Salford City’s winning run came to an end at three games after a narrow 1-0 defeat at Colchester United.
The Ammies were reduced to nine men by the end of proceedings, Di’Shon Bernard being sent off within half an hour for two yellow cards before a straight red for Ash Hunter in added time.
Chances were very limited for both sides though, and George Boyd was closest to breaking the deadlock with a low drilled shot that just missed the right-hand post.
Substitute Josh Bohui scored the winner, latching onto a through ball to nab three points that guarantee Colchester’s safety after a difficult season.
Salford drop to ninth and now head into the final weekend needing a win, and results elsewhere to go in their favour in order to reach the play-offs, however hope isn’t gone for Gary Bowyer and his side.
“We didn’t start the game particularly well. Colchester sat off us, even with 10 men, we’ve had 50% of the possession so the lads have had a go.
“George Boyd went on a brilliant run, just couldn’t get that finishing touch but there wasn’t much in the game.
“We said several weeks ago that it would go to the wire, I think it was after the Grimsby game that we drew the lads were disappointed, we said to them “look this will go to the wire” and you’ve seen what’s happened today.
“Teams scoring in the last minute, teams conceding, then places changing and that’s exactly what will happen next week.”
Leyton Orient are the visitors to The Peninsula Stadium next Saturday for the final league game of the season.