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Tonbridge Angels manager Steve McKimm says he felt as though he was on a rollercoaster ride at times in first season at Longmead

Tonbridge boss Steve McKimm has plenty to reflect on after his first season in charge at Longmead.

And McKimm admitted it certainly felt as though he was on a rollercoaster ride at times after seeing his side just do enough to retain their Ryman League, Premier Division status.

Angels finished 20th, just four points clear of the drop zone, after ending the season with a 2-2 draw against promotion-chasing visitors Dulwich last Saturday.

McKimm said: “It’s been a tough year there is no doubt about that but I have enjoyed it.

“It’s been a real mixed bag and it has certainly opened my eyes. I know personally that I have to change a few little things.

Tonbridge Angels boss Steve McKimm
Tonbridge Angels boss Steve McKimm

“It has been painful at times through the results we’ve had and the amount of injuries we’ve had to deal with. The injuries hurt us.

“On the other hand, we’ve played well at times and got some great results against sides who finished much higher than us.

“We all knew we needed to finish the season strongly to stay up and we did.

“We finished unbeaten in five so that was a great effort when we needed it the most.

“The key was that we didn’t wallow in self pity because of how the season was panning out – we knuckled down and got on with it.

“That’s given us the opportunity to go again next season and now I’ve got to ensure we take it.”

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