LEEK CSOB put up a brave fight despite losing 3-2 at Chadderton on Saturday in the North West Counties League.
CSOB's recent improved form meant they were already safe from being relegated from Division One. All the goals in the clash with Chadderton came in the second half.
Joshua Lynch opened the scoring in the 49th minute and Matt Russell made it 2-0 three minutes later.
Ryan Hall pulled a goal back for Old Boys in the 75th minute but Liam Wood made it 3-1 for Chadderton in the 79th.
Ball scored again for Old Boys to make it an interesting closing eight minutes.
It was the Old Boys' ninth game in 22 days. They conclude their busy end to the season away to Holker Old Boys this Saturday.
CSOB spokesman John Barratt said: "We have got through a very tough few weeks and an unprecedented fixture schedule.
"To everyone's delight, Leek CSOB have relished the position the league placed on them and this has done nothing but bring the club together and look to a brighter and much more professional future. Roll on, next season!"