Colin Gordon praised the good things from Kiddersminster Harriers’ performance as they and Dover played out a 1-1 draw at Aggborough on Saturday.
The game ended an era of top-flight non-league football in Worcestershire and while it wouldn’t be a Match of the Season candidate, there was still plenty to admire.
The point gained was enough to secure the visitors a point in the play-offs and ensured Harriers own run stretches to one defeat in eight, with a 40-point finish still in sight.
Colin did rue the chances that got away for the hosts on the day – only a superb save prevented Ben Whitfield from winning the contest in the final minute of normal time.
But he praised what his side did well.
“Dover had chances and Sneds made two good saves in the first half and one or two late on.
“But we’ve missed some good chances, haven’t we?
“I was really pleased with the performance.
“Last week Barrow stopped us from playing out from the back but we worked on something in training and Sneds has been really brave… everyone has taken the ball.
“I was pleased and proud but we know what we need to do going forward.
“There were a lot of good things and I only wish we could have had this run earlier in the season.”
Dover’s impressive travelling contingent deservedly celebrated their achievement at the final whistle.
Their season is arguably one of the stories of the campaign in the division, leading Coin to add: “It shows you the level we’ve got to, and I’ve just said that to the players in the changing room.
“Dover are the form team since January – we work on a league table for the last 20 games of the since, when we came in, and they’re second only to Cheltenham.
“If that’s the level, then we are at that level and probably higher, but for a couple of positions.
“So we’ve got to be proud, because we can compete… and we have to take this positivity into next season.”