Stourbridge missed out on returning to Step 2 of Non-League football for the first time in 33 years but manager Gary Hackett took the positives.
Defeat to Spennymoor last week in the playoff final say the Glassboys fall agonisingly short.
The 1-0 defeat was difficult to take by he maintained they had enjoyed a good season.
“There has to be expectation and of course, you feel that,” he said. “To be honest, I would not be managing this club if there was no expectation.
“After the final game of last season, I said we needed to improve on finishing sixth. We have finished third and got to the third round of the FA Cup having previously got to the second.
“There is that improvement. We were just unable to get over the line in a one-off shoot-out. There has to be time where there is a levelling-out period but I don’t believe the club is at that stage yet,” Hackett told The Express and Star.
“Now is not the time to be talking about next season. I need to sit down with the rest of the management team, reflect and then make decisions.
“With 20 minutes to go, we could have been talking totally differently and that’s football. That’s why we all have that love-hate relationship with it.
“We came so close and we all know the difficulties we experienced after the Wycombe game in terms of players moving on to pastures new.
“I firmly believe it has been a fantastic achievement to finish in the top three. One thing is without doubt, this club is moving in the right direction.”