Goals from Liam Hughes and Hamza Bencherif saw Worksop Town make sure of their place in the play-offs as Atherton Collieries bowed out of the NPL Prenier Division with a 2-0 final-day defeat.

Heading into the final round of fixtures, Worksop arrived at the Skuna Stadium knowing only a win would keep their post-season fate in their own hands.

And the nerves of the Tigers’ travelling support were eased significantly just four minutes in, as a loose ball eventually fell to Hughes to slam home the opener.

A difficult start for the Colls would swiftly get worse, as defender Teddy Mfuni and top scorer, Enock Lusiama, were both withdrawn in the first half through injury.

A fine Hughes header then looked to have doubled the away side’s advantage, only for the goal to be called back for offside.

The second half was a more even affair, but the best of the chances were still had by the visitors, Regan Hutchinson embarking on an impressive slaloming run forward from full-back, only to drag his effort wide of the post.

But it would be Bencherif who would eventually notch the second goal, rising unopposed to guide home a corner with a powerful headed effort.

Colls have now completed their campaign and it will be full steam ahead, planning for the NPL West Division in 2024/25.