Berkhamsted FC manager Mick Vipond was understandably delighted after seeing his side win the Dudley Latham Memorial Cup on penalties against Colney Heath on Monday afternoon.
The Comrades held their nerve to win the shoot-out 5-3 after the game had finished 1-1, and Vipond was full of praise for the character showed by his side.
“It was a very good way to end the season, a very good way indeed,” said Vipond.
“We didn’t play particularly well, especially at the start of the game because we looked a bit nervy. We went in at 1-0 up a little bit against the run of play if I’m being honest.
“In the second half we were dogged and battled away but they scored and their tails were up going into extra-time whereas we were a little bit flat.
“Regardless of what went on in the game, though, we stood up and took five fantastic penalties at the end.
“The players could have been deflated after being 1-0 up with five minutes to go and eventually being taken to penalties, but all credit to the way they responded.
“I’m really pleased for the club and the chairman because he puts so much work into it, so it’s a very satisfying way to finish the season.”
Veteran boss Vipond – who turns 67 in a couple of weeks – has been at the helm for six seasons, and he went on to reveal that next season will be his last at the club.
He said: “I’ve committed myself to the club for next season – I want one more year and then I’m going to hang the manager’s coat up and pass it on to some of the younger guys at the club.
“For now I’m just going to have a few weeks off and forget about football for a bit!”