Hitchin Town’s John Frendo awarded Pro Direct Golden Boot award at Craven Cottage ceremony


The 28-year-old scored 44 goals in 48 games this season.



JOHN Frendo insists his goals keeping Hitchin Town in the Southern League’s Premier Division means much more to him than personal accolades.

The 28-year-old finished the season with 44 goals in 48 games for Hitchin, the third time the frontman has topped the goal-scoring charts at Top Field.

And this impressive haul was enough for Frendo to walk away with the Pro Direct Golden Boot award handed out at the National Game Awards at Fulham’s Craven Cottage on Wednesday, awarded to the top scorer in the highest three levels of Non-League football.

Fendo’s goal went a long way to keeping Hitchin in the league, the Canaries eventually finishing 13th but just ten points clear of the relegation zone.

And it is this achievement that means the most to Frendo, with his new gong just an added bonus.

“It has been a good season and it is an honour and a privilege to get this national award and I am chuffed to bits,” he said.

 “It was just one of those seasons where everything I hit seemed to go in so I was very lucky.

“I scored all types of goals too, including a few long-range goals, but they are all the same to me. Every goal is a good goal as they say and I am just happy to score.

“But the most important thing is the fact that my goals helped Hitchin stay up. Personal accolades are always nice of course but if it means something then it means a lot more.
“And for my goals to help my side stay in the division just means that much more to me.”
Frendo signed off the season in style with a final-day hat-trick – one of five this season – against local rivals Bedford Town, bringing his total in a Hitchin shot to 103 goals in 123 appearances since signing from Ware.
However, with Hitchin manager Carl Williams having resigned last month and Frendo out of contract in the summer, the frontman admits his has a decision to make sooner rather than later.
“I have had a brilliant three years at Hitchin and I want to thank everyone from the fans, the board, the management staff,” he added.
“It is still early days so we will see what comes around but with Charlie leaving, it might be the right time to see if the chance is there to prove myself at a higher level of football.
“I’m keeping my options open at the moment. I don’t want to have any regrets when I hang my boots up.”
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