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Robinson proud of his side's impressive season

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Hungerford Town manager Danny Robinson is looking forward to the summer break and spending time with his loved ones. It won't all be sandcastles and paddling pools, though. He'll soon be focusing on next season and admits summer can be a 'horrible time for a manager'.

For now The Crusaders can reflect on another successful season, their sixth in the Vanarama National League South. Robinson's side continue to overachieve. 'We were favourites to get relegated, smallest budget, smallest attendance, we were safe with ten games to go.'

It seems likely that next season the target will be more of the same. 'The remit is always don't get involved in a relegation battle, don't go down.'

Danny Robinson
Danny Robinson

Robinson is planning to sit down with Nicky and Patrick Chambers soon, but the level-headed boss also wants to 'enjoy what we've done this year'.

Rightly so. Hungerford have beaten all of the league's top four sides on the way to a twelfth placed finish. Robinson says the team's achievement is 'beyond my wildest dreams'.

The name on the lips of all Crusaders fans will doubtless be goal-machine Ryan Seager. Robinson said he's 'delighted' that the frontman is contracted for next season. That being said, he admits that 'there's a certain fee we will accept, otherwise he's not going anywhere.'

Next season will be a 'lot tougher' for The Crusaders. For the first time, the division will consist of 24 teams. That will include long trips to newly relegated sides Dover Athletic and Weymouth.

Robinson is realistic and resolute. With pride, he says 'we are who we are'. This season has once again shown that Hungerford Town are a match for anyone.

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