NANTWICH Town have abandoned plans to make short-term improvements to Jackson Avenue after seeing their promotion hopes fade.
The Dabbers will move to a new £1.9m community complex at Kingsley Fields after receiving a Football Foundation grant of almost £1m.
The new stadium will not be ready for the start of next season, but with increased promotion places available as a result of a revamp of the non-league pyramid, Nantwich were considering upgrading Jackson Avenue to achieve a UniBond League ground grading.
Finishing in the top six might have been enough to secure promotion, but back-to-back home defeats by Skelmersdale and Alsager have all but blown such hopes away.
Chairman Clive Jackson said: 'It now looks like finishing in the top six is a virtual impossibility and I an extremely disappointed about that.
'It now seems as though we may not even finish in the top half and that would be a significantly backward step.
'With that in mind, I feel it would be extremely naive to undertake improvements to Jackson Avenue.
'It puts us back a year in our vision and we will never have a better opportunity to get out of the North West Counties League because we will probably have to win it next season.'
Nantwich aim to return to winning ways when they host Newcastle Town at Jackson Avenue tonight (7.45pm). They also entertain Fleetwood Town this Saturday.
Last Saturday's match at league leaders Clitheroe was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. ALSAGER Town lost their unbeaten record along with their discipline on Saturday.
Town had established a new record of 17 games without defeat before it came to an emphatic end at Bacup Borough on Saturday.
Two first-half goals from Darren Emmett put Bacup in control but a goal straight after the restart from Ian Verow after good work by substitute Ben Biddulph put Alsager back in the game.
Unfortunately, Alsager could not keep their players on the pitch and lost Alan Fraser to a second bookable offence on the hour mark. Five minutes later, Steve Elks also saw red after impeding Wilkinson in the area.
Goalkeeper Rob Powner saved the resulting spot kick but Alsager's nine men were caught as they went in search of an equaliser and further goals from Carl Stanley and Brian Welch in the final 15 minutes gave Bacup the points.
Bacup finished the game with 10 men after having a player dismissed for foul and abusive language in the closing stages.
A first-half goal from Gareth Rowe gave Alsager a 1-0 win in last Tuesday's derby duel at Nantwich.
Rowe capitalised on a mistake by Dabbers goalkeeper Stuart Heeps, who had miscontrolled a backpass.
Alsager goalkeeper Rob Powner had earlier made a fine save from Melford Knight.
They had a narrow escape when Ashley Lawton raced clear only to send his shot inches the wrong side of the post.
Alsager are at home to Mossley this Saturday and visit Atherton Collieries for a rearranged league match on Monday.