Pitchero Non-League are recognising the outstanding performers across Non-League football in our “Non-League Team Of The Season”. We’ve sifted through every side in the National League, Northern Premier League, Southern League and Ryman League to draw up a list of eight performers.
But who stands out from the crowd and makes it into the final list? We’re leaving that down to you. Take a look at our selection of Non-League goal machines below and place your votes. Plus, head to our other polls to get your votes in for the “Fans Non-League Team Of The Season”.
Ricky Miller – Dover Athletic
The English born 28 year old striker has netted a hugely impressive 42 goals in 43 appearances this season, including five hat tricks.
Miller, who joined Dover Athletic in July 2015 was named the National League’s player of the year for the 2016/17. His success has lead to him signing a three year deal with League One outfit Peterborough United.
Christian Doidge – Forest Green Rovers
Doidge has been the driving force in Forest Green’s promotion to the Football League, scoring a superb 27 goals in 44 appearances with two of those coming in the Play Offs.
It’s been a great return for the 24 year old Welshman in his first year with the club after joining from relegated Dagenham and Redbridge, where he’s managed to triple his goal tally in 16/17 compared to the previous season.
Luke Benbow – Stourbridge
The London born striker has netted 39 goals in all competitions for Stourbridge this season (including the belter below), helping them finish third in the league.
After a stellar first season, Benbow then scored a pivotal goal in Stourbridge’s 3-2 Play Off Semi Final victory over Workington. Unfortunately, Benbow was unable to hit the back of the net in the final as his team lost 1-0, there’s no doubt he’ll be wanting to go one better next season.
Dan Maguire – Blyth Spartans
Blyth were the runaway winners in the NPL this season and a major factor in this was Maguires scoring record.
The 24 year old bagged 30 goals in the league, which accounted for nearly ¼ of their goals this season. Expect the Englishman to carry on his mega scoring record next season, with his total standing at 78 in 123 games.
Thomas Wright – Salisbury
Steve Claridge’s side fell as the final hurdle in this season’s Southern League South & West play-off final, but that was after a season rammed full of goals for the team, and one man in particular.
39 of the club’s 118 league goals were smashed in by young Tommy Wright, making him the Southern League’s most prolific frontman.
Andrew Sandell – Chippenham Town
Rivalling Wright from the Southern League is Chippenham’s Andrew Sandell. The division top scorer with 27 league goals, Chippenham racked up a division best of 94 during the season.
The difference here is that Sandell’s goals led to glory. Chippenham eased to the Southern League Premier title, with nearest rvials Leamington 11 points behind.
Liam Nash – Maldon & Tiptree
Nash has been by far and away Maldon & Tiptree’s top scorer this season with a massive 36 goals in his 47 games, 15 ahead of strike partner Sam Newson.
His goal scoring record helped Maldon to finish second in the Ryman North Division, with Nash’s goals accounting for 38% of their season total.
Matt Blake – Leiston
Blake has scored a mighty tally of 42 goals this year for Leiston, with a further 12 assists in 54 games. His goals attracted attention from rivals Billericay Town, but he turned down the big money move.
Leiston manager Glenn Driver believes the English striker has the credentials to play at a higher level and with Leiston just missing out on a top six place, maybe we will see Blake in a higher division by the time the 2017/18 campaign kicks off.