Bedlington Terriers captain John Pendlebury believes the side would not have been relegated if Jonathan Wright had of been at Welfare Park for the full season.
The goalscorer made 14 starts in the league and finished the season with 14 goals.
And the Terriers captain described him as “unstoppable” against Marske United on the final day of the season.
“His goals would have saved us, there is no doubt about that,” said Pendlebury.
“Marske couldn’t handle him, but if he had of been here all season then we wouldn’t have gone down.
“Unbelievable, it is just a shame that Jon Jon hasn’t been here every week because if he was then we wouldn’t have been in the position we are in.
“I have known Jon Jon for years, he is the type of player that makes long balls over the top into good passes because he is busy and gets on the end of passes.
“It made a difference against Marske, he chased everything down, he was unstoppable because his finishing was clinical.”
Bedlington threw away a two-goal lead twice in the game with Marske, and Pendlebury said that it has been the “same old story all season”.
Pendlebury has expressed his desire to stay at Welfare Park, and he believes the squad owes it to the club to get them back into division one after a disappointing season.
He said: “It’s been the same old story all season. There have been a few games where we didn’t take advantage of being in a winning position in games.
“Penrith came with a poor team, we were two-up against Benfield, same with Bishop Auckland, and it has been a long, hard season.
“I want to stay. I have already spoken to Fez [Andy Ferrell] about staying. At the end of the day, we got ourselves in this position and we have to get ourselves out of it.
“Hopefully a few of the lads will stay together, depending on whether Fez wants them here, because it’s going to be a hard season next year.”
Questions were asked on the evening about some decision-making, and the penalty which dragged Marske back into the game, which was never a penalty in Pendlebury’s view.
“To be honest, there was a bit of a clash between the two of them and it was a foul on [Marc] Dummett. It was never a penalty,” he said.
“The linesman flagged for offside for one of the other goals, but apparently the lad ‘wasn’t interfering with play’ when he challenged for the ball in the air.
“He has then gone on to get the ball down and they have scored from it.”