WORCESTER City saved their best until last as they rounded off the season in style.
While there have been some fine displays from Carl Heeley’s side this term, most notably in the second-half of the campaign, few were better than the 3-0 victory over Boston United.
The Blue and Whites were on top in the first period but blitzed Boston after the break with three goals that had Aggborough rocking.
It was also watched by the highest home league attendance of the season, swelled by a large and vocal travelling Pilgrims support.
Fittingly, with Danny Glover having opened City’s goal-scoring account at Aggborough with a scorching volley against Altrincham way back in August, it was another spectacular effort that completed City’s tally for the term.
Tyler Weir, having already fired a crisp 20-yarder drive beyond Lewis King on the hour-mark, responded to shouts of “shoot” from the crowd by unleashing an unstoppable swerving strike into the top corner from even further out.
That sparked scenes of delirium not often seen at Aggborough, even if the left-back’s over exuberant celebration earned a booking from picky referee Michael D’Aguilar.
Prior to Weir’s barnstorming brace, Daniel Nti had broken the deadlock with his 16th goal of the season, neatly sweeping home captain Ellis Deeney’s right-wing cross.
With each goal, City grew in confidence and their experimental system, no doubt deployed with next season in mind, worked a treat.
Captain Deeney sat deeper to protect the back four, allowing right-back George Williams to flourish in a central midfield role alongside Ebby Nelson-Addy.
By the end, Boston had no answer to the onslaught as their play-off hopes were extinguished.
The visitors’ misery was finally completed five minutes from time when Steffan Galinski tripped Nelson-Addy in full flight while bearing down on goal and was sent off.
It all meant that City finished the season in 15th place with 50 points, exactly the same as last season but something that seemed unthinkable just a few short months ago.
Staring relegation in the face at the start of January, Heeley and his coaching staff transformed City’s fortunes with some choice signings that also brought the best out of the young crop of talent at their disposal.
The result was a run of form to match any team in the division – at one stage winning seven out of 10 games - and safety secured with several games of the season remaining.
Saturday’s victory ended a run of three games without a win, which ironically was City’s worst spell of 2014.
But, with their status assured, it is perhaps understandable that they briefly eased up knowing their work was done.
However, there was no sign of that against Boston as City put the Hednesford defeat behind them and showed that they are capable of.
It ensured 2013-14 finished on a high and renewed encouragement for what might be to come next season.