Altrincham’s hopes of promotion ended abruptly as the Robins lost heavily away at Brackley Town but chairman Grahame Rowley was full of praise for his player’s achievements.
Jefferson Louis fired the hosts into a fifth minute lead before a deflected Izak Reid effort and strike from Glen Walker secured a comfortable 3-0 win for the hosts.
Alty were not without chances but crashed out of the play-offs 4-2 on aggregate while Rowley applauded his players for their work throughout the season.
“I’m as disappointed as anyone at the result but great credit must be given to each and every one of the players for the performances that they have put in this season,” he told the club’s website.
“They are a credit to our football club.
“Thanks also to the management and backroom team as well as the numerous volunteers who make our club so special.”
Rowley also praised the Robins fans – around 400 made the trip to Brackley to watch the second leg – for their continued support.
“Finally, a massive thank you to all the supporters who have stood by the team through good times and bad,” he said. “I’m proud of each and every one of you.
“Let’s put Saturday’s result to bed and prepare for next season’s push.”
Altrincham lost by three clear goals just twice this season – to Brackley on the opening day and then in the play-off – their first and last games of the campaign.
Despite leading 2-1 from the first-leg, Alty failed to take control of the game and were punished at regular intervals by some potent finishing.
The Robins did start the second-half strongly, with Gianluca Havern striking the bar and top-scorer Damian Reeves seeing an effort cleared off the line.
However they could not beat Billy Turley in the Brackley goal, who was also on hand to superbly save Carl Rodgers’ volley.
Defeat means Alty can look forward to a derby with Stockport County next season, who join the Robins in the Blue Square Bet North as a result of their relegation.