Welfare hitman Williamson scores awards double

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HEMSWORTH MW striker Colin Williamson scooped two awards at the club’s end-of-season presentation night on Saturday.

Williamson scooped the top scorer award for the club’s first team and also won the player of the season accolade for his performances with the Sunday side.

The goal-getter bagged 17 goals in the Northern Counties East League (NCEL) for Welfare - eight more than his nearest rival.

He also excelled for Welfare’s Sunday side, who finished mid-table in the Wakefield Sunday League Premier Division last term and won the Premier Division cup.

Goalkeeper Dale Walstow won the player of the season award for the first team, while Ross Haywood took both the players’ player of the season and supporters’ player of the season honours for his efforts over the course of the campaign.

Hemsworth finished 16th in NCEL Division 1 last term,

Kevin Taylor was named as player of the year for the club’s reserve side, who play in Doncaster Senior League Division 1.

The side finished eighth in the league table last term.

Players’ player of the year went to Kai Myers, while Paul Cooper scooped the top goalscorer award.

Cooper was also top scorer for the Sunday side, while Jay Smith took home the players’ player of the season and was also presented with the Wakefield Sunday League Cup, which the team won last term.

The Tig Askham Memorial Trophy, which the team won in pre-season, was also presented.

Will Kemp bagged a brace of trophies for his performances for Welfare U19s in the Northern Alliance East Division.

He was the team’s top scorer and also won the players’ player of the year award.

Luke Brown was player of the season.

Special awards on the night went to Robbie Crapper, who won the Dean Crookes award, while Mark Crapper received the Tig Askham Trophy for his services to the club, and Butch Crapper also got a special thanks accolade for his efforts.

Mark Crapper also thanked all who contributed to his 30th year testimonial and Andy Cracknell for his three years spent as first team manager.

Cracknell will stay at the club in a committee role to oversee football development at senior level, while new manager Wayne Benn takes control of first team affairs, and will be assisted by Andy Hayward and Darrell Bowman.

See tomorrow’s Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express for all the latest sports news from around the area.