SPORT TALK: Memorable week among the best yet; my Torres delight; deserved RVP double

Deserved success: Holbeach skipper Jamie Stevens receives the Lincs FA Senior Trophy.
Deserved success: Holbeach skipper Jamie Stevens receives the Lincs FA Senior Trophy.
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I CAN’T remember many better sporting weeks since starting this job more than four years ago.

It started with Spalding RFC securing their Midlands One East status on Saturday (see story, right), before Holbeach United lifted their first piece of silverware at Sincil Bank on Tuesday night (see back page).

Although both achievements are at differing ends of the sporting spectrum, they were special for the same reason.

Having worked closely with Town captain Harry Sharman (and indeed former skipper Andrew Branton) since day one at this newspaper, I know how much effort went in to achieving promotion two years ago.

Relegation would have seen the club sent crashing back to step one, so just staying in Midlands One East was like a trophy win for the team.

Likewise, Holbeach’s Lincs FA Senior Trophy success is just reward for two years of hard work from boss John Chand and his self-proclaimed ‘crazy gang’.

As a local club, the Tigers are a perfect example of how things should be done and the likes of Ian Abrams and Barry Barnes are a massive help to me on match day.

The trophy, a first for the club in nine years, is as much for them as it is for Chand and his players.

The travelling fans were something else at Lincoln, too. Other than King’s Lynn, few other UCL teams would have been able to generate such a super atmosphere.

OF course, the only downside to watching the Tigers on Tuesday was missing Chelsea’s remarkable semi-final success over Barcelona. I was delighted to see Fernando Torres net the winner, the way he has been belittled in this country is nothing short of a disgrace.

I’VE seen plenty of debate on the PFA (professional footballers) and FWA (football writers) player of the year awards this week.

Robin van Persie was a shoe-in for both awards and, for once, justice was served.

Bizarrely, the ageing Paul Scholes ranked third with the writers, despite playing for less than half a season. But other than that, nobody can have any major complaints.

Here’s my team of the year (4-3-3): Hart, Walker, Baines, Kompany, Vermaelen, Cabaye, Yaya Toure, Silva, Aguero, Rooney, van Persie.