The Vanarama National League have just released their award winners for November:
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE- MANAGER OF THE MONTH
Justin Edinburgh (Leyton Orient)
It is quite fitting that November is a month for Justin Edinburgh and Leyton Orient fans to remember.
It marked a year since he was given the job of reinvigorating the Club and re-energising the supporters. The anniversary of his appointment only serves as a reminder of how much has been achieved in that year.
While November 2017 saw Orient floundering dangerously close to the National League’s bottom four, they ended this one top of the pile.
Last month’s return of ten points from four games allowed them to keep Salford City and Wrexham at arm’s length.
Valuable three-point returns against Bromley and at AFC Fylde were followed up by a highly impressive 2-0 victory at title rivals Wrexham.
Their improvement is there for all to see and the whole country can get a closer look when they face Boreham Wood live on BT Sport this Saturday.
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE- PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Elliot Justham (Dagenham and Redbridge)
As months go, Elliot Justham has certainly had worse ones. A new baby and a new lease of life on the pitch have really changed everything for the goalkeeper.
Football, as we all know, can surprise you when you least expect it. Not long ago Dagenham were struggling for form, but you can almost forget all that now.
It’s been a pretty remarkable few weeks for Justham. The 28-year-old stopper has put in a string of outstanding performances that have helped the Daggers soar, just when relegation seemed a real possibility.
He helped his side to wins over Bromley and Havant and Waterlooville but it’s the victory against promotion-chasing AFC Fylde that stands out the most.
After being by his wife’s side for the birth of their second child, just hours later the stopper was between the sticks pulling off a whole host of match-winning saves to help his side to three points against the Coasters.
He’s certainly the daddy of Dagenham at the moment!
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE- VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
Les McCourt (Gateshead)
Les has been a volunteer at Gateshead Football Club for over a decade. His roles have included stewarding, team sheet and programme distribution, hospitality, kit management, disabled liaison officer and photographer. He also plays an active part in the Club's walking football programme which led to his adopted nickname, 'The Tank'.
He continues to do most of these roles while also attending all first-team matches, home and away, as the Club’s Assistant Kit Manager.
Les also volunteers at the Club throughout the week, conducting various tasks, the most notable of which has involved manning and organising the new Gateshead FC Club Shop.
The future of the Club Shop looked uncertain at the start of November, however, thanks to Les' help, the shop has been completely transformed in a very short amount of time.
For the first time, the Club Shop has a permanent location at the International Stadium as fans are able to browse and buy Club merchandise throughout the week as well as on a matchday. This has been down to Les reorganising things and transforming an old stock room into a welcoming shop which has since generated record sales figures.