PERCY Main Amateurs celebrated the 2010-11 season with their annual presentation night at a packed cricket club on Saturday.
Following promotion back into the Northern Alliance premier division a year ago, the men’s team completed the season with a creditable eighth place finish in what turned out to be a competitive league.
And victory over Seaton Delaval at Whitley Park last month gave the club only its third ever Northumberland Senior Benevolent Bowl success.
Percy Main AFC Ladies, in only their second season, finished runners-up in the Northumberland Women’s County League and had silverware themselves on show in the shape of the League Cup, when Cramlington Juniors were defeated 1-0 in the final. Team captain Tina Oxma scored an 88th minute wonder goal which was a strike to win any final.
It was ladies first and team managers Rob Meldrum and Aiden Regan presented awards to Rachael Smales (most improved) and Vicky Freeman (players’ player) two players who had scored 32 goals between them, and having weighed in with many vital assists for others.
Nikki Flood, the youngest member of the squad and an early season capture from Whitley Bay, scooped the overall Player of the Year award having scored 14 goals in 19 appearances and excelled in a variety of positions throughout the course of the season.
Defender Amy Rostron was awarded an accolade for ‘outstanding contributions to the team throughout the season’ and Kelly Rushworth received the top goal scorer award for the second season running, having hit 21 goals.
The turn of their male counterparts saw Dean Ellis, in his second season with the club, win the Young Player of the Year award following a series of impressive displays in his side’s midfield, while long serving Tony Browell, who is no stranger to picking up awards at Percy Main, was a popular choice to win the Player of the Year trophy.
Michael Bowman, a hard working front runner who had scored the winning goal for Morpeth against the Main at the end of the 2009-10 season which almost put paid to the club’s promotion aspirations, won the Players’ Player of the Year award after scoring 12 goals and producing six man of the match displays during the season.
Team captain Malcolm Morien had finished top scorer from midfield during the course of the past two seasons and his 17-goal haul this time around, saw him presented with the ‘Golden Boot’ award.
Percy Main players from both teams will take a well earned break before training and friendly games which will commence in July.