Longlevens forwards Brad Martin & Jay Malshanskyj and manager Craig Martin are the latest names to be nominated for categories in the Severn Sport End of Season Awards 2018/19.
Last weekend we told you that Brimscombe & Thrupp striker James Campbell and Lilywhites manager Sam Prior had been nominated for Severn Sport Live Player of the Season and Manager of the Season respectively.
They now join Lewis Adams and Adam Bloomfield of Slimbridge & Tuffley Rovers’ Kieran Alder & Luke Merchant in being nominated for an award.
A reminder that this year we have 11 categories in total and they are as follows (and who has been nominated thus far):
- Player of the season – Lewis Adams (Slimbridge/u18s/FC Barometrics)
- Young player of the season – Adam Bloomfield (Slimbridge u18s/Tuffley Rovers)
- Breakthrough player of the season – Kieran Alder (Tuffley Rovers), Luke Merchant (Tuffley Rovers/Cirencester Town)
- Team of the season
- Manager of the season – Sam Prior (Brimscombe & Thrupp)
- Game of the season
- Severn Sport Live player of the season – James Campbell (Brimscombe & Thrupp)
- Goal of the season
- Signing of the season
- The John Ashplant Local Hero Award
- Best Social Media Account
If you are new to the Severn Sport End of Season Awards then how nominations work for most of the awards are that Ryan and Kelsey nominate a player/club/manager each and agree on a mutual third nominee.
After taking over the managerial position at Longlevens, Craig Martin orchestrated a remarkable turnaround that saw his side fight off the threat of relegation and retain their Hellenic Premier status.
This turnaround has seen Martin been nominated for Manager of the Season by Ryan, joining Kelsey’s nominee Sam Prior in the running.
Part of the Longlevens recovery story included the signing of four players who galvanised the squad. Three Forest Green Rovers Academy players signed on for the club and they all impressed Severn Sport and spectators at Longlevens’ matches in the second half of the season.
Out of the three, forward Jay Malshanskyj impressed Severn Sport enough to be named in multiple Severn Sport Team of the Month’s and has been mutually nominated by Ryan and Kelsey for Severn Sport Live Player of the Season, after scoring 8 goals in 12 games.
Arguably one of the biggest transfers in the summer of 2018 saw Brad Martin move to Bishops Cleeve from Longlevens, but after scoring 24 goals for the Mitres, Martin headed back to Saw Mills looking to ensure survival for the club he described as “his family.”
Martin scored 7 goals in 9 games including a scintillating hat-trick against relegation rivals Abingdon United and for moments like that this season he is Kelsey’s nominee for Player of the Season.
The Severn Sport boys have explained their nominations below.
Ryan: “It has been no secret that in the last two years we have built up a great relationship with the clubs in the Hellenic Premier and due to location Longlevens and Tuffley Rovers matches get covered the most, so it means that I have seen a lot of Levens and their incredible season.
When Mark Moore had to step away the job almost fell onto Craig Martin and there were points were I think he even questioned whether he was making the right decision or could handle the pressure of the task at hand. The 4-0 defeat at home to Ardley United was the rock bottom of the survival bid and even I questioned whether it was going to work out.
But what Martin did shows how much he loves his club. He effectively hung up his boots to concentrate on being a manager and getting the best out of his squad. That is a massive decision to make, especially when I know that a part from his family, putting on that Longlevens shirt is what he loves the most. He made a sacrifice for the good of the club and if that doesn’t put him up there for manager of the season then I don’t know what does.”
Kelsey: “Player of the season for me is Brad Martin. When it was announced at the beginning of the season that he was going to Bishops Cleeve for this campaign, Ryan and I were both very excited to see what he could do for Stephen Cleal’s side.
What he produced this season was a great display of his ability on a consistent basis. What’s even better is how he’s managed to do it for two teams, having polar opposite seasons at both ends of the table.
Martin is a class player and always a miss when he isn’t in the side and a worthy nomination.”
Ryan: “When I first saw Jay Malshanskyj play in a Longlevens shirt, I was instantly impressed. He scored and got an assist in the first 15 minutes against Langley in the cup and wasn’t afraid to take on the big, bulky defenders the Hellenic League has to offer.
What I continued to see was incredible performance after incredible performance, not just from him but from Lewis Spurrier and Sam Hendy. But when Malshanskyj scores the quality of goals he has done to ensure survival, he is the one who gets the nod.
Kelsey and I commentated on Ardley 3-3 Longlevens and he was sensational and Kelsey turned to me and said “Mate, who is this kid?” And from there he has become a player we are watching closely. Expect big things from this young man.”
The Severn Sport End of Season Awards podcast will be recorded and uploaded over the May Day Bank Holiday, more information regarding nominations and winners will be revealed between now and then.