Selston boss Craig Weston saw his side’s remaining title hopes go up in smoke this week but hailed what has nevertheless been a great learning curve for the Parishioners this season.
Weston’s men lost 2-1 to Aylestone Park on Saturday and then fell by the same scoreline at Belper United on Tuesday, all but ending any hopes they had of catching the leaders in the East Midlands Counties League.
But as they sit in fourth place with four games remaining and looking likely not to finish any lower than that, Weston doesn’t have too many complaints given this is Selston’s first season at step six.
He said: “It’s been a bad week for us and after Saturday, any slim hopes we had left were put to bed on Tuesday which was disappointing.
“We haven’t been at our best this week and in this league, if that happens, you get punished. I feel these are teams we should really have been beating but it wasn’t to be.
“It’s been disappointing that we haven’t been able to capitalise on one or two of those above us also slipping up in the last week or so because that could have made a big difference, but it’s been a long slog this season and the games have been coming thick and fast.
“If someone had said to us at the start of this season that we’d be in the top four with just four games to go we’d have taken that, even though as the season goes on your standards get higher if you’re doing well.
“So we can be pleased with what we’ve achieved overall and use it as a stepping stone for next season.”
Selston’s last four games will see them go to struggling Arnold Town and Radcliffe Olympic, with a game against Clifton All Whites in between and then a trip to current leaders Dunkirk on the final day.
And Weston is keen to see his team finish as high as they can.
He said: “We might not be able to win the league but finishing as high as we can will give us the belief next season and put us in good shape in the summer.
“There won’t be wholesale changes to the squad, there’s no need for that, but it’s always important to freshen things up a bit and there are areas I think we’ll need to strengthen.”