Eastbourne Borough’s Lewis Carey was delighted to accept the supporters’ player of the year award and is targeting a strong finish to the season at Hemel Hempstead tomorrow.
The Borough stopper was presented the award before their 0-0 draw in the final home game of the season against Farnborough last Saturday.
“I really wasn’t expecting it,” Carey said. “Many people must have voted for Loky (Darren Lok) and (Ian) Simpemba because they have done so much as well.
“But it’s great to be recognised by the fans because they are the ones who come every week.”
Carey has been a constant figure between the Borough sticks following Craig Ross’s departure to Whitehawk at the end of last season.
And he has played a key role in most of Borough’s success stories this season, most notably in an FA Cup final replay at Enfield Town back in September last year.
After a thrilling game ended 4-4, Carey saved two penalties before stepping up to score the winner himself.
“That was a crazy night and it sticks in the memory of a lot of the fans and players,” Carey added. “But the recent run when we had five clean sheets and five victories in a row was great too and that must be nearly a club record.”
Carey will look to take that fine form in to tomorrow’s game at manager Tommy Widdrington’s former club.
Borough could finish 10th in the Vanarama South table if they win and Chelmsford fail to beat Boreham Wood.
And Carey, who has one eye on next season after committing to the club for another year, says finishing with a bang is an essential part of preparing for next season.
“If we do that hopefully we can take that into next year. There is going to be some big teams in that division next season and if you can carry on you never know. Maybe we can get in the play-offs.”
Hemel v Borough kicks off 3pm, Vauxhall Road.