Golf Club has become Ashford’s preferred venue for the end of season Presentation Dinner in recent years and, once again, we were not let down, all present enjoying an excellent meal prior to the presentations.

When they got underway, Mark Hughes, erstwhile Under-18 Manager, started the proceedings by presenting the “U-18 Players Player of the Year” award which went to Joe Lynch whose performances at full back had been impressive throughout the season.  The U18 Player of the Year went to Conor Molyneaux, another player to have enjoyed an excellent season in the very tough Ryman Youth League, helping the team to a creditable 4th place finish.

Up stepped Suburban League Manager Mick Snowden to present the Reserve team awards.  With the team having finished second in their division, losing out by a single point to Royston Town, and gaining promotion, there were a number of candidates for both categories.  In the end, the Suburban “Players Player of the Year” award went to striker Grant Cooper who broke into the 1st Team squad towards the end of the season, whilst the Manager’s “Player of the Year” went to young Harry Roberts, another player who had taken the eye after joining soon after the start of the season.

Next came the “Supporters Player of the Year” award, organised by Alan Hill.  Alan was unable to be present so deputy Alan Battams presented the award, naming Scott Weight as the recipient, who beat Bairoh Conteh into a very close second place.

Manager Paul Burgess now took the mike and summarised the 1st Team’s season, which included reaching the Final of the Middlesex Senior Cup, beating last season’s points tally by two and putting up a superb performance against an AFC Wimbledon side containing a number of 1st Team players in the Surrey Senior Cup, losing only in extra time.  The presentations followed and Paul revealed that Scott Weight had swept the board, winning both the Players’ Player of the Year and the Manager’s Player of the Year to go with his earlier success. 

The presentations concluded with the prestigious Jack Constable “Clubman of the Year” award, with Chairman Dave Baker stepping up to do the honours.  Dave revealed that 15 different people had figured in the voting, with the hard working Iain Messenger coming in third.  It was extremely tight between the top two but in the end, Sue Cox took the runners-up position with the award, for the second successive season, going to Club Manager Phil Marshall.

The club’s thanks go to Sue and Phil for organising this excellent event, to DJ Tyrone Fernando and to Alan Cox for facilitating it.