Chairman David Bosomworth is ready for a couple of months of hard work as he prepares Town for another tilt at promotion to the Blue Square Bet premier.
Sunday’s play off semi-final defeat marked the end of one campaign and the start of another for the Shay supremo who admitted that the extended campaign had made it tricky to start planning for 2012-13.
“It has been massively difficult to plan for next year,” he said. “This was our first experience of play offs and other clubs have already had discussions with existing players and spoken to incoming players. We know where we want to be and we will now knuckle down.
“We have the nucleus of a squad and Neil (manager Aspin) knows what he wants to do to strengthen it in the summer.
“That is not always easy because the good players you are looking at have two or three other clubs looking at them as well.
“We have to look after our existing players as well and there will be a lot of talks going on with regards to that.
“There will be a lot of work to do in a short space of time.”
Having set the bar at the play-offs, the challenge now will be for Town to go one better and return to the highest division in non League football five years after having to re-form.
“We did not make the best of starts to the season and we felt we were coming up short in one or two areas,” said Bosomworth. “As the season evolved we improved as we adjusted to the league.
“We had the spell when we won seven games in a row and we took 26 points out of 30 which propelled us into second place fleetingly, albeit Guiseley had a few games in hand on us.
“I think getting to the play offs has been a quite significant achievement.”
It was always going to be tricky to balance the expectation following back to back promotions and Bosomworth admitted it had taken everyone at the club time to acclimatise to their new surroundings.
“We didn’t know the league that well although Neil had been a manager in it two years prior,” he said.
“But he was the first to admit it had improved quite dramatically even from the time he was at Harrogate Town.
“We reacted to that as best we could.
“It has been a privilege to get to the play offs.
“I thought we had done the hard work at Gainsborough but we knew it would be difficult on Sunday. I think if we’d got our noses in front we might have gone on to win.
“The bar and the post conspired against us and in the end we came up short. Gainsborough did a good job and got the break from a set play.”