FC United of Manchester suffered their first relegation since forming in 2005, as the club went down from the Vanarama National League North yesterday.

Ashton United also lost their fight for survival, returning to the Evo-Stik League after one season in the sixth tier. It means Guiseley have stayed up, avoiding back-to-back relegations after a difficult campaign.

At the top of the division, Stockport overtook Chorley in the race for the title, with Blyth Spartans moving into the play-off places. Chester are now out of contention for a play-off spot in 9th, meaning it will be two from Blyth, Bradford (Park Avenue) and AFC Telford United.

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