Wakehurst boss Ian Gregg admits he won’t be sorry to see the back of the current season.
The Ballymena men lost three times in the past week, stretching their current run to an unenviable five straight Belfast Telegraph Championship Two defeats.
The silver lining to that cloud, however, is that results elsewhere mean that Wakehurst’s Championship Two status is secure and they will once again compete in the third highest division in this country next term.
“With the exception of my first season, when we were still in the Amateur League, this has been the toughest season of my time at the club,” Gregg told Times Sport.
A 2-0 defeat at Newington YC last Monday was followed up with a 3-2 reverse at Banbridge Town in midweek and Saturday saw a 2-0 defeat at Sport & Leisure Swifts.
“The performances during the past week were much better than the previous debacle at Moyola.
“But in each of them, we showed the same frailties that we have displayed throughout season - not taking our chances and then conceding goals from individual errors.
“I always felt we were far enough away from the relegation battle because I felt we would pick up points in the last four or five games but when we didn’t, and Coagh started to get a couple of results, it was a wee bit anxious.
“I still maintain there is enough ability within our squad to be comfortably mid-table in this division but we didn’t apply ourselves consistently enough,” added Gregg.
Wakehurst complete their league campaign with against relegated Ballymoney United, with the fixture brought forward to Friday night at Mill Meadow.