Scott Garner believes that Boston United’s play-off defeat will only make the Pilgrims more of a force next season.
The club captain knows that the wounds of the club’s semi-final penalty-shootout defeat at home to Chorley will take time to heal.
However, he is adamant that there will be no long-erm effects from the frustrating setback.
Instead, he believes lessons will be learned and the pain of coming so close to promotion will act as an inspiration in the upcoming National League North campaign.
“Of course it’s going to hurt, a lot of the lads are down and upset,” Garner said.
“But it shows we care, and that’s the club we are.
“Everyone cares and everyone hurts when we don’t win.
“We’re not used to losing.”
Indeed, the Pilgrims ended their season with an unbeaten 12-match run.
And they looked set to book their place in the play-off final as they led 2-1 until Adam Roscoe pulled the Magpies level with an overhead kick five minutes into time added on, Chorley going on to progress from spotkicks.
But Garner says there will be no penalty hangover when United return to pre-season training.
In fact, he expects the opposite mood.
“We’ve ended the season on a 12-game unbeaten run which is credit to everyone, and if we start next year like that we’ve got something to look forward to.
“Everyone wants to be here, everyone looks forward to coming in.
“We look like we’re going to be really strong.
“We’ve got to enjoy our summer first, but everyone’s happy here and nobody’s looking to move on.
“We’ll be strong next season.”
Garner will face his former club Lincoln City in the Bluefin Lincolnshire Senior Cup on Saturday, July 25.
The quarter-final encounter will be held at the Jakemans Stadium (KO 3pm), with the victorious side travelling to either Lincoln United or Scunthorpe United in the semis.
Boston have been beaten at home by Gainsborough Trinity in the first round of county cup competition during the past two seasons.
United will host Grimsby Town - managed by former boss Paul Hurst - in a pre-season friendly on Saturday, August 1.
Other warm-up matches have been confirmed away at Rossington Main (July 14), King’s Lynn Town (July 28) and Worksop Town (August 3).