Truro City have been relegated from the Blue Square Bet South after they failed to beat Basingstoke Town.
City had to win all of their remaining fixtures to have a chance of survival, but Monday's 2-2 draw ended any hope.
"Before the start of the season, with all the players leaving, we knew how difficult it would be," Truro manager Lee Hodges told BBC Radio Cornwall.
"Fair play to everyone who has stayed on and given it a go but we knew it would be an uphill task."
And he admitted: "I think the fans and players had already accepted it."
Despite the disappointment of relegation, Hodges was happy with his team's performance on the day.
"We did well in the match and no-one would have argued had we won. It wasn't to be, but I'm glad we put in a good performance," he said.
Truro were deducted 10 points at the start of the season for entering administration, and following relegation they will compete in the Southern Premier next season.
"Just to have a club still fighting is more than satisfying," Hodges insisted.