Cedwyn Scott says he has reflected on the 2021/22 season with a smile after being named in the Vanarama National League North Team of the Season.
The striker’s 24 league goals earned him a place in the side alongside strike partner Macaulay Langstaff and captain Greg Olley, while player-manager Mike Williamson claimed the division’s Manager of the Season award.
“It’s pleasing to be recognised by players you’ve played against,” said Scott.
“I think that means the most because it means you’re doing things right and it speaks well on the team as well so I’m really happy.
“I do still look back and think that I could have got to 30 goals, but then if I’d got to that I probably would have been sat saying I could have got to 35.
“I can’t be disappointed with the way it has gone at all but I feel I could have improved and hit that target.
“To finish seven points clear in the end and get 99 goals as a team, it brought a smile to my face to know that we did that.”
Scott formed part of a formidable and fluid attacking style deployed by Gateshead all season with himself, Langstaff, Adam Campbell and Paul Blackett all reaching double figures in the league’s goalscoring charts.
He feels competition between the forwards, particularly himself and Golden Boot winner Langstaff, played a key part in his side’s goalscoring prowess.
“That friendly competition definitely helps because I know if [Langstaff] scored a couple the week before then I needed to be at it to keep up with him,” he added.
“It didn’t really cloud anyone’s decision making either I don’t think so it was good for the team that we had that because when we came up against another team they weren’t looking out for one person, they had to be aware of all of us.
“I’m delighted Macca managed to win the Golden Boot, all I wanted was for one of us to win it.”
The forward has now turned his attention to next season’s challenge with Gateshead competing in the National League for the 2022/23 season following promotion.
Scott feels sticking to the same process that brought success this season is paramount, saying: “If we stick to our way of playing and the attitude that we applied this season then I’m sure we’ll be fine.
“I don’t want to stick any expectations on it, so we’ll take each day as it comes and handle one game at a time as the gaffer says.
“I went away with all of the boys last week which was good to carry on that spirit and enjoy the title win a bit longer as a group, but I’m mainly thinking about next season to be honest so I’ve started trying to plan for that this week.”