Clitheroe boss lauds ‘leader’ Lynch at club’s awards night

Simon Garner and David Lynch
Simon Garner and David Lynch

Blues boss Simon Garner has praised captain David Lynch after the midfielder was awarded the manager’s player of the year accolade at the club’s end-of-season presentation night.

The 21-year-old, released by the Clarets at the end of the 2011/12 campaign, despite having been named the young player of the year the season before, recently signed a new deal at Shawbridge which will keep him at the club for a second term.

He wasn’t captain when he initially came to the club but he’s proved to be a big signing for us

Simon Garner

“David has had a really good season,” said Garner. “He wasn’t captain when he initially came to the club but he’s proved to be a big signing for us.

“He’s got a winning mentality, he’s full blooded, and he’s scored eight times from midfield. He wants to win every game.

“He’s a young lad who will keep learning and improving every season. We’ve secured him on a new deal for next year which is a massive bonus. He leads by example on the field and he’s key to what we’re trying to achieve.”

Striker Sefton Gonzales, who has also extended his stay in the Ribble Valley, ended the season as top goalscorer with 19, which included the goal of the season in the LFA Challenge Trophy quarter-final tie away at Bamber Bridge.

Ross Dent picked up the players’ player and fans’ player of the season awards while Danny Morton was presented with the young player of the season accolade.

Meanwhile, Ryan Cattermole earned the youth player of the season award while Eddy Drake’s 16 goals for the club’s youngsters earned the striker the top goalscorer trophy.

Charlie Lloyd and Tom Jackson were also recognised for their respective contributions to the youth team’s campaign.

Clitheroe ended the term with a 2-1 win over Warrington Town on home soil. Louis Mayers netted a sublime double for the hosts while Ben Collins responded for the visitors.