Ben Spaul and Jay Rolfe the big winners as Welwyn GC celebrate successful season

PUBLISHED: 14:43 15 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:27 15 May 2018

Ben Spaul receives his player of the season award from Welwyn Garden City manager Adam Fisher (right) and Mark Negri (left) of main sponsors CBF. Picture: WGC FC

Ben Spaul receives his player of the season award from Welwyn Garden City manager Adam Fisher (right) and Mark Negri (left) of main sponsors CBF. Picture: WGC FC

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The highly consistent Ben Spaul and Jay Rolfe were the big winners at Welwyn Garden City Football Club’s annual presentation dinner on Saturday evening.

Charlie Joy was Welwyn Garden City's young player of the year despite an injury-hit season. Picture: WGC FCCharlie Joy was Welwyn Garden City's young player of the year despite an injury-hit season. Picture: WGC FC

Midfield dynamo Spaul took the player of the year award at the event while the versatile Rolfe was top choice among his team-mates as he scooped the players’ player accolade.

He was two points ahead of Spaul who tied with top scorer Jon Clements in second place.

Versatile central defender Dave Corran was third.

The celebrations were the culmination on a fantastic year which saw them Citizens win the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division title and promotion to the Southern League for the first time in their history.

Jay Rolfe was voted the player of the year by his Welwyn Garden City team-mates. Picture: WGC FCJay Rolfe was voted the player of the year by his Welwyn Garden City team-mates. Picture: WGC FC

And as an accolade to the side’s performances, where they also racked up 100 points and 100 goals, the club’s fans presented their 2018-19 supporters trophy to the entire squad.

Leading marksman Clements took the club’s top goalscorer award and the annual social media prize while Charlie Joy was voted the club’s young player of the year despite a campaign that was blighted by injury.

The moment of the season award went to Paul Marks for his two goal first-half performance in the Citizens’ 4-0 away win at nearest rivals Berkhamsted in February.

There were special awards to Joe Croft, coach to the club’s U25 development side who has completed 10 years service at Herns Lane as both player and coach, and longest serving first-teamer Yasin Boodhoo, who has been with the club since the start of their recent run of success.

Paul Marks' two goals away to Berkhamsted won him the moment of the year award at the Welwyn Garden City presentation evening. Picture: WGC FCPaul Marks' two goals away to Berkhamsted won him the moment of the year award at the Welwyn Garden City presentation evening. Picture: WGC FC

There was also a presentation to Russ Giblin, manager of the club’s development side, who is leaving the club to move to Gloucestershire, and awards to steward Wayne Bush and groundsman Tony Attfield.

Among the development side Tatenda Makoni got the vote as players’ player ahead of Odadayo Dixon who was second and Jack Francis third.

Goal of the season among the U25s came from Malvin Prempeh, while the manager’s player of the season was Nathan Isherwood.

The award for best attitude went to Callum Milliken.

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