FC United returned to winning ways against Hucknall Town but it has come to late to reignite their play-off hopes.
The Rebels ended a run of three straight defeats to seal a 2-0 victory at Gigg Lane on Saturday.
But FC’s promotion bid looks to be over with Karl Marginson’s side 10 points off the top-five places going into Wednesday night’s home game with UniBond Premier League leaders, Bradford Park Avenue.
Still smarting from their shock defeat to bottom club Durham City the week before, Carlos Roca headed United into a 10th-minute lead before captain Dave Chadwick added a second with 14 minutes left to wrap up the points.
The Gigg Lane tenants travel to second-placed Guiseley on Saturday, kick-off 12 noon.