Fantastic For Finn And Perfect For Preece In The North

By Sam Elliott

It’s time to meet your Vanarama National League North winners - and if 2023 is anything to go by, both should be expecting big things this year.

Tamworth fans probably haven’t ever experienced a 12 months quite like it. Not only did their relentless team race to the Southern Premier League title.

But they took to their new surroundings like a duck to water - forget a promotion push, this is very much another title charge!

Alright, they may be up against clubs with bigger support and a superior infrastructure, but discount the Lambs at your peril. When an underdog shines, it’s rarely about one individual of course.

But in December, free-scoring wide man Kyle Finn took things by the scuff of the neck to keep the club behind the leaders only on goal difference heading into the New Year. Since, they’ve fired clear.

The talented winger played every minute of every game and not only that, he scored four goals to boot.

In two games against Rushall Olympic he hit the target three times and also helped sink Southport with another as the club ended a wonderful year on a high. You get the feeling the 25-year-old flyer is only just getting started!

Andy Preece knew he had a lot to live up to when he replaced wildly popular manager Jamie Vermiglio in 2022.

The club, who of course not only won promotion under the school head teacher but also had an FA Cup run they’ll always remember, had a new future to consider.

Preece may have taken a little time to fully implement the transition but we’re now seeing evidence that the Magpies’ wings are in motion again.

They’re very much in the promotion mix and the Manager of the Month was left thrilled as they ended the year in third place.

Much-improved Chorley scored more goals than any other side in December and their only defeat came at in-form Scunthorpe, who are up there challenging at the top with them.

They beat Buxton, Banbury, Curzon Ashton and Spennymoor in the National League North, and threw in an FA Trophy victory vs Blyth Spartans for good measure.

What a month it was and now the club think they could get ready for the step up. Over to you, Andy!

Where next?

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