Buckingham Town manager Neil Griffiths says the past month has been the toughest of his career.
The club have lost several key men in the past few weeks while also struggling in the league having slipped to 16th in UCL Division One.
Griffiths said: “We have come through the hardest few weeks of my managerial career. We have lost five key individuals to higher level clubs, but the character of these players is unquestionable.
“League wise we have dropped off a bit and I have no doubt that’s down to the unsettling last couple of weeks. We now must pick ourselves up and go on a run into the New Year.
“The highest the club have finished since their relegation is eighth on 45 points. I want to improve on that as an absolute minimum. It will be a great building block into next season to achieve that.
“There maybe some new faces added over the next couple of weeks but I will add carefully – they must improve on what we already have here.”
Buckingham are away to Northampton ON Chenecks this weekend.