The Ryman Football League
Published 4th May 2012
....season in the Ryman League Premier Division.
A 2-1 victory over Carshalton Athletic in their final match last Saturday ensured that Wingate, who kept faith with the majority of the squad which secured promotion twelve months ago, finished the season in thirteenth position.
And Norman believes his players can rightly feel proud of their efforts throughout the campaign.
“As a club we’re really pleased with how the season has gone,” he said. “We set out a target of getting fifty points, and we surpassed that pretty comfortably as we ended up with fifty-nine.
“We started really well on the back of an excellent pre-season, but around the end of October we began a run of ten games where we played against nine of the top ten sides – and we marginally lost a lot of those games.
“We were getting punished for things we got away with in Division One North the year before, but we gradually began to get grips with the league and we had a great ending to the season.
“It is a big step-up between the two divisions and this is the highest level the club has ever played at, but I feel we’ve made a very successful transition.”
After coming through their difficult middle period of the season, Wingate ended the campaign on a high by losing just three of their last fifteen league matches – and Norman is confident that they can build on this next time around.
He added: “We’ve progressed in each of the three years since I came to the club, and I’m sure that next season will be the same.
“We’ll have a much better understanding and knowledge of the division and we’ll be better prepared.
“I’m not expecting many changes to the squad. I’m very happy with the group of players we’ve got, and they’ve all expressed an interest in coming back next year.
“I’m very confident that we can be targeting the top eight, and if we can do that it’s not entirely impossible that we might sneak into the play-offs.”