Wootton Bassett Town brought their 2013/14 season to a close on Friday with their senior section presentation evening at Rylands Way.
The versatile Sam Ockwell and goalkeeper Steve Allison were the headline makers, picking up the first team Manager’s Player and Players’ Player of the Year awards respectively.
An assured passer and with great technique, Ockwell was a revelation after making the step up from Wiltshire League football to the Hellenic League Premier Division.
He split his time between the centre of midfield and defence and was Bassett’s leading appearance maker later term, playing 44 times while scoring twice.
Allison, who kept nine clean sheets, was fantastic between the sticks, his fine saves helping keep Bassett in a number of games and ensuring the team’s goal difference finished at zero, despite a 14th place league finish.
Celebrating a season in which they reached the Wiltshire Women’s Cup Final and recorded an inaugural victory in the FA Women’s Cup, Bassett’s Ladies awards went to two of their more experienced players as Laura Jefferies picked up the Players’ Player trophy and captain Katy Edwards was chosen as Manager’s Player of the Year.
Youngster Rachel Buchanan, meanwhile, was selected as their Most Improved Player.
Defenders Sam English and George Drewitt picked up the Reserve team’s Manager’s and Players’ Player awards. That was a fitting outcome as departing manager Simon Paish’s team finished third in Hellenic League Division Two West with the second best defensive record in the division.
Awards for Bassett’s Development team - who recorded a third place finish in Wiltshire League Division One - went to goalkeeper Russell Faulkner (Managers’ Player) and 33-goal forward Lewis Petrie (Players’ Player).
The final award of the night - Clubman of the Year - went to Roger Williamson, who was honoured for the more than thirty years’ service he has given to Bassett. Since joining as a player in the late 1970s, Williamson has filled numerous roles ranging from physio to kitman and treasurer to groundsman.
AWARDS First team, Manager’s Player of the Year: Sam Ockwell. Players’ Player of the Year: Steve Allison.
Reserves, Manager’s Player: Sam English, Players’ Player: George Drewitt.
Development team, Manager’s Player: Russell Faulkner. Players’ Player: Lewis Petrie Ladies, Manager’s Player: Katy Edwards. Players’ Player: Laura Jefferies. Most Improved Player: Rachel Buchanan Clubman of the Year: Roger Williamson