WORTHING Football Club boss Adam Hinshelwood wants his side to build on this season after a strong finish to the campaign.
Rebels picked up 33 points from 18 games after their playing budget was cut completely in January. George Dowell then came in as the club’s new majority shareholder in March and Hinshelwood is exited about the future.
He said: “I learned so much over the course of the season. Our target was to try to get into the play-offs and we fell just short, which was unfortunate.
“Whyteleafe went on a really good run, winning eight games on the spin and we just could not keep up in the end.
“The pleasing part for me, though, is the way that the team has progressed throughout the season.
“We have a young side here and the improvements that they have made this year have been great.
“The aim for us now is to make sure we build on the successes from this campaign.
“George has come in and he wants to take the club to the next level.
“Both him and me have similar ambitions for this club and I hope we can fulfil those.
“I think, since he has come in, the ambition off the pitch matches up with on the pitch and we all want to progress now.”
“We’ve got players here that want to play at a higher level and I want to manage at a higher level.”
Hinshelwood felt his side’s biggest problem throughout the season was the late goals they conceded in both halves.
He said: “The amount of times that we looked to be in control of matches and then we would concede just before half-time was crazy.
“We played at home against Herne Bay and were 3-0 up but they got one back before the break. That gave them the confidence and we ended up drawing 3-3.
“It’s something that we will look to improve on next season.
“We will do a lot of work over the summer and I want to stregthen the spine of the side then, hopefully, we can finish higher next year.”
Merstham won promotion into the Ryman League Premier Division on Saturday with a 3-0 win away to Folkestone Invicta in the South Division play-off final.