FOOTBALL: Spalding United awards night
Spalding United brought down the curtain on an eventful season with the awards night in the Tulips Social Club on Saturday.
Following the success of the previous campaign when they finished in a highest-ever third position in Evo-Stik South, hopes of a repeat performance were high on the agenda.
However, the loss of key players to higher league clubs and budget cuts ended those ambitions.
Chairman Andy Gay and manager Chris Rawlinson declared that to finish in 13th position still represented a successful season with much positivity, particularly with the introduction of a number of the successful under-21 side - who finished second in their debut season - featuring in the first-team squad on a regular basis.
Two of those under-21 players who experienced senior football for the first time featured in Saturday’s prize giving ceremony.
Scott Floyd and Marcel Chipamaunga were named as manager Lewis Thorogood’s player of the year and players’ player of the year respectively.
In the first-team awards, Neal Spafford and Ben Davision shared the honours as the manager's and players’ player of the year.
Vice-captain Spafford also collected the award for gaining the highest number of man-of-the-match nominations during the season, although voting was tight with just a single point separating him from Jenk Acar and Davison.
Goalkeeper Michael Duggan was the supporters' choice for their top man while skipper Gary King claimed the golden boot award with 14 goals in all competitions.
King presented bouquets of flowers to club secretary Louise Maplethorpe, social club manager Louise Norman and Jenny Tucker who tends the playing kit week in and week out.
Gay selected two people to share the honours for his clubmen of the year - Chris Maplethorpe for his tireless work in numerous directions and Thorogood for his superb effort in organising and running the club’s highly successful debut six-a-side youth tournament plus managing the under-21 team.