L2 Team of the Week
By Adam Battensby. Last Updated: October 4, 2012 4:06pm
Team of the week
Josh Lillis - Rochdale
Rochdale went down to ten men within the first 35 minutes against Bradford on Tuesday night. They subsequently had to deal with immense pressure from City. Lillis held on to a well-earned clean sheet and helped organise the young defence in front of him.
Joseph Rafferty - Rochdale
18-year-old Rafferty, making only his 5th appearance for the first team, played a blinder as part of a trio of young defenders working alongside experienced Kevin McIntyre.
Clayton McDonald - Port Vale
McDonald was outstanding in Vale's away win at Valley Parade on Saturday. The 23-year-old liverpudlian ensured Vale stayed ahead of Bradford in the table and kept the pressure on leaders Gillingham.
John McCombe - Port Vale
Making his 158th appearance for Port Vale, McCombe worked tirelessly alongside McDonald to withstand an onslaught of Bradford pressure. Their efforts paid dividends as the pair helped inflict Bradford's first home defeat of the season.
Ryan Edwards - Rochdale
Rochdale youngster Edwards is currently on-loan from Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers. He faced his toughest defensive test to date against Bradford. He shut out the attack well to make sure Rochdale hung on to a point.
David Clarkson - Bristol Rovers
The former Bristol City man was part of a hard-working midfield that was able to record their first win of the season away at high flying Exeter City.
Jack Payne - Gillingham
Gillingham had previously lost out to Rochdale on Saturday afternoon; they needed the win to keep what is a tender lead at the top of the table. Jack Payne was instrumental in securing the much needed victory against Northampton, scoring in the process.
Michael O'Connor - Rotherham United
The midfielder joined Rotherham for a free from Scunthorpe, who paid £250,000 for his services back in 2009. O'Connor scored a brace to make sure of a victory over Oxford United in front of over 7,000 fans at the New York Stadium.
Rene Howe - Torquay United
Howe sparked a comeback win against Aldershot on Tuesday night. The Gulls were trailing 3-1 until Howe set up team-mate Jarvis to score in the 69th minute; he scored the winner himself in the dying minutes of the game to keep United within touching distance of the play-off positions.
Jamie Cureton - Exeter City
Cureton scored 2 goals against struggling Barnet to make sure of the win for Exeter after two straight defeats. Cureton also scored earlier in the week to bring his tally for the season to an impressive 9 in ten matches.
Chris Reid - Aldershot
Aldershot went 3-0 up inside 47 minutes thanks to a superb early hat-trick from Reid. Aldershot eventually lost the game 4-3 against promotion challenging Torquay. Despite this, it was a game to remember for the Aldershot striker.