THERE was a double celebration for Bala Town FC in the JD Cymru Leagues’ monthly awards.

Winners are determined by League voting panels, as well as a fan’s vote.

Midfielder Dave Edwards was given the JD Cymru Premier Player of the Month and Colin Caton was selected as the Manager of the Month for September respectively.

Edwards, a former Wales international and Premier League player with Wolverhampton Wanderers, arrived at Maes Tegid over the summer.

Since then, the 35-year-old has scored 5 goals in 7 JD Cymru Premier outings and has, unsurprisingly, been the standout star for Bala.

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PIC: Bala Town manager Colin Caton with fellow prize winner Dave Edwards.

In August, the former Shrewsbury Town man scored three goals in two matches - two in a 6-2 drubbing of Haverfordwest County and a stunning free-kick in a 1-0 win at champions Connah’s Quay Nomads.

With those two wins out of two in the league, Bala Town manager Colin Caton was awarded the Manager of the Month prize for his side’s efforts.

The 51-year-old is believed to be the longest-serving top-flight football manager of any single club in the UK, having spent nearly 20 years with Bala Town.

Last year, he marked his 700th match in charge of the Lakesiders, which ended in a 6-2 loss to Barry Town United.

Caton joined the club back in the 2003/04 season and in his first campaign pulled off a league and cup double in the Wrexham Area Premier League with Bala also earning promotion to the Huws Gray Cymru Alliance.

In his first six seasons with the Lakesiders, he took the club to 12 cup finals (winning 10 of those) and earned two promotions - the most important of which was when they were crowned champions of the Huws Gray Cymru Alliance in 2008/09.

Bala moved on up to the JD Cymru Premier - where they have remained ever since and enjoyed further success stories under Caton.

They also went on to win the Welsh Cup in 2016/17 and have played many a season in Europe by now.