Hadleigh United manager Stuart Crawford has questioned why any team would want to gain promotion from the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.
With just eight games left of the current campaign, the Brettsiders look odds-on favourites to lift the title with an 11-point advantage in place over second-placed Felixstowe and Walton United.
But having refused the opportunity to apply for promotion, Crawford — whose side have the chance to extend their lead at the top of the table with a trip to their nearest rivals on Saturday (3pm) — cannot see the advantages of going up.
“I don’t see why every club is itching to get out of this league,” he said. “In my opinion they are in for some misery unless they can go up with a big budget.
“It wouldn’t be for me, that’s for sure, and I know the club agree.
“By having two good seasons and runs in the FA Vase, we are seeing the attendances creep up and there is a good feeling.
“If you go up and can’t compete, you’re going to have fans getting disgruntled because they are used to winning. It’s not for us.”