March was a split month; the first half saw three league wins on the bounce, and the team climb up the table; the second half saw league defeats against Kidderminster and Histon, and dissapointing draws with Droylsden and York. One bright spark of the month, though, saw the team progress to their first ever national cup final, a SS final tie with Aldershot tomorrow.
It was a three horse race in terms of the Player of the Month award. Three players stood out in terms of nominations; Dale Roberts, Michael Corcoran, and Jon Challinor. It is refreshing to see those three names down, a mixture of new blood and renewed form.
However, the winner, by a tiny distance, was Michael Corcoran. The Northern Irish defender has impressed this month, being part of a defensive squad that has kept four clean sheets this month. He received 35% of the votes, so it was by no means a runaway win, but still an important indication of things to come.
Another new boy, Dale Roberts, also impressed and recieved a large amount of votes. After a shakey start Roberts has shown why he is touted for success at the City Ground. After spending time, and making 47 caps, for Conference North side Alfreton Town last season, Roberts has shown that he can perform just as capably one level above.
Jon Challinor was tied in 2nd place with Roberts and, while he hasn’t scored in four games, his three league goals earlier in the month clearly haven’t gone under-appreciated. After having big things expected of him this season, and not really living up to expectations until now, it seems Challinor has found his form at the wrong end of the season. Hopefully he will build on this as the season winds down, and continue it into August.
THANKS TO THOSE WHO VOTED.