HEAD coach Kenny Redmond was philosophical after Oxford City Stars failed to complete an historic English National League treble.

Having already clinched the South Division 2 title and Division 2 championship, Stars went into the play-offs at Bracknell confident of a third triumph.

But their hopes were dashed when they went down 5-3 to Chelmsford Chieftains in the semi-finals.

Redmond said: “We were a little bit disappointed, but overall we have had a phenomenal season and I am so proud of the boys.

“They have given the club everything and will go in the record books as champions.

“We would have loved the treble, but the double isn’t bad going.

“The season caught up with us a bit at the weekend and while we gave it all we had injuries and fatigue perhaps took their toll.

“This is a solid platform for us to build on. Everyone has worked really hard and can now have a well deserved break before we re-group and plan for next season.

“The fans were superb again at the weekend and have really played their part in a very special seasons.”

Chieftains, who finished fourth in the regular season, took a 2-0 lead in the first period through Grant Bartlett and Anthony Leone.

The second period belonged to Stars, who levelled thanks to a fine brace from Josh Florey.

In a tense final period, Chieftains regained the lead through Bartlett before Oxford again equalised through Josh Oliver.

Their fans were jubilant, but they had the wind taken out of their sails a minute later when Michal Oravec scored for Chelmsford

Redmond’s side fought to get back in the game, but the impressive Bartlett completed his hat-trick to seal Chelmsford’s place in the final, where they lost 6-1 to Solent Devils.

Redmond said: “All credit to Solent – they have been very competitive all season."