Ahead of this week’s return of the 2017/18 Checkatrade Trophy, Oxford United’s Rob Hall has picked up the inaugural Player of the Round Award for his performance in the opening round of matches.
Hall was voted as the winner in the new award that has been set up by title sponsors Checkatrade, and voted for by the fans after being shortlisted by an independent expert. He was key in Oxford’s 6-2 win at Stevenage, where he played a part in two goals and scored two superb individual efforts.
The Checkatrade Trophy Player of the Round competition gives fans the opportunity to vote for the player they feel starred in the first round of fixtures. U’s fans voted in their masses for their star forward giving him the first award of the season.
Reflecting on their tournament opener, Hall said: “It was a very good game, a quick and tough start. Stevenage really put us to the test in the first 20 minutes and managed to go 1-0 up, but we kept our composure and showed a lot of character to go 2-1 up just before the break, and then we really kicked on in the second half.
“The Checkatrade Trophy gives young players a taste of men’s football, playing against bigger players, experienced players, and it’s a showcase for them to go and show what they can do, and that they have got the ability.
“They’re gaining experience, but they’re learning the game whilst doing it. They can have fun and put themselves out there.”
Kevin Byrne, founder and CEO of Checkatrade, said: “I’d like to pass on my congratulations to Rob for his award win, a worthy winner after that fantastic performance for Oxford against Stevenage. His second goal was a screamer – if he continues to play like that then it could be a third time running that the U’s make a Wembley final!”