Wisbech Town have turned down the chance of promotion for financial reasons.
The Fenmen claimed a super second-placed finish in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division but club chiefs have opted against a rise in class to Step 4 football.
Wisbech completed their league campaign with a 2-0 success against Felixstowe & Walton at the Fenland Stadium last night (April 30) before boss Steve Appleby broke the bad news to his players.
“It’s a bitter pill to have to swallow for myself and my players after getting the job done on the pitch,” said Appleby.
“But we have to respect the decision that has been made by the people in charge who feel the club can’t financially sustain playing at a higher level.”