Jordan Williams was named as supporters first team player of the year at the end of season awards on Saturday evening. Williams, who was unable to attend the event, joined the Ives last summer and has been an influential and commanding figure at the heart of the defence all season and was voted as the fans favourite.
Also collecting awards were Johnny Herd and Jonny Edwards. Herd picked up the managers player of the year award whilst Edwards was players player and was also recognised for his scoring exploits that saw him hit 26 goals in all competitions for the Ives.
Commenting on his award, Jonny Herd said “I’m delighted. I’ve had a brilliant season, and on a personal level it’s been great to have stayed injury free. The manager has tried to sign me before, but when I finally agreed in pre-season, it was a no brainer for me as I live locally. I was previously at Peterborough Sports and with them gaining promotion, it would have meant a lot of travelling. Also, with the new artificial surface installed I felt it would suit my style of play better, so I’ve really enjoyed it. There’s been plenty of highlights this season. The cup run was great, and it was brilliant when I scored the third goal against Chasetown. But the lads are great. We’ve got a great changing room, and if we can keep everyone together, I see no reason why we can’t push on next year”.
Meanwhile, it’s been a fine season for Jonny Edwards. After collecting his awards, the striker said “I’m really pleased and it’s a great finish for me after scoring 26 goals in all competitions this season. One of the best I scored was at Hednesford. I seem to have converted a few penalties during home games, but I’m sure there’s been a few from elsewhere too! The cup run was brilliant, and it was a great game against Halifax. The 3-0 scoreline was never a true reflection of the game and it was great to play against one of my former clubs. This has been my first year at St Ives and I have really enjoyed it. The manager believes in me, he puts his trust in me and that has been key. The people who run the club are fantastic too and they have made me feel at home ever since I walked through the door, and I have nothing but praise for the supporters and everyone involved”.
The evening also saw awards for the reserves, ladies, and academy teams. There was also an annual award where the club Chairman selects one person who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution during the year, and for his work with the academy and reserves Chairman Paul Reason nominated Jack Clarke.