Ross and Adam scoop awards

Ross Hannah and Adam Yates both collected two awards at a packed Matlock Town FC presentation evening held at their new social club last Friday night.

As expected Hannah had a landslide win in the Supporters’ Player of the Year poll, having broken the club record of goals scored in a season held by Bobby Mountain in 1982/83.

Mountain hit 49 league and cup goals but Hannah passed the half century, hitting three more, those last three coming against county rivals Buxton in a 3-1 derby win in Easter Monday’s last game of the season at the Silverlands.

And Hannah’s massive total easily saw him retain the Steven Greenhough Leading Goalscorer trophy, so Hannah kept two of the three awards he won last term.

The Players’ Player of the Year award went to 21-year-old Yates who also collected a new award, with the club’s officials deciding to introduce a Young Player of the Year for players 21 and under.

Since joining Town from Shirebrook in March 2009, Yates has increasingly grown in stature and now is a permanent fixture in the Gladiators defence, whether it be alongside skipper James Lukic in the centre or at right back.

The Clubman of the Year award, sponsored by the Matlock Town Supporters’ Club went to the officials of the former County Club for their financial and practical help in getting the new social club up and running.

Supporters’ Club treasurer Graham Mumby also presented lifetime membership of the social club to Hannah for his goalscoring exploits and creating a new record, while Lukic also received the same prize in recognition of passing 500 appearances for the Gladiators during the season.

Hannah again went home with his hands full of awards as club chairman Tom Wright handed over a special momento from the club for his record goals haul.

The Gladiators U19s team showed off the League Cup which they won in beating West Bridgford. First team boss Mark Atkins presented the players with their winners medals.