Glastonbury Town 0 Bridgwater Town Res 2
Glastonbury Town manager Simon White believes his side have turned the corner despite finishing bottom of the Somerset County League Premier Division following their final- day defeat at home to Bridgwater Town Reserves.
Gone are the days when the Dollies received a drubbing on a regular basis and they have become a far more competitive outfit in the final third of the season.
"We are moving in the right direction," said White. "We have stopped the rot and we now have to think about winning games at the start of next season.
"We have stopped losing by a hatful and we have been unfortunate not to pick up more points. By and large, the club have improved.
"We tried to avoid relegation but it was always going to be a tall order, so we have just tried to get some respect back."
Glastonbury now implement a clearer structure within the club, providing youngsters with a pathway to the first team. White believes this will be of huge benefit to their revival next year.
"We now have a long-term structure in place and that has seen a massive improvement," said White. "We have got the Wessex Youth system involved, our under-18s are in place, we have a good set-up with the reserves and the first team is better than it was.
"The discipline and organisation that is here gives us a springboard for next season.
"I always say at the end of every season that the best players you can sign are already here. We need to make sure they stay and build on everything they have been doing since I came here.
"We have a small squad and we need to improve but we also have to ensure the club has stability in terms of management and players. It's not a revolving door where players are here and then gone.
"The players have worked hard and I can only take my hat off to them. They've taken on board everything we have done and we just need to make a few signings to move on to the next stage."
Glastonbury gave a good account of themselves in their final contest but were second best in all areas on the night.
Bridgwater dominated the early exchanges and took the lead after just four minutes when Lee Villis beat Jordan Winter. Glastonbury responded and Tom Morgan and Alex Priddice saw efforts sail inches over the crossbar.
The visitors continued to dominate and were unlucky not to increase their advantage when Connor Watts smashed against a post. Glastonbury continued to have their moments too and Joel Hopper tested Greg Turner before Priddice fired over the top.
Bridgwater eventually doubled their advantage midway through he second half when a dangerous cross from Tyne Govier was headed into his own net by Hopper.
The hosts went close to reducing the arrears after 72 minutes when Lee Oakley's cross found James Travella, who sent a fierce drive into the side-netting.
Bridgwater ended the game strongly and Connor Watts twice had shots turned aside by Winter.
The result may mean Glastonbury are relegated but the future of the club looks a lot brighter.
Merv's merit marks: J Winter 7, R Wilson 6, J Hopper 7, T MORGAN 8, D Solway 6, B Whittaker 7, B Hefferman 6, L Oakley 7, A Priddice 7, B Treloer 6, J Ali 6.
Referee: Brian Lee 4.
Entertainment value: 7.