Guisborough Town held their annual presentation night at the KGV Priory Suite on Friday and among a host of well-deserved accolades was a hat-trick of awards for the club’s brilliant young winger Steve Roberts.
The fleet-footed former Middlesbrough Academy starlet has been outstanding this season with his lightning bursts down the wing and his mesmerising dribbling skills.
The 19-year-old has made numerous assists and scored 10 goals himself – many of them spectacular efforts – and would surely have scored many more had his season not been curtailed by two serious injuries, from which he has recovered superbly.
The club has nominated him for the Young Player of the Year Award in the annual Northern League Awards night and last Friday he carried off no fewer than three of the main club awards.
He was voted the overall ‘Supporters; Player of the Year’ and also carried off the Players’ Player of the Year award and the ‘Top Goalscorer’ honour after a tremendous first full season with the Guisborough Town.
Another highly popular winner was Lee Bythway whose outstanding season was capped deservedly with the ‘Manager’s Player of the Year’ accolade.
A special award was also made to KGV legend Dave ‘Do’ Onions, who finally hung his boots up at the end of last season following a highly illustrious career with the Priorymen during which he has scored well over 100 goals in less than 200 games, an impressive average of more than goal per every two games.
His award was aptly named the ‘Best Returning Striker’ and he duly accepted the honour with typical modesty and delight!
Off the field, there were special awards to several people who do absolutely unsung and sterling work for the club as volunteers, week in week out throughout the season.
Some of the amazing band of ‘Hospitality Ladies’ who work tirelessly to prepare and serve food on match days for club guests, supporters and players from both sides at the end of the games were also honoured for their work. The group of Gill Wood, Pauline McCallum, Sami Robinson, Jenny Jackson, Ellie Purdy and Julie Axford have also been deservedly nominated by Guisborough Town for the ‘Unsung Heroes Award’ at the Northern League presentation night.
Two other very popular club figures who also work tremendously hard are Andy Barker and Don Robinson, who keep the pitch and changing rooms in immaculate condition throughout the season and the club players made a special presentation to this dynamic duo.
It was another hugely successful and highly enjoyable and entertaining evening, probably one of the best ever.
Watch the video below to see a great selection of goals scored by the Priorymen throughout the season, captured through some dedicated film work by Ian Rose…
Photo: Guisborough Town Manager Gary Forster presents Steve Roberts with the ‘Top Goalscorer Award’. Pic courtesy of Yvonne Barker.