Forest Green Rovers midfielder Reece Brown has been named the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month to cap off his birthday month of March in style.
Brown is in the form of his life and determined to help Forest Green clinch a play-off berth, with the side sitting in sixth spot heading into tomorrow’s game at The New Lawn with Macclesfield Town.
Given free rein to roam, he was directly involved in seven of their eight goals in March, scoring five himself.
Forest Green manager Mark Cooper said: “I feel very pleased for him. He deserves it, he’s had a great season so far.
“We gave him a little bit of a breather a few weeks ago and he’s reaping the benefits of that. He’s come back strong and hopefully he can see it through to the end of the season.
“I think he can do even more. I think he can drive the team forward and score more goals and make some more goals."
Having turned 23 on March 3, Brown kicked off the month with the opening goal against Lincoln the day before.
He was the star of the show when FGR headed to the Jobserve Community Stadium, getting two assists and playing a pivotal role in the build-up for the second goal of the evening, which he described as his favourite of them all along with his fine solo effort against Carlisle United, before netting a brace away to Port Vale.
His goals helped FGR to cement sixth place in the division and with just five games remaining, he now wants to be the driving force in getting the club their second promotion in three seasons.
“I’m happy to receive the award,” he said.
“I think I was nominated once earlier in the season and didn’t quite get it done, I didn’t score enough goals, but I am happy to get it now.
“I felt like each game we went into, I just went in thinking I could score again. Once you get one or two, you just get that little feeling.
“It was a good month, it was my birthday month as well and this is the best present I could have got.
“Once you’ve got those goals, you just seem to get yourself in those areas where the opportunity can be presented to you and luckily I could put them away.
“My favourite? For the build-up, my Colchester goal, and then just for the goal itself, the Carlisle goal at home.
“Promotion is all we want now with five games to go, possibly another three, and hopefully we’re promoted and playing in League One next season.”