Stevie Astwood won the USl Division 2 Rookie of the Year award. * Photo by James Whittaker
Stevie Astwood won the USl Division 2 Rookie of the Year award. * Photo by James Whittaker
Bermuda Hogges striker Stevie Astwood was named "Rookie of the Year" in the United Soccer League's Second Division awards.

The Hogges may have finished bottom of the pile in their first season, franchise player Astwood gained praise for his powerful performances in attack.

Winger Damon Ming, the other Hogges franchise player, was also nominated but it was top scorer Astwood who took the honours.

The big striker was also selected on to the team of the season, voted by the ten other teams in the division,

A USL spokesman said: "Although striker Stephen Astwood only tallied four goals and an assist on the season for the first-year Hogges, Astwood left a lasting impression on his opponents to receive All-League honours.

"He led the team in scoring, finishing with one more goal than former Manchester City star Shaun Goater for the season."

Paul Scope, one of the team owners, said it was a great accolade for Astwood and for the Hogges in their first season.

"Stephen enjoyed a very successful season and we are very pleased to have him receive this commendation as it speaks to the level of player he is and the level of play possible in Bermuda

"The Bermuda Hogges first season although not impressive goal wise has actually netted some surprises.

"Although Stephen won the 'Rookie of the Year', Bermuda Hogges actually had two of the three players being considered for that title - the other was Damon Ming!"

Club President Shaun Goater said, "As a team we are very proud of Stephen and the team's achievements - we learned a lot and we are very much looking forward to bigger and better results next year."

Meanwhile David Bascome's old side Harrisburg City Islanders were the surprise winners of the USL Division Two play-offs, defeating league leaders Richmond Kickers to take the title.

The game was decided by a marathon penalty shoot-out, which Harrisburg won 8-7 after a 1-1 draw in the division final.