Article by Johnnie Lowery
There’s no denying it from me, Sunday was completely and utterly heartbreaking.
I’ve long desired to see Sutton at Wembley, and to get that close only to slip up hurts.
We didn’t play well in truth, barring the last 20 minutes or so, and Boreham Wood on balance probably deserved their win though their extreme time wasting tactics would have gained little admiration from the U’s support.
Though the disappointment is massive it’s important to keep a sense of perspective – a highest ever league finish is a great achievement.
3 or 4 years ago a Wembley visit was a pipe dream, but though we haven’t made it this year you wouldn’t bet against us doing it sometime soon, be it FA Trophy or playoff final.
It will be an interesting summer with several players likely to attract interest from EFL sides, meaning Doswell may well have a task on his hands replacing key names.
Losing Roarie Deacon and Max Biamou seemed a disaster on the face of it last summer but the squad was strengthened to be even stronger overall despite the loss of two of the standout players that season.
This fills me with confidence that whoever we lose we can avoid too much damage overall.
I don’t know what to expect next season.
With Orient and Hartlepool now stronger, and Barnet coming down experienced in immediately challenging for the title again, I think the division will be stronger.
Another playoff finish, along with maybe a good FA Cup or Trophy run, is probably a good target to keep this great club firmly in the ‘overachieving’ bracket.