The man who scored the late goal which finally handed Hadleigh the title has said the players are not disappointed in the club for not applying for promotion — as it was the right decision.
Duane Wright’s 87th-minute header sparked wild scenes at the end of a great season for the club he returned to in the summer.
But he said there are no regrets in the dressing room over the call not to gamble the club’s financial future with promotion to the Ryman League.
“We’re not really disappointed, the club needs to see they are ready to move on themselves,” he said. “It is the right move as there are still young players here at the club and perhaps they will go up next year.
“The pitch and facilities here are quality.”
The 30-year-old said his winning goal was a blur, but the celebrations afterwards will be a moment he will never forget, as he tore off his shirt to sprint over to the clubhouse side before being mobbed by his teammates.
And he hopes the club can now keep them together for another title tilt.
“I don’t know what happened really,” he said. “I just think I got lucky really, in the right place at the right time.
“I was a bit happy after the goal, but I think we deserved to win the league.
“Hopefully we can carry on strong next year and keep all the boys together.”