DINO MAAMRIA has already started equalling records at Southport – and he has further reason to cheer after being named the Vanarama National League manager of the month for December.
Port’s 3-2 win over Wrexham last Saturday was their sixth victory in a row, the first time the club has done that in Non-League’s top division since April 2000.
Macclesfield, Bromley, Barrow, Gateshead and Wrexham, twice, were defeated by Maamria’s men last month, sending his side soaring up the National League and away from relegation trouble.
Another club flying at the moment is Cheltenham Town, and their midfielder Jack Munns has been named player of the month.
The 22-year-old scored the only goal in the victory over Torquay and has been a key part of Gary Johnson’s table-topping side this season.
Lowestoft Town have done their hopes of staying in the National League North no harm and their boss Ady Gallgher has been handed the December manager of the month award.
The Trawlerboys have climbed out of the relegation places with vital wins over Alfreton Town, Corby Town and Boston United.
Liam King has been vital for North Ferriby United and the Villagers’ skipper netted three times in December to pick up the players’ gong.
The midfielder scored three times as Billy Heath’s side won four of their five games, helping them up to second in the league coming into the weekend.
Sutton United have climbed the National League South in recent weeks so it’s no surprise to see their boss Paul Doswell named manager of the month.
The U’s won three of their four December matches and they’ve put themselves in a great position to claim a play-off position at the end of the season.
And on the players’ front, Dartford skipper Elliot Bradbrook is the pick of the bunch after some impressive performances as the Darts remained unbeaten throughout the month.