Wimbledon RFC coach James Ogilvy-Bull is taking the positives from a season of ultimate frustration.
The Dons’ final day 50-21 win over Havant leaves them fifth in the table, although they could drop back to sixth should Sidcup, one point behind them, win their final game this weekend.
Either way, last season Dons finished fourth and so it is a step backward rather than forward.
Ogilvy-Bull said: “It has been frustrating because we have shown we can live with the best teams in the league, two wins over Chichester and a win at Gravesend prove that.
“But we’ve paid the price for a slow start, which is where the frustration has come in.”
He added: “But although we wanted to finish higher than last season, finishing as high as sixth proves last season was not a flash in the pan.”
Ogilvy-Bull is already planning his summer recruitment, but key is keeping hold of the players who have impressed him most this season.
He said: “Tommy Moore has been outstanding. He is a scrum-half by trade, but has played centre, wing and full back too.
“He has played nearly every game of the season and his consistency has been excellent.”
He added: “The likes of Neil Hallett, Bryan Croke and Richard Stewart have all stood out.”
Hallett was in fine kicking form against Havant converting five of the eight tries, while Steve May, Johnny Rawlinson, Vinnie McDonald, Pete Wallace, Ben Davies, Croke, Eion Mullen and Josh Charles all got over the whitewash.