Boss Jimmy Albans has apologised to the fans after Belper Town were relegated.
A 2-1 defeat at Nantwich sealed the Nailers’ long-awaited relegation from the Northern Premier League.
“I’m absolutely gutted of course,” said Albans.
“I’d like to apologise to the football club, and to the supporters, who have supported the football club through this poor season.
“They have gone through every emotion in the last 12 months, after being promoted through the play-offs last season, and then seeing their side get relegated this season.
“When I took the job, I genuinely thought I could keep the club up, and I haven’t, and for that I am sorry and I take full responsibility.
“I feel sorry for club, but myself and the players can’t feel sorry for ourselves because we haven’t done enough over the season to stay up.”
Paul Lister gave Belper hope with an equalising goal, before the home side struck again to deny Belper any points on the day.
“We didn’t deserve to lose, but we have done,” added Albans.
“That pretty much sums up my time so far in these first 14 games.
“We’ve been competitive in most of them and it’s always been the odd goal where we’ve lost it, and it’s usually been a late mistake that has caused it.”
“When I came in, I gave the players that were there at the time the chance to show me they’re good enough, and we didn’t get any results.
“Therefore I began to sign players and improve the squad but sadly we’ve not had any better results.
“Me and the staff know that this team we have now is good enough, but clearly the players themselves have no confidence or belief and that’s shown on the field.
“I had several of the players with me at Grantham and they’re a shadow of the player they were here so far.
“We have a handful of games left, and although points wise we no longer have anything to play for, the players have their futures to play for now.
“We need to make sure we get some results to give the supporters something back.”