Wisbech Town have turned down the chance of promotion for financial reasons.
The Fenmen claimed a super second-placed finish in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division but club chiefs have opted against a rise in class to Step 4 football.
Wisbech completed their league campaign with a 2-0 success against Felixstowe & Walton at the Fenland Stadium tonight (April 30) before boss Steve Appleby broke the bad news to his players.
“It’s a bitter pill to have to swallow for myself and my players after getting the job done on the pitch,” said Appleby.
“But we have to respect the decision that has been made by the people in charge who feel the club can’t financially sustain playing at a higher level.”
Joe Jackson made an early breakthrough for Wisbech tonight before top-scorer Chris Bacon hit his 30th goal of the season.
The battle for promotion from the United Counties League Premier Division will go down to the final day of the season on Saturday (May 4).
Spalding remain a point behind St Ives in the race for second place and a rise in class next season after both teams won last night.
Jake Gibson and Lee Canoville earned Spalding a 2-1 success at Cogenhoe while St Ives triumphed 1-0 at Yaxley.
The Tulips will need to win their final match at Northern Star and hope St Ives slip up at Shepshed. St Ives boast a superior goal difference.
Huntingdon sealed fourth place at the end of a fine debut season in Premier Division football with a 4-2 win at S & L Corby tonight.
A late scoring salvo which featured strikes from Dave Townsend, Stuart Eason and Jamie Graham inside the final 15 minutes clinched victory. Dan Drane had hit their earlier goal.
Deeping will end the campaign a place behind Huntingdon after easing past Harborough in their final outing.
Ryan Oliver went from weekend villain when he was sent off to Tuesday night hero with a couple of goals. David Burton-Jones and Scott Ginty got the others for Rangers.