FC United boss Karl Marginson hailed striker Mike Norton after his stunning goal helped sink Chorley to secure a second successive Evo-Stik Premier play-off final appearance.
Norton broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute of a tight semi-final with a delicious curler before sub Astley Mulholland added a second to earn a trip to old foes Bradford Park Avenue.
“So often games such as this are decided by a scruffy goal, but Norts’ finish was straight out of the top drawer. He’s a born goalscorer,” Marginson said.
There was double play-off heartbreak in Tameside as Curzon Ashton lost in the Evo-Stik North final to Witton Albion while neighbours Stalybridge Celtic missed out on the Blue Square Bet North promotion knockout despite ending their season with a 4-2 win over Hinckley.
Newly-crowned champions Hyde signed off with a 1-1 draw at Histon.
Altrincham ended their campaign on a low note – tumbling 3-2 to play-off qualifiers Gainsborough at Moss Lane.
Droylsden wrapped up with a 5-2 rout of visiting Vauxhall Motors to finish ninth.
Stockport County concluded their first season in Blue Square Bet Premier by beating relegated Hayes and Yeading 2-1.
Ramsbottom clinched the North West Counties League title and promotion to Evo- Stik North by thrashing Winsford 5-2, Jon Robinson scoring twice.