Ollie And Angelo Are The Month's South Shining Stars

By Sam Elliott

There’s just one word to describe the Vanarama National League South winners - relentless.

While of course there’s naturally always debate when it comes to who takes home the awards, the panel’s picks couldn’t have been more straight-forward this time around.

Braintree Town fans won’t disagree after they enjoyed a perfect month and there was no arguing with this one.

Six games, six wins - they secured five more points than any other side in February to leave the Manager of the Month in the capable and youthful hands of Angelo Harrop.

Wins over Dover Athletic, Chippenham Town, Torquay United, Tonbridge, Worthing and Bath City had the Iron powering into the promotion places.

Tough to beat and hard as nails to score against, they let in just one goal in those four weeks and only Chelmsford City have a better defensive record this term.

The 35-year old’s reputation is growing all the time and nobody will fancy playing Braintree in the play-offs in April if they keep the results coming.

Any defenders out there fancy keeping Ollie Pearce quiet when it matters at the end of April? Thought not!

Worthing’s talisman’s performances have been unmatched in 2024 and it was another month to remember in front of goal.

He ended February with 33 goals in 33 Vanarama National League South games so far – with ten of them coming last month alone.

Two hat-tricks hardly tell half the story and he is well on the way to becoming one of the most feared marksmen in the division’s history.

Pearce hit two against Aveley, four against Dover before days later putting three past Weymouth. He also ended the month with a goal at Welling United.

He credits manager Adam Hinshelwood with his incredible season - and now we wait to see if he can carry this sensational form on under his replacement!

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