RORY Williams has come a long way since his days playing for GE Hamble in the Sydenhams Wessex League.

The winger turned wing-back has been crowned Vanarama National League South player-of-the-month for February following some standout performances for title-chasing Havant & Waterlooville.

Williams left Hamble (now Folland Sports) in January 2013 and became part of the Gosport Borough side that earned promotion to the National League South.

He departed Gosport for neighbours Havant & Waterlooville three-and-a-half years later and worked his magic again as the Hawks bounced straight back to the National League South at the first attempt following relegation in 2015/16.

H&W won the Isthmian Premier title last season and are now on course to achieve back-to-back promotions and claim a place in football’s fifth tier for the first time in their history.

Confirming Williams as February’s star man, a National League statement said: “Rory Williams has been one of the players key to Havant’s fluid transition back into the division and collects the award after a fine February.

“The left wing-back was a consistent performer for Lee Bradbury’s side, contributing in both defence and attack.

“The side conceded just twice in the month, with clean sheets coming in three of their five matches.

“Williams also scored in the first game of February, smartly tucking a free-kick under the wall at Poole Town.”

Havant, currently top of the National League South, are at home to mid-table Wealdstone this evening (7.45pm).