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Vanarama Monthly Awards

Posted by National League
Posted on Wed 6 Sep 2023
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With the leadership changing hands on a regular basis during the Vanarama National League’s opening four weeks, it’s little wonder two of the clubs involved at the top have got their hands on some gongs.

What a start it has been with five clubs already enjoying some time in first place, even if it is still so early in the campaign.

Ending August on a high, few people tipped Solihull Moors for a challenge this season – especially when their manager Neal Ardley decided to leave the club with little over a month until the big kick-off.

When one door closes, another opens. Andy Whing at 38-years-old has already packed so much into his short managerial career. He took the job after working wonders at Banbury United and he has started in a similar vein at the Moors.

They began with a spirited draw at home to Eastleigh before big wins at Ebbsfleet United and Boreham Wood. They were too good for Dorking Wanderers before a frustrating draw at home to FC Halifax Town followed.

But they ended the month top of the table after a 2-0 win at fancied Oldham Athletic and the new manager has settled superbly, already implementing his style on the side with a clear determination to dig in, too.

You just don’t know what you’re getting when it comes to the sides relegated from the EFL.

Will we be seeing a Grimsby Town, promoted at the first attempt after a stunning National League return in 2021-22.

Or will it be more of a Scunthorpe United, relegated again without a whimper, now rebuilding in the National League North?

Hartlepool United fans had no idea what to expect when they returned after two years away but in striker Mani Dieseruvwe, they have a player who can win a game on his own.

He has scored no fewer than five times in August, seeing off competition from Ebbsfleet’s six-goal forward Dom Poleon and Chesterfield’s Liam Mandeville to claim the Player of the Month accolade after our panel’s vote.

His devastating double left sorry Gateshead beaten to collect Pools’ first win, before hitting two more against AFC Fylde.

He scored again against Chesterfield, but he brings so much more than just goals as manager John Askey described him as a constant threat to defenders.

He hopes his sizzling striker is only just getting started!

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