After what was another exciting month of action, the player, manager and volunteer awards for January have been handed out in the National League South this afternoon.
Manager – Jerry Gill (Bath City)
Last month will certainly live long in the memory of Bath City fans as they witnessed their side transform from play-off contenders to potential dark horses in the title race.
They did it with some stellar performances, especially at Twerton Park where Jerry Gill’s side fused style, grit and passion into nine fantastic points.
They not only toppled leaders Torquay United – on a ten game winning run at the time of course – but they thrashed rivals Chippenham Town 5-0 and also edged out East Thurrock United.
They weren’t bad away from home, either. Useful points and clean sheets were collected at Slough Town and Gloucester City, and a solid 2-0 win at Dulwich Hamlet kept them in the hunt.
The strength of the Romans’ backline throughout January was demonstrated by the fact that they only conceded goals in one game.
They only let in goals in one game, so strong was their together backline.
You will be able to read a feature interview with the Bath City boss in this weekend’s paper!
Player- Jake Giddens (East Thurrock United)
As we head into the business end of the season, every point can make all the difference. A team that know this better than anyone at the moment is East Thurrock United.
January saw the Rocks escape the drop-zone thanks to a number of inspired performances from stand-in skipper Jack Giddens.
Taking the armband while Sam Higgins is out, the 26-year-old has been a force to be reckoned with between the sticks, keeping three clean sheets to help his side to huge victory over Gloucester City and a draw against Dulwich Hamlet. Not to mention a man-of-the-match performance in their win over Eastbourne Borough to cap off an excellent month.
A point at Concord Rangers on New Year’s Day had the stopper believing his side had “turned a corner” in their survival race and you certainly wouldn’t disagree on January’s evidence.
Volunteer – Richard Bryenton and Paul Robinson (Hampton & Richmond Borough)
Richard Bryenton (right) and Paul Robinson have won Volunteer of the Month for Hampton & Richmond Borough in the Vanarama National League South.
The pair turn their hand to anything that needs to be done at the ground. This has included reflooring one of the stands, installing seats and new gates, replacing the pitchside boards as well as repairs to the Club’s lawn mower. No job is too small or complicated.
On matchdays, they can be found selling programmes. When the Club recently met Oldham Athletic in a televised Emirates FA Cup tie, they made a massive contribution to get the ground ready to meet the demands of the media and, most importantly, more than two and half thousand fans!