Trophy time at Aylsham

The Ladies and Girls' section of Aylsham FC gathered at the Jubilee Centre on Saturday for their annual presentation evening.Organised and co-ordinated by Heidi Clark, the evening was a culmination of a successful season for the club.

The Ladies' and Girls' section of Aylsham FC gathered at the Jubilee Centre on Saturday for their annual presentation evening.

Organised and co-ordinated by Heidi Clark, the evening was a culmination of a successful season for the club. Chairman of the section Darren Barnes welcomed everyone.

Under the umbrella of Aylsham FC, a Charter Mark Club, 17 teams have competed this season - girls, boys, youth, ladies and men.

The football club has given strength in depth to the sport in the Aylsham area through the commitment of all who work for its secure future. The long-term goal is to create a new ground and clubhouse.


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Barnes, praising a fantastic season, thanked all for attending the presentation evening and for their efforts during the season.

He thanked the committee for their generous support and presented bouquets to Eileen Moss for

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co-ordinating fundraising, Carolyn Atherton (press officer), Lesley Slater (secretary) and Heidi Clark - for a huge amount of unseen work for the club - and Peggy Farrand of Aylsham, who was unfortunately unable to attend, for her financial support and friendship.

A National Award from the FA Football Development Programme, a Football Workforce Certificate for outstanding contribution to football was awarded to Beryl Burton.

She has been associated with the club, beginning with Aylsham Town, 12 years ago and serving as treasurer for 10 of those years.

She has now stepped down as treasurer as her three daughters, who all played for the club throughout the age ranges, have moved on to university.

However, they continue to play for the Ladies when they are home, so Beryl's friendly presence will not be lost from the sidelines.

Anyone interested and wishing for more information regarding managing the Ladies' team in 2009/10 or sponsoring the team is asked to contact chairman Darren Barnes on 07917701885.

U11 Girls: Manager Steve Grice reported a successful season, finishing joint top of the points league after 14 games.

The team was runners-up position on a goal difference of five.

The girls were presented with their league trophies and club medals by Darren Barnes.

Steve thanked Angie Rusbridge for assisting with management, the committee for support and advice, the parents who have travelled hundreds of miles over Norfolk and Suffolk, enabling him to honour all the fixtures. His biggest thanks went to the girls of whom he is very proud.

Thanks and a gift were also given by the girls to Jordan, Mary and Carla for their help at training.

Most Improved Player - Hannah Rusbridge, Players' Player - Nikita Moss, Manager's Player - Hannah Grice.

U13 Girls: It has been a long season of 21 games with 37 goals coming from seven scorers, reported manager Brian Clark.

A regular squad of 13 players

who have rotated and gained experience in different positions on the pitch has ensured the team are in a good position of strength for the coming season.

Brian was able to enter two teams for the Aylsham five a-side tournament, the first year that girls have been invited to attend.

Club medals were presented by the chairman. Brian went on to thank his wife, Heidi, the committee, Richard Key and referee Lee Wiseman for their support.

Most Improved Player - Megan Spurrell (goalkeeper), Players' Player - Hannah Wright, Manager's Player - Ellie Cleaver.

The team presented Brian and Heidi with thank-you gifts.

Heidi Clark presented a trophy for the first headed goal of the season to Nikita Moss.

U14 Girls: A difficult season with the league divided into two parts. Manager Sebastian Sutcliffe praised his players for their hard work and efforts, battling hard throughout.

He thanked the families for helping with transport, linesman David Hibberd, referee Marc Goodliffe, chairman Darren Barnes for his help, support and friendship, Vicky Last who has been an excellent captain and four girls, not team members - Hannah, Shannon, Mary and Lauren for their help.

Through magnificent teamwork, the girls had reached the cup final, receiving runners-up medals after losing in extra time by 1-0. Aylsham Club medals were also awarded to the players.

Most Improved Player - Bethie Lambert, Players' Player - Lizzie Hibberd, Manager's Player - Vicky Scott.

Next season's captain, as voted for by the team, is Jamie Cook.

Sebastian and Darren were each presented with a gift of thanks

from the players.

Ladies: Manager Tony Gray reported a season in which there had been a disappointing insufficiency of league fixtures for the team.

Described as 'a cracking squad',

the team had gone from strength to strength after a stuttering start, playing some very good football, resulting in runners-up position in the league.

Long-standing club committee member Beryl Burton presented the Ladies with their league trophies.

Tony had enjoyed the season and was now stepping down as manager. He thanked Carolyn Atherton and Coral Gillespie for serving team refreshments after home matches and praised captain Abby Timmins for the excellent role model she has provided both on and off the pitch throughout the season.

Most Improved Player - Michaela England, Players' Player - Abby Timmins, Manager's Player - Gina Atherton.

Captain Abby Timmins spoke on behalf of the Ladies to thank Tony for his commitment and tremendous efforts throughout the season, giving the Ladies 100 per cent support. He was presented with gifts from the team, as were Carolyn and Coral for refreshment duties.

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