DENTON Town insist their cup final defeat will be the start of something and not the end of something.The Cheshire League side lost 3-1 to Heyside FC in the Manchester FA Footy.com Saturday Amateur Cup at Hyde United’s Ewen Fields.
But joint-manager Phil Cooper is adamant the loss will not wreck their season. Instead it will be the first appearance in a showpiece occasion of many.
And this campaign is a building block to bigger and better things in 2021-22.
Town have made several signings in recent weeks, with Josh Stachini – whose last club was Ashton United – the latest through the door at Whittle’s Farm.
And Phil believes the new talent can pave the way for a glorious season next term
He said: “It wasn’t the result our lads wanted but it’s driven them to make sure we’re back there in 12 months picking up more than a runners up medal.
“In the meantime, they will pick themselves up and look to finish the season as well as possible!
“Of the other signings, the main two have been Yannick Le Gal and Harry Welsby. Both are centre halves and have been top class since joining us.
“We’re still treating this season as a year to build ready for next season, which is when I really expect this group to kick on.”
In the Cheshire League Division One, Town return to action on Saturday, February 29 with a trip to Garswood United before hosting Cheadle Heath Nomads Reserves on March 7.
And Jake Massey hopes to keep up his scoring rate of more than a goal a game having scored 11 in just 10 appearances.
With a significant gap between Denton and the bottom two – Moore United and Orford FC – their status for next season looks secure.