Stuart Wardley toasts Saffron Walden Town’s fine second half of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division season

PUBLISHED: 09:51 05 May 2016 | UPDATED: 10:06 05 May 2016

Saffron Walden Town manager Stuart Wardley

Saffron Walden Town manager Stuart Wardley


Stuart Wardley was left toasting a fine Thurlow Nunn Premier Division turnaround and he hopes to use newly crowned Premier League champions Leicester City as inspiration in a quest for promotion next season.

A 3-0 final-day victory at Brantham Athletic confirmed an eighth place finish for the Bloods in their debut season in the Thurlow Nunn top flight.

Having languished in the lower reaches of the table at Christmas, an upturn in form, particularly results at Catons Lane, rocketed Town to their eventual final placing and Wardley has been thrilled with his side’s efforts since the turn of the year.

Player-manager Wardley told the Reporter: “The lads have been great to get us up into the top half of the table and I’m absolutely delighted.

“At Christmas it looked like we’d be in a relegation fight and we were really struggling to pick up any points. It wasn’t a nice place to be.

“One point from our first seven home games didn’t help matters.

“However, we had a good few results [37 points from a possible 60 in 2016] and started to get on a roll and we became much harder to beat.

“Even against some of the big clubs in the second half of the season we put in a really good effort and we showed what we’re about and it all came together in the end.”

When asked about a potential title challenge next campaign, he added: “With one or two additions who knows - look at Leicester.

“They’ve given every team in the country hope. With a bit of hard work and good team spirit anything could happen.”

The boss believes keeping the squad together will be key to any success next season.

He continued: “The squad in the second half of the season have been superb so to keep hold of all of them over the summer would give us a massive boost.

“It’s been a team effort and everyone played their part.

“I’ve got a couple of transfer targets already but I’ll keep looking. I’ve got to knuckle down now and put in the hard work to make the team even stronger.”

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