Kidderminster Harriers manager John Eustace insists that everyone at the club can be proud of their efforts from what was a hugely-memorable season at Aggborough, despite the disappointing finish.
In their first season in National North, Harriers stayed in the title picture until the campaign’s final weeks before eventually finishing as runners-up.
They took momentum into the play-offs but weren’t able to make the final following Sunday’s aggregate defeat to Chorley at Aggborough.
Reflecting back on that and the season as a whole, boss Eustace was clearly a proud man.
Himself enjoying his maiden season in management, the former Watford and Derby favourite stated: “The supporters should be very proud of the team.
“The effort this season has been fantastic.
“Two mistakes cost us on Sunday but, overall, the club should be proud of everyone here.
“It has been a really good effort.
“This season the lads have been magnificent; really, really good and the support has been fantastic.
“The club is going in the right direction.”
Short of being relegated, the team suffered arguably the most painful end to a season possible at the weekend.
That’s an experience the manager feels must drive the 2017/18 squad.
“I said to them that the experience will do them good,” he added.
“Nobody likes to lose, especially at this stage of the season but it is all about learning from it.
“Whoever comes back next season will be ready to push on again.”