Didcot Town boss Stuart Peace admitted he had taken the Premier Division club as far as he could following his decision to quit after nearly seven years at the helm.

He said the 4-1 home reverse by Stourbridge – their ninth in 13 home games – had been the final straw.

“I just feel that we are at the stage of the season where some fresh ideas are needed to create a bit of impetus,” said Peace, who took over from Peter Foley in 2004, having been assistant boss.

“When you lose 4-1 at home there is nowhere you can go. I think they need to get a fresh face there.”

Peace said he had intended to quit in the summer, but had been persuaded to stay by chairman John Bailey.

“I wasn’t sure that staying was the right thing to do,” he said, “but I tried to do my best and while our performances have been decent, we didn’t get the right results.

“I think the timing was right for me to go. I wasn’t enjoying going to training.”

Peace, who masterminded their 2005 FA Vase 3-2 final triumph against AFC Sudbury and helped them to win the Hellenic League title in 2006, said there had been many highs in his time at Loop Meadow Stadium.

“I have had two promotions and we won the FA Vase, which was fantastic experience, and the various cups.

“For me, the biggest highlight was winning the play-off final (2-1 after extra time in 2009) at AFC Totton and getting promoted to the Premier Division.

“But I could not have achieved what I have without the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes. Everyone there has been brilliant to me."

Meanwhile, Paul Orgad has signed for Abingdon United from Thatcham.