DAVENTRY Town manager Ady Fuller put a brave face on the play-offs final defeat at Hitchin.
He said he was “highly pleased with third place in the Central Division table after all the end-of-season injuries we suffered,” writes Mike Tebbitt.
“Getting teams together has been a nightmare at times in April,” he added and I am grateful to players like Neil Stacey, Joe Mellings, Andy Baird and Tom James for coming back to help us in our hour of need!
“At Hitchin on Monday we allowed scoring chances to go begging and there is always a price to pay for that at Southern League level.
Nevertheless, overall this has been a great season considering it was our first at step four.
“Hopefully we will come back even stronger and better in the 2011-2012 campaign when new challenges will be presented by promoted sides such as UCL champions St Neots and Chalfont St. Peter.”
Fuller admitted that he will look to strengthen his first team squad with three or four key signings in the close-season following a spring campaign in which the pool of available players became dangerously low because of a spate of injuries.
One player who will not be lacing up his boots again next season is assistant manager Paul Lamb who has finally called it a day at the age of 36 following a recurrence of his chronic back problems.
PE teacher Lamb plans to turn out one last time in a summer charity match at Communications Park after calling time on a playing career which has included spells with the Cobblers and Swindon Town as well as more recent Southern League spells with Banbury United, Brackley Town, Woodford United and Daventry Town.
On the credit side, playmaker Russell Dunkley will soldier on despite an arthritic foot which a specialist has told him will be all the better for three months’ rest this summer.
Meanwhile there may be renewed interest in Tom Berwick after he scored another 30 goals this season. And goalkeeper Andy Kemp is in the spotlight after being busy attracting attention from higher league club scouts throughout the winter months.
Kemp and Aaron Parkinson were the two most consistent players this season and both will be major contenders for the four Player of the Year awards to be made at the annual presentation night at Communications Park on Sunday, May 29.