Despite their relegation to Yorkshire Division Four, there was a buoyant mood at Skipton Rugby Club’s annual dinner.

One of the highlights of a disappointing campaign was the performance of the second team which improved throughout the season and reached the semi-finals of the North Yorkshire Trophy. Their performance was rewarded with the team of the year accolade.

The introduction of a girls section proved to be a well-supported venture and the first season proved popular.

The colts are now coming of age and will hopefully be representing Skipton at senior level in the coming season. The arrival of new coach Mark Walton, who takes up his post next week, and the tireless work of the club’s rugby development officer Ash Greaves, has created an air of cautious optimism.

Several players were rewarded for their efforts throughout the season: Jordon ‘Sid’ Wilson received the players’ player of the year accolade while Charlie Brown was named player of the year.

Carl Nicholson was the second team player of the year while Zach Bullock was selected as colt player of the year.

The most improved under-25 player was Troy Johnson and there was a special accolade for stalwart Darren Howson.

He received the Bob Birks Award for his contribution to all aspects of the club both on and off the field. The second team was awarded the team of the year.