Ossett Town manager Grant Black says he can only pay credit to all at the club, after they pulled off a great escape, which meant they stayed in the Evo-Stik NPL First Division North.

Black who took over with the side just outside the relegation places, saw them in the end, with their safety confirmed with games to spare, something the boss is proud of: “It’s been unbelievable, I’ve told all the lads to finish 17th is just great, I knew it would be a ossett town fctough task to stay up, but we did and then moved on as well and I can only pay credit to everyone.”

The Reds in the end won six games in April out of eight, this saw the side finish in a fine position, Black felt pressure leaving the side played a big role: “I think, once the mentality had changed because we were winning before we were safe, you could see the confidence in the lads, once it was done and dusted, they came out of their shell, we wanted to finish the season as strongly as we could and that’s what we did.”

It’s been a good few months for Black both on and off the pitch, he revealed he’s had several pieces of good news: “Away from football I’ve had a little boy who is 9 weeks premature, we’ve just been able to take him home and I’ve not had a chance to put my feet up just yet, but this with the lads has topped off what has been a great month for myself, we had a drink to celebrate everything with the team because we all deserve it.”

When looking at what needs to be done now, Black revealed work is already underway: “Me and the coaching team have spoken to the players, just asking if they want to join, and players who are here have been speaking to us, everyone will be given the chance to come back pre-season, the moment the season ended the process began and we will continue to do this, we need a bit of added quality to compete.”

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