WORTHING Football Club manager Adam Hinshelwood was upbeat about the future after his side’s Ryman League South Division play-off hopes came to an end on Saturday.
Rebels won 3-1 away to Tooting & Mitcham but Whyteleafe’s eighth successive league win – 2-1 against champions Burgess Hill – sealed their place in the top five.
Worthing almost halved their playing budget in November, before it was cut completely in January. However, the majority of players stayed with Rebels and the squad then picked up 30 points from 16 matches to get in contention for a play-off place.
Hinshelwood said: “This season has just been testament to the players.
“I’ve said on more than one occasion that it’s a pleasure to be a part of the group and to share a dressing room with them.
“They’re a good group, with a good work ethic and I can’t speak highly enough of them.
“Full credit to Whyteleafe for getting the last play-off place as we have been on a good run ourselves.
“We want to keep the momentum going now for the rest of the season and finish on a high.
“We can all look at points which we’ve dropped over the course of the season which we shouldn’t have done.
“I’ve said to the group that we want to be in a better position next season, so have to make sure that we learn from the little mistakes that we’ve made.
“I think we’ve done that in the last couple of games, when we’ve not been at our best but have ground out positive results, so all we can do is keep improving and keep learning.”
Hinshelwood feels Rebels will be an attractive proposition for players next season, as the 3G surface will start to be installed next week, after Worthing’s final home game of the season against Whyteleafe on Saturday.
He said: “It’s going to be an attractive place for players next season. I want to keep the majority of the squad together as I think it’s important to have a settled squad.
“I want to have a squad of 20, who we can coach twice a week on the 3G.
“We want to build on this season but we’ll get to Christmas and see where we are.”