AN IW Sunday League team’s achievement of going through an entire season without getting a player booked has earned them a fair play award.
Shorwell Utd won the senior fair play accolade at the recent Hampshire FA soccer awards ceremony, at St Mary’s football stadium, Southampton.
Ross Wilkes said: "It is a brilliant achievement in our first season since we — manager Matt Olive, secretary Tim Dixon and myself — took over the running of the club.
"It is the first time this old club has won the award. Matt has tried to teach the players the importance of having a good attitude to the game and their opponents. We aim to keep it going next season."
Other Island clubs and individuals were presented with awards by ex-Pompey, Southampton and Newcastle United defender John Beresford.
Oakfield youth earned the Charter Standard award, while West Wight won the fair play award in the youth category, plus an award for best groundsman.
Referee Andy King, who appoints assistant referees to the Wessex Football League, received an award for his outstanding contribution to the game, and Roger Raggett, of Binstead, was presented with a long service award for his more than 50 years’ service to the Hampshire FA.