“Hard work paid off” says Kent after sweeping Tuffley awards

Dom Kent says he has hard work to thank after he swept all before him at the Tuffley Rovers End of Season Awards last night, taking home three different accolades.

Due to current social distancing measures, Tuffley held their annual event over Zoom with Kent claiming the awards for Manager’s Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Player’s Player of the Year.

Kent was a regular feature at Glevum Park throughout the expunged 2019/20 campaign, following a frustrating season the year before where he failed to feature on a consistent basis. Despite this, he showed tremendous attitude and work ethic, which has been rewarded accordingly by Mark Pritchett.

“It feels good to have picked up three awards last night” said Kent. “In my first season with Tuffley I was in and out of the team a bit, so it feels much better now I’m playing regularly.

“I pushed myself through into the first team this season and clearly the hard work has paid off.”

Tuffley had started the season slowly having failed to win in their first four league games, but towards the end of the campaign Pritchett’s side had started to hit a bit of form.

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Kent, who made 31 appearances across the season, was an integral part of the squad who were through to the semi-final of the Banbury Litho Floodlit Challenge Cup.

“The season ended a bit too soon for us” said Kent. “We were starting picking up form and ended the season strongly.

“At the start of the season it wasn’t going too well but we had a number of changes and our season kicked up a gear and the form got much better. It’s just annoying the season ended how it did because we could have definitely got into the top half of the table and more.

For now, though, for Kent it is all about looking forward to the future to see what he and Tuffley can achieve when the new season starts.

“It feels extra special winning these awards especially with the type of players I’m playing with and the level they are all at.

“It’s very important now to kick on and carry on the form we ended the season with, hopefully we keep the same sort of players we did last year and if we do we will have a much better start.”

One player who won’t be back at Tuffley next season is Sam Hill, who is off to Dubai to take up a new teaching job. You can read more about that here.

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