Brackley Town manager Jon Brady believes his side can achieve something “quite special” after they secured a Blue Square North play-off spot.
Despite losing 3-1 to relegation-threatened Colwyn Bay on Tuesday, Saints were assured a play-off place after Harrogate failed to win at Solihull Moors, and Brady was quick to express his pride at the club’s achievement.
He said: “We’ve had a fantastic season. We were expected to just beat relegation and I said to them in the changing rooms, they need to do themselves justice because we didn’t tonight and we need to bounce back from that.”
“We’ve won five out of our last six and we’ve kept three clean sheets so it’s not doom and gloom, it’s quite positive. This club have just got into the Blue Square North play-offs, that is an unbelievable achievement.
“Everyone’s pulled together at this football club to make it that we stay in this league and actually now have an opportunity to maybe push on. It’s not just the players and the staff, it’s the fans and the people who have been here for years.
“We’ve created an infrastructure now with new changing rooms, new astro turf behind the goal, the terracing. It’s an amazing achievement.”
Two goals from Jamie Ellison and one for Rob Hopley was enough to earn Colwyn victory against an out-of-sorts Saints on Tuesday, but Brady hopes his side can use the result as a catalyst for the play-offs.
He added: “Tonight is disappointing but it can also be the catalyst where we can turn round and say that won’t happen again.
“We can now go and finish the season off and get promotion, why not? We’ve got a one in four chance of going up. They’re not bad odds.
“I’m very proud of the boys. They’ve worked very hard, it’s been hard work for everyone at the football club – everyone off the pitch that have sorted the facilities.”
Saints will go into the play-offs full of confidence and with a good record against the top teams having earned six wins, two draws and two defeats against the sides fighting for a play-off place.
Brady added: “I’m glad we’re playing the top teams! We’ve got to relish it and we know on our day we can beat anyone in this league and keep clean sheets against anyone.
“I went round and congratulated every single player for making the play-offs because they’ve got to be very very proud of that.
“But we’re not just stopping there, now we’ve got to go on and achieve something quite special and I believe we can.”