HOLYWELL TOWN boss John Haseldin insists his side’s failed relegation reprieve will not impact morale at the club.

Bangor City’s successful appeal against an FAW-sanctioned 42-point deduction effectively confirmed the Wellmen’s fate on Monday.

After finishing the 2018/19 campaign in 14th place, the Flintshire club were thrown a lifeline when City were charged with breaching financial regulations and of fielding ineligible players last term.

But with the Citizens’ penalty reduced to a 21-point deduction they will remain in Tier Two at Holywell’s expense.

Reflecting on the decision, Haseldin said: “It hasn’t gone our way and now we have to accept it and move on.

“As a club we were thrown into a situation we never wanted to be part of, and we’d rather have stayed up for footballing reasons than on any kind of technicality.

“I’m not interested in Bangor City or their owners because it’s none of my business. All I care about is this football club and its success in the seasons to come.

“Obviously there was a chance we might have been kept up, and if we’d done so it would have been a massive bonus for us.

“But we know that it’s not Bangor who have relegated us and there’s no blame towards them on my part

“We knew soon after beating Holyhead on April 27 that we hadn’t done enough over the course of the season to stay up, even it was only our goal difference that sent us down.”

Despite enduring a month of uncertainty about his side’s league status, Haseldin insists that preparations for the 2019/20 season have been positive.

And with a Welsh National League campaign now in store, the Holywell boss is relishing the challenge ahead.

He added: “It took a couple of days after the end of the season for me to digest our situation and come to terms with it.

“But ever since then all of our preparations for next season have been really positive.

“We’ve made some strong signings and the training sessions we’ve got in with the lads early this summer have been excellent.

“We’re heading into the Welsh National League with a bunch of talented and ambitious young players who are hungry for success.

“So the message to our supporters is ‘stick with us’, because we’re feeling positive about next season and we want to bring some smiles back to their faces.

“We’ve got every respect for the teams we’ll be coming up against next season in a competitive league and we won’t take anything for granted.

“But the ambition is get back into that second tier as soon as we can, hopefully at the first attempt.”