Ben Long the big winner at Welwyn Garden City FC's awards presentation evening
PUBLISHED: 10:14 16 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:15 16 May 2017
Welwyn Garden City's very own one-arm bandit rode off into the sunset with most of the loot from the club's annual presentation night.
Midfielder Ben Long arrived at the event with his left arm in a protective brace, a legacy from the break he sustained in the final game of the season.
But he left with the awards for player of the season, supporters player of the season and joint-winner of the first ever Twitter award, voted for by fans online, with top-scorer Josh Bronti.
And Long, who has experience of playing in Scotland and Iceland as well as in the Isthmian Premier Division, almost grabbed a fourth gong, beaten by a single point to the players’ player accolade by skipper Danny Payne.
Taishan Griffith was the young player of the season.
Manager Adam Fisher, completing his fourth season at the Herns Lane helm, said: “Even though we finished a creditable sixth this season, it was a mixed campaign for us. I know that position would satisfy a lot of clubs, but there were too many changes and too large a turnover of players.
“We’ve made mistakes that will be rectified and a poor start to this year cost us dearly. We recovered well towards the end.”
Fisher said the late season 1-0 win at Hertford was the result that gave him most satisfaction.
“Hertford were runners-up and in contention all season, but haven’t beaten us in six attempts,” he said. “That win was a real highlight.
“It’s been a huge year off the field at the club. Our facilities are now second to none at Spartan South Midlands level and are the envy of many at step four.
“That’s where we are aiming to be this time next year.”
The U25s player of the season was Bradley Rose, who missed just one game all season.
The players’ player accolade went to skipper and former manager Savas Caliskan.
Other club recognition awards went to steward Wayne Bush, gateman Les Keel, club photographer Dave Fallon and groundsman Tony Attfield.
Special service awards were presented to kit manager Jim Johnson and football secretary Phil Ravitz, while club secretary Karen Fisher received a bouquet for her work throughout the season and Shona Hay champagne for playing a major part in organising Saturday’s event.