Ely City manager Brady Stone has praised his players after they committed to help the club get promoted back to the Premier Division next season.
Stone’s Robins, who visit Stanway Rovers on Saturday (3pm), are 18 points adrift of safety with just five games left to play.
And despite impressive results against two top six sides at the weekend, Ely cannot mathematically catch FC Clacton in 17th place.
“It was a strange weekend really,” reflected Stone. “We played fantastic on Saturday and on Monday but got relegated.”
Goals from Sam Goodge and Ben Green kept Ely’s slim hopes of survival alive on Saturday, as they ended a seven-match losing run to beat Felixstowe and Walton United.
However Clacton’s 1-0 win over relegation rivals Wivenhoe Town, coupled with City’s goalless draw with Godmanchester Rovers on Monday confirmed the Unwin Ground-based outfit’s relegation into the First Division.
“I’m proud of the lads,” said Stone, whose side host Godmanchester on Tuesday (7.45pm). “They showed what we can do at the weekend, and that we can compete with the big teams.
“The players have spoke to us and said ‘we’re staying’ and that it’s a great club, with a great team spirit. They want to get us back in the Premier.”
n Mildenhall Town (ninth) visit Wivenhoe on Saturday (3pm) off the back of a 2-0 win at Newmarket Town.
The Jockeys (seventh) suffered back-to-back defeats over the Easter weekend, with a 2-1 defeat at Kirkley and Pakefield on Friday preceeding their defeat to Mildenhall on Monday.
Newmarket host Felixstowe on Saturday (3pm) and Kirkley on Tuesday (7.45pm).