John Lambert said he is bitterly disappointed after his sides relegation from the Ryman League South was confirmed.
A battling 3-2 defeat at Worthing on Monday means they are now four points behind Crawley Down Gatwick in second from bottom with just one game left to play.
In the end, bridging the 12 point gap which seperated Town from the rest of the league proved too tricky
They managed to close the gap significantly and while Lambert took the lion share of the blame, he praised his players battling spirit and thinks they have a good chance of a good season in the County Leagues which now face them.
“The overriding emotion is bitter disappointment,” he said
“It feels like I’ve failed as I set myself a target and I thought I could keep us up.
“I’m gutted but sometimes when these things happen it can make you stronger.
“At least we went down fighting though , we’ve got to regroup and try and come back up next year.”
Lambert vowed that he wants to stay on as manager despite his disappointment and believes he can amass a squad of players to make a good attempt at promotion at the first time of asking.
He faces the prospect of a player exodus, however, with the futures of captain Steve Elliot and Ross Sutton unclear.
Star striker Billy Medlock has refused to rule out a stay at the Saffrons but interest will be high.
Town will enjoy a host of local derbies next season with Hailsham Town, Newhaven and the mouth-watering prospect of games against County Division One-bound Eastbourne United.