Lewis Named as Attacking Midfielder to Watch in USL 2021
Zeiko Lewis has been named as one of the USL Championship Top Five Attacking Midfielders for the upcoming season.
There have been numerous key performers for the Charleston Battery over the past two seasons, but the influence Lewis has had on the team in the attacking third while driving to the USL Championship Playoffs is undeniable. The Bermuda international led the Battery in goals each of the past two seasons, while also helping unlock opposing defenses with his passing ability.
Lewis’ 73 Key Passes in the past two seasons may put him just outside the top 20 in the Championship over that span, but the quality of the chances he’s created tell an important story. According to American Soccer Analysis, Lewis’ passing has had a value add of 0.81 goals to his side’s performance, tied for eighth-best in the league in that span. Add in his decisive finishing and ability to control and deliver in tight spaces, and his overall added contribution to the Battery has been 2.13 goals, tied for seventh in the league.
The 26-year-old returns to Charleston for his third season as a centerpiece for an attacking group that also includes the talents of Mauro Cichero and emerging Jamaican forward Nique Daley. But Lewis maintaining – or improving on – the performances he’s produced so far is going to be a key element in the Battery’s sustained attacking success.
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Bermuda's English Footballers Round-Up
Nathan Trott was an unused substitute as a spirited second-half effort from his West Ham United teammates came up just short as Newcastle grab a win that will likely keep them in the Premier League.
West Ham United created their own mountain to climb by scoring an own-goal in the 36th minute, Craig Dawson took out Joelinton on halfway line, the play was allowed to go on, Saint-Maximin shot was saved by Łukasz Marek Fabiański but Issa Diop got in the way and the ball somehow ended up in the net.
The referee then sent Dawson off for a second bookable offense.
Joelinton would double the Sheffield Wednesday lead in the 41st minute from a goalkeeping error to take a 2 – 0 lead at half-time.
In the 73rd minute, West Ham United was back in the game, Jesse Lingard took a quick throw-in on the left and Jarrod Bowen was left with acres of space to cross left-footed. Diop timed his run superbly and headed down and past Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
Then, eight minutes later, the referee was called across to his VAR screen to judge a handball call against Ciaran Clark, with the result that the visitors were awarded a penalty.
Lingard stepped up after a long delay for Clark to receive treatment to dispatch a nerveless penalty in off the inside of the left-hand post.
But just as West Ham United thought their efforts would gain reward, Newcastle’s Joe Willock stepped off the bench to send a powerful header beyond Fabiański and send them home pointless.
Nahki Wells and his Bristol City teammates fought back with a late goal to draw 1 – 1 with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
Julian Börner gave Sheffield United the lead in the 4th minute, with Bristol City’s chances of getting a quick equalizer was shattered in the 21st minute when a penalty was awarded to Sheffield Wednesday and Henri Lansbury was shown a red card.
Bristol City was given a lifeline when Daniel Bentley dove to his right and saved Barry Bannan's penalty.
Bristol City would get their all-important equalizer in the 87th minute when some lovely footwork from Tyreeq Bakinson who fired the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Justin Donawa was an unused substitute as his Solihull Moors teammates tasted defeat for the first time in five games as they lost 3-2 at Dagenham & Redbridge.
Jordan Cranston’s free-kick opener gave Solihull the perfect start but George Saunder’s close-range finish and Ángelo Balanta’s penalty ensured Dagenham & Redbridge had a half-time lead.
But it was Matt Robinson’s goal immediately after the break that proved to be the telling blow Solihull who finished the game with 10 men as Tyrone Williams was dismissed.
Substitute Adam Rooney did pounce on a loose header from Mauro Vilhete to prod home late on for Solihull but it proved a consolation for Donawa’s teammates.
Jonte Smith would come off the bench, but he could not prevent Woking from going down 3 – 2 to Gillingham.
Woking took the lead in the 23rd minute when Max Kretzschmar scored, the lead was then doubled in the 55th minute when Josh Davison scored.
But four minutes later Gillingham began their comeback as Dominic Samuel scored, Samuel would then draw the team's level in the 68th minute with his second goal of the game, and then in the 79th minute, Gillingham would complete the comeback when they got the winner from Vadaine Oliver.
Friday, April 16, 2021
Hall & Radcliffe Fall in Friendly
Kole Hall and his Radcliffe teammates fell short to an impressive Salford City Development side at the Neuven Stadium.
Salford City cruised to a 5-2 victory against Radcliffe in the club's second behind closed doors Friendly.
Radcliffe got a goal from a trialist and Jean Akpa-Akpro, but they were canceled out by Salford’ Dan Hawkins and Mo Touray, who both scored twice, while Liam Loughlan added another late on in the second half.
Radcliffe had eight trialists throughout the starting lineup and subs playing alongside Hall who was no doubt looking to impress Lee Fowler and his staff.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Gibson & Manly United Advance in FFA Cup
Former North Village Rams youth player Ben Gibson and his Manly United teammates progressed to the 5th round of the FFA Cup with a 1-0 win over Arncliffe Aurora in a match that truly illustrated the Magic of the Football Federation Australia (FFA) Cup.
Manly United defeated the local St George Premier League team 1-0 in front of 1,000 fans in a match that will live long in the memory of the locals.
The local Arncliffe crowd was spirited and passionate, providing the perfect backdrop to the David v Goliath clash.
Manly went into the match with a young team sprinkled with some experienced players needing match minutes and dominated possession from start to finish. Teenagers Gibson, Nick Rainbird, Jordan Devries, and Lucas Rainbird all started alongside the likes of Dom Ferguson, Dylan Mitchell, Joe Fox, and Richie Cardozo. And while Manly dictated the tempo of the match and attacked for a large period, the defiance and steel of the local opposition were brilliant.
It eventually took an 85th-minute goal to split the teams when a Nick Rainbird cross deflected into the net from an Arncliffe defender, which silenced the crowd that was boisterous and passionate from start to finish.
The FFA Cup may have gone into hiatus during the COVID-19 disruption but it roared back into town, to the delight of everyone.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Bermuda's English Footballers Round-Up
Justin Donawa’s teammate Kyle Hudlin's inspired back-heel proved the match-winner as Solihull came back from a goal down to beat Notts County 2-1.
The striker's improvised strike came after James Ball had made an immediate impact from the bench to cancel out the visitor's early first-half opener.
Ball had been on the pitch less than a minute when he converted from close range to equalize after Kyle Wootton had given Notts County the lead with a well-timed volley.
Solihull was undeterred by conceding the early goal and set about finding the equalizer.
Then came Hudlin's time to shine. The 20-year-old produced a moment of inspiration to pounce on a loose ball and brilliantly backheel the ball beyond Slocombe.
It was a goal worthy of winning any game and it proved to be the decider in this clash as Solihull claimed their fourth win in five league games.
The fixtures continue to come thick and fast for Jonte Smith and his Woking FC teammates who played their twelfth game in six weeks when Bromley visited the Laithwaite Community Stadium.
Smith was not a part of the Woking team, as Bromley came away with a 4 – 3 victory.
Bromley, they would go ahead in the 3rd minute when Jack Bridge scored, but Woking would draw level in the 16th minute with a goal from Moussa Diarra.
Woking would take the lead in the 20th minute when Jack Cook scored, with Bromley equalizing in the 79th minute through a Michael Cheek goal.
In the 81st minute, Woking found themselves back in front when Sam Dalby scored, but two minutes later Bromley was level with a James Alabi goal.
The winner would come in the 88th minute with a Jack Cook own goal giving Bromley the three points.