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Vanarama Awards For September

Posted by National League
Posted on Fri 5 Oct 2018
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Graham Alexander (Salford City)

There was one word being used more and more as last month rumbled on. Ominous.

Otherwise known as menacing, threatening or even dangerous. It summed up the situation quite well.

Salford City didn’t make the start they would have liked after a somewhat rambunctious summer which they recruited strongly.

One of their close season captures was a new manager. Graham Alexander knew the scrutiny would be intense and a slow start had them playing catch up.

But September saw them lay down a marker. Following an early draw, wins over AFC Fylde, Maidstone United, Bromley, Boreham Wood, Hartlepool United and Maidenhead United made it six wins from six.

Alexander is starting to really show why the club made such a big decision back in May.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE- PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Marvin Ekpiteta (Leyton Orient)

The life of a defender can often be a frustrating one. After all, you’re doing the dirty work while the players further up the field get all the goals – and most of the credit!

When it comes to awards, things aren’t usually all that different. The accolades tend to always head to the attackers.

The boys at the back must often feel like an afterthought. Well not anymore!

Marvin Ekpiteta has been simple sensational for Leyton Orient, and even with his team firing in the goals the centre-back has stood out.

Orient won five from seven in September, scoring 17 times. They only conceded four and the 23-year-old got himself on the scoresheet against Braintree Town.

This defender has his day, and Ekpiteta’s manager Justin Edinburgh says he is only going to get better.

VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE- VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH

Kerry Evans (Wrexham)

Kerry Evans of Wrexham has won September’s Volunteer of the Month for the National League.

Kerry is the club’s Disabled Liaison Officer and, having been only appointed in January, has taken to the role like a duck to water. A wheelchair user herself, Kerry personally meets and welcomes disabled fans at home games.

One of first changes she made after taking the role was to reinstate a service for disabled fans on matchdays for those who wish to purchase food/drinks and have them brought out to pitch side. She has also improved the website with more specific matchday information and the process for free carer tickets, as well as helping to make the stadium an autistic friendly one in conjunction with the NAS (National Autistic Society).

Kerry’s other initiatives include changing room tours at the club’s open day, ponchos to keep fans dry and arranging travel to away games. She’s already planning a second viewing platform and continues to make the club as disabled friendly as she possibly can.

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