Presentation night celebrates double-winning season

PUBLISHED: 16:47 13 May 2015 | UPDATED: 16:47 13 May 2015

WGC captain Liam Kenna, chairman Ollie Croft and midfielder Daryl Smith

WGC captain Liam Kenna, chairman Ollie Croft and midfielder Daryl Smith

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Top scorer Joel Norris swept the board at the Welwyn Garden City FC presentation night at which the Citizens celebrated their double success of the Spartan South Midlands League Division One League and Cup double at Herns Lane on Saturday.

Midlands League Division One League and Cup double at Herns Lane on Saturday.

Norris, who finished with 10 goals more than his outstanding season last campaign in 2013-14, ending with 41 goals in the season just ended, was voted Players’ Player of the Year and also Player of the Year by boss Adam Fisher and his backroom team, an award sponsored by CBF.

He also wrested the Top Scorer award from his regular strike partner Jason Caswell, who netted 51 last season, but had to be satisfied with just over half as many in the last campaign.

Top choice among the club’s ever-growing number of fans was combative midfielder and vice-captain Daryl Smith, this season’s supporters’ top player. Smith was also runner-up to Norris in the other two categories, with Joe Croft and Yasin Boodhoo, filling the minor places.

Clubman of the Year was groundsman Tony Attfield, in his first year in the role.

“The pitch has been superb throughout for both the first team and reserves and its quality has played a large part in our successes this season,” manager Fisher told a packed Herns Lane clubhouse.

To make it a family double, Tony’s wife Caroline, received a special service award for providing the players, officials and visitors hospitality and refreshments throughout the season.

Juan Cifuentes’s superb 25 yard curling drive, in extra time, to win the closely contested FA Cup tie with Saffron Walden back in September was goal of the season and a video of it was played back to the audience as a fond rememberance.

Other first-team awards were:- Young Player of the Year- Reggie Ross, while regular goalkeeper Joe Croft won a Golden Gloves accolade.

Among the reserve awards, Ade Osobu, scorer of 13 goals, was top goalscorer of the season, while John Bliss claimed the Goal of the Season title.

Nathan Studholme was the choice as Reserve Clubman of the Season, while the Players’ Player of the Season went to Liam Tring.

The Manager’s Player of the Year accolade, sponsored by Tikka Masala, went to central defender Dean Sadler.

The club reserves staged a remarkable recovery in the SSML Reserve Division South & East.

In second bottom position at the turn of the year, they recovered to have the chance of finishing third, going into their last game.

They lost 1-0 to Hadley Reserves, a defeat that consigned them to sixth in the final table.

Reserve boss Neil Draper, said: “It was a great second half to the season and although we had to settle for sixth, if you had said that to me at Christmas, I wouldn’t have believed it.”


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