Merris delight at awards win

Dave Merris with Boro chairman Trevor Bull
Dave Merris with Boro chairman Trevor Bull

Scarborough Athletic defender Dave Merris has revealed his elation after picking up a double at the club’s end of season awards.

Merris picked up both the Players’ Player of the Season and Manager’s Player of the season awards, topping off an impressive Season since signing last year.

Matty Turnbull also picked up two trophies, scooping the Supporters’ Player of the Season and Away Player of the Season, while Benny Igiehon and Niall Flint completed the honours list, picking up the Golden Boot and Young Player of the Season awards respectively.

Merris was delighted with the accolades, and revealed that there is no better feeling than being appreciated by peers.

“It’s fantastic to be honest,” the experienced centre-half told the Scarborough News.

“It’s great to be recognised by my peers and manager. It’s the biggest accolade you can get.

“To know that I’ve impressed with my performances is excellent and I aim to keep doing so.

“If I keep doing what I have been, I should be okay.”

Merris formed part of the team that won eight consecutive games towards the back end of the season, propelling them into a play-off place and setting the bar for the new campaign.

The defender's personal aims for next season, however, are slightly less ambitious.

"Personally, I'd just like to score a goal next year. I've not had one of those in a few years," he added.

"Even if it bounces in off my backside, I'll take it.

"But as a team, we have to keep up the levels from the last eight weeks of the season. We've got momentum that we can take from this year

"We're back in Scarborough too which will be a massive boost to us, that, along with the support, can drive us on to take that next step."

Among the junior awards, Under-16s midfielder Aidan Thurston claimed a clean sweep of prizes from his fellow players, parents and managers after an impressive season for Mark Priestley and Dave Forbes’ side.

Another standout winner was Tom Wright at Under-15 level, scooping all three awards for Gaz McGrath’s side.

Full list of 2016/17 winners

First Team

Golden Boot - Benny Igiehon

Manager’s Player of the Year - Dave Merris

Players Player of the Year - Dave Merris

Supporters’ Player of the Year - Matty Turnbull

Away Player of the Year - Matty Turnbull

Young Player of the Year - Niall Flint

Under-12s

Players Player of the Year - Ashton Peterson

Parents Player of the Year - Joshua Kelly

Manager’s Player of the Year - Cameron MacDonald

Under-13s

Players Player of the Year - Oliver Hesketh

Parents Player of the Year - Regan Exley

Manager’s Player of the Year - Riki-Lee Green

Under-14s

Players Player of the Year - Harrie Leighton

Parents Player of the Year - Kian Heblich

Manager’s Player of the Year - Tom Benson

Under-15s

Players Player of the Year - Tom Wright

Parents Player of the Year - Tom Wright

Manager’s Player of the Year - Tom Wright

Under-16s

Players Player of the Year - Aidan Thurston

Parents Player of the Year - Aidan Thurston

Manager’s Player of the Year - Aidan Thurston

Special Awards

Surfing Seadog Award (Clubman) - Jake Baldwin

Richard Adamson Trophy - Reo Smith