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National League South March Awards

National League South

Manager of the Month

Jon Underwood and Neil Baker – Slough Town

It’s often said that two heads are better than one, but in football terms many still need convincing that joint managers really work.

They only need to look at Slough Town’s dynamic duo of Neil Baker and Jon Underwood (pictured) to prove doubling up in the dug-out really reaps its rewards.

When you earn promotion you never know what’s ahead as you step into the unknown. But Slough haven’t struggled for a moment, and March offered fans hope that next season they may be able to take the next step, if they can’t slip into the play-offs in the next few weeks.

Last month started well with a 1-0 win over Hemel Hempstead Town before the ten-man Rebels recovered from two goals down to take a gutsy point at Concord Rangers.

They then went and tripped up two big promotion sides, winning at home to Billericay Town as celebrations after their 1-0 success at title contenders Woking could be heard all the way down in Torquay United.

They may not have been able to end March in style as they surrendered two home points to St Albans City but what a brilliant month it was for Baker and Underwood.

Player of the Month

Marvel Ekpiteta – Hungerford Town

Talk about keeping it in the family.

After Leyton Orient defender Marvin Ekpiteta won September’s Player of the Month award, his brother has now got his hands on the South gong.

If you thought boss Ian Herring taking a step back from the playing side of things would leave Hungerford Town with a lack of leaders, you’d be wrong.

At just 23 years of age, Marvel Ekpiteta has been the go-to man for the Crusaders’ survival push which gathered plenty of legs in March.

After starting the month with draws against Woking and Weston Super Mare, Herring’s men stepped it up a notch to claim priceless wins over Billericay Town and Hampton & Richmond Borough before Ekpiteta got himself amongst the goals in a win over Eastbourne Borough.

They are now two points above the relegation zone – and have a great chance of winning their survival fight.

Volunteer of the Month

Terry Wild – Hungerford Town

Terry Wild has won Volunteer of the Month for Hungerford Town in the Vanarama National League South.

The 82-year-old has been a fan of the Club for over 50 years, and has been a treasured volunteer and committee member for most of that time.

He rarely misses a game and afterwards, helps to clean up the ground; clearing the pitch of his biggest frustration – discarded tape from the players’ socks!

Before home games, he arrives early to put out parking cones for the visiting team’s coach and, if it’s raining, he will dry off seats in the stands so spectators don’t have to sit on wet ones.

He also takes personal responsibility to pay the match officials within minutes of the match ending and is a true hero with a dedication no Club can do without.

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