AFC EMLEY ended their Northern Counties East League First Division campaign with a comfortable 5-2 win over Louth Town.
The final outcome of a game which left Darren Hepworth’s side eighth in the final table was never in doubt after his side romped to a three-goal lead inside 15 minutes at the Welfare Ground.
Fittingly, the opener came from top scorer Steve Kenworthy after five minutes.
Keeper Mick Clarke punted a long ball deep into the Louth half, the visitors’ Bobby McSpadden failed to deal with it and Kenworthy chipped over keeper Tom Andrews from the edge of the area.
Two minutes later Dean Wharam did well to control a bobbling ball as he found a route through the Louth defence and drilled in a low shot.
Marc Townsend made it three after being set free by Kenworthy.
Emley had a couple of escapes before Brad Dowling brushed the top of the bar and both Sean Hazelden and Kenworthy had efforts cleared off the line.
Kenworthy had a goal disallowed before Louth grabbed one back against the run of play through Jamie Coulson just before half-time.
Emley started the second half as strongly as the first as they looked to snuff out any chance of a Louth fightback.
Wharam made it 4-1 on 55 minutes, showing real pace from inside his own half to latch onto a Dowling through ball and outwit keeper Andrews.
Louth claimed a second on 71 minutes when Elliot Broughton hooked a speculative clearance over the Emley defence into the path of Bruno Holden, who delivered a confident finish.
Nicky Reid, pushing up from full-back, tested Andrews with a cracking long-range effort before Kenworthy fired his 29th goal of the season with an angled shot.
The story of the final quarter of an hour was whether Kenworthy could notch a 30th, his best effort a speculative dipping shot which caught Andrews of his line but clipped the bar and fell to safety.
Dowling had a long-range effort well saved whilst Andrews somehow clawed Curtis Roberts’ close-range touch back off the line.
Team: Clarke, Reid, Tayo, Dowling, Colley, Hazelden, Townsend, Amos (Roberts), Kenworthy, Wharam (Ringrose), Stuart (Horton).