Leigh coach Paul Rowley has acknowledged that his team face an uphill battle if they want to reach Super League.
The Centurions were taken apart by a motivated looking Salford side on Sunday, with the Red Devils winning 46-18 at the AJ Bell Stadium.
While Rowley felt that some of the officiating hampered his team, he also felt his players were being pushed to their limit by the Super League outfit.
“We blew three clear cut chances and were on the end of some harsh and peculiar decisions,” he said, according to the Leigh Reporter.
“But we came up against a Salford side who played to a high Super League standard. They were much too good for us and our kicking game was really poor.
“It’s man in the mirror and keep our nerve time now. It wasn’t do or die today but we have to keep our swagger and our heads held high and go again.
“The Super League club’s finances have a bit to do with it but it’s proving an impossible dream at the moment for championship clubs.”