National League sponsors Vanarama have named November’s winners of their manager, player and volunteer awards!
Barrow boss Ian Evatt took the division’s managerial accolade after his side’s table-topping exploits while Solihull Moors midfielder Jamey Osborne was named as the division’s top playing star.
Harrogate Town’s Steve Pattison was unveiled as November’s top volunteer in the National League’s top tier when the winners were announced at 5pm on Friday.
Vanarama National League Manager of the Month – Ian Evatt, Barrow
There’s always a worry when a manager puts pen to paper on a fantastic new long-term contract.
Forget the so-called Manager of the Month curse, those post-extension results can sometimes take a deadly hit as soon as the ink has dried!
Thankfully for Barrow and Ian Evatt, there’s been no comeback after he committed his future to the club in the final few weeks of October.
November was equally as incredible for the Bluebirds, who continue to soar at the top of the National League table.
Five games, four wins – and a fantastic fightback in the one game they didn’t take three points from. It’s been another record-busting month for the club.
Evatt called the narrow 1-0 home win over struggling Sutton at the start of the month his best victory in charge.
He was maybe made to eat those words two weeks later, winning 3-0 at Notts County in what was perhaps the best performance of any team this season.
Now fans are asking the big question – can they stay put at the top of the table?
Vanarama National League Player of the Month – Jamey Osborne, Solihull Moors
Not many marked their cards with Solihull Moors as title challengers last season. Twelve months on, you’d be mad to count them out now.
And while the Moors might have stuttered out of the traps in August, they hit their stride to make up for lost time in November – partly down to local lad Jamey Osborne.
The all-action midfielder signed and sealed a near perfect month for the Moors.
Dover might have been the only team to stop them making it a clean sweep, but it was Osborne’s postage stamp free-kick that will live in the memory rather than their draw at Crabble.
And while he didn’t get on the scoresheet against AFC Fylde, he did set-up Danny Wright for the opener before rounding off the month with another goal and another win, this time against inform Stockport County.
You can bet your house Osborne will be at the top of a few Football League managers’ Christmas list after the season he’s had so far – and it’s easy to see why!
Vanarama National League Volunteer of the Month – Steve Pattison, Harrogate Town
Clubs just couldn’t operate without those people who raise their hand and offer their services.
Harrogate Town are no different – and super fan Steve Pattison is one of those supporters every club needs.
Not only has he made much-needed money for their Community Foundation, he then volunteered to become a run leader – giving his all to the special ‘Town to 5K’ group.
After their 12 week programme that Steve threw himself into, members participated in their first ever Park Run.
Not only that, but the Harrogate helper works with the club’s Player Development Centre, encouraging parents to be active while their children are playing the sport as much as possible.
We asked the club – and Steve has impacted on a lot of people’s lives.
“He helps reduce social isolation, improving physical and mental wellbeing and giving people a purpose and weekly routine,” Harrogate explained.
It sounds like we certainly found a worthy winner of the Vanarama Volunteer of the Month Award!
Look out for news on all of November’s Vanarama National League awards throughout Friday as they are announced.
Halifax Town’s Matthew Rowson led the way as the National League awards were announced on Friday when he was unveiled as the National League’s Young Player of the Month.
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