Riddell delighted with Ashington Colliers award

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Darren Riddell scooped the manager’s player of the year award for Ashington Colliers at the club’s presentation night held in the Woodhorn Lane clubhouse on Saturday.

Riddell – in his first season with the Kicks Leisure Northern Alliance League premier division outfit – took the accolade as boss David Brown’s choice.

And the 29-year-old was both surprised and delighted.

“In football you don’t really think about winning awards, so I’ve got to admit it came as a surprise,” he said.

“However, I’m over the moon about it as I worked hard, the award has put a shine on a poor season.”

Ashington born Riddell, who works as an electrician for Northumbrian Water, added: “I’m already looking forward to next season and hopefully we will enjoy a better campaign.”

David King was chosen as the players’ player of the year whilst skipper Lee Harker took the award as the committee player of the year with Joe Moscrop collecting the accolade as top goal scorer.

“The four players thoroughly deserved their awards,” said manager David Brown.

“They were mostly ever present and I could not fault their commitment, passion and loyalty over the season.

“As a manager, that’s exactly what you want.”

Meanwhile, Brown sent a message of thanks to Shaun Willis from Nu Heat in Newbiggin after he had sponsored tracksuits for the players and staff.

“I was delighted that a local businessman came forward to help us out and the tracksuits are lovely,” said Brown.

“It was much appreciated and without Shaun’s help, as well as other sponsors, we simply could not continue to function.”