Ardleigh Green captain Edwards says they shouldn't be disheartened with fifth place finish
PUBLISHED: 13:30 14 September 2018
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Ardleigh Green captain Lloyd Edwards says his side cannot be too disheartened despite not achieving their ambition of putting together a promotion bid in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three this season, writes Jacob Ranson.
Edwards and his side ended the campaign in fifth place after a torrid start to the summer, but left it too little too late to push for honours in the final weeks.
The skipper did feel the season was a successful one for the club as a whole, though, after the second team clinched promotion in their league.
“It’s been a funny old season for us,” said Edwards.
“We started out with aspirations of getting promoted, unfortunately it didn’t work out that way.
“The table doesn’t lie and when you look back at the results we lost to the teams above us and beat the teams below us so we are finishing up mid-table in the league.
“In hindsight it maybe is an indicator of where the team is at the moment.
“We have had a few games throughout the season where we felt we let ourselves down. If we take a few more wins or points out of those games then we would be further up the table if not possibly promoted so we can’t be too disheartened by where we have finished.
“We will just use it as a learning curve and use that to fire us up for next season in the aim of not making the same mistakes again.”
Edwards praised the club and says his side must now follow in the footsteps of the second team and get promoted next season.
“It’s been a good season on the whole, we know the club are doing things the right way in our eyes and we feel we are progressing,” he said.
“Our second team got promoted this year and we will just hope that the first team can back that up and get ourselves promoted next season to help the club progress even further.”
Edwards is also hoping to keep his squad together as they look towards another promotion bid in 2019, adding: “I would love to keep the squad we have together.
“We have a great bunch throughout the club as it stands and we only want to add to that, rather than lose players.”