Gibson: The best is yet to come from Prestatyn Town
Prestatyn Town boss Neil Gibson says the newly-crowned Huws Gray Alliance champions are only going to improve following their promotion to the Dafabet Welsh Premier League at the weekend.
The Seasiders sealed a deserved title with by grinding out a 1-0 victory over Gresford Athletic at Bastion Road, handing them an unassailable 15-point lead at the top of the table to confirm a return to Welsh football’s top table.
Despite yesterday’s semi-final exit to Flint Town United in the Huws Gray Cup, it has been a hugely impressive season for Gibson’s charges, whose surge to the title has seen them lose just once in 26 league outings.
But boss Gibson is refusing to rest on his laurels, adding that his young side has already shown they have the potential to be a competitive force in the top flight once more.
He told FAW.Cymru: “I think with this group of players, the average age is about 21 years old so it’s quite frightening really what they could achieve as a squad, and after what we’ve done this year it is hard for me to criticise but we’re constantly looking for improvements, even when we’re winning.
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“In the games we’ve played so far this season against Welsh Premier League opposition we’ve won one outright and lost two on penalties. So, in ninety minutes we’re unbeaten as we’ve won one and drawn two, which isn’t bad going by any stretch, and within that our young lads have shown how well they can compete against these big teams.”
But despite the confidence in his team’s abilities, Gibson admits the manner of the club’s incredible season has taken him a little by surprise.
“I think what we’ve achieved has blown every expectation we had out of the water,” he added.
“We wanted to win the league, of course we did, and we felt we could do it with the players we had at our disposal, but to secure it in such a manner is a huge achievement and testament to the hard work of everyone who’s made it happen.”