Two and a half seasons ago I was given a task by our Chairman, to stabilise and then strive to push this club forward.

After missing out by one goal on the final day of the Evo-Stik season a couple of years ago, to keep the team at Step 4 level, the club worked tirelessly to improve it’s off the field side of stability, which allowed me to look to do the same competing at a very competitive Combined Counties level, Step 5.
I established a two year plan and presented it to the board, which would aim to get our club back to the level of football it should be at.

On Monday, we achieved and completed our plan. Promotion.

The squad was rebuilt in the transition season of 2014/2015 and finished 3rd in our first full season, we then regrouped, kept most of the group together and brought in some extra strength and depth for this season.

The lads have kept to our philosophies and style of play and have produced some fantastic football throughout the season, using the experiences from last season to show great maturity and game management to win 31 of their 42 league games, a tremendous consistency.   I admire and thank the players for their effort and application, especially in the business end to the season.

The title race itself took a twist early in March when it became clear that Hartley were not able to get promotion, it meant that it became a three team race for promotion with us, Camberley and Epsom fighting for one space.

I want to say congratulations to Hartley for their achievements this season, smashing the division with 106 points and performing superbly in the FA Cup and FA Vase competitions, I spoke to the Hartley manager on the phone on Tuesday and reiterated that their professionalism throughout the season has been of the highest standard and thoroughly deserve the title.  But also I wanted to mention Camberley, who like us have been fighting for every single point all season without any let off, we have pushed each other to the limit all season and for the season’s promotion place to come down to the last kick of the last game of the season, shows the high standards of their team.

For us though, we take this time to celebrate the achievement of promotion, we started that on Monday when the whole squad met at the clubhouse to be greeted by lots of supporters and board members, we again met up last night and now look forward to the presentation evening on the 20th.
After that it’s all about planning and preparation for the 2016/2017 season, something we all as a club will be looking forward to.

Well done to all this season, all those volunteers in the ‘off the field’ team that make the club strive forward. The groundsman team, the catering team, the facilities team, the bar team, the match day duty team, the finance team, the admin team. This promotion is as much because of your efforts as it is the football team.

Finally, to the supporters who have travelled home and away to each and every game and given the upmost support and encouragement throughout the season. We thank you. Let’s now celebrate our achievement.