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August League Two Awards

6 September 2016

Jim Bentley and Barry Roche up for top awards.

THE Shrimps are well represented in the August Sky Bet League Two manager of the month and player of the month awards.

Jim Bentley has been shortlisted for the top boss award and Barry Roche is in the running in the player of the month category.

The August nominations for the Manager of the Month Award are:

Jim BentleyMorecambe

Used the seaside sunshine to prepare his side well for the new season. Four wins from five games sent them top of League Two with style and substance. Both were plentiful in the comeback 3-2 win at Lancastrian rivals Accrington.

Nathan JonesLuton Town

Convincing 3-0 away victories at Plymouth and Cambridge helped Jones’ men to 10 points from five games and sent them second in the table. After taking over in January, he has now established himself as a young manager of promise.

John McGreal Colchester United

New to his post, his first month in charge proved a productive one with three wins and a draw from five games. Has quickly instilled solidity at the back with only five league goals conceded by a defence which let in 99 last season.

Adam Murray Mansfield Town

Picked up where he left off last season and reinforced his growing managerial reputation by guiding Mansfield to a 10-point haul from their opening five fixtures, which included away victories at Newport and Leyton Orient.

The August nominations for the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month Award are:

James Coppinger Doncaster Rovers – midfielder

Began the season back to his dynamic best, tirelessly roaming the midfield for his team. Handed the captain’s armband, he scored a superb equaliser in the draw with Crawley, one of two August goals to go with three assists.

Brennan Dickenson Colchester United – winger

Released by Gillingham in the summer, Dickenson has become a firm favourite in Essex already with three goals and an assist in his first five games. Loves to attack full-backs and fire over crosses as much as he relishes scoring himself.

Alex Kiwomya Crewe Alexandra - winger

Substitute in the first two games, the 20-year-old has quickly established himself with his direct running at opposition players. His exciting dribbling skills and sureshot finishing saw him score stunning individual goals at Stevenage and Newport.

Barry Roche Morecambe – goalkeeper

The solid foundation upon which Morecambe’s rise to the top of League Two was based. Outstanding against Yeovil and Accrington, he eclipsed those performances with a series of breathtaking saves in the 2-0 win over Portsmouth.

Winners in both categories will be announced on Friday, September 9.

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