It was an evening of mixed emotions when Timsbury Athletic held its annual Presentation night at the Cricket Clubroom. After six successful years as first team manager Dom Eatherden is standing down and tributes were paid to him for the outstanding job he has done.
Paul Hallett is also calling it a day as manager of the A team after getting the team established and giving many youngsters their first taste of adult football. The first team finished sixth in the Somerset County League Division 1 and after a thrilling cup campaign reached the semi-final of the Somerset Senior Cup before losing out to a strong Chilcompton side.
Striker Jem Lutwama was the big winner on the night after another outstanding season. Two days before his wedding he received the Roy Lockyer Memorial Trophy as Supporters’ Player of the Year and the First Team Players’ Player of the Year. Jesse Bishop was the Manager’s Player of the Year.
The Reserve team Manager Kevin Abbott’s award went to Darren Perry with Cain Murphy the players’ choice for the second year running. For the A team Joe Gordon-Hallett was the Players’ Player of the Year for the second year running with Adrian Curtis the manager’s choice. Rachel Taylor was named as the Clubperson of the Year after raising a large amount of money for the club when running in the Bath half-marathon and received the James Adams Memorial Trophy. Toby Neilson and Chris Midgeley who have both had excellent seasons for the first team shared the award for young player of the year.
Hard working Club chairman Rob Veater was made a life member on the night and flowers were presented to Tracy Curtis who is standing down after many years as Club Welfare Officer, to Rachel Cullen who ran the half-marathon alongside Rachel Taylor, to Justine Eatherden and to Rita Day. It was a big night too for Rita’s husband Nigel who received the Mark Box Trophy for top referee in the Mid-Somerset League from Bryn Hawkins and Sara Box.
Malcolm Tucker, pictures by John Newport