Robins celebrate record breaking campaign at End of Season Awards

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Hassocks celebrated their record breaking 2023-24 Southern Combination Premier Division campaign with their End of Season Awards night at the Beacon.

The Robins secured their highest ever Southern Combination Premier Division points tally, their second-best finish of fifth in the standings and a crack at the promotion playoffs.

Reflecting that the success was very much a team effort, five players ended up sharing the three main prizes.

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Nothing could separate the top two in the vote for Players’ Player of the Season and so the award was shared between Super Pat Harding and Joe Bull.

Pat Harding was a joint winner of Hassocks Players' Player of the Season 2023-24Pat Harding was a joint winner of Hassocks Players' Player of the Season 2023-24
Pat Harding was a joint winner of Hassocks Players' Player of the Season 2023-24

Raging Bull was involved in every game Hassocks played, making 48 starts and one substitute appearance across all competitions.

He has proven a revelation at since being redeployed as a left back by James Westlake, chipping in with three goals to boot.

Super Pat meanwhile scored 15 times in 46 outings before announcing his retirement after a glittering career spanning over two decades in Sussex non league football.

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Harding was also presented with the Top Scorer award, 18 years after he last took him the Golden Boot at the end of the 2005-06 campaign.

Westlake picked two winners of Manager's Player of the Season. Matt Gunn was rewarded for being a rock at the back following his summer arrival from AFC Varndeanians, forming formidable partnerships with all of Alex Bygraves, Bradley Tighe and Dan Turner.

Gunn made 41 appearances and popped up with three goals, including two in one game away at Saltdean United.

Tall striker Jamie Wilkes was Westlake’s other winner. The rangy Wilkes notched seven times from 44 matches.

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Mike Williamson took the coveted Supporters’ Player of the Season award. Williamson worked tirelessly in midfield through the campaign.

He is now a firm fan favourite with the Beacon faithful, as evidenced by the wild celebrations which greeted the two rare goals he scored in 2023-24.

Appearance milestone awards were handed out to Bradley Tighe and Alfie Loversidge, who passed the 200 and 100 games marks respectively.

Tighe and Loversidge both came through the Hassocks youth setup, showcasing the successful pathway to senior football at the Beacon.

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Hoping to follow in those footsteps will be members of the current Under 23s and Under 18s, who secured runners up finishes in their divisions.

Under 23s Players’ Player of the Season went to Noah McHale with Ben Hicks named as Manager’s Player. For the Under 18s, Ed Tobias was Players’ Player and top scorer Cavan Chedzey Manager’s Player.

The Dave John Young Player Award was given to Sam Dean. An ever present for the Under 18s, Dean also broke into the Under 23s squad over the course of the campaign.

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