PRESTATYN Town have come a long way in a short space of time under Neil Gibson, and how they approach the remainder of the season is going to be a huge implications on their long-term ambitions going forward.

It has been a memorable return to the Motion Finance Stadium for Gibson, a club legend who has steered a struggling side to safety within a few short months back at the helm of the Huws Gray Alliance outfit.

That was undoubtedly the initial target for the manager, especially given the recent upheaval at the club in recent years, and Gibson can now use the remaining fixtures as a period of analysis to see what he needs to strengthen during what is expected to be another busy summer for the Seasiders.

He has brought in some familiar faces to get them out of their slump, with the likes of Alec Williams and Ben Maher demonstrating the sort of composure and quality that was seldom seen before their return.

Whether any more of the Huws Gray Alliance title-winning squad follow suit and look to restore Town’s glory days remains to be seen, and there is also the future of defender Dave Hayes to consider as he may not play on after returning from a brief retirement last summer.

Owner Neal Colakoglu is a very driven and ambitious character who would like nothing more than to see the Seasiders’ make a return to the JD Welsh Premier League as soon as possible, but given how competitive the second tier is currently it is going to take a monumental effort both on and off the pitch to reach that target.

Gibson has seen it all and he has been there before, so he knows the sort of characters he needs within the dressing room to get to the promised land.

With the pressure now off his players, this could be a good chance to allow them to express themselves in the way he wants to play football to see if they can remain in his long-term plans.

Given they have already beaten the likes of Rhyl and league-leading Airbus Broughton, the potential is already there. What they need to work on is their consistency and improve their method of grinding out results in tight games that can make a huge difference at the end of the campaign.

Things are definitely looking up, and if they can keep going until the summer then the sky is the limit for this group in terms of what they can achieve in the future, providing they get the right sort of personnel in during the off-season ahead of their expected promotion push.