Chris Plummer was left with a feeling of “bitter disappointment” as Corby Town’s Blue Square Bet North campaign took a turn for the worse at Colwyn Bay.
The Steelmen slipped to a 1-0 defeat in Wales as the side immediately below them picked up a crucial three points.
Colwyn remain in the final relegation place but the gap between themselves and Corby is now down to just four points and they still have two games in hand on Plummer’s side.
The Steelmen have 13 games left to play, the first of which is against second-placed Guiseley at Steel Park on Wednesday night.
And while Plummer was upset to see his team lose out in such a key fixture, he is predicting plenty of “twists and turns” in the remainder of the season.
“I am bitterly disappointed with the result, they were three points that were very important to us,” he said.
“I said it wasn’t a make or break game but certainly if we had got a win it would have gone a long way to ensuring our safety in the division.
“It was a scrappy game, a typical bottom-of-the-table clash and they have scored after a set-piece while we had a couple blocked on the line. It was a game of few chances.
“We are in a bad run of form but pretty much everyone in and around us also lost so there is pressure on a lot of teams in the remainder of the season, not just us.
“We have plenty of games left to pick up the points we need. But, as every game goes by, the task will get harder and harder.
“I do think we are looking more assured at the back but we are struggling to score goals at the moment and it is costing us.
“We are disappointed not to have got something from the game. But there will be plenty of twists and turns in the rest of the season.”
Top scorer Josh Moreman missed the clash on Saturday due to the shin injury he suffered in the 2-2 draw with Bishop’s Stortford last Wednesday.
But Plummer said: “Thankfully, it is not as bad as we first thought. There is no fracture and that was our biggest fear.
“Josh will be assessed by the physio at training on Monday night and hopefully he will be to do a little bit of light jogging as we look ahead to Wednesday. But if that comes too soon then we will be extremely hopeful to have him back for the Stalybridge game next weekend.”