Slough Town have become the latest Southern League challengers to rule themselves out of the title race.
On Monday, Hitchin became the first as their manager Mark Burke says it was no longer possible to catch the league leaders Chippenham Town.
His counterpart Neil Baker thinks the same following Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw at struggling St Neots.
Even a win at home to Cinderford tomorrow afternoon will not be enough to change his mind.
Joint Rebels boss Baker revealed: “Yes, we have ruled ourselves out of winning it now. It will be between Chippenham and Leamington.
“We probably need to win 3 more games to guarantee a playoff place, and we start against a revived Cinderford who beat us at their place a few weeks back, and we know it will be a tough game.”
For Slough, regardless of what happens in their bid to win promotion it is a season of progress.
He added: “We have had a tough few weeks, with our goalkeeper (Mark Scott) breaking his neck, Manny Williams one of our strikers has now also been ruled out for the season with a broken metatarsal, so we will be looking at what we can do ahead of the deadline day.
“Whatever happens over the next six or so weeks, we are delighted with the season.
“In our first in the new ground, we have gone from 17th to hopefully playoff place. That is real progress.”