Manager Spencer Fearn has reflected on a season that has brought much joy for Frickley Athletic fans, but ultimately ended in disappointment with the club narrowly missing out on promotion back to the Evo-Stik Premier League.
After the doom and gloom of relegation this time last year prospects at the club are much brighter 12 months on with Fearn defiantly able to look back on a major improvement in Frickley fortunes.
While obviously gutted at the cruel play-off semi-final defeat to Stamford that ended the Blues’ promotion hopes Fearn described his pride at what the players achieved.
He said: “The lads are absolutely devastated, there’s a lot of tears and a lot of hurt and it shows how much they love this football club.
“But I’ve said to the lads it’s been an absolute privilege this season to be their manager and to be in and around them and to see how they’ve developed, not just as players, but as people.
“We couldn’t have asked any more of them. They’ve hopefully put this football club back on the map now.
“Of course we’re devastated that we didn’t make it to the play-off final, but you don’t always get what you deserve in life, not just in football.”
Fearn added: “I’d like to say a massive thanks to all the fans for their support. There were 400-odd who were Frickley fans (at the play-off semi-final), which was fantastic.
“Hopefully a few more will come back next season because they’re going to see goals and lads who put a shift in.
“I’m really gutted for them because they deserve more after what has happened this season. We’ve had a lot of adversity to overcome, but they’re a strong bunch of lads.
“There’s a few heads down, but tomorrow’s another day and we go again.”