Manager Ross Potter has thrown in the towel with regards to Diss Town’s promotion hopes.
Returning to the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division after a two-year absence was the target set by Potter and the board at Brewers Green Lane ahead of the 2016/17 campaign getting under way.
And as the world welcomed in 2017, The Tangerines were on course to fulfil that objective as they occupied one of the three promotion places.
However, one win in their last seven outings has dropped Potter’s men down to eighth, 13 points adrift of Haverhill Borough in third.
Diss do have two games in hand, but even so, Potter has conceded it is a near impossible task to overhaul some of the First Division’s big spenders.
“Realistically the top three is gone. It is certainly a massive uphill challenge,” he said.
“We cannot compete with some of the budgets at the top end of the table, with the exception of Borough.
“Some players are earning ten times what my lads are getting and we are talking huge sums of money.
“We cannot also ignore the fact that some performances have been patchy of late. And we have played well, we have not taken our chances.
“But I also feel we have moved forward as a club with a solid squad made up of local lads.”
Following Potter’s admission, the Diss faithful could be forgiven for thinking their team’s season will now just peter out.
But the boss is having none of it, having insisted there is still plenty to play for.
“We are a much better side than eighth and it is down to us to prove that,” he added.
“There is plenty of personal pride in the dressing room so we will keep going.
“I expect us to at least be in the top six and we also need to make sure we qualify for the FA Cup, which is done on a points-per-game basis.
“Every player wants to play in that competition, so there is enough to keep us sharp.”
Tomorrow, Diss play host to Whitton United (3pm), before travelling to Downham Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).