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Belfast Telegraph Championship Player of the Month - March

By Keith Bailie

While last week's heavy snowfall might have costs us a Saturday, we still had plenty of Championship football in the month of March.



At the top of the table, Ards increased their lead to ten points by claiming seven points from three difficult games as Dundela, Institute and Warrenpoint Town all faltered. Coming up on the rails are Carrick Rangers, who have turned their season around. They now know that if they win all their remaining fixtures they will claim a play-off spot.


At the bottom of the table Bangor no longer look doomed. The Seasiders won two matches this month, to put the pressure on the likes of Limavady, Coagh, Tobermore, Loughgall and Larne.


For March, we've listed five players for our Player of the Month Poll. You can vote for your favourite by clicking on the player's name below and sending us an email.

All votes must be made by midday on Wednesday and only one vote per reader will be counted. The results will be in next week's edition of The Park.

Aaron Arkinson - Dergview

Dergview have always been a side more about teamwork and collective effort, which makes it hard to single out one player, but with away victories over Limavady United (2-0) and Harland & Wolff Welders (4-0) this month, they certainly deserve to have a nominee. We've opted for young midfielder Aaron Arkinson, who was excellent at Tillysburn on Saturday.

Aaron Campbell - Coagh United

Aaron Campbell might not have been available for Coagh's 2-0 defeat to Ards on Saturday but the young forward had already secured his spot amongst our nominees with arguably the finest individual display of the Championship season. Campbell scored four goals in Coagh's 5-0 win over Dundela at the Hen Run earlier this month.

Lee Colligan - Carrick Rangers

He may have only arrived at Taylor's Avenue in January but Lee Colligan has already showed his class. The club are unbeaten since the left-back joined their ranks and this month, while he put in fine displays against Ards, Larne and Limavady United. If truth be told the former Ballymena man is Premiership quality.

Thomas Lambe - Bangor

If Bangor stay in the Belfast Telegraph Championship One this season they will have to thank midfielder Thomas Lambe. The former Donegal Celtic man scored twice against Loughgall in a 2-1 victory before hitting the winner against Institute on Saturday. This Easter, Lambe has certainly put the spring back in Bangor's step.

Andy Smith - Ards

While the likes of Ross Arthurs, James Cully, Neil Dougan and Paul McDowell have grabbed the headlines in recent weeks, Ards midfielder Andy Smith has been doing an unspectacular yet impressive job for the league leaders. Smith performed a thankless task in the centre of the park against Carrick, Loughgall and Coagh.

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