AFC Fylde boss Dave Challinor says he has picked up no end of valuable lessons as he reflected on an Evo-Stik Northern Premier League season that ended in dismay and defeat at the hands of Hednesford in the semi-final play-offs.
The Coasters went out on penalties after an exciting tie saw the scores locked at 3-3 at the end of extra-time, dashing hopes of promotion.
Challinor admits it was a hard pill to swallow, but will beneficial all round in the long run.
The AFC Fylde boss said: “This year’s been a massive learning curve for me and I’ve learned a lot about myself, my players, and a lot about football management itself so it’ll do me the world of good.
“We’ve been fortunate enough to have had lots and lots of success as a management team and this is only a minor blip and we’ll come back a lot stronger for it and hopefully the lads we’ve got will do the same and it’ll drive them on to want to come back bigger and better for it. “I have to say the supporters were brilliant at Hednesford.
“The game was slightly tainted at the end with the way the penalties were played out but our fans have been excellent - that’s why I made sure our players stayed out at the end despite there being disappointment.
“It was important that we thank our fans.
“People can say what they want about this club but if I didn’t believe in it I wouldn’t be here. We are building our fan base but the ones that have turned up and come to every game home and away it’s massively appreciated.
“We’ll reflect on what happened on Tuesday night and say a proper thank you tomorrow night at the end-of-season dinner.”
The Evo-Stik League honour their top goal-scorers after at a ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Blackpool on June 15 - that’s when the ‘golden boot’ winners will be handed their trophies.