th goal came with a trademark free-kick. Not bad for a midfielder!

Central midfield: Asa Hall (Torquay United)
When he won promotion to the Football League with Cheltenham in 2016, Asa Hall didn’t think two years later he would be in the National League South. Neither did Torquay, but under his old Robins boss he had another title to toast.

Winger: Nassim L’Ghoul (Welling United)
What a season it has been for Welling but when manager Steve King revealed mid-season that cut back had to be made, one player he was desperate to keep was Nassim L’Ghoul. No wonder, he’s been sensational as the Wings finished third.

Striker: Jamie Reid (Torquay United)
He said before the start of the season he was going into the unknown but Jamie Reid had his head screwed on. His partnership with Saikou Janneh simply tore teams to shreds. There was no stopping the 24-year-old as he raced to the Golden Boot.

Striker: Kabongo Tshimanga (Oxford City)
When a player has had seven loan spells aged just 21, alarm bells may be sounding. But ‘Kabby’ is now settled and has had his best ever season. He scored a goal every 148 minutes despite an inconsistent year for his club Oxford.

Where next?

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