FC Halifax Town chairman David Bosomworth insists promotion to the Football League is possible with a part-time team.
Halifax couldn’t replicate their top-five finish of 2013-14 and ended last season’s campaign in a creditable ninth place.
But Bosomworth remains convinced that The Shaymen don’t need to be a full-time club to gain promotion from the Conference.
“I believe it is possible,” he said.
“I’ll use the analogy of North Ferriby.
“Who would have thought a Conference North side would get through all the rounds of the FA Trophy and beating a Conference National team in the final?
“It’s the same with us - at the end of our season we have a knock-out competition with the play-offs.
“We were unfortunate in that we probably got the toughest side of the four in Cambridge in 2014.
“I don’t think, out of the teams at the top last season (2014-15), that we got a team that were as good as Cambridge were.”
Bosomworth was pleased with Town’s campaign last season but believes the poor condition of the Shay surface played a part in disrupting Halifax’s form.
“We started so promisingly with five wins out of five,” he said.
“You know you’re not going to maintain that obviously but to bank 15 points was great.
“You always set the target of getting to 50 points and then see where you can take it from there.
“We were going really well and I just can’t help but feel us tailing off coincided with the demise of the pitch.
“Perhaps we haven’t been as fluent throughout the season and there haven’t been many 4-0’s or 5-0’s.
“But how do you replace 31 goals from Lee Gregory?
“You’re perhaps looking for someone who can get us 20 goals.
“The entertainment has been curtailed a bit, I’m thinking back to the Dartford home game.
“We didn’t do badly. It only petered out in the last few weeks when the draws have bitten.
“But there were some good teams who didn’t finish in the top-five and there’ll be a lot of tough competition next season.”
Bosomworth confirmed the playing budget for next season will remain at its current level and insists the club cannot reduce its running costs any further.
“We sustain the club because we manage it strictly.
“We don’t have unnecessary costs, but you can only keep doing that for a certain amount of time.
“We have a very flat structure in terms of personnel, which is too demanding on volunteers.
“The playing budget will be at a similar level but we desperately need to increase our season-ticket sales because that does dictate a little bit what Neil can spend.
“If we’re really successful with season-tickets that could be another £50,000 - £80,000 in the playing budget, which could be two extra players.
“That’s the reality of our situation but we can’t afford to trim the club any further.
“We’ve got increased stewarding costs, we may have increased rent although we feel we should have a rent reduction.
“But if the town can only support an Evo-Stik Premier side or a Conference North side because of the budget, then that’s what it’ll be.
“But if everybody has the same aspirations we have, then hopefully we’ll be a competitive Conference National side with a chance of getting promotion.”