Royston Town manager Steve Castle conceded it’s now “very unlikely” his side will make the play-offs this campaign following their 1-0 defeat at Dorchester Town on Saturday.

Ninth-placed Royston were beaten at fifth from bottom Dorchester, in a game which Castle felt his side were in control.

The result leaves the Crows adrift of the play-offs in the Southern League Premier by 10 points with 10 games remaining, on 61 points from their 36 matches. Castle’s side have now won twice in their last six games, and Slough Town, who occupy the final play-off place, have a game in hand.

“We’re realistic to know that it’s very unlikely now,” Castle said. “We’ll keep going. Until the teams have got the points we just have to keep going.

“With the quality of what’s up in the play-off places at this moment in time, you would feel that it would be very unlikely that they would lose three or four games in a row. But, they’ve got to play a lot of games.

“We just have to take it on the chin. We need three points at St Ives on Tuesday, and just keep on plugging away.”

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