After the Shakers' fantastic run of form in January, Ryan Lowe and Jay O'Shea have been nominated for the January awards for Manager of the Month and Player of the Month respectively.
The nominations for Manager of the Month are:
Ryan Lowe (Bury)
What entertainment at The Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane this season. It stems from Lowe, who refused to grind out results at home to promotion rivals MK Dons and Lincoln. Instead, the games ended 4-3 and 3-3, respectively, as Bury collected 13 points from five games to end the month unbeaten.
David Artell (Crewe Alexandra)
Slowly but surely his young side is beginning to produce the football he preaches and achieve results. Alex climbed into mid-table after picking up 10 points from five games. The highlight was a 1-0 win at high-flying MK Dons.
Danny Cowley (Lincoln City)
Yet another nomination for Cowley whose Lincoln side does not do poor months. It is a tribute to his management skills that his players respond to every setback with another surge forward – witness nine points from five unbeaten games.
David Flitcroft (Mansfield Town)
His side was the busiest of any in League Two in January, playing seven league games which yielded 13 points and 11 goals. Flitcroft cleverly juggled his squad accordingly as Mansfield moved into second place in the table.
The nominations for Player of the Month are:
Jay O’Shea (Bury) – midfielder
Jay is having the goalscoring season of his life. Five more came in January, and all but one either equalised or gave Bury the lead. All kinds, too, from a lovely driving run and shot at Forest Green to a low fizzer against Lincoln.
Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) - striker
It is hard to overstate the mental turmoil, and self-doubt Doidge must have felt when he was sent back from Bolton this month. Instead of moping, he responded with dignity, commitment and three goals in four starts.
Hallam Hope (Carlisle United) - striker
Carlisle’s surge up the League Two table can be attributed in large part to Hope’s stellar form. Mobile and quick, he possesses the attributes defenders hate, cutting in from the left. Scored three goals and claimed an assist.
Tom James (Yeovil Town) – central defender
The classy youngster could have moved on from Huish Park by now, but while he stays, Yeovil have a player who can impact both ends of the pitch. He helped to preserve two clean sheets and scored two of Yeovil’s four January goals.
Congratulations to both Ryan and Jay.
The winners will be announced at 6 am on Friday 8th February.