DESPITE the disappointment of missing out on the play-offs this week, Buxton FC boss John Reed has hailed his side’s magnificent season.
The Bucks’ fight for a play-off spot went down to the wire with defeat for them on Monday and a win for North Ferriby meaning they finished in sixth position. But despite being gutted to miss out on the chance to get his beloved club into the Conference North for next season, Reed is thrilled by how much the Bucks have achieved over the last nine months.
“We have had a really fantastic season and the lads have really surpassed all expectations but really, personally, inside I am hurting because I think we could have got into the play-offs,” he said.
“We’ve had a lot of things like injuries stopping us getting into the play-offs and we’ve had players playing with injuries for the last 12 games.
“But looking at it, we’ve finished in sixth after a massive effort by the lads, we’ve got to the Derbyshire Senior Cup final and we were 90 minutes away from the first round of the FA Cup for the second year in a row so the lads have been amazing for the club. It was lovely to see the fans clapping them and supporting them because they deserved it.
“The players are all disappointed too and that is a credit to them because they could have just walked away and said ‘well we’ve finished sixth so I’m as high as a kite’ but they haven’t.
“All we want to do is get the club to that next step which is a massive step up, but we want to make that step up next year.
“We’ve got a lot of hard work to do in the summer and we are going to bring some new faces in. Since Monday I’ve already been ringing round and we hope to bring seven or eight new lads in.”
Reed’s thoughts have already turned to next season and achieving his long-held aim of returning to Conference level football: “I think over the last four years a lot of progress has been made at the club.
“We’ve pushed like mad for the play-offs and for us to get to the last game with there still being a possibility of getting into the play-offs for the second time in four years is staggering.”