Winslow United guaranteed themselves 14th place in SSML Division One after a 2-1 win away at London Lions in their penultimate game of the season.
Winslow sat bottom of the table coming into the New Year following a difficult first half of the season, but five wins in their last six have seen them rocket up the table.
Their latest victory came at London Lions on Saturday as an umarked Jason Costello headed home Ryan Freshwater’s cross to put Winslow 1-0 ahead at half-time before Dale Butler converted a second half penalty to secure the points, despite the hosts nabbing a late consolation.
United boss Scott Reynolds said afterwards: “Another solid performance from us with everyone having a good game and working hard to get the win.
“We should have been out of sight at half-time, with 15 shots and probably 80 per cent possession, but it wasn’t to be and we went in only one up.
“The start of the second half was largely the same, but we still struggled to score the second goal. London Lions did appear to grow in confidence and get out of their half more as the game went on, but without really testing us or penetrating our back line.
“Eventually we got the second goal, Ryan Freshwater was brought down in their box and our leading scorer Dale Butler converted the penalty with a high level of confidence and assurance.
“Following that I felt we took our foot off the gas too much and allowed them back into the game. Weymes was forced into a good save from a header and a few minutes after a well taken strike saw us back at 2-1.
“The lads showed character and composure and managed to see it out to hold on to all three points.
“It has been an amazing end to the season, five wins in our last six sees us basically guarantee 14th place with the added satisfaction that we finish higher than both our local rivals Buckingham Athletic and Stony Stratford Town.
“ An amazing turnaround considering we were rock bottom with eight points at the start of this calendar year.
“We aim to finish on a high this week and prove to Codicote we are not as bad as we were against them in the second half at home.
“Following that it’s time to rest, continue planning a well-structured and eye-catching pre-season and enjoy a few weeks of sunshine before going again!”