With a successful season containing two cups and North West Counties League Premier Division safety, Whitchurch Alport enjoyed their presentation night this week.

The club held its annual end of season party at the White Bear pub, in the High Street, on Saturday night, which they also combined the event with their presentation awards which fell into six categories.

More than 100 players, staff, volunteers and supporters packed into the town centre facility where Frozen Cabin provided live music, with food also laid on.

Alport won two trophies in the season just ended and the Ethelston Cup and Huddersfield Cup were both proudly on display.

The first award of the evening was for young player of the season and this went to Joe Minshall.

The defender has been with Luke Goddard since his appointment in May 2016 and has just passed 100 appearances for the club.

Supporters were recently given the opportunity to vote for their player of the season and goalkeeper Dave Parton landed this category. Parton was the hero of the latest cup win saving a penalty in the shoot out which the Reds won 4-2 after a 3-3 draw against Market Drayton in regulation time. Remarkably, Parton managed to save 7 penalties and was one of only three players in the whole of the Premier Division that played every game.

There was one award that went to a local boy after scoring 18 goals in his first season as a Step 5 footballer. Alex Hughes therefore won Top Goal scorer for 2018/19. Hughes has taken a number of penalties this season for Alport and has been deadly in each of the pressurised situations.

The players player of the season and managers player of the season went to central defender Leon Ashman who has been a fantastic addition to the club having initially fallen out of love with the game, before being enticed by the Red Revolution at Yockings Park.

The committee’s player of the season also went to a defender, Darren Campion.

He was something of a journey man before arriving at Alport in the summer.

Along with Ashman, Campion is a no nonsense hard as nails centre back but has played in midfield and never once looked out of place. He was given the Captain’s armband and looks like he’s been at Yockings all his life.

Known as ‘Camps’ he was awarded committee player of the season.

The club also remembered their volunteers with the ladies all presented with flowers by joint Chairmen Ryan Jardine and Ed Whitby and Vice Chairman, Johnny Allman. Laura Thelwell, her daughter Domina, Emma and Christine Baldwin, Doz Sandland, Ri Wilkinson, June Burgess, Yvonne Sheridan, Tracey Young and Cat Hayward all received a well-deserved round of applause from the audience.

Finally, two die hard supporters of the club, Aaron Millington and Tommy Knowles were surprised to be called up to the stage where they both received a crate of lager and signed replica shirts.

The club would like to thank Derek and Kerry Ashley for hosting the event.