Football:Pitman pick of the Cherries

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The former St Paul’s and First Tower striker has scored 35 goals this season during the first year of a two-year Youth Academy registration with the south-coast club.

Head of Youth Joe Roche, determined to keep his players focussed, said: ‘We must not read too much into this type of trophy award as sometimes they can be a bit misleading and send out the wrong signals to players.

‘The trophy was given to Bournemouth in memory of a former player and it is the players themselves who vote for their player of the year.

‘Brett will receive it this weekend, it will be presented to him before our Youth match against Peterborough on Saturday.’ Pitman joined ‘The Cherries’ at the start of this season, joining fellow Jerseyman Jack Cannon who is now coming to the end of his two-year registration.

Both players were coached on the Jersey Football Association’s Centre of Excellence scheme.

Roche added: ‘The Youth have had a good season, winning their league.

But last weekend we lost 4-1 at Leyton Orient so our chances of winning the regional Merit League have ended.

It was a shame because we had been doing so well.

‘We were tired; it was our fourth game in a week.

It was a disappointing result but we still have the consolation of finishing second.’ Cannon, who has been a major figure on the goal-assists table, will find out in the next few weeks as to his future.

Roche added: ‘It will be sorted soon and much of it depends on what happens with the first team as they are currently in a play-off position.

‘Brett has another year yet and in terms of exposure he has done well to score the number of goals he has.

He’s a first timer and we’ll continue to assess him.

He may or may not be as prolific next season, we’ll just have to wait and see.’

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