The Rebels' dreams of rubbing shoulders with neighbours Altrincham, Droylsden and Stalybridge Celtic in Blue Square Bet North next term were dashed as they fell to a goal two minutes from the end of extra-time in a nailbiting promotion decider at Bradford Park Avenue.
The game was put back a day to allow Bradford (A Football League side back in the day) to bring their ground up to scratch in anticipation of a bumper crowd and almost 2,000 watched the game the largest seen at the Horsfall Stadium.
A predictably tight encounter appeared to be heading for a penalty shoot-out when Bradford sub Tom Greaves poked in a Matty James cross from point-blank range to wreck FC's bid for a fourth promotion in seven seasons - one which would have left them just two hops away from a place in League Two.
It was very much a case of deja vu for Karl Marginson's men, who lost by the same score in last season's play-off final at Colwyn Bay,
But Marginson offered no excuses for either the result or FC's below-par performance, saying: "It wasn't a great game, as is so often the case on occasions such as this, but fair play to Bradford, I thought they deserved to beat us on the day.
The Club are still committed to developing their new purpose built ground in North Manchester and the set-back on the pitch is unlikley to impact on this.