Lancaster captain Ben Simm has spoken of his pride after seeing his side secure their best Northern League finish for nearly a quarter of a century.
The emphatic 93-run win at bottom side Preston on Saturday means the Lune Road outfit will end the season in third after a few years in the doldrums – their highest position since 1990.
Simm’s side even had their eyes on an unlikely title challenge at one point but the skipper believes his team should be delighted with how they’ve performed with one game of the season to go.
The spinner said: “I couldn’t be more proud of the team.
“The boys have done everything asked of them.
“It all started at the end of last year and we’ve picked up from where we left off.
“Hopefully that’s a sign of things to come and we won’t be back down scrapping at the bottom of the league.
“In a couple of months we might look at one or two games and wonder what might have been but we’ve got to be really pleased.”
The captain believes his side’s success is down to all the players contributing, Danny Welbourne scoring 130 at West Cliff against Preston, as well as a great togetherness in the camp.
Simm said: “A lot of it is down to hard work and team spirit.
“We don’t have any big, marquee players but we’re all good friends and everyone has stepped up and bitten the bullet when they’ve needed to.
“There’s a lot of character in the team and we’ve got one of the best bowling attacks in the league and in Liam Moffat one of the best seamers too.”
Lancaster’s rise after a few difficult seasons has surprised many, but not Simm, who hopes his side can finish the job off when they host St Annes on Saturday.
He said: “It may have been unexpected but I backed the boys and knew we could do pretty well.
“Hopefully we can sign off with a win against St Annes.”
The game at Lune Road on Saturday starts at 12.30pm.