Horncastle Town boss Paul Johnson has piled the praise on his players after their epic campaign in the Lincolnshire Premier League.
Johnson led Town to one of the most successful campaigns in their recent history.
They eventually finished third in the Sills and Betteridge backed league - after challenging for the title for most of the season.
With leading scorer Michael Harness among the goals, Town led the title race only to fall away over the last couple of weeks of the campaign.
They also saw their hopes of cup success dashed by a semi final defeat against Ruston Sports.
Ironically, they defeated the same opposition 3-1 in their final league game - Harness bagging a hat trick in a 3-1 success to take his goal tally to 25 for the season.
Johnnson said: “It’s disappointing to have come so close only to fall at the final hurdle but the lads have been brilliant,
“There’s a great squad and a great spirit and a lot of positives to build on.”
It is understood Johnson has yet to make a decision about his own future, but he is confident the bulk of the squad will remain at the club for next term.
That means key recruits like Mickey Stones and Richard Jackson - who made such a big impact this term - should pull on a red and white striped shirt again.
Town will also be hoping they can keep hold of Harness whose goal scoring talents must have attracted the attention of higher ranked clubs.
Johnson added: “As far as I know, none of the lads plan to move on and the aim is definitely to challenge again next season.”
With impressive off-the-field facilities, Town are now rightly regarded as one of the most progressive clubs in the county.
Officials will be hoping that reputation - and the impressive performances in recent months - might attract some quality recruits .