Newport Pagnell Town chairman Mick Stanton admits feeling disappointed after a tough season at Willen Road, but believes next season will see the Swans return to form.
It has been a difficult year for Darren Lynch’s men in UCL Premier Division. Coming off the back of an excellent seventh place finish last season, Swans narrowly avoided relegation this time around, finishing 16th.
And while Mr Stanton recognised it would be a tough season, he admitted he didn’t think they’d be involved in a dog fight.
“We knew it was going to be tough,” he said. “But we didn’t expect to be as low as we were.
“It has been a tough year for everyone.
“We had a lot of injuries at key times, we lost players who went to play at higher levels, and some of the players we brought in didn’t work out for one reason or another.
“Darren even put his boots on again after retiring a few years ago, but I don’t think he really wanted to.”
But there were glimmers of light throughout the season as Newport showed signs of their former selves.
And those signs have filled Mr Stanton with optimism ahead of next season.
He said: “There were disappointing performances against some of the lower teams, but we more than held our own against some of the teams at the top.
“That, along with some great young players coming up through the development squads, is quietly filling everyone with confidence ahead of next season.”