Published 26th April 2011
However, Easter Monday saw long-time leaders Chester FC all-but clinch the championship after they came from behind to win 3-1 at fifth-placed AFC Fylde in front of a crowd of 1,316.
Second half goals from Michael Powell, Michael Wilde and Robbie Booth earned the Blues their vital three points.
Chester`s nearest challengers Skelmersdale United also won, 4-1 at Prescot Cables, leaving the Blues three ponts clear but with a crucial superior goal difference with one match remaining.
Chris Almond with two, Ryan Wade and Shaun Tuck gave Skem victory at Prescot.
Apart from either Chester or Skem, the other play-off places were already settled, with Chorley, Fylde and Curzon Ashton in the top five.
Chorley were held 1-1 at Irongate by Bamber Bridge, whose Stephen Green gave them a 21st minute lead that Steve Foster cancelled out 6 minutes into the second half, Fylde lost to Chester and Curzon beat Tameside neighbours Mossley, thanks to Luke Mack`s 35th minute goal.
Leigh Genesis and Ossett Albion have long been doomed to the drop, with Albion losing 4-0 at Garforth Town, whose David Brown bagged a brace.
Elsewhere, Lee Blackshaw and a Nathan Neequaye penalty saw Woodley Sports come back from an Aaron Bowen penalty down to win at Cammell laird, while Griff Jones netted a hat-trick as Radcliffe Borough edged out Trafford, for whom Joe Shaw scored twice, 5-3 at Stainton Park.
Salford City`s Mark Ayres and Jack Redshaw outgunned Chris Thompson`s spot-kick for Warrington Town at Cantilever Park, and Demi Kyriacou and own goals from David Ward and Josh Radcliffe edged the Yorkshire derby for Wakefield at home to Harrogate Railway Athletic, whose Steve Palfrey and Mike Duckworth replied, while Ashley Parillon and Chris Smalley were on the mark for Clitheroe in the Lancashire derby against Lancaster City.
The game between Durham City abnd Witton Albion ended 1-1 with Josh Home-Jackson equalising Nathan Southern`s 38th minute opener for Albion in the 75th minute.