MATT DUKE NAMED PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR FEBRUARY
Friday Mar 4, 2016
VANARAMA MANAGER AND PLAYER AWARDS FOR FEBRUARY
Alfreton Town Football Club are delighted to announce that goalkeeper Matt Duke has been named as the Vanarama National League North player of the month for February.
The official press release from the Football Conference reads:
"It has been another strong month for Alfreton Town and at the end of February they extended their unbeaten streak back past Christmas. The Reds have bounced back from a rather shaky start in the Vanarama National League North to establish themselves as one of the clubs who are so difficult to beat. Away victories at AFC Fylde and FC United of Manchester demonstrated this.
Behind their improvement has been solid contributions in each match from goalkeeper Matt Duke, who has made some outstanding saves. The award therefore goes to a well-known custodian and someone who will be hoping his form can catapult the club into the play-offs come the end of the season."
Duke was pleased with his award and said: "I am delighted. It is always nice to get selected for a player of the month award.
"It has been a good month for the club as well. We have been in decent form and I am pleased to have played my part in it but it is credit to everybody for the run we have been on"
Meanwhile, Simon Weaver of Harrogate Town took the Vanarama National League North manager of the month ahead of Nicky Law.
"A terrific month has lifted Harrogate Town into second place in the Vanarama National League North and who would bet against Simon Weaver leading his squad to promotion.. February has seen a haul of 13 points and under his astute management, they have a real opportunity to make it a special season for the North Yorkshire outfit. He has prepared as good a squad, if not the best ever, to grace the CNG Stadium at Wetherby Road. Top marks to a top manager."
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE MANAGER OF THE MONTH
Gary Johnson, Cheltenham Town
February may be the shortest month of the year, yet Cheltenham Town boss has lead his squad to the longest sequence of unbeaten matches ever in the history of the club. With four wins and a draw this month, it makes a total of 22 matches unbeaten in the Vanarama National League.
Despite continued pressure from near neighbours Forest Green Rovers, the haul of points saw Town finish one point clear at the top with a game in hand. Quite rightly the month belongs to Gary Johnson in his quest to take the club back into the Football League at the first attempt.
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Connor Jennings, Wrexham
During a six match unbeaten run in February, Wrexham moved into the play-off positions of the Vanarama National League. The drive around this has been the commitment of team with hard work and their solid pattern of play. While most of this can be due to the application of management plans, there must be an on field leader and team captain Connor Jennings has been inspirational. Two vital goals have also been included with his leadership. Many challenges still face the squad, not least the expectation of fans, so after an encouraging month of results this award is richly deserved.
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH MANAGER OF THE MONTH
Steve Tully, Truro City
The award for Manager of the Month for February in the Vanarama National League South has been a close affair. The depths of Cornwall are not often the makers of football news but Truro City are certainly making many headlines this season. Their overall form has been impressive since October and certainly they are a team who never knows when they are beaten. This was typified by a stunning comeback when they were 4-0 down away at Wealdstone and fought back to draw the match. Steve Tully has also shown he is a shrewd manager by adding to the squad in January to strengthen the depth of his team. He must be credited with the clubs rise to challenge many of the bigger clubs who play in the division.
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Steve Cawley, Concord Rangers
In a month in the Vanarama National League South, somewhat depleted of fixtures by inclement weather and further disruption due to cup competitions, one player who has shone out by scoring in three games out of four and helping his club remain unbeaten throughout February is Steve Cawley of Concord Ranger. No one player deserves the award more than Steve, who finished the month with one of his finest ever goals. A superb half volley away at Dartford which he hit with a sweet right foot strike from outside the penalty area. It helped Rangers to an impressive away win against promotion chasing Darts. The 25 year-old is on 16 goals for the season and is the third highest goal scorer in the division.