Thetford Town boss Mark Scott has conceded this season will end with disappointment and regret despite being on course for a best ever finish.
With four games of the current Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division season remaining, the Brecklanders sit in 14th position on 38 points, comfortably eight points above the drop zone following a 1-1 derby day draw with relegated Diss Town in which Ian Fancett opened the scoring, while Elliott Smith also saw an 80th penalty saved.
But despite not finding themselves embroiled in the relegation battle as they have in previous seasons, Scott is far from satisfied following their most recent missed opportunity.
“We are still playing for a bit of pride and to be as high up the league as possible with our best points total ever,” said Scott, whose side travel to Brantham Athletic tomorrow (3pm).
“The result was disappointing from my point of view because no one showed any real desire.
“We’ve never been over 30 points in this division and I was hoping to hit that magical 40 points as soon as possible.
“This was an opportunity for us and to know everything is safe but now we are still looking over our shoulder slightly.
“I genuinely think we should have been a comfortable mid-table team this year but we have had a lot of inconsistency and player unavailability which brings instability.
“It feels like we had progressed from a few seasons of struggle but now it feels that we have taken a step back.
“Overall it is a step forward but with the squad we’ve had we should have done better but we’ve thrown too many points away.”
League rivals Mildenhall Town will be aiming to build on a 2-0 victory over Newmarket Town on Monday when they travel to Wivenhoe Town tomorrow (3pm).
Having lost 1-0 to Godmanchester Rovers on Saturday, Hall bounced back with goals from Daniel Brown and Matthew Waters.
Walsham-le-Willows will be hoping to halt a three-match winless run at Godmanchester (3pm) after enduring defeats to Stanway Rovers (1-2) in which Andrew Wood grabbed a consolation and Haverhill Rovers (2-0) over the Easter weekend.
Team Bury’s winless run in the First Division stretched to six matches after a 2-0 defeat at leaders Long Melford and a 0-0 home draw with March Town United. They will be aiming to get back to winning ways when they travel to Great Yarmouth Town tomorrow (3pm) before hosting Needham Market Reserves on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Basement-boys Needham’s search for a first win in 2015 continues after a 1-0 defeat at home to Downham Town on Saturday. They host Dereham Town Reserves tomorrow (3pm) before their trip to Team Bury.
Ahead of a trip to Swaffham Town tomorrow (3pm), Stowmarket Town ended a three match losing run to beat Dereham Town Reserves 3-2 on Monday.
The Old Gold and Blacks had suffered a 4-1 defeat at Great Yarmouth Town on Saturday, in a game which saw half of their 12-man squad made up of players from the club’s under-18s.