TULIPS: Pawson is rewarded for sticking with Tulips

Award: Gary Pawson
Award: Gary Pawson
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LOYAL Spalding United defender Gary Pawson claimed the only award dished out at the club’s end of season bash on Saturday night.

Pawson was handed a ‘special award’ by Spalding United chairman Chris Toynton, having stuck with the relegated side for the entire Evo-Stik League First Division South campaign.

After such a disappointing year on the field and the high turnover of players, the evening did not go down the traditional route of handing out end of season awards.

But the ebullient Toynton believes that the dark days of the past few years are now behind the club, as they prepare for life in the UCL Premier Division.

He said: “As we enter the club’s 90th birthday we look forward to more exciting and successful times. We are at the beginning of a completely new era.”

Held at and sponsored by the town’s Cley Hall Hotel, around 50 people – including club officials, players and guests – attended the evening.

As well as Pawson, the efforts of those people who work tirelessly behind the scenes at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field also received a small gift in appreciation from secretary Audrey Fletcher.

• FORMER Spalding United player of the year Shaun Pearson bagged the opening goal in Boston United’s Blue Square Bet North play-off semi-final defeat against Guiseley on Sunday.

The Pilgrims lost 3-2 on penalties after drawing the tie 3-3. Guiseley will face AFC Telford in the final.