Darren Peacock was left to rue what might have been as his Lancaster City side missed out on the Evo-Stik First Division North play-offs on goal difference.
The Dolly Blues beat champions Curzon Ashton 1-0 at Giant Axe on Saturday but Ramsbottom’s 0-0 draw at home to Bamber Bridge ensured they took the coveted fifth spot.
Despite there not being much expectation on City at the start of the season, the head coach was disappointed not to still be in the promotion hunt.
Peacock said: “We did what we needed to do, we needed the three points but it’s not ideal when you’re relying on other teams.
“To be honest, overall I’m disappointed.
“At the start of the season we didn’t know what to expect but we should have cemented our play-off position maybe four weeks ago.
“It’s across the season though, it’s not one miss or one game. It’s mistakes in midfield or defence or people not taking chances.
“We all take responsibility. We’ll learn from that and hopefully the lads will come back better players.
“Overall I think the lads have done very well and I’m looking forward to next season.”
Peacock isn’t set to make wholesale changes but will look to add competition to a thin Dolly Blues squad.
He said: “There won’t be any major changes but we do need some fresh faces to push the lads on.
“That’s our job, and it’s our job to get the players in to create competition in certain positions.”