Rocks Review: Wollers’ wonderful season has a silver lining

Daryl Wollers receives the supporters' club player of the year trophy from David Seabourne
Daryl Wollers receives the supporters' club player of the year trophy from David Seabourne

Daryl Wollers ended a superb season with the Rocks by lifting the supporters’ club’s player-of-the-year award.

The teenage defender turned in a series of sterling performances throughout the campaign - starting the season at left-back then switching seamlessly to centre-half to help out in a never-ending injury crisis.

It was impressive stuff from a player who only two seasons ago was plying his trade in division two of the county league with Littlehampton.

Supporters’ club chairman Sarah Warwick, speaking after the presentation night at the Seasons clubhouse, said: “Daryl was an absolutely worthy winner of the award and I think he won by quite a margin.

“He is so modest and unassuming - such a nice lad - and he was delighted to win it. But he deserved it. He played in almost every game despite not always being 100 per cent fit and impressed fans throughout the season with his mature performances.”

Wollers was just one of several players to lift silverware on another enjoyable players’ presentation nights at the Seasons clubhouse.

James Crane - who has now chalked up more than 200 appearances for the Rocks - was named players’ player of the year and picked up the prize for finishing as leading scorer.

Young midfielder Dan Kempson was another to pick up two awards - one was for the goal of the season, a superb long-range rocket at home to Canvey Island in April; the other was the Terry Seabourne Trophy, given each year to the most improved player.

Goalkeeper Tom Boyle won the Chairman’s Cup - Boyle is one of the most popular members of the dressing room and cheerfully goes about his work and training despite getting few first-team starts.

Ollie Pearce won the club website player of the year award and was one of a number of members of the Rocks youth squad to be rewarded for their efforts with the under-18s. Ryan Morey and Johan Van Driel were also presented with awards.

Sarah Warwick said fans had enjoyed the season and were looking forward to another Ryman premier season starting in August.

“The presentation night was a lovely end to the season, I think,” she said.

“It was nice to see some new names - and some young players - picking up trophies. They’re the future of the club and I think if we can keep this group together and welcome back people like Ben Johnson and Stuart Axten from injury, we can be a force to be reckoned with.

“It was important to involve the youth team as well. The youth set-up at the club is producing some fine young players and it bodes well for the longer-term future.”