Little takes top honours at Bedlington Terriers awards night

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Bedlington Terriers captain Stephen Little took home the two top awards on offer at the club’s annual presentation ceremony on Saturday.

The defender walked away with the player of the year and the players’ player of the year trophies after an impressive season.

He said: “I am over the moon and I appreciate it from the lads.

“As for the player of the year award, I would have preferred the side to do well instead, but it is great to be recognised.

“Following my move up from West Allotment, it is great to be recognised for the effort and work that I have put in over the season.”

The supporters’ player of the year was awarded to forward Jordan Nellis, who was unable to attend so brother Keelan picked up the trophy on his behalf.

After a spell of four months without a goal, Lee Scott took the award for top goal scorer after his 24-goal season, 21 in the Northern League and three in the FA Vase.

Manager Gary Innes, who presented the first team awards, said: “All the winners of the awards were all well-deserved for the part they played this season.

“It was a mixed emotional ride this season, after a good start we finished poorly, but it was evident that we could compete with the best, a good collective effort will result in a better and more productive season in 2015-16.”

As for the reserves, Danny Sayer also picked up two awards for manager’s and players’ player of the year, having broken through to the first team near the back end of the season.

The defender said: “I’m chuffed to bits with being awarded not just one but two trophies.

“Everyone has had a great season and the awards could have went to anyone, so I’m delighted.

“I would like to say a massive thank you to the rest of the lads for voting me and to Chris [Hay] for giving me the awards.”

Kieran Hills was awarded young player of the year, whilst Ryan Cockburn, who scored 15 goals, picked up the top goal scorer award for the reserve team from manager Chris Hay.