VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE MANAGERS ON THE MOVE
Six managers have parted company with teams in the Vanarama National League since the season kicked off in August.
1) Lee Bradbury was replaced by Richard Hill at Eastleigh in late August.
2) Michael Morton was replaced by Neal Ardley at York City in late August.
3) David Unsworth left Oldham Athletic in mid-September where Micky Mellon is now in charge.
4) Adam Murray departed AFC Fylde in October where Chris Beech is currently interim manager.
5) Gateshead boss Mike Williamson moved up a level to take charge of League Two side MK Dons. Rob Elliot is currently interim boss at The Heed.
6) Former Yeovil Town and Stevenage boss Darren Sarll has recently parted company with Woking where he had been in charge since March 2022. Ian Dyer, who was Sarll's assistant, is currently interim manager.
WINGATE & FINCHLEY MUCH BETTER THAN LAST SEASON
Wingate & Finchley have won eight of their fifteen Isthmian League games played so far. They only won two of their first fifteen last season and it took thirty-two games to get to eight wins!
BRECHIN CITY UNBEATEN AT THE TOP OF THE SCOTTISH HIGHLAND LEAGUE
Brechin City were relegated from the Scottish Football League at the end of the 20/21 season - they had been members since 1923. They have been unlucky not to promotion back as in 21/22 they finished in 3rd place just seven points behind Champion's Fraserburgh. Last season they lost only one league game and were Highland League champions qualifying for the play-off against Lowland League champions The Spartans which ended 3-3 over two legs and lost 3-4 on spot kicks!
Manager Andy Kirk and Club Advisor Craig Levein left the club at the beginning of November to take over roles at Premiership Club St Johnstone. Levein, who has previously been boss at Cowdenbeath, Hearts, Leicester City, Raith Rovers, Dundee United as well being Scotland Manager, is now in charge with Kirk as his Assistant.
Gavin Price has replaced Kirk as boss. He had been in charge of Elgin City from October 2017 to April 2023.
They have started this season in the same form as 22/23 with ten wins, one drawn and no defeats in eleven games played scoring 30 goals and conceding just 4!
They have yet to travel on their longest trip of the season to Wick Academy which is an estimated 10 hour round trip over 430 miles. Saturday 20th January is scheduled for this big day.
TOUGH SEASON SO FAR FOR DAVENTRY DRAYTON GRANGE
In the Northants Combination League Division Three it's been a tough season so far for Daventry Drayton Grange who have lost all fourteen of their league and cup games played so far scoring 13 and conceding 101. Their last game ended in a 0-13 defeat to Harpole 'A' on Saturday. This Saturday they host Wellingborough Old Grammarians who are seventh in the table.
THE BLUES CLEAR AT THE TOP OF THE TABLE
Liskeard Athletic are twelve points clear at the top of the South West Peninsula Premier Division West and also unbeaten in seventeen league games of which they have won sixteen. They have scored ninety-four goals in twenty one league and cup games with Max Gilbert on 19 goals, Daniel Jennings on 21 and Mike Smith on 18. If the Cornish side win the title they will be promoted to the Western League Premier Division they last played in 1995 - In the mid to late 80s they were one of the strongest Western League sides finishing 2nd, 4th, 1st, 4th and 2nd from 1985 to 1990.
THE HAWKS ADRIFT BY FIVE POINTS AT THE BOTTOM OF VANARAMA SOUTH
Havant & Waterlooville have just one win in seventeen Vanarama National South games played. The Hawks parted company with Jamie Collins in September who had only been in charge since March. Former Dartford, Macclesfield Town, Lewes and Gloucester City Steve King boss took over from Collins. Their only victory was a 4-3 win over table topper's Yeovil Town in August. They are currently on a run of eleven league games without a win.