It seems unlikely now that Holbeach United can even claim a consolation prize as ‘the best of the rest’.
A third successive defeat sent the Tigers down to sixth spot, having spent all season trying to catch up and hoping to get into the title race.
Although they can still look forward to the Knockout Cup final, Holbeach’s league form must be a concern.
They have not kept a clean sheet in the Premier Division in 16 games since December.
It took three minutes for Eynesbury Rovers to take the lead on Saturday.
Rhys Thorpe ended a spell of 280 minutes without a goal for the Cambridgeshire side.
Josh Ford had a series of first-half efforts but the Tigers maintained their record of a goal in every game so far in 2016 thanks to Ollie Gale’s equaliser.
Gale found the far corner with a crisp right-foot drive after Ford linked up down the left with Aaron Eyett.
However, in stoppage-time Lee Bassett put Eynesbury 2-1 up with a close-range volley.
Andrew Tidswell came so close to a leveller soon after the break and Nick Jackson’s header was cleared inside the six-yard box.
Jackson’s trip on Bassett conceded a penalty but the Rovers number nine saw his spot-kick pushed out by Tom Roberts diving to his right.
Five minutes later, though, Roberts could only watch as Joe Bradbury fired past him from the edge of the penalty area.
That sealed Rovers’ victory and lifted them into fourth place above the Tigers.
4-4-2: Roberts 6; Elston 6, Stevens 6, Jackson 6, Cartwright 6; Gale 6 (sub Newcombe 80 mins), Tidswell 6, Warfield 6 (sub Russon 87 mins), Eyett 7; Clitheroe 6 (sub Ward 72 mins), Ford 6. Subs not used: Barnes, Donald.
4-4-1-1: De Garis; Hickling (sub Freshwater 72 mins), Woodend, J Ducket, Bentley; Thorpe (sub Bannister 68 mins), Bradbury, R Ducket, Ngwala (sub C Inskip 80 mins); Coles; Bassett. Sub not used: Van Berg.
Thorpe (3 mins, 0-1); Gale (31 mins, 1-1); Bassett (45 mins, 1-2); Bradbury (82 mins, 1-3).
Aaron Eyett – always looking to create chances on the front foot.
Wisbech Town (A) – Tuesday.