Louis Carder-Walcott has been handed the reins full time at Bedfont & Feltham, despite chairman Brian Barry admitting promotion is probably beyond them now.
The former Walton & Hersham coach took over in the hot seat in November following the departure of Dean Thomas, but only made caretaker-manager due to his lack of experience.
After defeats in both his opening games, Carder-Walcott led the Yellows to a run of six wins and just two defeats in the next, putting them right in the Combined Counties One promotion picture.
But the second of those losses, last Saturday's 1-0 reverse to promotion rivals Worcester Park, left tem five points off the top three and with an inferior goal difference.
Barry said: “We were unlucky on Saturday. It was the best we have played this year and we hit the post twice, so I cheered Louis up after the game by giving him the job.
“I think he will be an excellent manager. He's still got a lot to learn, like how to be a man manager and handle players, but he is still new to the job and will learn as he goes along. Everyone has been impressed. It was a short apprenticeship, but he has earned it.
“I'm not sure we will get promoted this year, but we have to keep trying. Next season we will be going for it, and we have already started planning for it behind the scenes.
“We were unlucky to lose Deano halfway through the season, as under him we would be miles clear now. Louis has got us back to how we were playing then, but it takes six or seven weeks to get there, so we lost that much from our season.”
The club's tenants, CB Hounslow United, saw their Division One game at Banstead Athletic, called off last Saturday.
In the Premier Division, a late Matt Grave moved Hanworth Villa off the bottom with a 2-1 win over Colliers Wood United, after Elliot Frost had cancelled out the visitors' opener, but their midweek game against Raynes Park Vale bit the dust.
But there were two wins in four days for Bedfont Sports. Goals from Adam Fearn, Jamie Read and Dean Thomas saw them come back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Hartley Wintney, before braces from Read and Daryl Sanders, plus first goals for the club from Joe Hughes and Luke Bersey, saw the thrash Mole Valley SCR 6-0 on Tuesday night.