FL Team of the Week
Last Updated: September 20, 2011 12:29pm
Team of the week
Scott Flinders - Hartlepool United
Hartlepool's impressive start to the season shows no signs of slowing down, with eight games having been safely negotiated. The North East outfit find themselves sat among the League One frontrunners on the back of their unbeaten opening to the campaign. A 3-0 victory over Bury in their latest outing helped to maintain their momentum, while the result means Flinders and his back four have now conceded just once in four home games this term.
Garry Richards - Gillingham
Gillingham went goal crazy at Hereford on Saturday, with the Bulls hit for six. The comprehensive victory allowed the Gills to bring an end to a four-match winless run in spectacular style. Richards bagged their second of the game 24 minutes in, helping to swing open the floodgates. He was also able to keep things tight at the back, with a late consolation from Hereford the only blot on an otherwise immaculate copybook.
Callum McNaughton - AFC Wimbledon
Football League new boys AFC Wimbledon are still searching for consistency, but they have offered enough in their nine games so far to suggest that they will be a force to be reckoned with in the fourth tier. Their latest fixture saw them pick up their fourth win of the campaign, with Cheltenham put to the sword. McNaughton played a leading role in a comfortable 4-1 success, with the Robins unable to make their mark in the contest until the final minute.
Ash Taylor - Tranmere Rovers
Tranmere piled more pressure on Wycombe this weekend after picking up a 2-0 victory over the Chairboys. Rovers proved to be too strong on home soil and secured three welcome points in their League One campaign. They broke the deadlock early on at Prenton Park but were forced to wait until the hour mark before wrapping up the win. Taylor was the man to make the points safe as he netted his first goal of the season.
Kevin Nicholson - Torquay United
A 3-3 draw with Rotherham on Saturday means Torquay have now been held five times in nine outings. Stalemates may be holding them back slightly, but they can take heart from the fact that they are not losing many. A point against the high-flying Millers is not to be sniffed at either, especially as they trailed 2-0 and 3-1 over the course of the 90 minutes. Nicholson helped the Gulls to haul themselves back into the game, with his strike shortly before half-time handing them a lifeline they would make the most of.
Jeff Hendrick - Derby County
Hendrick picked some game to grab his first professional goal, with Derby having travelled to arch-rivals Nottingham Forest on Saturday lunchtime. The Rams fell behind early, and were reduced to 10 men, but they responded in style to claim the points and local bragging rights. Teenage midfielder Hendrick proved to the hero of the hour for Nigel Clough's side as he struck 18 minutes from time to seal a 2-1 derby success.
Danny Hollands - Charlton Athletic
Charlton continue to lead the way in League One, with a battling 3-2 victory over Rochdale ensuring that they remain top of the tree. The Addicks are one of only three unbeaten sides in the third tier and have now plundered 17 goals in eight games. They were pushed all the way by Dale, with the hosts hitting back from two goals down to draw level at one stage. There was, however, to be a late sting in the tale as Hollands grabbed his second of the game 10 minutes from time to see Charlton home.
Adam Clayton - Leeds United
Clayton has been catching the eye for Leeds this season and was at the centre of the action again over the weekend. The former Manchester City trainee bagged his second goal of the season in a meeting with Bristol City. He opened the scoring at Elland Road with just three minutes on the clock and went on to help Leeds to a 2-1 victory. The 22-year-old has quickly become a key part of Simon Grayson's plans and will be looking to maintain his high standards over the coming weeks.
Emile Sinclair - Peterborough United
Scoring on your first start for a new employer, on home soil, is always a good idea. Sinclair did just that on Saturday as he marked his full debut for Peterborough with a deadly double in a 2-1 victory over Burnley. Sinclair was drafted in to help cover the loss of Craig Mackail-Smith to Brighton over the summer and the early signs look good for London Road's latest recruit.
Leon Clarke - Chesterfield
Every time Clarke finds the target you feel as though he is sending out a message to Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio. The striker suffered a spectacular falling out with the Robins boss a few weeks ago, leading him to take in a loan spell at Chesterfield. Since linking up with the Spireites, he has hit five goals in three games. His record was aided considerably by a hat-trick against Carlisle on Saturday, which helped Chesterfield to a third straight win.
Tyrone Barnett - Crawley Town
Crawley have settled quickly in League Two and are showing no signs that the step up in class will be a problem for them. A considerable goal threat has helped them to lay down an early marker, with Barnett and Matt Tubbs as potent a partnership as you are likely to find. Barnett added another two to his goal tally at the weekend, with a brace in a 3-1 victory over Bradford taking him onto six for the season.