VIDEO: Buxton 0-2 Chorley - match report

Buxton rounded off the 2013-14 season with defeat at home to Chorley, which sealed the Evo-Stik Premier title for the visitors.

Chorley headed to the Silverlands knowing three points would guarantee them the league crown and despite a spirited effort from the depleted hosts, a double from Josh Hine ensured Garry Flitcroft’s team would be playing Conference North football next season.

Buxton FC v Chorley, Matt Thornhill

Buxton FC v Chorley, Matt Thornhill

Hine struck at the end of each half to take Chorley to 97 points and thus secure automatic promotion.

Martin McIntosh was without the services of Ash Palmer and Jamie Green through injury whilst other players were evidently struggling with niggles and knocks.

Despite the adversity they faced, McIntosh’s troops made the brighter start with Sam Brooks, operating at left-back, going close with two headers, the first of which grazed the Chorley woodwork.

The visitors then started to assert their authority on the match and big frontman James Dean went closest to opening the scoring only to see his free header go wide with the goal at his mercy.

Buxton FC v Chorley,

Buxton FC v Chorley,

Skipper Andrew Teague then saw a header cleared off the line by Stuart Ludlam before Craig King made a beeline for the Chorley area only to see his effort flash wide.

The swathes of Chorley supporters, who made up a large majority of the 1483 crowd, were anxiously aware that title rivals FC United were leading away at Barwell, but their nerves were calmed when Hine netted minutes before the break.

Buxton failed to clear their lines and Dean laid the ball off to Hines who tapped beyond Warrington.

The second half was a case of the visitors wanting to keep hold of the lead or if possible extend it, and they went close on a few occasions as the half progressed.

Josh Davies had a chance when he was laid off by King, but the midfielder blasted over a rare opportunity for the hosts.

Chorley then calmed all remaining nerves late on when Hine netted a second after a quick counter to send their travelling support into raptures, and seal elevation to the sixth tier.

Buxton finish the campaign in 13th place, and will be looking for a considerable improvement in the 2014-15 season.

Bucks: Warrington, Ludlam, Ryan, Brooks, Stevens, Davies (Amesbury 87), Thornhill, Niven (Istead 75), King, Reed, Morris.