Harrowby United bosses receive manager of the month awards

Jason Harrison
Jason Harrison
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Harrowby United’s joint managers collected their United Counties League Division One manager of the month awards on Saturday.

Arrows bosses Mark Fardell and Jason Harrison won the awards for December after they guided their side to three victories from three games, to take Harrowby up to fifth in the league in their first season back in the UCL.

Mark Fardell

Mark Fardell

It was in marked contrast to the shaky start of United’s campaign when they lost their first four league games.

Fardell said: “We knew it would take time, and we knew we weren’t far off.

“People don’t realise how young the team is.”

The Arrows continued their winning ways into 2013 with a 3-1 victory at Potton United and a 6-0 thumping of bottom side Burton Park Wanderers on Saturday.

With Northampton Sileby Rangers and Oadby Town well out in front, Harrison said there was little chance of Harrowby winning the league, but all they could do was try and carry on the winning form.

He said: “The secret to the success has been consistency really. We have had the same 17 lads from the start of the season.”

With a couple of players unavailable at the campaign’s start, Harrison and Fardell were forced to play a 3-5-2 formation. Harrison said a later change to 4-4-2 had made the Arrows harder to beat.

He said: “Every single player has been superb. They are all Grantham lads and haven’t been overawed by the bigger clubs. Everyone is keeping
level headed.”

+ Harrowby United’s midweek game against former boss Graham Drury’s Boston United Select XI was postponed on Wednesday night due to a frozen pitch. It is hoped the friendly fixture will be re-arranged in a couple of weeks’ time.