September’s winners of the MANarama National League North’s monthly manager, player and volunteer awards are celebrating after being named today (Friday).
Farsley Celtic are flying with Adam Lakeland collecting the National League North managerial accolade while Brackley’s James Armson got his hands on the player’s gong ahead of his side’s FA Cup outing this weekend. Boston’s Jason Hatfield earned the top volunteer accolade for his contribution to the Pilgrims.
MANarama National League North Manager of the Month – Adam Lakeland Farsley Celtic
The journey into the National League North can sometimes be a lot more enjoyable than the destination, history shows us.
Life for those promoted into the division isn’t often easy. Ask Hereford, who finished just a few places above the drop zone last time out. Or Ashton United, who finished inside it.
Nobody bothered telling Farsley Celtic, and their manager Adam Lakeland.
But he told us something in the summer. Farsley had to stay in the league. However they did it, he wanted the club back again for another go this time next year.
If they maintain their current form he risks failure on that front. There is every chance the Celts could be here just for one year – but leaving via the other end.
Farsley are fourth and going very well indeed. September has seen them win four from four, putting Bradford (Park Avenue) Kettering Town, Leamington and Curzon Ashton in their place during a wonderful and spotless month.
Lakeland has avoided what many do and not only kept his team from a battle at the wrong end, but has taken the Yorkshire club to within touching distance of the top.
MANarama National League North Player of the Month – James Armson Brackley Town
If Brackley Town are playing, chances are they’ll win, and James Armson will be on the scoresheet. Well that’s true for September, at least.
The Saints bagged victories against Kidderminster Harriers, Curzon Ashton and an 8-0 humbling of strugglers Bradford (Park Avenue) – with Armson registering in all three games.
The club’s form has seen them mingle at the top for most of the season having lost just once in their last ten league games with an unbeaten home record to boot.
This season is Armson’s fourth with the club and he’s seen more success than most with three top seven finishes and an FA Trophy on the roll of honour.
And the midfielder is once again proving to be a valuable asset to boss Kevin Wilkin, who will be more determined than ever to see Town scramble out of the MANarama National League North.
MANarama National League North Volunteer of the Month – Jason Hatfield Boston United
Jason Hatfield has won Volunteer of the Month for Boston United in the National League North.
Jason has worked voluntarily on a day-to-day basis for over 20 years, administering all of the first-team kit requirements in terms of matchdays and laundry.
He travels to each first-team fixture on the coach and is the first port of call for any requirements the players have on matchdays. He also performs various other tasks around the club on a daily basis and is happy to help in any way he can.
His help is invaluable and Jason’s role at the club has enabled him to grow from a shy individual to a confident and hard-working member of the Pilgrims’ behind-the-scenes team.