A 'roller-coaster' of a season for Firwood Waterloo but as Shakespeare said ' All's well that ends well' and indeed fourth place in North One West is not to be 'sniffed' at.
"Considering from where we started at the beginning of the season we have done well," declared director of rugby Steve Wood. "There was at one stage the possibility we might win promotion back in to what is now called North Premier but in reality a further season at this level is probably for the best."
Yet there were such fine margins. In the thirteen games played from the beginning of the season up to the Christmas break, Firwood Waterloo had won six of the thirteen games, of the seven lost, six losing bonus points were picked up so close were the results.
Going into the new year in eighth place the side's form improved considerably with just two defeats throughout January and February yet still managing two losing bonus points!
Now in third place there was still a chance but reversals away at Burnage and at home to Northwich, despite four wins from the final five matches it was not to be.
"Two seasons ago we had a mass exodus of players and we had to recruit almost from zero, "Wood stated. "However we worked hard to get a squad together and the players coming in have done well, bearing in mind that we had no readymade leaders on the field and we have had to build that up as well as trying to develop a new coaching team. On that basis I think we have done very well indeed.
"We still see ourselves as a senior club and we certainly want promotion and that will be one of our top priorities next term," he continued. "Our supporters and members demand that success."
Although the club are confident they can hold on to most of the present squad they will be losing Matt Tindall who is going travelling and Joe Randa who has returned to America.
"We are sad to be losing Matt and Joe but we are already looking at players and have started the recruitment process for next season," Wood explained. "Our aim is at least a top two finish and promotion."
Updated 10:11 - 30 Apr 2018 by Andrea Davidson