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TOP PRIZE: AFC Totton boss Jimmy Ball presents the ever-versatile Totton Terrier Adam Tomasso with the Players' Player of the Year Award.

THEY SAY THE AWARD ALL PLAYERS want to win is the Player’s Player of the Year. There is no higher accolade for footballers than to receive the recognition of one’s peers in the game.

Another player whose versatility and undying commitment went a long way to limiting the damage caused by the early loss of Mike Carter in central midfield, Adam Tomasso’s bravery and selfless determination to win the ball, block shots and give everything to the AFC Totton cause was a key factor in the team’s success.

Even in the final weeks of the regular league season, when Totton’s participation in the Play-Offs was secured, The Totton Terrier regularly threw his body in the way of some quite ferocious shots, taking a 20-yard piledriver in the face at Plymouth Parkway and then getting a bloody nose from a similar incident during the 4-0 with at Dorchester Town just five days later.

Adam, who is now in his second spell at the Snows Stadium having also played for Winchester City and Blackfield & Langley, played right-back, left-back, centre-back and, more often, in the central defensive midfield role, where his energy and undying commitment helped to drive the team forward.

Though not a regular goalscorer, he struck two in the same game against a tidy Swindon Supermarine side to steer The Stags to a 3-1 home win on 23 September, and although some sources credited his strike at Plymouth Parkway as a Callum Rose own goal, Adam’s original shot was on-target so has been credited to him in the Matchday Programme and in the Long Read Match Report.

Ahead of Saturday’s SDFA Southampton Senior Cup Final, Adam has made 41 starting appearances for The Stags this season, plus nine as substitute.

Adam Tomasso is sponsored by Chad & Brenda Andrews

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