PERSHORE Town’s player of the season awards reflected the team effort which secured their great escape.
Six different players were recognised when the club held their end of season presentation at the Community Stadium.
Centre-back Joel Hobbs rounded off an impressive campaign by being named player of the season, while midfielder Dane Aldington was voted players’ player.
Front-runner Sam Clark was selected as the young player of the season, while the supporters’ player of the season award was shared by full-back duo Curtis Townley and Jordan Hayward. The latter made the most appearances last season.
Matt Pinder took the golden boot as Pershore’s top scorer, netting 16 goals.
Manager Les Jones, who steered the Plums from rock-bottom to a finishing place of 14th in the West Midland League Premier Division, was full of praise for the way the squad finished the campaign as one of the league’s form teams.
“The way the awards were shared reflected the performances the players have put in,” he said. “They have all been excellent in the last few months. They deserve all the plaudits.”
With Jones and his backroom staff Derek Doyle and Carl Pitt confirming they will be staying at the club, work is already under way on planning for next season.
With four promotion places up for grabs due to a non-League revamp, Pershore want to be contenders and Jones hopes to build with the bulk of the existing squad, plus some additions.
“We want to give it a real go,” said Jones. “Hopefully we will retain all the players and add a few more.
“We’re talking to several people but at this stage it’s often a case of wait and see to get decisions. It’s the worst time of year for a manager. It’s all about talking, meeting and waiting.”
Pershore have already lined up home pre-season friendlies against Worcester City, Evesham United, Stourport Swifts, Tividale and Welland. They also hope to finalise one more fixture.