Double delight for former Leintwardine Colts' manager Chris Shurmer

Ludlow Advertiser: Chris Shurmer (centrre) with chairman Bob Morris (left) and secretary Alan Pearson. Chris Shurmer (centrre) with chairman Bob Morris (left) and secretary Alan Pearson.

FORMER manager Chris Shurmer scooped two honours in Leintwardine Colts’ end-of-season awards evening.

Shurmer landed the clubman and chairman’s honours from chairman Bob Morris and secretary Alan Pearson.

Tom Price won the players’ player award, while Chris Matthews grabbed the manager’s player honour, and top marksman Toby Sivetar picked up the captain’s player honour from Jonny Tranter.

Shurmer said: “Our awards night was a great celebration of a club with a rich football history.

“Next season we the hope that a younger manager with greater player connections can take the club forward to where it should be.

“We have just had a hard season which I thought it would be and the survival of Leintwardine Colts was my main concern.”

Leintwardine finished bottom of Herefordshire League Division Threee.

Shurmer said: “I knew it wasn't going to be easy when in the one friendly I had before the season started we had just 11 because I nabbed two lads who had come to watch.

“The season was difficult and it was hard to keep players interested or finding new ones.

“We were not helped by the appalling weather at the end of December through to mid-February when our home pitch was underwater for most of it.

“We had a couple of high points which included beating Tenbury Colts at home in our one win in the league with the help of a hat-trick from veteran goal-scorer Phil Stokes.”

He also said dispatching Mid Wales League high flyers Newcastle out of their own invitation cup was a highlight for Colts.

“We also got a point against a young Shobdon side at home with a bare 11 with me in the side,” said Shurmer.

“But we were deducted six points for failing to fulfil fixtures when I struggled to get a side for the Ross away games.”

“The last game of the season at Ross was one of the most incredible games I've ever played in. We lost 8-5 but there were four cracking goals from Sivetar.”

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