Sherborne Town monthly awards will not be distraction from real goal
DESPITE scooping two monthly accolades for recent flying form, Sherborne Town have vowed not to be distracted from their promotion goal.
With his team emerging as genuine Toolstation Western League First Division top two contenders, Jamie Manley was awarded manager of the month for February whilst keeper Ashley Knibbs claimed the Safe Hands gong.
But Manley was quick to praise the role of club staff in his prize, with Knibbs also taking to his account on social network Twitter to thank back three Ollie Wake, James Thompson, and Lee Clark for their support.
Receiving the award for the first time, former defender Manley said: "It's not just down to me, it's down to my assistants Neil Waddleton and Rich Parkinson, Fred Theobold and everyone at the club.
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"It just shows how far we have come on as the season has progressed. Hopefully we are starting to peak at the right time and can push on until the end of the season.
"It's been a strange one because we have been picking up points and over the last couple of weeks the gap at the top has closed up.
"It's nice that we are winning awards but at the end of the day our priority is to get promotion, which is what we are looking at currently."
The Dorset outfit marked the double recognition by thumping Almondsbury UWE 5-0, Sam Jarman leading the way with a hat-trick and fellow strikers Marc Caines and Tony Cunningham notching singles.
Having beaten promotion rivals Shepton Mallet by the odd goal in seven just days earlier, Manley took the chance to rest key players and said he would have to do similar again before the season's end.
"I rested a few players and changed the three at the back to give them a rest and we still kept a clean sheet," he said.
"We're just ticking along at the moment. All the lads know the situation, they all want to play but when you have got quality you have got to mix it up to make it fresh otherwise it can go stale.
"We have got so much to play for and so many games I'm going to need as many players as possible and I have got to give everyone a chance. They took that on for Saturday, worked hard and it was another pleasing win.
"I've known all along that we have got enough good players at the club to cause me a bit of a headache, which is actually nice.
"It's better having the players there that I know can step in and get a game. Everything is good at the moment and with the strikers we have got it looks strong. We have just got to keep our feet firmly on the ground, go to our next game and concentrate."