Marcus Law admitted there was an “end-of-season vibe” as Kettering Town’s final home game of the campaign ended in a dull 0-0 draw with Cambridge City.
The visitors picked up another point in their quest to avoid the drop in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
But, for the Poppies, the season continues to peter out, although they are now guaranteed a top-10 finish.
“There is that end-of-season vibe about everything,” boss Law said.
“They came here with something to play for but I think they were fearful of losing.
“We probably had the better of the chances but as the game fizzled out, I think they were sensing that they might be able to nick it and they opened the game up a bit.
“But, to be honest, it was a real end-of-season game.
“There wasn’t a great deal of quality out there and some of the decision-making was disappointing at times.
“We have one more game to go and we will look forward to that but our thoughts are very much already on next season.”
The Poppies round off their campaign with a trip to Banbury United on Saturday.